Best Computer For Foundry Nuke

Nuke is used in post-production in the TV and Film industries. It’s a node-based digital compositing and visual effects application, and it’s been used by companies as large as Disney and Dreamworks. Nuke doesn’t need the most impressive hardware to get up and running, but there are certainly components that we would recommend for a great PC for Nuke.

In this article, we’ll be talking about the components you need to build the best workstation PC for Nuke.

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 Nuke.

CPU – Frequency

Nuke 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 PC for Nuke.   

CPU – Core Count

Foundry recommends using dual-Xeons in order to get the most out of Nuke, 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 in your PC for Nuke.


Nuke features GPU acceleration for 3D work, and it is able to make use of multiple GPUs as well. A lot of VRAM will make a big difference to your system’s performance.

Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards are our first choice, with a pair of RTX3080 or RTX3090 GPUs being amazing choices. If this is out of your budget, a single Nvidia 3000 series card would still be a great option.


The amount of RAM you’ll need in your system depends on the resolution you work with, and the size of your projects.

32GB is a great place to start, but if your workflow involves editing at 4k and above, it would be a good idea to opt for as much as 128GB 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.  

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