Build 19 – Storm of the Century: 3D Animation Workstation

Storm of the Century is a 3D animation workstation.


Storm of the Century is a 3D animation workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 6-core i7-8086K 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. This system is designed in particular for After Effects and Octane Render.

This build influenced Deep Shadow.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8086K

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro

Motherboard: Asus Z370-A

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2400

Storage (SSD): Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

Video Card (GPU): 2x EVGA GTX 1080Ti 11GB FTW3

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair AX1200i

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i7-8086K gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling and 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.
  • The customer wanted to max the build out with 64GB of RAM.
  • The customer requested a single 500GB SSD.
  • The customer already had a pair of GTX 1080Tis, we used those in this build.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 1200W power supply was recommended.
  • We used a full-tower case to fit the build.

Customer Review

“Chris is a very knowledgeable guy, he’s the professional that hobbyist computer builders consult with, and who you want to go with for your custom build.

He recommended a build specific to my business’ software and needs, and had it built for me in under a month. In my case I needed After Effects render speed, so we went with the fastest single-core CPU on the market.

Even though I’m a hobbyist computer builder myself, I really never would have thought to exchange core count for clock speed. Highly recommended!”

Jesse, Raleigh NC

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