Recommended Hardware for Houdini

Hardware We Recommend for Houdini

Designing the right system for the current scenario is a core element of our mantra at Top Flight Computers. If you don't get the right parts, it doesn't matter how much you spend on your computer...you'll be stuck with expensive hardware that doesn't work well with your situation.

Workstation Build Index

Arnold/KeyShot/Cinema 4D | Octane/Redshift | VRay

Processor (CPU) | CPU Cooler | Motherboard | Memory (RAM) | Storage (Hard Drives) | Video Card (GPU) | Case | Fans | Power Supply

Houdini Workstation Overview

This Houdini Workstation is built around the Intel Skylake X platform, providing a high amount of single-core performance, as well as massive CPU rendering when needed.

This Houdini Workstation is built around the high-powered Intel i9-7920X CPU, providing a very high amount of single-core performance, as well as large amount of CPU power for rendering when needed.

Houdini Workstation Overview

System Design

This Houdini Workstation has been configured with 24 high-speed CPU threads, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a powerful and efficient NVIDIA Quadro video card, and multiple storage options.

This Houdini Workstation performs well in applications optimized for highly multithreaded CPUs, with moderate GPU rendering capabilities.


We chose the i9-7920X for its very high single-core performance and attractive multithreaded performance, which is helpful in situations that can use several CPU threads.

Intel i9-7920X 12-Core Processor

System Change: Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Phanteks PH-TC14PE Black Air Cooler

To ensure that the CPU remains cool under load, we've selected a very good aftermarket air cooler. While water cooling does cool better than air does, a big air cooler will do quite well when leaving the CPU at stock settings.

Air coolers are also more reliable, as they don't have a pump that can fail. If the fan on this air cooler fails, the system has enough internal cooling to allow you to quickly order a new fan, and finish your work.

That being said, higher-end closed-loop liquid coolers do come with very long manufacturer warranties (upwards of 7 years), so the failure rate is extremely low.

System Change: If you are unsure if your cooling idea will work with this case, please contact us for further review and assistance.


Because this system requires a high degree of reliability, we chose a high quality motherboard from EVGA.

This motherboard has excellent power delivery, a simple visual design, several PCI 3.0 slots, support for multiple M2 NVME drives, and up to 128GB of memory.

EVGA X299 FTW K Motherboard

System Change: Please contact us if you have a question about a potential system upgrade being compatible with your motherboard.


Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4-2666 Memory

We went with 32GB of Vengeance LPX memory due to the extremely high quality of the internal chips. This setup will give the user plenty of room for open applications.

As Skylake X is a quad-channel DDR4-2666 platform, the system is more stable by using 4 DIMMs of DDR4-2666.

System Change: The motherboard selected supports a maximum of 128GB of memory, in an 8x16GB array. Needing more than 128GB of memory would require a motherboard change as well as a CPU change.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Storage (Hard Drives)

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD (afl)

The main SATA SSD was chosen for its high capacity, relatively low cost, and high reliability.

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SSD

System Change: If you come across a need for more storage, you can easily upgrade to a bigger SSD or HDD, with no need to change the system otherwise.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


Video Card (GPU)

PNY Quadro P1000 4GB Video Card (afl)

PNY Quadro P1000 4GB Video Card

The video card was chosen for its memory capacity, CUDA cores, and support for 4K resolution.

System Change: If you come across a need for more graphical horsepower, you can easily upgrade your video card with no need to change the system otherwise.

Contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


The case was chosen for its high build quality, room for plenty of high-end hardware, and incredible amount of cooling potential.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Case

System Change: Reasons for changing the case can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the case selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


Phanteks PH-F120MP Fans

We have selected a set of high-quality pressure-optimized fans to ensure sufficient airflow in the case to keep the system stable under heavy load.

Having high quality fans also means less noise, even when the fans are spinning at high RPM.

System Change: Reasons for changing the fans can be very hard to pin point.

If you have a question about the compatibility of the fans selected with an upgrade, please contact us.


The power supply was chosen for its high build quality, ample power capacity, and respectable thermal efficiency. Upgrading the wattage will potentially make the fan run slower, creating less noise overall. A higher wattage PSU than necessary will also prolong the life of the unit, as it isn't being operated near peak load.

Using a high quality power supply means better power delivery, and cleaner power. Messy power can result in a system failure, corruption of data, or even a hardware crash.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W Fully-Modular Power Supply

System Change: If you decide to upgrade any single major draw of power, you do not need to change the power supply. If you change multiple draws of power, you may need to upgrade the wattage on the power supply.

Please contact us if you have any other design questions or changes.


About Top Flight Computers

Top Flight Computers designs high-performance custom-built computers. We specialize in workstations, gaming computers, water cooling, and network storage solutions.

We are based in Cary, North Carolina, and we ship across the USA. Check out our previous builds and our page on Facebook.