New PC Advice

Hi all!

New to Blenderartists.org but been on Blender for the last 10 years or so.

I’m wanting to upgrade my PC for the first time in a while and wanted some advice from Blender people as the main reason is to improve render times (in particular for Blender).

I’ve found a PC from PC Specialists which I’m thinking of purchasing, here are the main specs:

  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
  • ASUS® CROSSHAIR VIII HERO
  • 64GB Corsair VENGEANCE RGB PRO 3200MHz
  • 24GB NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 3090

The main element I’m focusing on is the GPU. I was hoping for the 3080 but is currently in very short supply and may not be in stock for another 4-6 months at PC Specialists. Would anyone else recommend the 3090 as I hear it’s one of the most powerful GPUs for Blender?

Also, do the other specs seem okay?

Thanks for the help!

Hi Dan,

If you can afford this you won’t be disappointed with the system you’ve outlined. It will run Blender very well. It’s a dream build. The Asus C8H is expensive but from the reviews I’ve seen it’s a very good motherboard. Also, AMD CPUs work better with fast RAM. Get the fastest compatible RAM your CPU and system (& budget) can handle. The 3090 is a huge card but it’s currently the most powerful GPU you can get. The extra ram it has will be very useful for complex scenes (assuming your type of workloads takes advantage of it). Make sure you have a good power supply for the PC. I’m assuming you’ve done some caparison shopping and the system is at “reasonable” price although I’m sure it’s going to cost a pretty penny for sure. Your selection of parts is similar to what I’d want to upgrade to but I’m in no rush so can wait until prices level off and availability is better.

Cheers, stay safe and happy blending!

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Im no expert but I got my new system building up. I went for ryzen 7 5800x. So I did a quick comparison and it gives a bit of a bump than the ryzen 9 3950x.

It seems a bit cheaper and runs faster… Thought id share!

EDIT: i didnt see the core count sorry. yeah it should run better then!

Cheers!

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Have you considered getting a Ryzen 9 5950x?

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Thanks for the reply Paul!

Thank you for the info on the Motherboard and CPU as those areas I don’t know as much.

All this is a massive upgrade from my current setup. I’m currently on the GTX 970. Which has been good but with some of the animations I’m creating which requires things like volumetric on cycles, it’s rather slow.

The power supply they’ve recommended is a 1000w. The main reason I’m looking at PC Specialist is that my current PC is from them and have had no issues. Though if there are alternatives that you know of I’d be greatly appreciated. :slightly_smiling_face:

With that CPU and GPU combo that sounds about right.

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Always buy more power than you need ( on paper). And buy best possible PSU. It’s better to buy less RAM and latter upgrade, for example.