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Fractal Beast

by Abstractals

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43 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

782MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.01Ghz

Description

I'm a Canadian digital artist who renders extremely high-resolution fractal designs for production on archival canvas.

Art sales have been increasing, so I decided to throw together a system that could handle the stress of a crazy rendering session. With this i7-3960x, and 32GB of Patriot RAM, this system has impressed even me... and I haven't even tried to overclock it yet.

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Abstractals submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks, inconel. I have two other builds I'll be adding here, plus the HTPC I'm currently building. I can tell you that the complex fractal artwork that used to take three days to render can now be done (in most cases) overnight, so that's all the difference I need.

I do actually game on this system, as well (I just bought 'Witcher 2' and 'Bioshock Infinite' during the Steam Summer Sale), so I may do a few gaming benches just to see how it compares.

Mattios 1 point 24 months ago

Can I ask what you were rendering on (CPU, RAM etc)? :)

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

It was an Intel Core i7-2600K and 8GB of OCZ RAM. I'll post the full specs of that system shortly.

Sabotage 5 points 24 months ago

I was expecting a fractal case!

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

LOL! I am building a Fractal Design HTPC as I type this. Their Node 605 is fantastic.

Sabotage 1 point 24 months ago

Cool!I love the look of the node.

l13199l 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

any reason for the 580? recycled or sometihng?

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Yes, it's from a previous build. I also don't need a top-of-the-line GPU for fractal rendering, so the 580 is actually overkill for my needs.

Broadsky 1 point 24 months ago

What exactly is a "Fractal Rendering"?

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Hit up my Facebook Page if you like:
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Broadsky 1 point 24 months ago

Looks very cool, I never know that that kind of art could take up so much power and RAM.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Well, you can render a desktop-sized fractal flame at fairly high quality in a an hour or so, but my designs are typically in the 350-megapixel range, so I can produce them as 5-foot by 5-foot canvases.

Broadsky 1 point 24 months ago

Cool, so how would someone start doing this type of art?

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Take a peek into some of the more popular rendering apps, like Ultra Fractal 5, or check out some Apophysis Tutorials on DeviantArt.

And be prepared to invest a good deal of time! ;)

SIRmisterD 1 point 24 months ago

Do you think you should've gone with a NVIDIA Quadro GPU? I think (not too sure) that the Quadro series is better if your doing high editing like you are.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

If I ever get into using CUDA architecture for rendering, I'll probably upgrade to something crazy. This 580 is just a carry-over from an older machine.

wetsoup 1 point 7 months ago

Why did you use 3 1 tb drives instead of just a 3tb drive? im not sure they even have those haha. if they do, why didnt you use one?

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I have tons of these 1GB Seagates. WalMart mispriced a bunch of 1GB external drives at $17 a while back, and I stockpiled.

wetsoup 1 point 3 months ago

You mean 1tb? Not gb?

WickedRG -4 points 24 months ago

why do you need 3 tb??

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

My fractal renderings can reach ~1GB in size, and I have a lot of them.

Also, I have tons of these 1GB Seagates. Wal*Mart mispriced a bunch of 1GB external drives at $17 a while back, and I stockpiled.

Alexjeffrey1 -3 points 24 months ago

Check out my build, might help, price wise and efficiency

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Thanks Alexjeffrey1. I bought the components I wanted, and not at the prices listed here. I'm really not a big AMD fan right now, but I do have an Asus SABRETOOTH in my secondary rendering system.

Alexjeffrey1 -5 points 24 months ago

If you work all this out , we could maybee save him 2,000+ plus and still have the same maybee not better pc, aint i right wickedRG

Expo 1 Build -4 points 24 months ago

Why the 580? Its so expensive you could of bought a 780.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

Like I said, I didn't pay these prices, and some of the parts have carried over from a previous build.

teriboomer -4 points 24 months ago

Why did you get a 3960X? A 3930K would have been a better choice.

BiGUNMAN 1 Build -4 points 24 months ago

why a 580... a 760 is better then a 580 and price is even better

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Abstractals submitter 1 Build 5 points 24 months ago

I don't need a better graphics card for the games I play. It's a rendering server, not a gaming machine.

Alexjeffrey1 -5 points 24 months ago

That is an all out expense and it only runs at 3.3?

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 4 points 24 months ago

Some of us find overclocking somewhat... stressful. ;)

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 0 points 24 months ago

Yet, corsair H100i..? I'll give it to you that Haswell CPUs give off some serious heat, but with an H100i there is no "stressful" so long as it's correctly installed/ mounted with fans with high static pressure. Also these chips can handle some serious voltage. You pay the Intel premium for a reason my friend.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 3 points 24 months ago

I chose the Corsair H100i for noise reduction, actually. When you're not overclocking, you can cut the fans to half-speed and the system is essentially silent.

This is not to say that I won't ever overclock. I am just a little hesitant during the honeymoon period. ;)

TerraPosse 1 Build 6 points 24 months ago

This! +1

Why is everyone so hung up on overclocking? It's an option for sure but as you mention some folks use a very good cooling solution for reducing fan speeds / numbers to get a silent system...or a near silent system at a mild overclock.

My air cooler has a TDP of twice what the CPU generates and hence allows me to run all the fans at well below 600 rpm making the system silent. I like it that way.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

You said it, TerraPosse. Silence is golden.

I once had a home-baked water-cooling system that pumped the coolant down to my basement, through an air conditioner condenser from a Ford pickup truck, and then back up.

Alexjeffrey1 -5 points 24 months ago

Dude i haven't overclocked yet ah.. Look/// amd fx-4170 4.2ghz quad-core processor for £134.98 compared to your slower nearly £1000 CPU, just wait til i overclock my CPU.... I wana hit 4.6GHz at least

eggplant1337 1 Build 5 points 24 months ago

Clock speed != "speed", by any means.

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

ummmmm.

teriboomer 1 point 24 months ago

A FX-9590 (5.0GHZ, 8 Core) has a hard time matching with the 4770K. No way an FX-4170 will beat an 3960X.

pavleap -5 points 24 months ago

Pics or it didn't happen.

Abstractals submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

Working on it.