Build 48 – Grimm: Animation Workstation

Grimm is an animation workstation.


Grimm is an animation workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around an 8-core i9-9900K processor and twin RTX 2080 8GB video cards.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a new powerful workstation to handle their growing professional workload in a wide range of software for animation and game development, as well as recording, gaming and streaming.

This software suite includes: ZBrush, Photoshop, Marvelous Designer, Substance Painter, Marmoset, Maya, Mari, Lightroom, 3D Coat, Topogun, Vegas Pro, Substance Designer, Unreal Engine, Unity, Arnold, and Keyshot.

This customer also purchased Aries and Big Timer.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Black

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666

Storage (SSD): HP EX920 512GB NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX920 1TB NVME

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Red 2TB

Video Card (GPU): 2x Asus RTX 2080 8GB (blower)

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair HX Platinum 1000

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120MP

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-9900K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for editing and gaming, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a dual-tower is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM.
  • The customer was mostly fine with our default storage setup, only adding a 2TB HDD.
  • We recommended twin RTX 2080s for gaming and rendering performance, as well as multi-monitor support. The blower design works very well for a multi-GPU build.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1000W 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

“My system was 6 years old, using a lot of heavy programs like ZBrush, Maya, Marvelous Designer, Photoshop, Marmoset, Arnold, and Substance Painter. It was starting to chug on me.

Thankfully, the timing was perfect, and Chris Touchberry reached out to me and helped me build a computer that I needed. Not only for work, but for streaming as well. It’s been great, extremely efficient, and if I could eat it I’m sure it would taste like butter.

Chris listened to the problems I had and was really great at helping me through the process of everything. I work with computers but I definitely don’t know whats best to build one, and he helped immensely.

Thank you again for the Grimm workstation!”

Alexandria, Seattle WA

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