Building a Computer for 3D Rendering

Updated onJanuary 9, 2022in2022世界杯赛程安排

Update: Personally, I believe building a super fast computer for rendering is outdated. Today’s computing power is more than enough to render a really good rendering. Think about it, if 3D artists are able to create awesome realistic 3D rendering 10 years ago, what about today’s computing powers at your disposable? I prefer buying a ready made gaming station, here are 5 gaming desktop:

  • Acer Predator
  • Asus ROG
  • Dell Alienware
  • Falcon Mach

Not all desktops are made to perform the same, obviously the more RAM and processing speed the faster it is. Here are a few technical items you will have to look out:

  • Dual or Quad Graphic Cards, avoid Single Graphic Card.
  • If possible, go for dual channel 16GB or 32GB RAM. Avoid single channel RAM.
  • Processor is now used to run the application, but rendering with 4 graphic card is the way to render now.
  • Use SSD Hard Disk, avoid SATA Hard Disk. SSD is way faster.

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就像所有的硬核游戏玩家一样,当涉及到3d渲染时,任何建筑专业的学生对处理能力的渴望都是不够的。我老板想买市场上最好的电脑,问我是英特尔至强更好还是奔腾酷睿2 Duo更好?好的显卡会加快渲染时间吗?

I was speechless for a moment, no one asked me about this before and the truth is, I don’t know. So, like my usual self, I searched on the mountain and in the valleys; neither in the heights nor in the depths… I questioned the scholars and philosophers, but he was beyond their understanding….Well, not really. What I did was simply launch my msn and chat with Mr.J from Metamosaic.com – Ex-lecturer of Limkokwing University.

Q: Which is the best processor for 3D rendering?
A: The most expensive in the market.

Q: Will a good graphic card speed up the rendering time?
A: What is a graphic card?

Q: Are you gay and lonely?
A: Am I?

Okay, was joking about those Q&A thing. I did ask him about processor and graphic cards, now according to him Xeon is better than Pentium and a good graphic card will not speed up the rendering time but speed up the preview time during modeling. So I went and do some research online for more information, and went to my usual favorite computer website – Toms Hardware.

Building a Computer for 3D Rendering

According to the benchmark (kind of old already), Xeon outperform all the other processor and what really make this Xeon so powerful? What is the technology behind it? Xeon is a 64bit processor, and comes with a 16M L3 cache. Pentium on the other hand is 32bit (newer models now comes with 64bit) and spot a 2MB – 4MB L1 and L2 cache. A lot of people are confuse about what makes a processor fast, most the buyers tend to go for faster processing speed thinking that a faster processor means that its better, which turn out to be wrong. Do you know that the current Core 2 Duo has a 1.86 GHz processor but able to out perform a single core 3 GHz processor by 70% and consume 50% less watt.

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当涉及到处理器,注意FSB(前端总线),32位或64位和L2缓存。通过观察GHZ来测量计算机速度是行不通的。现在我们知道,至强处理器是更好的渲染处理器,如果你碰巧有钱,就去买一个吧——记住,至强处理器使用不同类型的主板,可能需要高端内存,这将进一步消耗你的钱包。

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说到图形卡,你知道他们为CAD操作人员准备的工作站CAD图形卡吗?比较一下主流显卡和工作站显卡,现在的显卡只专注于在高要求的游戏中获得更高的fps分数,它们被设计成专注于direct3d应用,比如90%的游戏。然而,工作站显卡由于稳定性的原因而时钟较慢,并且主要集中在OpenGL应用程序上。其中一些是优化的,并携带专门的3dsmax和Maya插件。底线是你需要一个1000美元的显卡只是为了渲染?如果你不太确定这些工作站显卡,那么去买一个SLi显卡。

I’m not so concern about all these processing speed and so on, you can get the best computer money can buy, the real question is do you have the expertise to fully utilize the equipment?

作者既不是CAD专家,也不是网络天才。又一个花太多时间上网的人。The tutorials featured here are meant for basic level understanding.

65 Comments

  1. is this cpu good for rendering???

    type : Intel® Core 2 Extreme Processor X9100
    clock speed : 3.06 GHz
    Front Side Bus : 1066 MHz
    2nd level cache : 6 MB

  2. No its got a small cache on the processor but the front side bus is ok. the core 2 extreme should suffice for rendering though.

