Build 87 – Houdinier: Visual Effects Workstation

Houdinier is a visual effects workstation.


Houdinier is a visual effects workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 32-core Threadripper 3970X processor and twin RTX 2080Ti 11GB video cards.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload that would last a long time.

This system is designed in particular for Houdini and Redshift.

This was one of our former tech consultants favorite orders, now memorialized in The Johnson Process.

Builds managed by Chris include HephaestusThe Beast, JangoNautilusData DozerHoudinierThe BebopSilver SurferEl Rey Del Muerto, and The ArkenScripter.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Threadripper 3970X

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S TR4

Motherboard: ASRock TRX40 Creator

Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 4x32GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Black 4TB

Video Card (GPU): 2x RTX 2080Ti 11GB Blower

Primary Power Supply (PSU): Corsair RM850

Secondary Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W

Case: Lian Li O11D XL-W

Fans: 9x Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM, 2x Noctua NF-A15 HS-PWM Black

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Design Rationale

  • The Threadripper 3970X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a single-tower cooler is recommended. Liquid cooling is more powerful, but not quite as reliable.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 128GB of RAM, 256GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer requested a 1TB NVME and 4TB HDD.
  • Due to pricing on Quadro models, and not needing more than 12GB VRAM, we used RTX 2080Ti blower cards.
  • To allow for 2 more 2080Ti cards to be added, we used dual power supplies in this build. These can not be used on the same regular 120V circuit.
  • We used a special full-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our high-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“Top Flight Computers did an amazing job through the whole process of my purchase. Responsive and informative.

Shout out to the sales rep Chris Johnson for always staying on top of everything, answering all the questions I have.

Thank you so much to the team at Top Flight!”

Stefan, Santa Monica CA

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