[SOLVED] Best (budget) build for heavy motion graphics, 2D/ 3D animation, 4k video editing, AND gaming?

Jul 15, 2018
Hello! This is my first time posting here, so please forgive me if this topic has been addressed a bunch of times. I've been reading through the threads, and the most recent similar one I could find was posted in 2017, and I'm looking for up-to-date recommendations.

I'm currently an MFA Film and Electronic media student, and I spend every day using Adobe Suite (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.) for 4k film editing, motion graphics work, photo editing, etc., and I also use Maya pretty frequently to animate/render some short 3D animations (but am hoping to eventually get into creating longer ones without an issue on the part of my PC). I also rely primarily on my PC to do some light/moderate gaming.

I know there's not always a "one size fits all" build that works for everything, but I'm really trying to build (or upgrade my current build into) a powerhouse that can handle video editing, photo editing, animation (2D and 3D), and gaming with relative ease.

Even though my current build works decently well, it's definitely starting to sputter with this newfound Masters and media internship workload. Here is my current build, but I fully recognize I'm going to have to upgrade my motherboard and a plethora of these parts to get decent performance anyway.

Case: Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Mid-Tower
Motherboard: ASUS X99-E ATX
CPU: i7-6800K Six-Core 3.40GHz
GPU: ASUS Turbo GeForce® GTX 1070 Gaming 8GB GDDR5
MEM: ADATA XPG Z1 16GB (4GBx4) DDR4/3000MHz
SSD: 512GB Toshiba OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
Power: 750 Watts - Thermaltake Toughpower - 80 PLUS Gold, Semi Modular

I'm going to replace/ rebuild these parts incrementally, and likely not all at once. However, that being said, I'd be happy to accept any information/ recommendations on what the final build should be (and what parts I could probably keep or use on a brand new build that I already have). In the end, I'd be hoping to spend $1500 max, but cheaper is definitely better, if it's even possible.

**Note: I'm definitely not opposed to totally rebuilding the whole thing if it's more budget-friendly, nor am I opposed to switching to AMD from Intel. I'm open to any and all suggestions, whatever is the best move!

Thanks so much, and again, sorry for the wordiness!
Jul 15, 2018
$1500 in addition to the parts that you currently have or 1500 dollars including the parts that are listed above ?
Sorry for not being clear! $1500 budget for new parts, but if I can get away with using some of my old components for a while, I’d prefer to be under that $$$.


Feb 4, 2019
Thanks for the clarification.
I would upgrade the ram for a start. You have a great amount of ram however with the workload you are trying to put your computer through it might run a little faster with more ram. I wouldn't throw that old ram away however I would keep it around. ( Depending on what direction you take your computer you might be able to use that ram in the future.)
I then would start to consider upgrading to a threadripper motherboard and threadripper chip. Depending on what one you choose can change how much power your system can have.
If you decide to buy a threadripper processor than I would choose the motherboard ASRock X399 Taichi. I wouldn't go any higher in threadripper CPU's than the 2950x. The reason why is because if you get better performance operating at a higher speed even if it means a few less cores. Also if you operate less cores it also doesn't use as much electricity and it is a lot more efficient. If you want the most performance processer that you can get I would suggest the 2950x because it would work ok in your price range, however, you don't necessarily need that much so you could easily get away with one of the smaller threadripper processors. As far as the power supply goes I would upgrade it to 1000 W so that you can have plenty of power and not have to worry about it, as long as you are not running many graphics cards and liquid coolers, one graphics card, and liquid cooler would probably be alright, however I wouldn't do too much more unless you are going to upgrade your power supply past 1000 W. As far as your SSD, HHD, Case, and GPU I think that you are fine with what you have for now. You could eventually upgrade them however It won't make as big of a difference with performance.

List of Additional recommended parts if you want the Threadripper upgrade
1000 W Power Supply
32 GB Ram (in addition to the 16 you already have)
Asrock X399 Taichi
Threadripper processor of your choice (one of the threadripper processors between 1920X and 2950X)

Cooler (all)
Air (NH-U14S TR4-SP3)
Liquid (I don't use liquid coolers much so I don't have a recommended liquid cooler)

URLS or recommended parts
https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-RM1000x-Modular-Supply-Certified/dp/B015YEI7LK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1502287636&sr=1-2&keywords=1000w power supply&tag=linus21-20



https://www.amd.com/en/products/ryzen-threadripper (all)

https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-Threadripper-Processor-YD295XA8AFWOF/dp/B07GFN6CVF/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=threadripper+2950&qid=1550552503&s=gateway&sr=8-1 (2950x)

https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Threadripper-24-Thread-Processor-YD292XA8AFWOF/dp/B07JDF4QP2/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=threadripper+2950&qid=1550555378&s=gateway&sr=8-3 (2920x)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B074CBH3R4/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all (1950x You will have to pick it out if you want this model)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B074CBJHCT/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new (1920x You will have to pick it out if you want this model)

https://www.amd.com/en/thermal-solutions-threadripper (Cooler List)

https://noctua.at/en/nh-u14s-tr4-sp3 (Air Cooler)

If you do the Threadripper then put the two fastest sticks of ram in the first channel and so on.


Jul 13, 2017
Bob is trying to get you to buy a massive workstation essentially. If I'm not mistaken the 6800k is 6 core 12 threads. You can get a fairly big upgrade from that just by spending 300 bucks on a ryzen 7 2700x. 8 core 16 threads and comes with a pretty good cooler as well, although you will need to drop another 100 or so on a new motherboard, but overall thats probably the cheapest upgrade you can get. If youre willing to spend 1k on a processor, then go with Bob on the threadrippers but if its just bang for buck, go with ryzen imo.