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Hardware / Thoughts on new Threadripper 2950X build?
« on: 2018-11-21, 22:26:21 »

A couple of months ago I opened a new thread (CLICK) here on the forums, asking for advice on building my very first 'real' workstation. As a Mac user - and overall PC n00b - figuring all of this computer stuff out myself wasn't the easiest task in the world.

The reason I'm opening a new thread is because of the fact that I decided to downgrade my budget. I was a bit too optimistic previously and didn't really kept in mind that I also had to invest in other external hardware such as decent monitors and stuff. Also, new software isn't free either :)

Definitely check out my initial thread if you're looking for info on building a workstation with a 4k-5k budget! Juraj, among others, posted some great 'tips & tricks' to help you get started.

Anywayz, after deciding to downgrade my budget I started reading a lot of the more recent similar threads here on the forum. I think I might have come up with a build, so here it goes:

- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X
- CPU cooling: Noctua - NH-U14S TR4-SP3 140.2 CFM
- Motherboard: ASRock - X399 Taichi ATX TR4
- Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LED 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000
- Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
- Video card: NVIDIA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB Founders Edition
- PSU: Corsair - CXM 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX
- Case: Fractal Design - Define S ATX Mid Tower Case

A rough estimation of the total cost would be around 3105 Euro (2450 taxes deducted) for now, but I'm sure it could be slightly lower after searching a bit more thorough.

Overall opinion on this? Will this all work well together?

Some more questions that I would like to know/am not sure of:

* This kind of build will give me the option to potentially in the future upgrade from 64 to 128GB in memory, right?

* Reading through some recent topics (FOR EXAMPLE) where the conclusion is that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is still a very good video card, worth the money. So I reckon it's a good bet to go with this one? Also, how many of these can I fit into this build if I would like to experiment with some GPU rendering in the future (potentially)?

Another thing regarding the video card; is there a big difference in quality in buying the Nvidia version, or for example buying the Gigabyte version? The latter one I found for around 730 Euro online.

* Regarding the PSU... What does this even really mean? Would 750W be enough, do I have to go higher,... ? What's the difference between all of these numbers? I have absolutely no clue about this I'm afraid! :D

* Regarding the motherboard; would there potentially be a reason to go for a cheaper one that's more or less equally good, or just stick with this one?

* Will one CPU cooler be enough?

* Is the case sufficiently ventilated? And will there be some room left for an extra CPU cooler (if necessary) and/or video card(s)?

ALSO: if there are any tips on specific webshops (I'm from Belgium) and/or other do's and don'ts on buying all of the parts, please shoot! Again... This is a brand new world to me! :D

I think that's it for now. Curious about the feedback!

Thanks in advance!

Hardware / New workhorse: tips welcome!
« on: 2018-08-28, 11:03:13 »
'Sup folks?!

After years of working on a Mac it's finally time to invest in a proper CG workhorse. The problem though, is that I know absolutely nothing about this kind of stuff. I don't even know where to start looking when it comes to assembling my own machine. Hence this post.

My budget is around 4000-4500 Euro. Would this be enough to build a reasonably well station? It should be 'optimized' for Max + Corona (I come from a C4D background).

It would be great if I could get some help here while starting this 'project'. So any tips are more than welcome.


Gallery / First CoronaForC4D project - Bentley
« on: 2017-12-10, 18:26:16 »
Hi there! After working with Vray for years and years I figured to finally give Corona a shot, and I absolutely love it! Though I mainly focus on archiviz, I sometimes dabble in other spectrums of CG visualization as well. Especially for small personal doodles such as this one. I never really did car visualizations, but this project for sure learned me a lot about Corona. Hope you guys like it!

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