If your looking for a decent 3D rendering workstation without having to break the bank you could start to look at pre-built machines. There are plenty of pre-built workstations which will be very competent at 3D rendering, however this does normally come at a rather large cost. In our opinion the best way to go is to spec and build your own custom 3D modelling PC.
The spec list below contain our personal favourite budget PC components which still pack a punch. At the time of writing this article all parts come under £1,000 making this the best route into the world of powerful 3D rendering computers. The only thing not on this list which is more of a personal preference is a case, which can be picked up from around £50.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor||£289.97|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z170-HD3P Skylake ATX Motherboard||£113.98|
|Memory||Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz||£89.97|
|Storage||Seagate ST1000DX001 3.5 inch 1TB Hybrid Internal Solid State Drive||£118.03|
|Graphics Card||MSI NVIDIA Gtx 960 Gaming 2 GB PCI-E Graphics Card||£299.90|
|Power Supply||Corsair CP-9020015 CX750 ATX/EPS 80 750 W PSU||£64.99|
As you can see from the benchmark scores below, this i7 stills packs a remarkable punch and sits mid table on CPUBenchmark.net’s high end CPU performance chart. On the GPU front you could look for an entry level Quadro graphics card, which are specifically created for high load rendering, however the GTX card we have chosen packs jsut as much punch for a much smaller price tag than the entry level, yet pricey Quadro cards.
As always our favourite place that we recommend to purchase all of the custom parts above is Overclockers, who also provide the service of building the PC for you, meaning it’ll arrive set up and ready to run.