Grimm | Animation Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Grimm is an air-cooled workstation designed for a wide range of software for animation and game development, as well as recording, gaming and streaming. This software suite includes: ZBrush, Photoshop, Marvelous Designer, Substance Painter, Marmoset, Maya, Mari, Lightroom, 3D Coat, Topogun, Vegas Pro, Substance Designer, Unreal, Unity, Arnold, and Keyshot. This build is designed around an 8-core i9 9900K processor and twin RTX 2080 8GB video cards.

 
 

Long System Description

Grimm was our 49th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall sales.

Alexandria and I connected on LinkedIn in early 2019 and had a nice initial conversation about what she was needing. About 2 months later, she contacted me again to discuss a new workstation build. This ended up being quite a deep conversation, as she had a complex workflow and also needing to be able to drive several different monitors at once.

A few days later, she decided to take the conversation further and filled out a contact form for a high-end air-cooled workstation designed for a wide range of animation and game development softwares, as well as gaming and streaming.

Over the next several days, we figured out what she needed in the PC performance-wise and catered to her personal wishes.

I have no doubt Alexandria will return to us when she needs a new high-end workstation.

“My system was 6 years old, using a lot of heavy programs like ZBrush, Maya, Marvelous Designer, Photoshop, Marmoset, Arnold, and Substance Painter. It was starting to chug on me.

Thankfully, the timing was perfect, and Chris Touchberry reached out to me and helped me build a computer that I needed. Not only for work, but for streaming as well. It's been great, extremely efficient, and if I could eat it I'm sure it would taste like butter.

Chris listened to the problems I had and was really great at helping me through the process of everything. I work with computers but I definitely don't know whats best to build one, and he helped immensely.

Thank you again for the Grimm workstation!”

- Alexandria, Seattle WA

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i9-9900K

I chose this processor for the high single-core and multi-core performance.

The 9900K represented the most powerful modeling/editing CPU that was available at the time, and was a big upgrade over her previous 5960X.

While Skylake X has more threads for faster heavy rendering, the rendering softwares she used were not a high priority. Additionally, while Ryzen 3000 does have a more attractive ratio between speed, threads, and price, it had not been released yet.

Alexandria preferred the immediate stronger editing/modeling performance with Intel, and understood that needing more CPU threads down the road would require a new motherboard as well.

CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE Black

I chose this CPU cooler for the excellent cooling performance of air. While water does cool better, air is more reliable, and this cooler also runs extremely quietly.

This cooler also looks nice in the case, making for a very sleek interior. Alexandria agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the reliability advantage.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro

I chose this motherboard for socket compatibility and robust design. Gigabyte is also one of my preferred motherboard manufacturers.

Alexandria agreed with the visual design, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 4x16GB DDR4-2666

I chose this memory kit for motherboard compatibility and robust design. Corsair is also one of my preferred memory manufacturers.

Alexandria needed 64GB of memory for her workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): HP EX920 512GB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Grimm was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 512GB model for OS, programs, and application cache. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Alexandria understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): HP EX920 1TB NVME

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Grimm was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 1TB model for general work storage. HP is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Alexandria understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (HDD): Western Digital Red 2TB

I chose this HDD for robust design, high capacity, and low cost. Western Digital is also one of my preferred HDD manufacturers.

Alexandria didn’t need more space for archival storage, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Video Card (GPU): 2x Asus RTX 2080 8GB (blower)

I chose this GPU for long-term performance and robust design.

Alexandria needed to run several monitors, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Power Supply (PSU): Corsair HX Platinum 1000

I chose this PSU for wattage, robust design, and long-term stability.

Alexandria wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Case: Phanteks Enthoo Pro

I chose this case for robust design, airflow, and long-term stability.

Alexandria wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Fans: 6x Phanteks PH-F120MP

I chose these fans for robust design, airflow, static pressure, low-noise operation, and long-term stability.

Alexandria wanted a workstation that would last, and understood my explanation of the build quality.


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