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    Building a new PC as a Workstation

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    Hey guys,


    In order of importance, m looking to run...

    First

    Music (Currently my PC loads Cinematic VST libraries quite slowly)

    - FL Studio
    - Kontakt

    - Photoshop large documents
    -Lots of tabs open at same time in Firefox and Chrome
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    Third

    - ZBrush
    - Maya ( Mainly for the general UI for sculpt, retopo, rigging , UVs, etc, very little rendering, Im mainly looking to render real time in UE4)
    - Substance Painter and Designer
    - Marmoset Toolbag
    - MARI
    - Unreal Engine 4 (For real-time cinematic shorts)
    - 3DS Max (Just a little, very little rendering)
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    Fourth(Negligible/Very rare uses)

    Any Recent Games

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    Im comparing my own build to this pretty great Most Bang for Buck Prebuilt by Microcenter called Powerspec
    Its the model G221

    They advertised for 850, but right now its...

    TOTAL 899 (w/out tax)


    Heres their specs

    PowerSpec System Specs
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    Im looking to build...

    - Ryzen 5 1600 - 200$ (W/Wraith Cooler)

    - GTX 1050ti-145$
    - Crucial 16GB Single DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - CT16G4DFD824A =$138

    - 960 EVO series Samsung SSD= 117.60 (Looking to use my external HDDs as storage)
    - ASUS Prime B350-Plus AMD Ryzen AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 USB 3.1 ATX B350 Motherboard = 90$
    (Also open to recommendation on a MOBO with 4 or more USB 3.0 ports, in this MOBO its only 2 USB 3.0)


    - Power) Corsair cx650m = 70$

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    50$ for case
    Open to recommendations!
    -Removable dust filter
    -No other dust holes
    -Great circulation for cool and quiet
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    810 TOTAL


    After 8.875% tax
    881.84$
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    My two suggestions are an SSD and a CPU with a lot of cores, which you seem to have covered.

    Any more advice is probably best to ask for at /r/buildapc - Planning on building a computer but need some advice? This is the place to ask!

    They helped me a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olie View Post
    My two suggestions are an SSD and a CPU with a lot of cores, which you seem to have covered.

    Any more advice is probably best to ask for at /r/buildapc - Planning on building a computer but need some advice? This is the place to ask!

    They helped me a lot.
    Thanks,

    I posted on there already but there arent many viable answers in terms of sound production?

    Heres an updated build list, what do you think


    PCPartPicker part list: System Build - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini, Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower - PCPartPicker
    Price breakdown by merchant: System Build - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Min... - Prices By Merchant - PCPartPicker

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($289.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: *GeIL - EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($127.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($117.60 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design - Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: *Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $822.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-18 16:38 EDT-0400

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    Any ideas guys?

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    Your build list looks solid.

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    I'd swap the SSD out for a regular hard drive. With only 250GB you'll run out of space fairly quickly. I'm still not sold on SSD's for longevity, particularly for anything having to do with audio.
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    Looks like a solid PC, but I don't see an audio interface. Looks like you're gonna do video which means 48k audio.
    And that GPU seems very light to be doing anything in Substance, I have a GTX 970 and it struggles hard, especially with the kinds of texture resolutions you're gonna need for cinematic shorts. Once you get back to Toolbag or Unreal, it'll be fine, but when you're dealing with large uncompressed 2 or 4k texture layers in Substance.. prepare to get frustrated!

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