Description

I built this for 3D rendering using primarily Maxwell Render. Hopefully it'll become part of a bigger render farm but for now this CPU has been excellent. So many cores for such a great price. Even when running all 16 cores the clock speed stays very high-above 3.5GHz and I'm not overclocking anything on this.

Highlights for this build were the ASRock motherboard. Great from the install to running it. And the Seasonic PSU is really well packaged with tons of extra ties etc. to help make a really organized build.

Everything has run solid on this system for three months in a professional working environment. It it's probably up and running renderings between 15-80 hours per week.

One bug on this: NZXT Cam software is very unreliable for keeping fans working. I'm looking for a substitute.

I love this machine! So much render speed for the buck.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Looks pretty. Ends there. If the software can't run the pumps and fans it's useless. CAM software is a joke, quits all the time for no reason. I've reinstalled everything blah blah tried on multiple machines. It takes longer for CAM to start up than it does for me to start up 4 machines and all my 3D rendering software. This software will fry your CPU.

Also most buffered ram isn't going to fit underneath it.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice build but why did you opt for the gtx 1050? for the price an rx 570 would have been better

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That's true. You can get a new RX 570 8GB for as low as $155 after discount, when there is a nice deal.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

That is what I was going to say.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Same.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking up what maxwell needs states it needs cuda acceleration by nvidia and id imagine the 1050 is more of a disply output since this isnt a gaming computer

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Kinda stunned at your GPU and PSU choice for your build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

It isn’t a gaming computer though. It’s a rendering machine. Why would he spend money on something he doesn’t need?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I can see that he only needs CPU rendering performance but when he branches out to other rendering like those GPU intensive types, he will have to change both GPU and PSU. Personally I would just get a higher wattage PSU and sit on it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

To add to the GPU discussion.. the only GPUs that I would benefit from for Maxwell have to be Nvidia and have to have a ton of Cuda cores to be effective in a commercial setting. I'd likely be paying between $1000-$2000 per card if I ever make that switch but GPU rendering in Maxwell is still unstable. So CPU cores are all I care about now. I don't even need a ton of ram. I'm never using more than 30% of what I have installed now. It's sort of like when a race car has no air conditioning or radio to save weight. (or money and electricity in my case)

If I do update this I'll be sure to post everything here.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Was about to say what you said. Why would you spend more money on stuff you don’t need? You seem experienced in your field, so I’m sure if you say you don’t need it, you don’t. Great build, by the way!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

There's always people who don't understand much and think they know better than the person building lol.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

well, the CPU only uses around 180 watts in addition to being the TDP. this could probably support up to a 1070 at the limit. probably doesn't need more than a 1060/2060 for cg work, tho

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  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build overall though!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

hello cat :D

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use for the RGB lighting?

How would I configure this for 3D modeling?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't add any extra lighting but there's rgb built into this case which I rearranged a bit. Then the cooler has it, the g.skill ram and a tiny bit on the motherboard.

From there I configured them all to create a color theme. I have the lighting set to get warmer/redder as CPU temps go up. That's through the NZXT Cam software. Though I'd warn you that it works fine on one machine and just quits on this one. Not the lighting but the cooler pump and fan control.

What software are you using? What are you working on? I may be able to to give some advice on a build.

Thanks for reaching out, Michael

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dreamcatcher/saved/GmBcqs

This is my build that I am looking into getting. However, this may change once third gen Ryzen and Navi comes out.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Your parts list is set to private. I'd love to see it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/77GpCb try this then? would love to see some input on the build.