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What are you planning to do besides AE on this machine? Now that Cinema 4D comes with your After Effects subscription, you might want to take that into account if nothing else.
I'd be tempted towards the 6850 out of the two of them. It's newer technology and you can probably overclock it pretty easily. Plus, for other things that use multiple cores (like C4D's renderers), you have more overall power.
That being said, much of what you do on a computer (including working with AE) is still pretty dependent on one core's clock speed. It would be a tough choice.
AE's current renderer is not very multithreaded. A lot of people work in CC 2015 or CC 2015.3 and then use CC 2014 to render since it has the old multiprocessing in it. The AE team has said that they're working on a much more improved way to utilize multiple core CPUs and GPUs to replace the old/buggy multiprocessing, but we don't have it yet. We do have GPU acceleration of a few native effects now, which is nice.
I'll mostly be using After Effects (most of my work is motion graphics) and Premiere Pro... also some 3D with Cinema 4D lite, Blender and VideoCopilot Element 3D (Blender and Element both can use GPU though).
So now I've had more of a look have decided to go with the 6850K due to the render time performance increase and potential benefits with 3D.
Here's a build I made Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, 760T Black ATX Full Tower - 6850K Build with 4K Monitor - DSalt's S… Do you think this is ok? Anything missing? (besides keyboard and mouse)
Why are you going with the 900 series of GPU? The new 1000 series seems to have a lot more bang for the buck.
Granted, it's too new for many things to support it, but I'd give it a serious look if I were in that market.
Unrelated to AE, but if you're building a desktop, I'd recommend running a wire to your computer rather than going wireless. It's more stable and (depending on your internet speed) it's faster.
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I'd personally go for the 1.2TB 750, it has better write speeds and use that for Cache. Then I'd switch the 850 pro for a M.2 Samsung 950 pro and use that as a boot drive.
The Kraken is a pretty ok cooler (I have a few of them), but if I'd have to pick one now, I'd go for a Swiftech h220 x2 or 320 x2.
Yeah not going the 1000's yet mainly because most programs I'm using don't support it at present... and for what I need the 980ti covers it with no probs, plus it has more cuda cores, but I'm not sure if that really matters.
I am planning on running a wire instead of wireless but wanted the wireless option.
After all this part picking I ended up finally purchasing a pre-built system with a 6900k... mainly because I'm super in-experienced building anything PC and the price for the system wasn't that much more then the one I was planning on building with either the 6800k or 5820k (Infinite XCore 6900 Gaming PC - InfiniteXCore3 | Mwave Australia ) I upped the RAM and got another SSD though.
Well, I hope you have fun with your machine! It looks nice.
Appreciate all your advice and help as well as it really did help me understand all this much much better!