  3. The best for 3d rendering:
    Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition
    Motherboard: Intel DX58SO
    内存:Kingston KVR1333D3N9K2/4G(此主板支持4个内存。total 16GB)
    Graphic Card: NVIDIA QUADRO FX570
    (This Motherboard support 2 cards. total 4GB).
    Install extra coolers in your CPU.

  4. I am looking for a new computer. I am an editor of video content, 3D animator/modeler and graphic artist. Programs I curently use: Pinnacle, Premiere, After Effects, Lightwave 3D and Acid. I would like to move into Avids higher end editing software and other 3D programs. I have been researching my options but have gotten woefully behind on computer tech ie: dual/quad core, L1, extreme, mother boards, 32/64 bit etc. I am looking at Dells computer with L1 processor but have been stuck before with being limited to software/hardware compatability (Matrox)so I am gun shy. Trouble is I am a user with only some tech skills. I need a computer that meets these needs: editing, animation and music creation. A tall order as I am discovering.
    Can you lead me to sites that talk in not to technical language or specific equipment that you can recommend. Of course cost is an issue but have put this off to long and must buy now. Thanks for help.

  5. Thanks a lot for this article, it was really helpful answering my FAQs on rendering/visualization processes: Which are the main components involved in 3D Rendering (not real-time visualization)? Etc.

    我是一个专注于产品设计的工业设计师(使用Alias软件的高级表面建模)和高端的逼真渲染(我目前正在尝试Maxwell渲染)。Core 2 Extreme和至强芯片不是移动工作站的标准,这很遗憾,所以我必须在Core 2双核处理器上做出最好的表现。

  6. the more cores doesnt necessarily mean that it will render faster, you also hav to consider the speed say for example 3.0,3.2 etc. 2core cpu with 1.8 ghz speed is just = to 3.6 singl core. the higher the memory the better you can manipulate and the more objects you can put in your 3d. those benchmarks are biassed, ive already tried using intel and amd,(i use mental ray for my renderer) but ive always been having problems with intel, during final rendering where you have to use high settings like setting its indirect illumination to high and applying diffuse bounces,fatal error always occurs on intel processors.

  7. @eliboi

    I don’t understand what are you talking about?! “2core cpu with 1.8 ghz speed is just = to 3.6 singl core”… What is this? That’s not true.

    My CPU is Core2Quad Q9550 2,83GHz so my processor speed is 2,83×4=11,32GHz? So not true. It’s still 2,83GHz CPU with 4 cores, and each one of them can do some prosesses, and if you working with some rendering program you will notice the diference. Even if you have 1core CPU overclocked at 15Ghz with same arcitecture and bus speed it’s not faster than this C2Q.

    If you want I’ll prove this to you.

    I’m an arcitect, but my hoby are electronics, especially computers, so believe me, I know.

    Peace.

    • Required Best configuration P.C for operating cad,max,photoshop & revit (Rendring)
      Plz suggest me the best configuration as soon as possible.

        • I’m buying system for sketchup, AutoCAD 2d ,3d vray n rendering purpose. I’m confused between i7 8700k 6core processor n Intel Xeon processor. If ur suggesting xeon, which in Xeon will be good v3 or v4 ? And a lil more info about Xeon.

    • I am interior designer just wanted to know the details of system that which will be good to work?can I work on i3 3rd gen ,

  8. I AM USING INTEL(R) PENTIUM(R) DUAL CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHZ 2.00 GHZ , 2 GB RAM ITS NOT REANDRING FASTER PLZ HELP ME BEST PC FOR RENDRING I AM USING 3DMAX 9 VRAY .

  9. i’m using AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor and my OS is windows seven 64 bit,is this cpu and OS usefull for v-ray rendering?

  10. Who can help me? I want to buy video card Matrox RT.X2 SD. It will be help me for video or 3D renderings? I’ll wait answer for my question. Thank you.

  11. Required Best configuration P.C for operating cad,max,photoshop & revit (Rendring)
    Plz suggest me the best configuration as soon as possible.

    Regards
    Jacquie

  12. 我是一名建筑系的学生,想买一台新电脑(最好是一台寿命和耐用的Mac产品)。我计划在bootcamp上运行windows 7,用各种软件完成3d建模等任务,特别是使用Vray渲染。有没有人可以推荐一下当前市场上的配置,可以帮助我做好这一点?

