I need to purchase a second computer to handle renders. I create models and renders for design students, and make enough so that somewhere between 1 and two jobs will pay for a computer. My problem is that I have (2) 250 frame, 10 second animations to render (30 hours each on my current quad core machine), and (6) static renders to complete (12 hours each). That’s about 130 hours of paid-for rendering to complete, during which I can only use my computer for email and internet. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’ve got CAD drawings and 3d renders to produce for my business, which makes me more money than the 3d rendering side business. Safe to say, I need computer #2.
Any advice? I know next to nothing about hardware. I assume I need a number cruncher - lots of processor power, and several cores. I’d like to spend $800 or less. Windows. Not ready to set up Linux etc.
Here’s my site, if anyone is interested. Remember, I’m modeling student’s designs (which I usually clean up), with pretty strict rendering restrictions - I don’t have a ton of say with the renders. I make suggestions etc, but if my client says “Bright white BG, no reflections”, then that’s what I have to provide.