Modo is a software package used for surface modeling, sculpting, and rendering. With the variety of use cases for this software, it can be seen as an entire creative pipeline all in a single package. For a well balanced computer for Modo, there are some powerful components that we would recommend.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Modo.
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 computer for Modo.
3D Modeling & Design
CPU – Frequency
Modo is able to make use of both a strong CPU and GPU. The CPU should be the main priority, and it is important that the CPU is able to run at higher speeds as well, which is why we would recommend one of AMD’s Ryzen 9 CPUs, like the 5950X. This CPU features 16 cores, and can boost up to 4.9GHz, which makes it a great all rounder in a computer for Modo.
CPU – Core Count
Foundry recommends using dual-Xeons in order to get the most out of Modo, and CPUs like this would certainly give you excellent performance results.
These kinds of CPUs can be very expensive, however, and if these are outside your budget, the Ryzen 9 mentioned above would be a fantastic option.
A strong graphics card is important when building a computer for Modo, and there are some great options available at the moment.
Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards would be our first choice, with an RTX3080 or RTX3090 GPU being a great fit for this package. If this is out of your budget, an RTX3060Tiwould still be a great option.
The amount of RAM you’ll need in your system depends on the size of your projects.
16GB is a good starting point, but we’d recommend 32GB if you can afford it. Larger projects in Modo, as well as other programs you may be using this workstation for, will require more RAM. More RAM will also make multitasking a lot smoother, and it would also provide greater headroom for the future.
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.
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