  13. been faceing this prob 4 along time, thanks for this, will provide serious food for thought for future procurement. I have heard of thechies who use more than 4 processors at same time and even seen one dude join two desktops to render in 3ds max but in vain. whats your take on this, otherwise am stack with Archicad and Artlantis for a long time

  14. Hi,
    I am using Chief Architect x2, I have many problem for ray trace a project, my pc have the following futures,
    1- Processor Intel i5–750(2.66 GHz)
    2- 6 GB DDR3 SD RAM
    3-Windows 7 64 bit
    4- Video Card 1024 GB nVidia Geforce Gt220

    what is the reason and what should I do, if any one can help I will be most appreciate.

  15. I am using Intel Desktop Board DP55WG Media Series. My processor is Corei7 and graphics Processor is GEForce Series GT240 and I use 2GB DDR3 RAM. I Want to buy a Render Card for Rendering in 3DS Max Animation for quick Rendering. I feel bore when i want to make a animated video scene.

    Please help me for give information of a Render card, model, price for highest performance.

    Thank you Sir for read my Comment.

  16. I currently use the AMD 1090T with 16gbs of DDR3 1600mhz Ram. I dont have any problems with it, I use 3d max 2011 with VRAY and I do this on the daily bases since its my job. I use a Nvidia Graphic Card wich supports 2 monitors but doenst need to be a real expensive one. If you use 3dmax like me ill go with 2 Intel Xeon 5690 with atleast 16gbs of ram. We have one at work and its beastly but the price is not too nice. It will run you about 7 grand but its cheap for what this machine does.

  17. I am using x3chiefarchitect. I am planning to a new computer. Need help configuring new computer to render 3d drawings with software.

  18. Hi
    I am a architectural visualizer
    I am using 3rd max design and vRay 12gb off ram
    I have problem with my graphic card my vCard is fx 1800 and I want to bay new graphic card
    Witch graphic card is the best for me
    Quadro FX
    Or
    Geforce
    I want to go with Quadro FX 5000
    Is this is best for me

    Or geforce is the best

    Help
    Me

  19. I AM USING INTEL(R) PENTIUM(R) DUAL CPU E2180 @ 2.80GHZ 2.80 GHZ , 2 GB RAM ITS NOT REANDRING FASTER PLZ HELP ME BEST PC FOR RENDRING I AM USING 3DMAX 9 VRAY .

  20. I am looking for a new computer. I am an editor of video content, 3D animator/modeler and graphic artist.

    问题是我是一个只有一些技术技能的用户。我需要一台能满足这些需求的电脑:编辑、动画和音乐创作。据我所知,这是个很高的要求。
    Can you lead me to sites that talk in not to technical language or specific equipment that you can recommend. Of course cost is an issue but have put this off to long and must buy now. Thanks for help.

  21. hi i am architecture and i buying DESKTOP PC for 3D Rendering . ple.help me wich configration pc buy? if i buy i7/intel original 67cl mother board/8 gb ram/ its ok?! if no ple.sugess me – Thanku

  22. I find even my i7 with 12gb ram incredibly slow with even quite simple 3D models and visualisations once the lighting and shadows have become complex

  23. Hi, i AM 3D Visualiser and buying i7 (2600) 3.40 Mhz, 16 gb RAM DDR3(1333) and Motherboard “intel dh67” but currently not buy Graphic Card.which graphic card batter for my system???? Plz.. Help Me

  24. Hi Guys Im really confusing all these configurations for best rendering computers. What is the best rendering computer to render 3D Architecture or Maya Fluids and Large Scale Real flow Fluids. .Explain easy in order. Processor( i7 or Xeon Which is Best?), supported Mother Board, Ram, HDD, Graphic Card( NVidia Quadro ****:). If Possible Bench Marks results too. .Plz Dnt Confuse.:)

  25. Hi,
    I am a 3d modeling,texturing and lighting student,my sistem is. – intel core2 Duo procssor E7400 @2.80GHz 2.80GHz
    and 2 GB ram , NVIDIA Gforce 210 graphic card, i wants to know which sistem requirement are best for me.
    please help and suggest me.

  26. hi i am architecture and i buying DESKTOP PC for 3D Rendering . ple.help me wich configration pc buy? if i buy i7/intel original 67cl mother board/8 gb ram/ its ok?! if no ple.sugess me – Thanku

  27. Hi – I’m an industrial design student working in solidworks, rhino 3D, 3DS Max, and Adobe cs5. What computer / processor is the best for opening multiple programs and rendering? Thank you!

  28. hi everyone have a good day, i wanna ask what is the best of this 2 processors? AMD A8 or Intel Core-i7, what is the CPU’s for 3D animation. . please help me Guys. . tnx and God Bless

  29. For laptop graphic cards – check here to see performance benchmarks.

    They obviously they make a huge impact for real time rendering etc.

