Quite often, people have been asking for an affordable, basic CG workstation.
In this post I will try to pick components for an above average machine that packs some punch and will allow you to work on almost anything and not feel that you have compromised getting something outdated. The theoretical “soft” budget is targeted to be $750 or less, excluding taxes and software.
Each generation of CPU architecture has its limits…so much MHz, so many transistors per mm2 . What if we want more power? Well, according to intel and nVidia, pack more of the same! The recipe seems to be working fine for CG artists, so lets see how much power we can cram in a 1P workstation.
Updated for 4930K and new Kepler Quadros and GTXs
Stepping up the game from both a n intel i5 and a AMD FX-8350 alike, the 4770K/3770K i7 “duo” is thet all-around processor for the demanding user. This build is aimed to fulfill the role of a mid-range 3D CAD workstation, capable of satisfying most casual users, amateur or professionals, with the ability to tweak and upgrade its performance overtime – either by adding GPUs, or overclocking the existing hardware.
CGI Artists, architects and engineers often seek to improve on their workstations, or build one from scratch meeting performance and most likely budget criteria that cannot be met by off the shelf solutions. This is one of the many posts to discuss part selection for the budget conscious workstation builder. Continue reading
This configuration is aimed to act as a dedicated CPU rendering node. The components are chosen so that the hardware – excluding OS – will be around the $500 mark. Each component has a small description with the logic behind choosing it. Continue reading