Hi, I’m looking to get a sense check on a new workstation via work, which will be a corporate purchase through Dell so options are quite limited.
My use case is modelling offshore tooling concepts, installation sequences and rendering product images. Heavy use of Fredo Animator, Twilight Render (switching, probably to Vray), Layout.
Currently using a Dell laptop Latitude 5401, i7-9850H, NVIDIA MX150, 32GB RAM. Significant effort and compromises to keep things running on this machine: not animating, not rendering (i.e. SketchUp native export). I import many models from Solidworks and other CAD programs, so I have to do a lot of geometry reduction and remodelling, use simplified proxies, edges off etc. etc. to keep models usable.
Generally working file sizes are kept to around 10 - 25MB (~ 1.5 million faces) though this has ranged up to 500MB for a particularly painful CAD import (remodelled down to a usable 50MB). Layout files range up to 50MB before I give up on Sketchup >> vector and use PNGs.
Couple of images also in public domain
I am hoping to:
- Increase model and animation complexity - preferably also reduce time I spend remodelling
- Incorporate Vray rendering in my normal workflow
- Throw models around on screen in live demonstrations to clients via Teams
Dell Precision Fixed Workstations | Dell UK
Best bang for buck option I can see is Precision 3660 Tower Workstation
GPU: RTX A2000
RAM: 32GB (dual channel 2 x 16GB)
i7-12700K selected for fast single core
Please confirm that there is no particular benefit in going to Xeon or Threadripper, conversely going to an i3 or i5? I will generally always have Outlook, Teams, Excel, Edge and VS Code running as well.
RTX A2000 - this is a judgement based on price vs performance, so I’d appreciate some insight, it seems to have performance between RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070. I haven’t seen much chat about this range of cards.
T1000 - £428
A2000 - £772
A4000 - £1169
A6000 - £5598 (out of budget)
Prices from this build:
Precision 7865 Tower Workstation : Dell Workstations | Dell UK
From experience, I’m routinely hitting 20GB+. Can always expand down the line if needed.