About half a year ago or so I was here to get advice to build my first PC. I was a long time Mac user with little knowledge about building PCs. However, at a point where I had to upgrade my main workstation, upgrading to a iMac Pro certainly wasn't an option as I needed GPU power for Octane rendering. So I made the leap, with help from this site, I build the below PC myself, and I've been really happy with it. Took a while to get used to Windows, but then again, not too long. See the below specs of my current PC.
It's pretty fast and renders well. But, I need one more for my freelance work. Working off one machine has some risk factor as I often work on tight deadlines. And if let's say the current machine were to have problems, I would have a major problem on my hands.
So, I'd like to build one more PC! And, of course, when rendering / previewing in Cinema 4D (Octane), I want to use both PCs GPU power.
Although I built one, I'm no expert on the latest and I'm looking for some help again. My budget is around 10k USD so I assume I can get a beast this time. So I'd like some help. Again, this is purely for work and not gaming.
Initial requirements / ideas:
- Cinema 4D / Octane / After Effects / Premiere / Music (Cubase Pro)
- Not for gaming at all
- 2-3 GPUs (initial idea was to get 2 x Nvidia Titan RTX?)
CPU: Not slower than my current one below, but of course, CPU isn't essential in 3D GPU work - so maybe not necessary? Probably Intel as it seems to work best with video editing etc?
Motherboard: Obviously support 128GB ram. Don't want to save on motherboard. Needs to be solid.
Storage: 1TB M2 for system drive. + probably 4 TB in SSDs
Thunderbolt card (My music interface is connected with Thunderbolt for an Apollo Twin). If this limits the choice of a better motherboard, then I may consider getting a different music interface.
Software: Windows Pro (other software licenses isn't part of this build budget)
Case: Big in height. I was thinking maybe the Obsidian Series 1000D??
Cooling: I have no idea. Looking at watercooling gives me a heartattack in terms of building it... So I prefer not, but obviously, I want to make sure I keep it cool. I live in Hong Kong and a major part of the year, it's hot as hell. Of course, I use air-cons but still, its not a very cool environment.
Performance is the most important, but of course, I'm in a nice studio and as a visual person, I still want it to look good. So as you can see on my build below, I do have some minimal RBG, and it generally looks pretty nice. But not over the top.
I guess the biggest issue is deciding GPUs.. No expert but I get a bit confused about all the negative RTX talk, but most of that is based on gaming performance. I'm not going to use it for gaming. It seems the Titan RTX MIGHT be a killer for Octane but I can't find a lot of reviews or specs on it..
For ref, here's my recent build and the new PC will connect with this one for network rendering in Octane:
In addition I got a 38" Ultrawide from LG, Logitech Craft keyboard. Cubase Pro 10 + other software so my budget went up quite significantly.