Build 56 – The Shrenderer: Visual Effects Workstation

The Shrenderer is a visual effects workstation.


The Shrenderer is a visual effects workstation.

General System Design

This build is designed around a 14-core i9-9940X 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, designed for several software suites.

These suites include Blender (Cycles and EEVEE), ZBrush, Substance Painter, Substance Designer, 3D Coat, Agisoft Metashape, Marvelous Designer, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

This build was influenced by Storm of the Century and Neverwait.

System Spec

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9940X

CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i PRO

Motherboard: Asus Prime X299-Deluxe II

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 4x16GB DDR4-2666

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 1TB NVME

Storage (SSD): HP EX950 2TB NVME

Video Card (GPU): 2x EVGA RTX 2080Ti 11GB XC HYBRID

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W

Case: Fractal Design Meshify S2

Fans: 7x Corsair LL120 RGB w/ Lighting Node Pro

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Design Rationale

  • The i9-9940X gave the customer a great amount of single-core performance for modeling and editing, and multicore performance for heavily-threaded tasks. The 9900K lacked cores, RAM, and PCIE lanes for the top end of the workload.
  • 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 at least 64GB of RAM, and wanted RGB for visual appeal.
  • The customer was fine with our recommended storage setup.
  • For the best performance in GPU-bound workloads (and not needing more than 12GB of VRAM), we recommended dual RTX 2080Ti. These models included a 120mm AIO for improved cooling.
  • The overall design of the build meant that a 16000W power supply was recommended.
  • We used an extended mid-tower case to fit the build.
  • We used high-end RGB fans to ensure proper airflow and static pressure.

Customer Review

“I was in need of a multimedia rig that could handle a variety of disciplines in 3D Animation, Rendering, VFX Compositing, and Video Editing.

Top Flight Computers was amazing to work with. They carefully and intuitively thought through each design decision pertaining to my rig (The Shrenderer), and maximized the effectiveness and power of the build. They are authentic, genuine, and go the extra mile for their customers.

I have been looking for a good builder for awhile, and after meeting their team and seeing the level of personal care that goes into each build, tailoring it to the unique needs of each client, I was sold. If and when I decide to build another rig, I am going straight back to Top Flight Computers.

No doubt they are the best in the area and you shouldn’t hesitate to consider them for your next build.”

Jesse, Durham NC

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