A rendering computer is nothing but a server or a speedy workstation. A rendering computer is needed to refine an image or a video. The image or video output is possible only via accurate bit-crunching. Rendering computers are mainly used in the medical and architectural fields because they are constructed to provide 3-D models and designs. There are many production companies as well that make use of rendering computers. Some production houses have dedicated servers that are used only for rendering purposes.
Building a rendering computer will cost you anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000.
To Build A Rendering Computer, You Will Need:
• Computer case
• Optical disc drive
• Hard drives
• Video card
• Motherboard that has RAID controller and SLI/Cross fire and
• Power Supply Unit
Instructions for Building Rendering Computer
1. The budget of your computer is decided based on your requirements from the system. For example, if you are an architect and a beginner your requirements from the rendering computer will be simple like an Adobe After Effects that uses only a quad-processor and non-workstation models. However, a professional and seasoned architect will require a much larger workstation to work on in order to produce AutoCAD designs.
2. The first things you will require are a motherboard and a processor to start building your rendering computer. A basic rendering computer can be built using something as simple as an AMD quad-core processor. For a slightly higher level of rendering computer you will require an Intel quad-core. A highly advanced and sophisticated rendering computer will use an Intel 6-core or the quad XEONs which is of 4-6 cores. The last two processors are not only expensive but also of high quality.
3. Locate a power supply unit that is in sync with the requirements of the motherboard, CPU and graphic cards that you are using for building your rendering computer. Remember, the requirements of a workstation ATX motherboard are different from those of the standard ATX motherboard. The former requires higher power supply of around 600-1000 watts. Only then will you be able to use the high-energy driven graphic cards and hard drives smoothly.
4. Begin building your rendering computer by first placing the power supply in the computer case. Tightly secure all the fans in their proper places.
5. Now put the motherboard into the case and secure it in place. Now open the CPU lock and keep aside the CPU pins.
6. Slather plenty of thermal paste on the CPU and put a fan and heat sink on top of the paste. The fan and heat sink must be secured in place with the help of motherboard clips.
7. Next, place the RAM on the RAM slots present on the motherboard. Ram should be secured in its proper place using the inbuilt clips on the motherboard.
8. Connect the power cable with the computer after placing the video card inside the PCI-Express slot. If you have multiple cards in SLI at the same time then you will need to attach the SLI cable as well.
9. Insert the hard drives in their proper places in the hard-drive bay. The optical drive should also be put in its place. The SATA cables should be connected to the motherboard as well as the cables meant for power supply.
10. Attach the power cables with the motherboard. Do a quick check of the various cable connections to ensure everything is in place. Shut the CPU case and attach the CPU to a keyboard and a mouse. Turn on the power button. The computer will start the booting process.