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.

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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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 For another dual turbo user!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Woot! Though I found a cheap hybrid 2080 soon after this build....drat

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

sweet build, how are the temps on the GPU?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This PC was built several months ago, though I believe temps were within acceptable points. Blowers typically run hotter and louder than their multi-fan counterparts, though they do run better in multi-GPU setups. Hybrids are even better, but they do generally cost more.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Yeah I've been reading up on blowers vs fans for workstations and a lot of professionals recommend using them for multi GPU setups but I keep hearing they are louder and hotter but have less hot air in the case so I couldn't quite understand how that is better, perhaps in a multi gpu situation it is cooler.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Blowers are hotter and louder, but they prevent GPUs above from thermal throttle. When you're rocking 4+ GPUs, that's a very important thing to consider.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh true I forgot about that aspect of it. I guess if they're more tolerable to the heat they won't throttle! thanks!

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

To use both gpus at the same time, you should buy an sli bridge.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Two GPUs were needed to drive all of the clients monitors (one was a high-res/high-speed one as well). SLI wouldn't be helpful.