High End Visual Effects Workstation Advice


Sep 8, 2011
Hi there,

Looking at building a workstation for use with Realflow, Vray, Mental Ray, Maya, and Zbrush and I'm a little torn as far as a few parts are concerned.

Im mostly torn over focusing on CPU or GPU to get the most out of the build. Originally I was looking at:

CPU: 2X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117228
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133324

But it seems like I may get much more out of using something like a single 990X and getting a dual GPU build. I cant really seem to find any solid advice.

My total build budget caps out at 6 grand.

Thanks as always!
You have to dig into each separate program. Find out what they need. How well are they coded for multiple threads? Hyperthreading? Are there any that benefit from CUDA? Crossfire support?

It's a lot of googling and I could do it for you, but really it's a process best left to you.

In the end, each user has their own mix of programs and workflow, and so each will have different priorities. You need to figure out what questions to ask first, clearly.

Alvin Smith is a good person to consult here. I will link you to a few threads to peruse where he helps out with a few builds. Feel free to drop him a PM and ask him to respond to this thread.