My name is Ryan Bliss and for the past 15+ years I have made my living by providing high-quality 3D renders to my subscribers for use as computer backgrounds.
Recent advances in monitor technology have allowed higher pixel densities than ever before (4K, 5K, and 8K+ on the horizon). Unfortunately images this size take a lot longer to render. I have been able to render single-screen 5K images but not the multiple-monitor images that my fans have come to expect.
I hope to earn enough funds through this fundraiser to purchase a new workstation (to be named "Shadowfax " after the fastest horse in Middle-Earth) and triple monitor setup to more properly develop multihead backgrounds in a timely manner.
I hope to power the new machine with 2 14-core Haswell Xeon processors and at leat 128 GB of RAM. I hope to also bump my Bucephalus worksation up at least 96GB (12x8GB).
Any extra funds will be put towards software upgrades that I've had my eye on (such as Cityengine, Helios, and GeoGlyph ).
I have been subscriber supported since 1999 but I have set up this fundraiser to specifically target this very imporant hardware upgrade.
Thank you for your support!!
I just picked up a Titan X for Shadowfax and GTX 980s for Bucephalus and Arion. I also just pulled the trigger on 3 BenQ 32" IPS LED 4K Monitors through smile.amazon.com, with a contribution going to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Looks like I'm going to be on first-name basis with the UPS man by this time next week.
Now the three monitors that I will have on my desk will all control separate workstation/renderers and I will be able to have 3 projects going at a time
I will be calling the new machine "Arion".
CPUs: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 Haswell 2.6GHz LGA 2011-3 (14 cores each)
Memory: 16x Crucial 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM ECC DDR4 2133 (PC4-17000)
Case: Phanteks Phanteks Enthoo Series Primo
MB: ASUS Z10PE-D16 SSI EEB Server Motherboard Dual LGA 2011 R3
Boot Drive: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series 1TB SATA III (SSD)
Data Drive: Seagate ST4000NM0024 4TB
PSU: SeaSonic X-1250
I will be purchasing the video cards and monitors later because I would like a future-proof system and the right hardware isn't available right now.
Thanks again for your incredible support! I will post pics when the pieces start trickling in!