Build 53 – NeverWait: Animation Workstation

NeverWait is an animation workstation.


NeverWait is an animation workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 10-core i9-9900X processor and twin GTX 1080Ti 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 build is designed for After Effects, Illustrator, Audition, AME, Storyboarder, OBS, Cinema 4D, Blender, Octane, Unity, Unreal Engine, Substance Designer, VVVV, Nuke, ZBrush, and lots of small plugins.

This build influenced BellaVerde.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900X

CPU Cooler: Fractal Design Celsius S36

Motherboard: Gigabyte X299 DESIGNARE EX

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8x16GB DDR4-2666

Storage (SSD): 2x Samsung 860 EVO 1TB

Storage (SSD): 3x Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVME

Video Card (GPU): 2x Asus GTX 1080Ti 11GB STRIX GAMING OC

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

Fans: 7x Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM

Network Card: Intel X540-BT2

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-9900X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for editing and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks. The upgrade path to a 9980XE, along with more memory support and PCIE lanes made it a better choice than an i9-9900K.
  • To ensure the CPU runs at full speed, air cooling with a dual-tower is recommended. The customer preferred liquid cooling with a 360mm AIO.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality.
  • The customer wanted at least 128GB of RAM.
  • The customer requested twin 1TB SSDs and triple 1TB NVMEs.
  • We used the existing video cards. We installed a single card because the other was being used for a job at time of building. We prewired the power cables for the second GPU.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1200W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a bigger mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our high-end fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“I wish I had gone to Chris sooner. He knows his stuff, he’s professional and won’t let you down. If you make your living with a computer, don’t make the mistake I did…I waited.

Get an upgrade, you won’t regret it.”

Brian, Raleigh NC

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