Opinions on parts list for a new rendering PC please

Hi everyone,

I’m building a new PC mainly for Blender. I want to do animation and rendering, probably with cycles.

I wanted to get as much VRAM and as many CUDA cores as I could in a ~£1000 machine. No OS because I’ll run Ubuntu. Also, I’ve already got monitor, keyboard & mouse. I also want to have enough power and a large enough case in case in future I want to get another graphics card to run in SLI.

So, does this system look like good value for my aim? Have I forgotten anything or does anything sound like it won’t work well?


Palit GeForce GTX 780 6GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0 HDMI JetStream

INTEL Xeon E3-1230V3 3.3GHz LGA1150

Asus Z87-A USB 3.0 Motherboard (4x DDR3, ATX, 2x PCI Express 3.0/2.0x16, Intel, 6x SATA 6.0Gbps)

Corsair CML16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengeance Low Profile 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 Mhz CL10 XMP

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive

Be Quiet 600W Pure Power L8 Rifle Bearing Fan APFC 80+ Bronze PSU

Gigabyte GZ-G2 Gaming Case Plus with USB 3.0 Ports & 2 Front Fans

Arctic Cooling MX-4 4g Thermal Compound

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

I should probably also add that I want the fastest possible rendering times at reasonably low resolutions. For the final animations, I’ll probably use a cluster of EC2 GPU instances. So in that case, is it better to get a EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 Classified with ACX Cooler Graphics Card instead? It’s only got 3GB of VRAM, but has a faster core clock speed.

Hi, if you run out of memory you cant render on GPU, the small better performance of an EGVA or the 780Ti is not usable in this case.
The power supply on your list is to small for two GTX 780, each need 250-300 Watt.
You can try > http://www.bequiet.com/en/psucalculator/

Cheers, mib

I’d probably hold off until the GTX 870 or 880 come out later this year if you can wait… that should make a significant difference in your rendering performance (supposedly 10% better performance with up to 2x the RAM so less falling back to CPU rendering for complex scenes)

Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that. It’s probably better to go for the bigger card instead of the smaller one so there’s more VRAM. That’d give me a better upgrade path using SLI in future. I’ll also up the PSU to an XFX 850W XXX Semi-Modular 80+ Bronze PSU.

@phil14 - I didn’t realise the GTX 870/880 were due out this month. Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely wait until they’re out before deciding. Cheers!