What computer do I use for blender?

Hi, I’m trying to find the right computer to use for blender. Would you suggest using a laptop or desktop? I’ve been looking mostly at desktops. Here’s the specs for the processor I’ve been looking at.
CybertronPC Hellion - GM1213A - 16 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - 3.5 GHz FX ProcessorGeneralTypePersonal computer
Recommended UseHome use
Product Form FactorMid tower
ColorBlack
First Seen On Google ShoppingAugust 2013

Processor / ChipsetCPUAMD FX 6300 / 3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Speed4.1 GHz
Number of Cores6-core
CPU Qty1
Max CPU Qty1
CPU SocketSocket AM3+

Cache MemoryInstalled Size6 MB
Cache Per Processor6 MB

RAMInstalled Size16 GB / 32 GB (max)
TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Memory Specification CompliancePC3-12800
Form FactorDIMM 240-pin
Configuration Features2 x 8 GB

Hard DriveTypeHDD
Capacity1 x 1 TB
Interface TypeSATA 6Gb/s
Spindle Speed7200 rpm

Storage ControllerTypeSATA - integrated
RAID LevelRAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, JBOD

Optical StorageTypeDVD±RW (±R DL) - SATA

MonitorMonitor TypeNone.

Graphics ControllerTypePlug-in card
Interface TypePCIe x16
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 640
Video Memory2 GB
Video InterfacesDVI, HDMI
HDCP compatibleYes

Audio OutputTypeIntegrated
Sound Output Mode7.1 channel surround
Compliant StandardsHigh Definition Audio

Input DeviceTypeMouse, keyboard

KeyboardInterfaceUSB

MouseTechnologyOptical
InterfaceUSB

NetworkingTypeIntegrated
Wireless LAN SupportedYes
Data Link ProtocolEthernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Compliant StandardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Expansion / ConnectivityBays3 external 5.25" 6 internal 3.5" 1 internal 2.5"
Slots1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU 4 (total) / 2 (free) x DIMM 240-pin 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe x1 1 (total) / 0 (free) x PCIe x16 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCI
Interfaces1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) 2 x microphone ( 1 front, 1 rear ) 2 x DVI 1 x VGA 1 x HDMI 1 x audio line-in 2 x audio line-out 4 x USB 2.0 2 x USB 3.0

PowerDevice TypePower supply
Power Provided400 Watt

Operating System / SoftwareOS ProvidedWindows 8 64-bit Edition ( Microsoft Certificate of Authenticity (COA) )
SoftwareDrivers & Utilities

Manufacturer WarrantyService & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - parts and labor - 1 year

Dimensions & WeightWidth7.5 in
Depth18.7 in
Height19 in

Universal Product IdentifiersPart NumberTGM1213A
GTIN00844750019901

Here’s the specs for the monitor I’m looking at.
ASUS VS228H-P - 21.5" LED-backlit LCD monitorGeneralDisplay TypeLED-backlit LCD monitor / TFT active matrix
Diagonal Size21.5"
Aspect RatioWidescreen - 16:9
Native ResolutionFullHD 1920 x 1080
Pixel Pitch0.248 mm
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio50000000:1 (dynamic)
Color Support16.7 million colors
Response Time5 ms
Vertical Refresh Rate75 Hz
Horizontal Refresh Rate80 kHz
Horizontal Viewing Angle170
Vertical Viewing Angle160
Backlight TechnologyLED backlight
Controls & AdjustmentsBrightness, contrast, input select, color temperature, aspect control
FeaturesHDCP, ASUS Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, Skin-Tone Selection, ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR), ASUS Splendid Video Preset Mode, Smart View Technology
ColorBlack
Dimensions (WxDxH)20.2 in x 7.9 in x 15.2 in - with stand
Weight6.8 lbs
First Seen On Google ShoppingJuly 2011

ConnectivityInterfacesVGA DVI-D HDMI Headphones

MechanicalDisplay Position AdjustmentsTilt
Tilt Angle-5/+20
Flat Panel Mount Interface100 x 100 mm

