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Octane/After Effects (Black Cabin)

by yogisaint


I wanted to build a work PC for freelancing. I'm a 3D animator and I use Cinema 4D and Octane Render. I also needed CPUs for After Effects. This was my first PC that I built. It took a lot of research, but it was fun. I've been very happy with it so far!

I originally bought two GPUs, but I decided to put another in there and it was a tight fit, but everything is working fine. The hybrid cards keep the temperatures low and I don't have to worry about them not getting enough airflow or anything. For those using Octane, the OctaneBench photo score is from two 980 tis, I'm now getting close to 400 with the 3 cards. I didn't pay too much attention to cable management, I was just happy to get everything in there and working! Let me know if you see anything I could improve. PCpartpicker was a great resource to learn about this stuff. Hope this helps someone else.


Part Reviews


This was a great compromise for me. It has the CPU cores I needed to balance the GPU power. I'm not sure I needed the overclockable edition, but it's nice to have if I get into that.


I love this motherboard. The quality and color and support software from MSI is great.


This drive is incredibly fast to have your OS on. I can't believe how small it is!


This drive was great until I changed my power supply and the circuit board burnt. I have ordered a replacement PCB and hope that solves the problem!

Video Card

These Hybrid designs are incredible. I didn't want to deal with water cooling, so this has it all built in. It keeps the temperatures very low. I don't think they have gone over 40 degrees using Octane.


Great case and quality build and very quiet. If I had to do over again I probably would get a full tower just to have more room. With 3 GPUs it gets tight.

Power Supply

Needed to upgrade to this to run 3 GPUs. Quality construction and packaging. Love the modular cabling, and they are easier to shape than the Corsair cables I had before.


This mouse is fantastic for 3D work!

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Konzuug 1 Build 4 points 30 months ago

I don´t know what to say. I guess my words got stuck in a tube.

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Only advise is what has already been stated, get a bigger case. You put a quad turbo charged v16 under the hood of a Fiat bro! Open it up and let it breathe.

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Haha! I hear ya. I can't right now, I'm in the middle of a project, but it's something I will look at. My cards are still going to be close together because of the MB layout, but more airflow would help.

sixpoundsofcheez 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Why is the third GPU not hooked into SLI with the other two? Is it dedicated to PhysX or something?

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I originally had that hooked up for the two cards before I added the third. I guess I need a bridge that connects all 3. Octane Render doesn't use SLI mode, so it wasn't a big priority for me, but thanks for reminding me to hook them all together..

MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Good lord, I might suggest in the future buying a full tower case instead of a mid tower. That many wires and cables is really going to affect the airflow in the case.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Corsair 750D or 900D would have been much better. Those TIs stacked like that are gonna suffer for air, but at least the main chip portion of the GPUs is cooled independently of the rest of the card.

MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Would agree

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Yeah, I know. Originally I was thinking I was going to be happy with two cards, but I wanted Octane to be even faster! It would have been nice to have the extra case space to work in that's for sure. It's surprisingly quiet and the fans never really run into overdrive. The card temps never go over 40 degrees.

jmista90 1 point 30 months ago

I can't believe you got those three hybrids to fit! Awesome build, completely crammed but who cares. M.2 still blows my mind, here I thought I was cool for having an SSD.

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks, I wasn't sure it was going to work. I can't believe how much tech has advanced since my last PC.

gamingnoah 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

not enough 980ti's -1.

Jk amazing build 16/10

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks man

Vreaker12 5 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

Holy cow, three 980(hybrid at that!)ti in that case! You must be really awesome in packing suitcases :) :)

Nice build. +1

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago


Boith 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

+1 for a rig that could take you to the moon and back.

amineg 1 point 26 months ago

Killer! Could we see our work? I'm about to buy a config like that and I'm could be very interested to see a video of an Octane render :)

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Sure, here is a test I did in Octane. It does motion blur, depth of field, SSS, and displacement with hardly any extra render time.


super9tv 1 point 19 months ago

I can't believe you managed to pack so much stuff in there! How is it holding up a year down the line? I'm about to start building my Octane rig and would love to do something similar (as portability for freelance would be cool) but I think I might need more space as these new cards have so much silly tat on them (like fins and geometric patterns).

yogisaint submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

If I did it again, I would start with a larger case just to work easier in. It was tough to get everything arranged in there, but it's working great. Those hybrid cards never get over 50 degrees. It's never overheated, and I'm using all three rendering an Octane project right now!