  30. I just wanted to say that from my experience no computer is ever fast enough. At work my computer is a levonon d20 with 2 x xeon e5620 processors (hyperthreaded, 16 cores), 24 gigs of ram, and an ati firepro v7800 graphics card. I work on 3 24″ monitors in various programs from autodesk infrastructure. I have been working in 3ds max design 2013 lately… And my computer still doesn’t seem fast enough. Rendering just EATS resources. Hiting go for rendering pins 16 cores at 100%, yet the minutes still tick by slow waiting for something to finish. MY ONE PIECE OF ADVICE IS BUY A NVIDIA QUADRO graphics card if your debating between ati and nvidia! They just work better from my experience. My ati just doesn’t seem to run as smooth as a similar computer with a nvidia quadro 2000.

  31. I run windows 7 on a MAC 8-core, Best of both worlds. The Xeon CPU’s are fantastic for rendering and cause it is a MAC, it’s quiet and cost’s far less than an equivalent PC.With the money you save a nice quadro will do good!

  32. hello.. plez help me.. can i upgarde my pc to be more better.. what can i do to maximum upgrade my pc..?
    now im use intel pentium 4 (3.00ghz), ati x1150 256mb ddr3, ram 3gb ddr2..
    i hope you can help me..
    tq..

  33. Hi
    I am looking for a new computer. I am an editor of video content, 3D animator/modeler and graphic artist. Programs I curently use: Pinnacle, Premiere, Photoshopcs6, Illustrator cs6 After Effects,3D Max2012 and Acid. I would like to move into Avids higher end editing software and other 3D programs. plz ple.sugess me( I7- AmD- Workstation Intel Dual Xeon) Graphic Card

  34. 现在如果你想要非常非常快的渲染是高端显卡的必要条件。GPU渲染是当今渲染器的一个常见功能,参见Vray RT,辛烷值,靛蓝RT,来自Blender的Cycles, Luxrender等等。Processor now is relegated to a second place, to do the control of hardware and software that because graphic cards can render several times faster than processors.

  35. hi
    am 3d visualizer
    am using 3rd max design 2013 and vRay 2.3
    AMD FX 8350 ,16gb of ram ,asus GTX660ti graphic card but not gud quality

    pls help
    using render settings and increase rendering speed plzzzz help :(

    • @suhail

      I suggest network rendering. Linking a few computers to harvest all the processor speed, this can only be done if you own genuine 3D max serial number on all the computers linked together. A high quality rendering will probably take less than 30 minutes if you have 10 computers.

  36. hi , this is vinaykumar
    i have a laptop lenovog580, i3 processor with 4gb ram ,, and intel onboard grafics , can i use it for architectural rendering ? if no can i upgrade my laptop’s gpu? or to buy a new system, please comment

  37. Hi, I M working on Vray(max & Maya), Zbrush, C4D,realflow so please send me complete machine configuration with Monitor model name

  38. hello sir,
    I want best rendering PC for 3d max
    what about think this system
    intel xeon E5 2667 v3 ( 3.3 GHT )
    Nvidia quadra 5 GB
    which board support for E5 2667 v3
    SSD 256 GB
    DDR5 32 GB

    • Why not buy Alienware Area 51? It comes with 3 Graphic Card. The good thing with branded PC is stability, whereas custom white box if build incorrectly will have stability issues if the various components do not work seamlessly.

  39. Hi! I am Anirudha, a motion designer from Belgaum.
    I am planning on buying a powerful workstation with faster rendering and which is best suitable for software like Maya, Cinema 4d, Adobe Creative Suite, 3DS Max.
    I have a budget of 1 lakh to 1.5lakh ($2000 to $2400) which includes the entire setup (2 monitors, keyboard, mouse etc). Please help me with the best configuration possible within the above budget. I greatly appreciate your help. Looking forward.

