I am a long time Mac user who has come to terms with the fact that Mac will not currently meet my needs. So, I have decided to undertake my first PC build (I have several friends help me if I get stuck but I am a very quick study )
I am ready to finalize my parts list (and get this underway!) after much research, and would love some feedback from you guys because I am NOT a computer hardware specialist!
If you see a conflict, or something that would be smarter/ better/ etc…I’d love it if you’d let me know!
The -what- and -why- I will add below. I know some of you just want to get to the parts query so…
I HAD thought the Ryzen Threadripper 1950x was it…but am now thinking that a better option will be the RYZEN 2700x, 8 core, Turbo Boost - since I do have so much time to spend actually drawing in SU, and am not ready for a separate render engine yet (and my internet is not great so cloud based render engines are not a good option for routine work)
I’d love some feedback on this -
I understand that the 1080 ti 11gb is the way I want to go, and am having trouble getting my head around how the Nvidia product really differs from the Gigabyte AORUS GE Force. Recommendations?
I am thinking that the Flarex 32gb (8gb x 4) for AMD is the way to go here.
MSI x399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
Samsung 970 Evo NVM 1TB
The other I am toying with is the Samsung 960 Pro M2 also at 1 TB
The price difference is pretty negligible … anyone have any feedback on reliability/ speed between these?
Corsair CX850M - 850w 8- plus bronze, don’t want to worry about it if I decide to add add’l GPU in the future.
And I am leaning towards the Corsair CoolMax full tower case…also to just have to buy it once and not have to worry about running out of space …though I know that I’ll have quite a lot of ‘free’ space with this first build. It seems like that might allow me to postpone going beyond air cooling for the time being as well? And I’m leaning towards the ASUS PB278 QR monitor - matte, 1920 x 1080
Now, for the ‘what I need it for’ business…
Currently, I primarily use SketchUp Pro 2018 on an older MacBook Pro - and while I know that pretty much ANYthing would be better than this old dog - I need something that can keep up with the ever changing scope of what I need to do.
I work remotely as much as possible, and my current laptop will have to suffice for any on-the-job-site work that I might have to do for the time being…
Seeing as I will have to re invest in ALL my software, I am looking to save as much as possible - but don’t want to cut a stupid corner that will slow me down, or see me completely ‘outdated’ in a year, over a couple hundred dollars…
My main software at this time (very often at least several are running concurrently):
- SU pro 2018
- VRay (I don’t think I will be re purchasing Podium, I like VRay’s features better and if processing speeds are actually do able…I don’t see a reason for Podium)
- Occasionally AUTOcad
- Final Cut Pro x
I would like to work on learning 3D Max next but that is for another day.
I am fairly split at this time between providing Production Documentation to contractors (primarily for general storage areas, closets, built ins, etc), and working on Client Presentation packages for Interior Design firms. So…while all of this requires a lot of time in SU, I also am doing a lot of rendering work, and Photoshop touch up.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts.
I really appreciate you guys and this forum