Blender is a popular free and open-source 3D creation suite. It is widely used for modelling and rendering, although it can also be used for rigging, animation, simulation, and other tasks.
Programs like this can be quite heavy on your computer, so it would be a great idea to build a well optimized computer for Blender.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best computer for Blender.
Why choose us?
Parts like CPU cooler, Power Supply Unit, and chassis are often glossed over when putting together a system like this. Surprisingly, these parts have a massive effect on the lifespan and performance optimisation of the CPU, GPU and RAM. We only use parts that guarantee excellent cooling, airflow, and power delivery.
We’ve also got a lot of experience in putting these systems together, and our cable management is flawless. This not only means dust will be a lot less of an issue, but it will be much easier to work with when you eventually need an upgrade. This will only happen several years down the line, of course. Not to mention our cases just look fantastic.
Each Modena Computers Workstation is tailored to the personal needs of the user, but the features below would make for a great starting point for a Blender workstation.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
A strong CPU is important in a computer Blender. Some tasks are single threaded, and for these tasks, CPU speed is the main factor.
Modern desktop CPUs tend to run a lot faster than their previous iterations. This means there are some great choices available in a wide range of prices.
We would generally recommend a balance between speed and core count, however.
CPU – Core Count
Rendering in Blender will be where more threads would come in handy. A few years ago, this would have meant that an Intel Xeon CPU would be the only option for a good computer for Blender, but this is no longer the case.
The latest generation of AMD Ryzen CPUs feature far more cores than earlier processors, with the Ryzen 5 being a 6-core, 12-thread processor. The Ryzen 7 takes this up to 8 cores and 16 threads, and the Ryzen 9 CPUs have as many as 32 threads. They’re also a lot more affordable than Xeon CPUs with similar specifications, and are much, much faster. This means that with AMD Ryzen CPUs, you’ll be able to get the highest core count and frequency in any given price range.
Blender is one of those programs that can benefit from both a strong CPU and GPU. While it’s not an absolute necessity, a good graphics card will make working with Blender a lot smoother.
We would only recommend Nvidia GPUs in a computer for Blender, as this program supports Nvidia’s CUDA technology.
When building a computer for Blender, it is essential to spec a hefty amount of RAM.
With the variety of processes that Blender is used for, it needs to handle multiple data structures and operations at the same time. It caches and duplicates a lot of information in RAM, in order to limit data loss and improve stability.
For most users, we would recommend no less than 32GB RAM, but 64GB is worth consideration for larger projects.
Storage technology has come a long way over the past decade. Solid State Drives are known to be much faster than mechanical hard drives, but they’re also seen as pretty expensive.
It was pretty common to install the OS on a 120GB SSD, and everything else on a 1TB HDD, so that you could at least start up your PC super quickly.
Recently it’s become more viable to just use a larger SSD, from around 500GB to 1TB, and this is exactly our approach with our PCs. Having everything stored on SSDs means you’ll be able to save and load programs, and also transfer data, at incredible speeds. The SSDs we use are M.2 form factor and use the NVMe protocol, which means they take up no additional space in your case, and are even faster than standard 2.5” SATA drives.
These drives save a lot of time, and that means the PC will pay itself off a lot faster. You also still have the option of adding in some HDDs if you need to.
As we said before, each Modena Computers Vulcan Workstation is custom built to the workflow and budget requirements of its user. It’s important to consider other programs you may want to use with this workstation.
During our consultation process, you can let us know exactly which programs you want to use with your machine, and we’ll be happy to help you understand what you need.
Keep in mind that opting for higher performance right out of the gate offers much greater value than getting exactly what you need right now. A higher performance PC won’t need downtime to upgrade any time soon, and will also allow you to complete more work in less time. It could pay itself off a lot sooner than a more affordable option.