It would be great to have a sub-forum somewhere where a discussion could unfold about building and configuring hardware for Unreal and related applications. Anyway, I am at the point of getting ready to build a new computer since my office workstation is now 4 years old and my home workstation is 9 years old. They both were pretty solid I7 builds with Geforce Graphic cards and a good bit of ram and handled my various tasks such as photoshop, 3dsmax, vray, Revit, mudbox and most recently, unreal engine and unity projects. However, as I ventured into VR and the real time game engines with the light builds and such, I have realized I could use some new hardware to help speed some things up. this became apparent whne I ordered a new laptop for VR last year using the 9th generation 17 9850, 2080 ti card, and 32 gigs of ddr ram. I did a light build in my office workstation and that took about an hour. Exact same scene on my laptop took 32 minutes. That is too much of a difference to ignore when my time is important to production.
My question is, I am not a computer expert in any way shape or form so I have been trying to reorient myself with the new hardware that is out there. I tried out AMD with their processor and professional cards about 9 years ago and it was…okay…but not great so I went back to Intel. Now, I keep seeing reviews and actual project comparisons with builds using the AMD cpus and it seems pretty impressive. I am not a brand loyal guy, I use whatever gets the job done best. My question is, I guess pretty obviously, what would be a really good build using either Intel or AMD where my tasks are focused on the tasks I mentioned above? I am particularity focused on my renderings in ray traced engines such as vray as well as my real time engine projects. Light builds in unreal particularly.
As mentioned before, I am not an expert computer guy so this terminology of number of cores versus actual clock speed and the impact of pairing certain types of ram with certain processors because of voltages and timings is beyond me at the moment. There was a great article about a guy who worked for a big studio, went out on his own focusing on unreal projects and worked with AMD and their Ryzen cpu to see how well it could do with unreal. They got into actual optimizing the AMD to gain better performance and there was an impact of the type of memory used with it. Can anyone with some knowledge suggest a best bang for the buck build that I could pursue? If you press me on a budget, I would say 2-3,000 dollars for the box with no monitors or other accessories.