Hello there LTT Forums. VFX artist from Ubisoft, in need to Next-Genify PC, No idea what I'm doing. Every friend told me something different. Came here to ask a thousand people for a unified conclusion instead.
1. Budget & Location.
Hovering around 3200 Euros -+ ((For the computer itself)), Bulgaria.
Researching computer graphics at home; Houdini, Neural-Networks, 3d scanning, RTX ON, Minecraft.
I have 2 1080p ones now, but I want to spice it up a notch to one of those utlra wide curvy ones...Every time I see them I go, man; Future.
Also a VR headset. I need to look into that stuff too.
((I am not counting these towards the price I listed.))
Considering that I'm using a keyboard so old it has a PS/2 connector, I will probably need a new one. I like the glory ones.
I am using Windows 7 now. I plan to upgrade to either Win 10, or Linux.
Possibly Linux. If I am gonna spend a lot of money on a fast computer, might as well also get Linux. I have a few friends who use Linux so I am set on the "People to ask dumb Linux questions." quality of life improvements.
5. But why though.
Well for starters; RTX ON, I can't take it anymore.
Essentially I want to buy a 2080 Ti and add a computer around it.
The last time I went down this rabbit hole was 6 years ago, after which I was so happy to be done with it that I haven't kept up to date with anything since, and I really should have. Trying to get back up to date on things has been one steep hill to climb.
My Current PC is a;
CPU : Core i7-4790K ((Overclocked though the years))
CPU cooler : NH-D9L
GPU : 970 GTX ((Overclocked though the years))
MOBO : Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
RAM : A rich assortment of various sticks that my system reports as totaling 32 gb They are mostly DDR3 too.
Storage : 120Gb SSD Samsung ((Bought without considering the read/write speeds))
2tb HDD WesternDigital WD20EFRX ((Bought without considering the read/write speeds))
PSU : Fortron FSP700-50ARN 88+
I am curious of I can reuse anything. But also probably not, it's been running nearly 24/7 for the past 6 years. In fact, all of it has. Without fault. I am really happy about how it held up across the years. If it wasn't for Nvidia's RTX stuff, I probably wouldn't have started upgrading yet.
But since I am, let's go bat shit crazy with it. ((Within limits))
Here's where and what I am at now as far as my research and confusing friends go;
PCPartPicker Part List
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5 GHz 16-Core Processor
$749.00 @ Amazon
MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE EATX AM4 Motherboard
$649.99 @ B&H
G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory
$186.99 @ Newegg
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card
$1233.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-29 20:21 EST-0500
But I also have many questions.
Should I buy the Ryzen 9 3950X, OR, Keep my i-7 if it won't bottle neck the GPU that much, and save up for a Threadripper (( maybe 3990X?))
My motherboard needs are lots of fast storage and lots of ram ((I have listed only 32gb on the part picker page, but I plan to slowly buy more after I do this initial investment)), This branches into two questions.
RDIMM or LRDIMM or UDIMM ?... I googled it, I read about it, and I still don't get it. RDIMM/LRDIMM are octachannel and that's good, but UDIMM is faster? Which one do I need on my motherboard for ram. ... And what Ram do I need too for that matter.
Ram has speed. I didn't know that. What speed do I need?
Speaking of storage, what are good suggestions? Half of my friends say PCI-e SSDs, others say M.2s and I am confused. What should I get?
What about Intel Optanes? I watched the LTT video on it, but would my line of work benefit from something like that?
Can I save money by opting out of nonsense? A lot of these motherboards have these crazy designs going on. I don't care about design. Hence the title. I want it fat, ugly and fast
Wait for the 30xx family of GPUs? There are rumors that we'll see Nvidia's next generation mid this year. Should I buy a 2080 -ti now, or hold off on that? Can I buy a 2080 -ti now and sell it an hour before the 30xx is announced?
I don't really care about a Case. I am using whatever a friend had in his basement that one time. But if you have any suggestions, I am open to said suggestions.
I need to consider cooling more seriously this time. I need something that can keep this working good at full load even during our typical 32C(89.6F) Summers. This build struggles with that and I have every door and hatch on the case open. I also want it quiet. Or as quiet as possible. Also any thoughts on entirely putting the computer in another room for the best quiet possible?
That's it for now.
I want to make this post to start gathering conflicting opinions on here too. While though my current PC build kept me afloat all this time, there are a lot of little things I missed, like properly matching my ram speeds, getting a good speedy storage, little things that ended up eating me a lot of time in the end.
I want to use this new build for at least the next 5-6 years again, until the next "insert_word_here ON" thing shows up.
Well, thanks a lot for the time reading this, and thanks any time you might spent on writing a reply too. It is greatly appreciated.
PS: I will of course, as the tradition goes, "Deliver." once it's all said and done an the parts are at my doorstep.
Edit PS: Here's Louis CK saying "It's not enough fast enough." https://youtu.be/WrahQpIWD08?t=62 I always hear that in my head when thinking about this topic....