Build 139 – Paradigm: Visual Effects Workstation

Paradigm is a visual effects workstation.


Paradigm is a visual effects workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a Ryzen 9 5900X processor and an RTX 3070Ti 8GB video card.

Software Workload/Customer Need

This customer needed a powerful new workstation to handle their growing professional workload, improving on their existing i7 MacBook Pro.

This build is designed for After Effects, Blender, Cinema 4D, Octane, and Redshift.

This build was influenced by Thunderfury.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

Motherboard: ASRock X570 Taichi

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4

Memory: Kingston Fury Beast 2x32GB DDR4-3200

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 Evo Plus 512GB

Storage (SSD): Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB

Video Card (GPU): Nvidia RTX 3070Ti 8GB

Power Supply (PSU): Enermax Revolution DF 850W 80+ Gold

Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow Black

Fans: 3x Noctua NFF12 Black PWM

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Design Rationale

  • The Ryzen 9 5900X 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, air cooling with dual-tower cooler is recommended.
  • The customer wanted a stable motherboard with a good amount of desktop functionality. Support for a second GPU was very important.
  • The customer wanted at least 64GB of RAM, 128GB was an easy upgrade.
  • The customer was fine with our default storage setup.
  • We recommended the RTX 3070Ti for editing and rendering performance.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 850W power supply was recommended.
  • We used our default mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used our default fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

I’ve been very happy with my build. I enjoyed talking to people that geek out in what they do. They put together a good plan for a machine that fits my needs. I’ve had my machine for a few months. It has been a stable and quite as I pushed it through some heavy tasks.

Chris, Cary NC

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