MiscellaneousFeaturesSecurity lock slot (cable lock sold separately), wall mountable, tilt adjustment
Cables Included1 x VGA cable 1 x DVI cable
Compliant StandardsUL, VCCI, C-Tick, BSMI, cUL, WHQL, CB, CCC, PSB, EK, FCC, RoHS, WEEE, GOST-R, J-MOSS, ErP Ready

PowerPower SupplyInternal
Voltage RequiredAC 120/230 V
Power Consumption Operational25 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep0.5 Watt

Environmental StandardsEPEAT CompliantEPEAT Gold
ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes

Manufacturer WarrantyService & Support3 years warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - 3 years Limited warranty - LCD panel - 3 years Limited warranty - cross shipping

Universal Product IdentifiersBrandASUSTeK COMPUTER
Part Numbers90LMD8101T00061C-, VS228H, VS228H-P1, MPN-VS228H-P, VS228H-P-DDO, VS228H-P-A1, VS228HP, EE464427, vs228h-p, VS228H-P
GTIN00610839367177, 00777781887877, 00777786912796, 04719543361795

Thanks for your help!

That will work just fine.

Take Amd FX8350 4.0Ghz 8cores or better, maybe 10€-30€ more expensive.

I run on solar power, so I have a laptop. For a laptop, you want a big screen a numeric keypad and probably a faster processor - the more cores the better. My laptop has a GT 630M graphics card and an i7 (quad core + hyperthreading processor) - CPU is faster than GPU rendering for this machine - so you’d either need an expensive gaming laptop or just live with a cheap GPU and a fast CPU (and mediocre render times).

Unless you really need mobility, choose a desktop machine. They are faster and will give you better render times. Blender uses multi-core CPUs fairly efficiently. So definitely go for more cores. Blender also benefits from hyperthreading - expect around 30% extra performance with hyperthreading. i.e. 4 cores with hyperthreading should perform like 5.3 cores. The faster the clock speed the better.

I don’t know that much about desktop graphics cards, but if you intend to use GPU rendering, I think you might want a faster card with more video RAM (most people here seem to have GTX rather than GT cards). If you are going to use Cycles - spend more on your graphics card and less on your CPU I think. High end graphics cards are power hungry - so 400W would be to small - you would need a more powerful power supply. Blender can also use multiple video cards - quite a few people assign a powerful card for rendering only and a less powerful card for screen display so that your screen remains responsive during renders. You would need a motherboard that supports multiple video cards (SLI).

No. You dont need a motherboard with SLI support. Cycles works better without SLI Mode enabled. I tested it on my own PC.
If you get a PC with two or more different GPUs, you can choose which are going to be used by the engine.
And you should connect the displaycable(DVI, VGA or HDMI) to the GPU that is intended to work just for displaying the ui, so the other one can just work on render stuff.
It’s also possible to play video games while you’re rendering on the second GPU ^^

Which processor do you think will be better, the one previously posted or this one:

ASUS M Series - M51AC - 16 GB RAM - 1 TB HDD - 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor
DetailsGeneralTypePersonal computer
Bundled Services32 GB ASUS WebStorage (3 years)
Product Form FactorTower
First Seen On Google ShoppingJune 2013

Processor / ChipsetCPUIntel Core i7 (4th Gen) 4770 / 3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Speed3.9 GHz
Number of CoresQuad-Core
CPU Qty1
Max CPU Qty1
Chipset TypeIntel H87 Express

Cache MemoryInstalled Size8 MB
Cache Per Processor8 MB

RAMInstalled Size16 GB / 32 GB (max)
TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Form FactorDIMM 240-pin
FeaturesDual channel memory architecture

Hard DriveTypeHDD
Capacity1 x 1 TB
Interface TypeSATA 6Gb/s
Spindle Speed7200 rpm

Storage ControllerType1 x SATA - integrated
Controller Interface TypeSATA 6Gb/s
Channel Qty6

Optical StorageTypeDVD-RW

Card ReaderType16 in 1 card reader
Supported Flash Memory CardsMemory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Microdrive, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, miniSD, CompactFlash Card, RS-MMC, microSD, SDHC Memory Card, Memory Stick Micro (M2)

MonitorMonitor TypeNone.

