New Computer Build ( Need Suggestions )

Hi! i’m getting into blender. I’m a professional designer in the animation industry. I mainly use photoshop for work. I’m slowly getting into blender and want to use it in my workflow. I want to ask what part would you all suggest? So far I’m looking into at 32-64gb of rams and that as far as I know what i’m looking for. So if you guys can suggestion Types of Ram ( Be specific as there are so many out there ), Video card, power supply, motherboard, processor, case, cooling system, and etc. The more detail the better. Budget wise 2-2.5k? I want this to be my freelance rig from home and I want it to last for quiet a while since my last build was in 2010. Also if you can recommend a good Dual 27" monitor that would be great too… The monitors are used for references and other usage. I’m gonna be using my Cintiq for my work. ( monitor separate budget ) Thanks for your help! More detail the better.

  • Steven

Hi Steven. First things first, whats the current system? You willing to cannibalize it for some parts or you want to re-purpose that for some other use? I’ll assume the latter for now.

Anyways here’s a quick build off of pcpartpicker:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor $434.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $189.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard $189.99 @ Best Buy
Memory G.Skill Trident Z 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $147.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 860 QVO 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $129.84 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB Black Video Card $1099.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case $92.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $206.97 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2521.75
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2491.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-25 03:23 EDT-0400

As far as RAM goes, anything from a reputable brand like corsair should do. However, you should get at least the 3000 mhz variety, and if you go with an AMD chip (like a ryzen or a threadripper) 3600 mhz would be ideal because those cpus can see a really big performance bump from having faster ram. Graphics card wise a 2080 ti would probably be your best bet- unless you really need a lot of VRAM, which I could see needing for photoshop. In that case, you would want a Radeon VII. You would see a decrease in rendering performance (and price!), but you would have twice the VRAM to work with. I wouldn’t suggest any intel processor right now, but something like a ryzen 9 3900x to a 3950x would suit you just fine, and last a long while as well. For storage, you should probably get an m.2 ssd for a boot drive, and a couple big hard drives for long term storage. You can get a 2tb drive for 50 bucks, so you would easily be able to get quite a bit of raw capacity. That’s all I have to say, so happy blending!

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recommended motherboards and power supply that would power all this? I need more detail as I’m not hardware savy. What type of heat sink etc… Case that are compatible? Stuff like that. This is gonna be my main workstation so the more detail the better. Thanks for the suggestion.

Are these monitors included in the budget?

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Because you have a high end ryzen chip, I would suggest going with an X570 motherboard. To make a somewhat complex topic simpler, all current-gen ryzen chips (except threadrippers) use the motherboard socket that is referred to as an am4 socket. However, there are two variations, b450 and x570. The x570 variations usually have more features for high-end builds, and given your budget, you shouldn’t have any trouble affording one. I don’t know from experience which models are good and which ones aren’t but I know that Asus has a good reputation as a company. As for power supplies, the corsair Rm1000x would be a good choice as it has a good efficiency rating and can probably deliver more than enough power for your build. Some products that you will buy for this, like motherboards, cases, power supplies, etc. will probably advertise themselves as being good for gaming, but that is just because more people game than do digital art. These ‘gaming’ products should be just fine for your needs. As for monitors, Dell’s 27 inch monitors are pretty good and they come in 1080p, and higher res variants. Happy building!


As for monitors, avoid the wide color gamut models. These are really nice for photographers, but are a lot more trouble than they are worth for everyone else.

Unless you really know what you’re doing, you will end up viewing colors that are over saturated… if you adjust your art to look right, they’ll appear under saturated on everyone else’s monitors. There are ways to do this correctly, but it’s a challenge.

So, that being said… look for 99% srgb, but NOT Adobe rgb.

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Sorry for the late reply. This is completely new everything. My old system hasn’t been upgraded since 2010. I really appreciate the help!!!

so your still looking to upgrade ?
Im also looking around to upgrade CPU/GPU and what I found is that regarding viewport performance (edit mode, modeling) you want a CPU with a fast single core performance. If your on a intel MOBA id suggest [Intel Core i5-10600K] or higher up. AMD wise the equivilant would be the Ryzen 5 3600X or higher up. More cores = faster render and multi-tasking but NOT better viewport (modeling) performance.
At the moment it seems we are software Bottlenecked since Blender does not use multiple CPU cores.

GPU wise RTX 3070/80’s are absolute monsters.

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Yup! I know for sure I want the 3900x from amd and rtx 3080. I want at least 64-128gb rams but will likely get 64 to save on $ and upgrade in the future if need be. So far the last thing I’m looking for are dual monitors preferably 2 27" with veso mounts. Any recommendations would be great. I need something higher then 1080p for more real estate for reference.

You’ve been taking long enough with this, there will soon be the next generation of AMD CPUs out. Might want to consider those. Or at the very least wait to see how the 3900x will drop in price after the next gen is out.

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good point, might as well wait until next week’s AMD keynote:

Im in the same boat as well @ OP , just have to be a bit more patient :wink: Ideally we have a new rig ready for Cyberpunk in November.

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yea i’ve been saving up and thanks for the heads up on the new gen coming out.

i’m in no rush i’m waiting around for good deals so i was hoping some good deals for black friday :D!!!

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