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Building a new computer
show user profile  Justin101
Hey all,

Got a rather important question.
I use 3ds Max 2015 with Vray on Windows 7 pro with a 64bit system and want to build a new computer. A couple points below if you have a moment to comment please. I obviously am doing my own research, but your opinions are helpful.

- Best graphics card for 3D modelling, texturing and rendering hi-res if it helps. And AMD vs Nvidia.

- Should I stick with win 7 pro or upgrade and to what? I'm worried about files or software not opening because of the operating system upgrade.

- Processor? Motherboard? Hard drive? Case? And anything else important to consider.

- RAM?


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5/15/2017 7:05:02 PM (last edit: 5/15/2017 7:05:02 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Here are my answers in order:

- Nvidia, the best you can afford. Go for a 1080 if you can

- Go for Windows 10. Faster and more secure, but turn off all the privacy invasion.

- The best you can afford, SSD, Something roomy to fit the 1080 in

- minimum of 16, preferably 32

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5/15/2017 9:08:55 PM (last edit: 5/15/2017 9:08:55 PM)
show user profile  Justin101
Thanks but why trun off privacy invasion in Windows 10?
Also will Windows 10 be compatible will all my software and files?
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5/15/2017 9:39:50 PM (last edit: 5/15/2017 9:39:50 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Turning off the privacy invasion is a personal preference.

I can not tell you if all your software and files are compatible. I have no idea what software you use. I can tell you that I have not had a single piece of software I use be incompatible with it yet.

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5/15/2017 10:10:27 PM (last edit: 5/15/2017 10:10:27 PM)
show user profile  GloriaJean
You can't buy better advice!

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5/16/2017 6:24:24 AM (last edit: 5/16/2017 6:24:24 AM)
show user profile  Justin101
Ok great.
And Nvidia works with 3ds Max better than AMD correct?
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5/16/2017 8:14:54 AM (last edit: 5/16/2017 8:14:54 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Generally speaking, yes. Nvidia's drivers have traditionally been more stable, and you get CUDA support where it is possible.

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5/16/2017 10:08:08 AM (last edit: 5/16/2017 10:08:08 AM)
show user profile  Justin101
Thanks for the opinions so far.

I'm narrowing it down and it's mainly a question of AMD vs Intel for the chip. Intel has higher frequency and AMD has more cores. Which of the two would offer 3ds Max more advantage?

I'm probably going with a Samsung 960 Evo SSHD which plugs directly into the motherboard over the 850 which connects via cable and is apparently slower. Sound right?

For the GPU it's either the Nvidia GTX 1080 or the 1070. Around a $150 difference between the two. Would it be worth the cost?

2x 16gb corsair vengeance LPX chips of ram making that 32gb in total. There's room for more but apparently it's better to have a maximum of two chips only. Is this correct?

Two seperate WB gold 2TB hard drives. I wanna connect them so that they both have the same data in case one crashes the second will be the back up. Is this a good idea?

Windows 10 home (shouldn't have problems with 3ds Max 2015 and Vray.
Anything else to consider? Any opinions would be much appreciated.
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5/16/2017 2:46:35 PM (last edit: 5/16/2017 2:46:35 PM)
show user profile  digs
I'm going to be building a new machine soon too, but I'm going to wait until AMD releases it's new Vega gpu's

nvidia is great and all, and I've always bought intel + nvidia... even bought nvidia stock because I know how hype they are, but ryzen processors are showing they can outperform intel in a lot of cases (rendering for example, in blender), and ryzen chips are designed to work best with vega gpu's, which arn't out yet (reported to be coming out in a few months, more info expected at computex).

so, if ryzen cpu's outperform intel cpu's when using nvidia gpu's, than you would expect that ryzen cpu's + vega gpu's (the gpu they were designed to work with) would out perform ryzen(or intel) cpu's using nvidia gpu's (the vega competitor is 1080 ti) - and you'll be saving money

idk, just me. also, I buy from, because I like the cut of their jip, and you can buy a warranty on the same thing you'd be getting if you were to "build it yourself"
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5/16/2017 8:14:50 PM (last edit: 5/16/2017 8:21:50 PM)
show user profile  Justin101
Thanks digs. I just read that the 4 core Intel 7700k beats the Ryzen 7 1700 with 8 cores when it comes to 3ds Max benchmarks. It seems that 3ds Max is not optimised well to make use of the 8 cores in the Ryzen 1700.

I plan to get either the Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 which are Intel based GPUs so it may be a good idea again to go with the Intel CPU so they better communicate.
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5/16/2017 8:31:40 PM (last edit: 5/16/2017 8:31:40 PM)
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