Render Unto Caesar | Rhino 3D/Lumion 9 Workstation

Short System Description, Long System Description, Hardware Selection Reasons

Short System Description

Render Unto Caesar is an air-cooled engineering/architecture rendering workstation designed for use in Rhino 3D and Lumion 9 that we built for Currin Outdoor Living. This build uses several components selected for visual appeal by the client, including: CPU cooler, GPU, case, and fans. This build is designed around a 6-core i7 8700K processor and an RTX 2070 8GB video card.

 
 

Long System Description

Render Unto Caesar was our 40th build, several years into running the business. At this point, I’d gained a good handle on lead generation and overall marketing.

Jon and I connected on Facebook in early 2019 and had a nice initial conversation about him wanting a new CAD/3D modeling workstation. A few months later, he contacted me again to discuss a new workstation build.

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

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

“Chris built an awesome computer for my company so that we can use advanced 3D modeling and create fly thru renders in Lumion for our clients.

I cannot express how thankful I am to have met Chris. He and his team did an amazing job helping me figure out what I needed and then delivering this awesome computer that I now have.

They are professional, timely, very communicative, and offered a fabulous value.”

- Jon, Raleigh NC

Hardware Selection Reasons

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-8700K

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

While Skylake X has more threads for faster heavy rendering, the rendering softwares he used did not scale well past 6 cores, and were more focused on core speed. Additionally, while Ryzen 3000 does have a more attractive ratio between speed, threads, and price, it had not been released yet.

Jon 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: Noctua NH-U12S

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.

Jon specifically chose this cooler for cooling performance, noise level, and visual theme. He also understood my explanation of the reliability advantage.

Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming WiFi

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

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

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX Black 2x16GB DDR4-2666

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

Jon needed 32GB of memory for his workflow, and understood my explanation of the build quality.

Storage (SSD): Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

I chose this SSD for robust design, high capacity, fast access times, and low cost. When Render Unto Caesar was built, SSDs were very cheap, allowing us to use a 500GB model for overall storage. Samsung is also one of my preferred SSD manufacturers.

Jon understood my explanation of the build quality, and did not need more storage, as this was a rendering system.

Video Card (GPU): Gigabyte RTX 2070 8GB Gaming OC (White)

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

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

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750

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

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

Case: Phanteks Evolv X (Silver)

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

Jon specifically chose this case for cooling performance, noise level, visual theme, and long-term quality.

Fans: 4x Noctua NF-A12x25

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

Jon specifically chose this fan for cooling performance, noise level, visual theme, and long-term quality.


About Top Flight Computers

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

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