Graphics ControllerTypePlug-in card
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 620
Video Memory2 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Video InterfacesVGA, DVI, HDMI

Audio OutputTypeIntegrated
Sound Output Mode7.1 channel surround
Compliant StandardsHigh Definition Audio

Input DeviceTypeMouse, keyboard

KeyboardInterfaceUSB

MouseInterfaceUSB

NetworkingTypeIntegrated
Data Link ProtocolEthernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / ConnectivityBays2 (total) / 1 (free) x external 5.25" 2 3.5"
Slots1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU 4 DIMM 240-pin 1 (total) / 0 (free) x PCIe x16 2 (total) / 2 (free) x PCIe x1 1 (total) / 1 (free) x PCIe x16 ( x4 mode )
Interfaces1 x headphones - mini-jack ( 1 in front ) 2 x microphone - mini-jack ( 1 front, 1 rear ) 4 x USB 2.0 ( 2 front, 2 rear ) 6 x USB 3.0 ( 2 front, 4 rear ) 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse 1 x HDMI 1 x VGA 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) 1 x SPDIF output 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack 1 x audio line-out (side surround) - mini-jack 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack 1 x DVI-D output

MiscellaneousFeaturesASUS SonicMaster, ASUS Smart Cooling System

PowerDevice TypePower supply
Power Provided300 Watt

Operating System / SoftwareOS ProvidedWindows 8
SoftwareAdobe Acrobat Reader, ASUS MyLogo2, Skype, Microsoft Office (Trial), [email protected], ASUS AI Manager, ASUS WebStorage, ASUS AI Suite II, ASUS Q-Fan, ASUS Easy Update, ASUS Ai Charger, ASUS Music Maker, Fresh Paint, MaxxAudio

Manufacturer WarrantyService & Support1 year warranty
Service & Support DetailsLimited warranty - 1 year

Dimensions & WeightWidth6.9 in
Depth16.5 in
Height15.7 in
Weight20.3 lbs

Universal Product IdentifiersBrandASUSTeK COMPUTER
Part NumbersM51AC, M51AC-US004S, M51AC-US018S
GTIN00886227492527, 00886227592036

Can you assemble the computer yourself and what is your budget (I’m thinking about a custom build for blender)?

I want the total cost of the processor (not including monitor, keyboard, or mouse) to be less than $950. I don’t know how to assemble a computer, but I could probably learn.

OK, just so that we clarify some stuff - a processor is a 3x3cm size chip, that is mounted on a motherboard. The whole thing (processor, motherboard, hard disk drives, RAM memory, videocard, etc.) combined together makes a PC. Here’s a list of components that you can assemble (or have a friend help you do it):

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H97-D3H LGA 1150 - $92.75
CPU: Intel E3-1231 v3 - $252.99 (same as i7-4770 but without the integrated GPU, so it’s like $60 cheaper and also has lower tempretures)
RAM Memory: Team Elite Plus 16GB (2 x 8GB) - $134.99 (the cheapest kit I could find, there’s practically no difference in terms of performance when it comes to RAM, but you can pay some extra to buy a Corsair memory if you like)
SSD Drive (for OS and programs): SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III - $89.99
HDD (for storage): Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - $54.99
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 - $159.99 (if you use Blender you will want to render with cycles, so you will need this card)
Case: Cooler Master N400 - $59.99
Power Supply Unit: Rosewill CAPSTONE-550 550W 80 PLUS GOLD - $69.99 (there is also a bronze version for this price, but get the gold one, gold is better)!

Total: $915.68 (prices from newegg)

Now will this be using Windows OS? Also, what kind of monitors are compatible with this? Thanks, I really appreciate your help.