Based on Intel i7-5820K – Q4 2014
Over the last couple of years, the 3930K recommended built along with its 4390K update was easily the most popular post in this site. Better late than never, this post will try to bring the old fav. up to 2014 standards, being based on the new 6-core star from intel, the affordable yet formidable 5820K.
This built is an attempt to produce a well-rounded performer that will serve most CG artists, video and image editors looking for a machine that will set them back around $2,000 before OS & US Taxes. This setup assumes that the user will be utilizing lots of CPU threads, thus focusing more on multithreaded performance being based on a 6C/12T intel CPU and the s2011-3 platform – also known as Haswell-E.
If your focus is not to render locally, rather producing models on any 3D modeling package for CG or CAM, photo editing with PS, illustrating with AI or focusing on producing architectural models with software packages like Revit & ArchiCAD without worrying too much about producing elaborate 3D visualizations yourself, going the s2011-3 route instead of the s1150 with our cheaper $1000 & 1500 workstation options you are not getting the best bang for your investment. All of the above packages care little about having lots of threads, and focus on the absolute performance of one core.
Sorry for being repetitive, but my focus on most of my articles is to save my readers time but also money – and you can do so without cutting any corners in actual delivered performance. No, spending more money on your workstation built (either home-built, ordered or OEM) won’t get you necessarily better performance, and unfortunately most businesses out there, from the small corner shop to Dell and Apple have no incentive in letting you believe otherwise.
That said and out of the way, lets move to our suggested configuration in summary:
$2000 (or around there) CG Workstation – Q3 2014
|Processor|| Intel i7-5820K Hex Core 3.3GHz
6 Cores, 12 Threads @ 3.6Hz Turboboost
|Cooling||Corsair H110 CLC or Noctua NH-D15|
|GPU||Asus STRIX GTX970 4GB|
|Memory||32GB Crucia DDR4 2400 (4x8GB)|
|System Drive||Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB|
|Storage Drive||WD Black 1 TB 7200rpm SATA|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R4|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master V750 80+ Gold|
|Operating System||Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro 64-bit|