    Thanks

    • Motherboard LGA 2011(AsROCK Z99 W/S) – 25000
      Processor (XEON-E5 2600) – 35000
      Graphics Card QUADRO-2200 – 32000
      Cabinate – 3000
      SSD SAMSUNG 850 PRO (256 GB) – 8000
      Corsair RM750 750 Watts PSU – 8000
      Corsair H100i Cooler – 8000
      Corsair Vengeance 4 X 8GB – 16000
      Monitor x 2 – 17000
      2 X 1TB Hard Disk – 7000
      RAID BOARD – 400
      Wireless Card – 800
      UPS 1 KVA – 5000
      Thermal Grease – 200
      Keyboard – 800
      Mouse+Pad – 600
      Extension Board – 1000
      DVD Drive – 1000
      Card Reader Inbuild – 800
      TOTAL = 165000 approx.(Indian Rupee)

  40. Why has anyone not commented on the fact that rendering is CPU based and not GPU based. Buying a beefy graphics cards and expecting your renders time to decrease would be as useful as installing a 2000w sound system in your car expecting your car to go faster. THE MORE CORES THE BETTER. Each core has two threads, each thread is another render bucket. The more buckets, the faster the lower the render times. A faster quad core could easily render slower than a slower speed 8 core Xeon. Sorry, just has to throw that out there…

    • Rendering is CPU based. The more cores and casche memory you have in the CPU is where you should spend your money. Exept if you use a GPU rendering software like Octane, Furryball and so on, then you would want as many graphic cards as possible on your rig.

      Top of the line PC’s at the moment (2015) is HP Z840 with the Xeon E5-2699 v3 (2.3 GHz, 45 MB cache, 18 cores) and 2 terra byte. These specs are priced beyond 10.000 USD.
      The HP Z800 price starts at 2400 USD.

      Note the 45 MB cache in the CPU! (don’t confuse CPU cache memory with the ordinary memory).

  41. Hi guys,
    I am planning to buy a assembled system for basic 3ds Max use, I have a budget constraint.

    我的规格如下,请建议这对我是否足够。

    CPU: Intel i3 6100 3.7GHz LGA 1151
    Motherboard: Asus H110M-K
    RAM: G.skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB)
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB
    Graphics Card: Zotac nVidia GT 730 2GB DDR5

  42. 你好,请建议这个配置是否可以正常工作??

    Core i5-6400 CPU (Warranty : 3 years)
    Gigabyte B150MD3H Motherboard (Warranty : 3 years) Price :
    8 GB DDR4 2133 Corsair Value Ram (Warranty : 3 years) –
    1 TB Seagate Sata HDD (Warranty : 2 years) –
    Zotac NVidia Chipset GT730 2 GB DDR5 Graphic Card (Warranty : 3 years) –

    I Ball Majestic Cabinet with 400W SMPS (Warranty : 3 years on SMPS) –

  43. 我目前只能使用一台非常基础的笔记本电脑。Acer4738G。core i3-380M, 4GB DDR3, 500GB硬盘。
    我知道这是一台很老很弱的电脑,但它工作得很好。我没有足够的资金去买一台新的电脑,但是我想学习更多的3D建模和渲染的知识。有没有什么软件我可以下载并与我正在使用的笔记本电脑兼容?
    I’m only a beginner so I will only be learning the basics in the forthcoming months.
    Thanks,

  44. You do know that SATA and SSD are two different things? One is a hard drive and the other is the port you connect the hard drive to.

    Also quad graphics cards is a bad advice. There aren’t many applications that can even use that configuration let alone optimize their renders for it. Better off spending money on another dedication render box.

    • 是的,我知道SATA是一个端口。SSD有两个端口,SATA和PCIe, PCIe更快。这就是为什么我没有在文章中提到SATA SSD或PCIe,这是主观的。Almost all… almost… Hard Disk are SATA, thus I mention SATA Hard Disk.

      Yes, not many application understand Quad Graphic command/instruction. If you are into gaming and rendering, then a GeForce is a better choice, however if you are into building a proper work station, then Quad is the better choice, limited Yes, universal? no.

  45. You may have to dig – for your best – in the ebay servers. I got my self 2 dual E5520 32Go RAM (16threads total) for around 350$ that I first dedicated to website hosting and community rendering,
    最近我还买了一架双E5-2650,每架350美元左右。

    Each one of those has a 2x to 5x better price/performance ratio than the new setups.

    知道这些服务器是AIO,并准备运行您最喜欢的渲染器,只要没有或很少的视口权重。它们中的一些可以处理GPU,甚至可以在工作站中转换。

  46. i am going build a system specially for rendering and gaming.
    spec are

    1 7th gen i7 processor
    2 32 gb ram high frequency
    3 1 tb hdd
    4 11gb titan gtx 1080

    but my budget is 1534 $

  47. 我有个土豆,但我想买个烤面包机。烤面包机作为通量电容器会更好吗?或者我可以下载更多内存到我的土豆吗?

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