AFTER THREE YEARS SINCE SEPT 2017 (26 September 2020), the GTX 780 suffer from VRAM issues and it was replaced by Asus RTX 2060 6GB VRAM back in Feb 2020. Besides that, I added a 1TB Western Digital Blue SSD which improves responsiveness and lesser noise as my data drive.
As of 3rd September 2017, I’m still pretty happy with the same specs without any upgrade and it still serves me well for VFX/3DCG productivity works although heavy rendering/simulation still need an average of several to dozens of hours to achieve the desire output which are the norm for high-end production.
Here is my main workstation specs:
- Intel Core i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz
- Asus GeForce Dual RTX 2060 6GB VRAM Overclocked
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB VRAM– Unstable due to VRAM issues
- 32GB DDR3 1600MHz Kingston ValueRAM (4 x 8GB)
- Asus Z87-A Motherboard
- 1TB Western Digital Blue SSD
- 128GB Crucial M4 SSD
- 1TB Western Digital Black 7200RPM
- 2TB Western Digital Green 7200RPM
- Corsair 300R Windowed ATX Casing
- Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Also I’m using a Wacom Intuos4 Medium which I’ve been using since its launch day back in early 2009. Sadly the latest driver (and a few version older) and Photoshop CS6 (with latest update) seems to have a minor but annoying issue. If you all at least experience the laggy mouse input after using your stylus in Photoshop, it is a known issue that Wacom acknowledge: https://forum.wacom.eu/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15969&start=30
For those interested if my workstation is still responsive, it is absolutely fine and I’ve yet to reformat it. The SSD alone is a HUGE timesaver in booting up and also shutting down (with the usual super quick loading time for application). Sept 2020 EDIT: And still remained true especially with the 1TB Western Digital SSD!
I’ve yet to try RAID setup for storage but I feel it is safer (although much costly) to get an SSD versus a RAID-0 HDD setup if speed is important.
For those interested in looking for the best hardware upgrade to speed up Nuke, check out this guide that I wrote back in December 2014.