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  1. Any quadro is a waste for just AE/C4D. If you have to buy *today*, get a 980ti, or Titan x if you have money to burn (the speed difference between the 2 is quite small while the titan costs double-ish). If you can wait a couple months, the 1080 will be the card to get. Right now the driver support isn't there...at least for Octane.

  2. Looks very similar to the workstation I'm on now. +1 on the PSU. The EVGA in this has been great.


    128GB RAM may be a little much...we've been fine with 64GB. Octane won't care too much about the cache drive, but overall C4D/AE performance will.


    You may need some additional fans...basically you will want to use as many as possible in that case (or any case with air cooled 4xGPUs). I've liked the blue LED corsair fans...just remember to get the SP (static pressure) versions for your intakes and AF ones for exhaust.

  3. I tend to look at design related blogs a lot for awhile, then nothing for months, even though I'm always designing. Motionographer is really the only mograph specific one I go to. Then vimeo.com subscriptions/channels, here, mymodernmet.com, thedenveregotist.com, thisiscolossal.com and maybe fastcodesign.com.

  4. Unless you are GPU rendering and need the vram, there is no need for a Titan X 12GB. A 6GB 980ti will be just as fast in AE/C4D and save you $350.


    If you need 8 or less cores, just get an i7. No need for Xeons, and they can't be OC'd as far as i7s.


    Get at least 1 SSD (500GB) for your system drive, if not more for footage etc. Get at least 7200 rpm drives unless it is for backups only.


    Check out pcpartpicker.com for more feedback on cases, etc.

  5. I would agree. If you want to ever run 4 GPUs, you need to do the 5830k for 40 lanes. You will see benefits with just 2 GPUs. The CPU is basically as fast as the 5820k. You are mainly paying for extra lanes.


    The Air540 is a good case. It should cool this kind of build just fine with the right fans. We have built 4xTitan builds in the Corsair 760T and 780T cases that have been great. The Air540 is smaller, but wider than those cases. Basically you could just decide on looks which of those 3 cases you like best.


    I only have experience with EVGA and Asus motherboards, so I can't say anything about the MSI. The Asus x99 WS board is the only one on the market that can give 4 x 16x PCI slots. That being said, I haven't noticed any real difference in octane between the computer with the Asus and the EGVA that doesn't.


    I finished my mATX build this weekend, and with one click I got the 5820k running at about 4.1ghz. I haven't had time to tweak it further, but it still got a cinebench 15 score of over 1200.

  6. Decent start. I would go with a video card with a reference cooler so you can stack more together. You can get away with 4x980ti with reference coolers, but using those open type coolers like that one won't let you do that without significant thermal throttling. That PSU won't be good for more than 2 video cards. I'm not familiar with that motherboard, so just make sure the performance of the PCI slots will keep up with a 4x980ti setup. Even if you don't want to spend the cash on multiple GPUs right now, make sure the rest of the system is up to spec when you need the speed later on.


    For my home rig I'm building this week, I've opted for a max of 2 GPUs in favor of space/portability. Here is the part list.

  7. The Octane rigs I built a few months ago is basically what you have here. The boot drive is a little small, but probably ok for awhile. I went with the Asus WS-E mobo, 500GB SSD boot, Corsair 780T case and Titan Blacks/Zs. If you can wait until the 980TIs are out, that would save almost half for about the same performance. I have only once needed more ram than the 6GB have on the "old" Titans.


    Check youtube and ask your friends for help with the actual building.


    Oh and don't forget $100ish for Windows (I did 8.1). Octane also doesn't care for SLI, so don't worry about the bridge.

  8. If things are that basic, see if you can test out of those classes. I don't know what college you're at, but the one I went to allowed that.


    Overall, I don't think a degree in this field is worth $50k or more of debt. The salaries just don't support it on average. Less than $50k, maybe...if you make the most of it (connections, etc, like mentioned above). Even then, I feel 4 years of school is only slightly less time than if you started at the bottom at a good design place and worked your way up (learning along the way). It also depends on your location and exactly what you want to do.


    With all the tutorials out there online that you can do on the side, and if you can get some good internships at some design places, you may be better served by getting a business/project management/management degree. This assumes you are disciplined enough to put the time in on the mograph/design stuff while doing the rest. A lot of artists need the structure of just a design degree to get through all they need to learn.

  9. I use Behance Pro site simply because it does what most of the others do, and it is included free with the Adobe CC subscription. Behance does have a nice iOS app that helps keep things updated. They also can pull from LinkedIn, so it's one less site I have to worry about updating.


    Before that, I was using wordpress.


    Oh and no, I have not got any work through behance. I haven't checked my traffic stats in awhile to see for sure, but no client has mentioned it.

  10. AromaKat is on the right track.


    The GPU workstation I am currently using is:


    5960x i7

    Asus x99 WS-E motherboard

    64GB Corsiar LPX RAM

    2x Samsung SSDs (OS and cache)

    1x 1TB Western Digital drive (project files)

    external raids (existing)

    Corsair 780t case

    EVGA 1600w PSU

    Corsair H100i CPU cooler

    2x Titan Z


    If you don't plan on every putting 4 GPUS in, there is no need for the 1500W PSU. 1200w would be plenty for only 2-3 GPUs and that i7 OC'ed.


    If you only do 32GB of RAM and 2 x 980 GTX GPUs, you would be in range of your budget. Maybe loose the 5960x CPU for a 5930K to save $500. I'm a big fan of the ASUS WS-E and Rampage boards, but they make cheaper ones that are good if you don't want room for 4 GPUs. EVGA also has a good board (x99 classified) that we have 4 x Titan blacks running on now that has been great too. Right now we are still using our 27" Apple displays, so I can't recommend anything there. I hear Dell and LG have some good monitors for around $500-700.


    Octane has been a lot more stable on this Win 8.1 PC with multiple GPUs than it ever was with the old Mac Pro with a GTX 680. Having at least 2 GPUs really helps when working in it. Octane still needs to grow in stability, but the problems are worth the performance...just keep auto-save on :)

  11. Perfect. There is also this shorter/newer thread: http://render.otoy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=44582

    So no OSX version can handle over 5 GPUs right now.


    I've posted a bit about this, so I don't want to repeat too much here (search my threads)...basically what you would pay for a mac + enclosures would buy you the same PC/monitor/GPUS and an additional Titan Z.


    I'd take another 5700 cuda cores over OSX any day...maybe that's just me.

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