Got an opportunity to upgrade my pc and just wondering if I can get some advice. Looking to upgrade the cpu, motherboard, graphics card, will get 32gb of memory and power supply.
With so many choices its hard to know what is and what isnt biased these days when reviewing online.
Cpu: i7 8700?, i9 9900k/x ?
Graphics card: Nvidia quadro, Nvidia rtx 2600 ?
Motherboard: Asus, Gigabyte ?
I am doing research for a new system. The motherboard is one of the last things I'd pick, based on the components and functionality I want/need.
The Intel Core i7-8700K provides the best value for overall performance (2nd quarter 2019), but the AMD Threadrippers are considered better for rendering. The AMD Threadripper 1950X (GM) has got a lot more cores (24 vs 12), so even though its CPU speed is only 95% of the 8700K, it will provide better performance for those tasks that TurboCAD uses hyper-threading (rendering engines) and its price is only a little higher.
So, even though TurboCAD doesn't support Hyper-Threading anywhere near as much as some of us would like, indicating clock speed would be the more important choice over core count, the 1950X seems to break that rule if you do a lot of rendering.
Note that the new AMD Ryzen CPUs (not yet on the market) have higher indicated performance (according to the leaks I've read) and this is supposedly leading Intel to drop their prices as much as 10% in the near future (and probably the existing AMD models, as well), so you may want to wait a month or two and monitor prices.
32 GB is supported by any of the 64-bit Windows 10 operating systems, including Home. If you go with the (soon to be unsupported) Windows 7, you'll need Professional to address that much RAM. Don't use Windows 8, from everything I've heard. Get the fastest memory (from a quality manufacturer) your CPU supports and choose the motherboard accordingly.
Unless you are doing heavy rendering, the graphics card won't make much of a difference, so long as it has enough memory. Any NVidia GeForce-series model with 4+ GB will be adequate. I have read, but not confirmed, that the NVidia Quadro cards provide the best performance for the most intensive rendering (RedSDK's Global Illumination Fine, for instance), but I haven't seen anything indicating that Lightworks will use the GPU to any great extent. I certainly have not seen it in my testing. If I remember correctly, Don Cheke and a couple other people have Quadro cards, but I haven't seen any of them post benchmark results (see this thread for some RedSDK results: http://forums.turbocad.com/index.php/topic,8615.msg94205.html
If you decide to go with a Quadro card, the current sweetspot is held by the Quadro RTX 4000 ($800 range, but it has a lot of the stuff the more expensive cards have and isn't much more than the NON-Quadro
GeForce RTX 2060). It's not much more money, either.
Your best performance increase will come with an NVMe boot drive in an M.2 slot. I'm using a 256 GB model, but newer ones have up to a terabyte. I still use spinners for data storage, so the 256 GB capacity is fine for my boot drive.
Let us know how it turns out.