i9-9900k build for 3d modeling

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This is the first time I've built a computer. I know very little except that I need the fastest possible single core performance for doing complex 3d modeling and sculpting in Blender. Fast rendering is the second most important thing. My current price is about $3700 which is fine but I'm not sure I'll get any benefit from a $600 motherboard. I would like to overclock as well but nothing too extreme as stability is essential. If anyone want to chime in on some tips/suggestions that would be great. Thanks!

Here is my build list:
https://pcpartpicker.com/user/mikli7/saved/s8dxGX
 
No, you don't need a $600 motherboard. The only reason you would want a $600 motherboard is if you are big into overclocking and want to squeeze every last MHz out of the CPU. Since you don't want to do heavy overclocks, a good midrange board will do fine. I have not seen reviews of the z390 boards, but the ASRock z370 Extreme4 is a solid midrange motherboard for a good price. So I would expect the z390 Extreme4 to be a solid board as well. It will meet your needs.

Nice rig by the way.

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zwg9yX
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Zwg9yX/by_merchant/

Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($171.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $171.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-17 16:29 EDT-0400
 

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Pretty much spot on, I have the Z370 Extreme and it's excellent. Great motherboard, feels very high end and had a great price!
 
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Thanks for the recommendation! I actually don't know jack about overclocking but read that it can be very useful for rendering and I assume for general performance. Working with super complex scenes and high poly models (sculpting) really tests the limits of any computer so my goal with overclocking is practical for my line of work.. I think, like I said I really don't know from an experience point of view. If a more expensive mo will overclock with more stability then it would be worth it.

The other thing is RAM - I can't find a motherboard that say it supports the i9-9900k and that go up to 128gb RAM. I'm not sure if I'd ever use that much RAM, but high poly sculpting and complex scenes can use a ton of RAM so I'm considering it. Do you know if this LGA 2066 motherboard is compatible with the i9-9900k?: ASRock X299 TAICHI XE LGA 2066 Intel X299 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
 

logainofhades

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Don't really need that thermal paste. That AIO will have it already, and is plenty good. I also think the Z390 extreme4 would be a good board. I have had good luck with past extreme4 boards, p67 and z77 respectively. I would get the same exact GPU, as you already have, for SLI. It's best that they are matched cards, for SLI. hat or just get a GTX 2080-ti, and sell your 1080ti. SLI doesn't always scale well either. The response time on that monitor is horrible, and it's overpriced. You can get an IPS monitor, same size, if not bigger, for less. I will include both cases, of that. Ram is overpriced. PSU underpowered for SLI 1080ti. Normally do not recommend 1kw PSU's, but the price is impossible to ignore, this time. If your software is capable of using one, an inexpensive SSD, for a scratch disk, isn't a bad idea either.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i9-9900K 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For $529.00)
CPU Cooler: NZXT - Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($146.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($173.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z RGB 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($610.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial - MX500 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($54.85 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung - 970 Evo 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($1254.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks - Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case ($99.22 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($124.89 @ My Choice Software)
Monitor: BenQ - GW2765HT 27.0" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor ($299.00 @ B&H)
Monitor: Acer - EB321HQU Awidpx 31.5" 2560x1440 60Hz Monitor ($249.99 @ Amazon)
UPS: CyberPower - CP1500AVRLCD UPS ($144.95 @ Adorama)
Total: $4013.71
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-10-18 14:32 EDT-0400






 
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Thanks! I'll definitely look into upping the power supply - maybe the 1000w G2 or 1000w GQ versions - sounds like there might be less issues with the fans on those.

The gtx 2080 ti isn't yet fully tested with Blender Cycles and Eevee - although I'm debating waiting a month or three to see how that pans out. Another thing I'm just read about is having one graphics card for the monitor and once for Blender - it was an older post so not sure how that works now. I'm feeling skeptical about SLI at the moment.

I chose the RAM based on the high reviews but might reconsider...

The BenQ PD2700Q is an IPS monitor - 27" sounds huge to me since I've been on a 17" laptop for the last 4 years. The response time shouldn't matter because I won't be gaming on it - right?

Another SSD for scratch - I'm not tech savvy but sounds like a great idea - I'll look into that more.
 
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Thanks, I'll have a look.
 

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