View Full Version : New PC for Lightwave and After Effects-Please Advise!

11-01-2012, 03:28 PM
Hello all

Need a little assistance speccing out a new workstation, I will be using Zbrush and Lightwave for 3d and After Effects for Compositing and Motion Graphics, Photoshop for content creation and Premiere for editing.

My budget is approx. $3000. I need this workstation to do everything. My previous workstation is an AMD Phenom II x6 1090T 16 gb of ram and a Radeon 5750.

I'm no longer interested in the AMD platform, I've been looking at the 3770k but the 1155 socket platform look too close to EOL for me so I've turned to the 2011 socket, looking to get the 3930k and have an upgrade path to an hopefully Ivy-Bridge-E eight core.

Here is the machine I have specced out so far:
below each item is the main reason the component was selected.

Fractal Design Define XL Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case - 149.99

Quiet is a must have and this case provides that.

ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS -304.99

Love Asus Quality picked the Pro because Standard didnt offer SSD Caching which I intend to take fukk advantage of.

EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 319.99

least expensive board I could find that AE supports do I need more?

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz - 569.99

6 cores, best bang in 2011 socket and better that 3820

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 - 169.99

Nice stable PSU and modular

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 2 X 89.99

Fast SSD 2 X in Raid 1 config

CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 2 X 149.99

Ramdisk, AE loves ram and who does want 64GB

LITE-ON Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback SATA iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support 99.99

50 GB backup, whats an exabit? tape what tape?

CORSAIR Hydro Series H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

gonna OC? need to keep it cool and keep it silent

Acer G236HLBbd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor 2 x 149.99

brought two of these two years ago, very nice monitors dual 23's for under $300 really??!!

WACOM Intuos5 Touch PTH450 Small Pen Tablet 229.99

for Zbrush and texture painting I have a intous 3 should I keep it or give it to the wife?

3Dconnexion 3DX-700028 Silver/Black 2 Buttons USB Optical SpaceNavigator SE 95.99

Want the SpaceNav but the budget wont allow for now

Logitech M570 910-001799 Black 1 x Wheel USB RF Wireless Laser Trackball 49.99

I love my Trackman, I been using trackballs for 20 years replaced my imacs "magic" mouse with a Trackball.

The Grand total is $3075.25.

Any feedback on this setup and it performance with regards to Lightwave and/or After Effects will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks consideration in advance

11-02-2012, 12:03 AM
I'd get a 600 series Geforce card (not EVGA, just my opinion). They are lower power, for the most part, and seem to have more CUDA (Fermi) cores at lower prices. Not sure which is supported by AFX out of the box, but there is a hack to make other cards to work. Very simple.

At $230, Gigabyte 660 is my choice (only one power plug + bus) with 960 cuda cores, the 660ti has 1344 cuda cores. the 660ti is about $100 more.

11-02-2012, 12:30 AM
Check CUDA results with the 600 series: for some tasks they seem to be much slower than the previous 500 generation.

Keep your wacom 3 - the main difference would be 1024 versus 2048 pressure levels, but you would have to decide whether this and the touch support warrants the money.

And do not skimp on screen(s): good quality (large) screen(s) is/are more important - it's what you will be looking at all day long. It is like buying a world class BOSE stereo system and hooking up two 20watt speakers.

11-02-2012, 08:47 AM
Thanks guys for the advice, I decided to go with the 660ti more Cuda cores and still $10 cheaper. Dropped the wacom 5 and with the savings upgraded the Acer screens for 2 Asus PA series IPS screens with 100% sRGB color reproduction, with all these changes the total is $3065.30 $10.01 cheaper. Thanks again

11-02-2012, 09:29 AM
Yeah I'd keep the intuos3. I have the 5 and the surface wears down the nibs like CRAZY. Especially if you use it a lot (which I do). The inuos4 also had this problem. I know the 3 doesn't. So I'd keep that.. really.. the double pressure pen sensitivity doesn't help that much. I also find that the touch buttons get more in the way cause if you just put your hand on them (without pushing) a pop up appears and gets in the way.
I went with a 27" LG Flatron. I'm liking it quite a bit. I think it was $299

11-02-2012, 10:03 AM
Bose never made world class stuff.
Lots of marketing and overpriced gear.
You can get allot better for the same price.


11-02-2012, 02:26 PM
It was just an expression - do not take it too literally. I would never buy Bose myself. The comparison still stands, though. ;-)

11-02-2012, 07:11 PM
Off topic: what would you buy if not Bose? I'm looking for a new stereo/surround system atm. Pioneer, Denon, Onkyo, Marantz, ... (too much choice :(). What boxes to go with that (B&W, Pioneer, ...)? Max total price is 3 500,00. If any1 has good advice, please let me know :). Thanks!

11-02-2012, 08:21 PM
Onkyo and Denon are really nice systems. Personally, I'd go Pioneer as I can't hear the difference between a $2000 stereo and a $5000 stereo.

If you are looking for Home Theater components, connectivity options may be more important than fidelity however. (HDRI switching and passthru options, number of TOS link, etc...)

Just my opinion.