Build 89 – Carbon Thunder: Animation Workstation

Carbon Thunder is an animation workstation.


Carbon Thunder is an animation workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core i7-10700K processor and an RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload. Being that this was their first custom-built rig, they wanted to make sure it was done right.

This system is designed in particular for After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Clip Studio Paint, Cinema 4D, and Toon Boom Harmony (in order of importance to the client).

This build was influenced by Visual Content Creator and Blenderizer.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel Core i7-10700K

CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 360

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z490 VISION D

Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 2x16GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 512GB NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Black 2TB


Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RMx 850W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120MP

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-10700K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, liquid cooling with a 360mm AIO is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality, multi-GPU support, and Thunderbolt support.
  • The customer wanted at least 32GB of RAM, 64GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was mostly fine with our default storage setup, adding a 2TB HDD.
  • We recommended the RTX 2070 Super for editing and rendering performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Top Flight Computers is an excellent high integrity company. Their service is responsive and prompt.

The workstation they built for me to run After Effects, Creative Suite, and light Cinema 4D runs very quickly and smoothly, and even allows for some quality gaming. When I’ve had concerns Chris responded within 24 hours and sorted the issue with a day or two.

Excellent people who value quality and integrity.”

Jordan, Raleigh NC

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