A Technical Architect: Building your 3D Rendering PC

In each of us, there’s a do-it-yourself junkie hiding. When we’re dealing with analog computers this junkie even makes itself more felt. For architects who are into self-built rigs, there’s nothing like the feeling of seeing a computer you made yourself perform just as you’d exactly envisioned.

Consider building your own computer. Aside from it being cheap, there are also added benefits. You need to have the following configurations:

An upgraded CPU. It goes without saying that when you’re building a PC from scratch, absolutely everything has to be updated. The CPU should be powerful, but just about—in this age, the power has shifted from here to the Graphical Processing Unit, or GPU. However, you should still consider CPUs in the range of the i9 or the Ryzen.

A powerful GPU. This is where the rendering PC usually gets its main draw from. If you’re choosing between NVidia and AMD cards, the NVidia GPUs supports CUDA while AMD is choosing to back OpenCL. As most rendering toolsuse CUDA, it’s logical to go for NVidia cards. AMD’s time will come sooner or later but, for now, choose to go the other way.

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A fast RAM card. RAM sticks aren’t really a big concern for renderers; however, if you want lightning fast reaction times, and you’ll do—especially if you use Maxwell as a renderer—RAM should be upwards in the neighborhood of 8GB and no lower than that. If you must, add more RAM sticks as long as there’s an available slot to fill.

Big Storage. As a standard, custom-made rigs these days always pack a standard 1TB drive on them. It’s not that important if you’re using your rig for 3D rendering, though, as these files are still slightly smaller than games or animation files that usually go space hungry. If you must, choose a 1TB drive with a cautionary extra 1TB drive on the standby.

A strong power supply. All of these won’t function properly if you don’t get a proper PSU. Remember to leave this one to the experts; if you’re building a PC, you can ask shops for advice on what’s the best PSU to supply equal power to areas of your rig. Usually, the powerful the pieces, the higher the wattage; that’s the only thing you should remember about PSUs.

As long as you’ve got the major pieces for your computer already settled, you’re fine. Remember to build your PC according to your need; powerful PCs are designated for important work, after all.