Cinema 4D is an all-purpose 3D software made by Maxon. Maxon is located in Germany. Cinema 4D has been around for a long time allowing the software to mature into a well-rounded stable program. If you’re a post-production professional, a dedicated PC for Cinema 4D would be a great investment.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Cinema 4D.
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 PC for Cinema 4D.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
While doing modeling, animation, and physics in Cinema 4D the processor speed plays an important role. These functions will feel more “snappy” the faster your CPU is, so a fast CPU will benefit from working with these functions.
CPU – Core Count
When doing rendering in Cinema 4D the number of cores will play the biggest role in determining how quickly the render will finish. Rendering will take all the CPU cores it can get and more is always better.
The GPU will not play a very big role in your PC for Cinema 4D unless you are using a plug-in that lets you render on the GPU. An entry-level GPU like the GTX 1650 Super should be sufficient though if you only plan to render on the CPU.
While the exact amount of RAM you need is going to depend on your particular projects, for Cinema 4D we generally recommend a minimum of 16GB. Very complex scenes may need up to 32GB of RAM, although it is rare for Cinema 4D to require more than 32GB. In extreme cases, if you will be doing a large amount of complex, high-resolution rendering, you may need 64GB or even more RAM.
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.