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April 6, 2013 12:55:29 AM

Hi, i am an animation student. Need some help from you guys to get myself a good system for both my academic needs (3D modelling, rendering-MAYA,MAX) and Gaming. I am not really good at choosing the right hardware, hence i really require some expert opinion. But, i did some research myself and have put together a list. Please let me know if they are good enough for my requirements. If not, then please suggest alternatives.
Processor: AMD FX 8350
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB * 2 (1600MHz)
GPU: Zotac Nvidia Geforce GTX 650 ti Boost 2GB
HDD: 2TB WD
PSU: 700W coolermaster/Zebronics

I am from Bangalore. All the above products fit in my budget. I would be glad if you could suggest alternatives in the same price range. This is my first Desktop, so please help me out.
Thanks.

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April 6, 2013 1:01:25 AM

You will need a case, as well as Windows. These alone cost $150. Unless you have them already, that is.

The parts you have chosen are actually good for your budget range.
I don't personally think there are better alternatives, except your PSU. A 550W-600W would probably be sufficient.

Hope this answers your question.
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April 6, 2013 5:01:22 AM

I will throw a different spin on it for you.....

Now, I like AMD chips and used to have a whole lot of them, but today even Intel i5s blow away AMD in all aspects:- speed, stability, built in graphics, energy efficiency, etc. It is a "no brainer" for me and I have switched all my AMDs out for i7s, which costs me a couple of hundred dollars more per machine but they run so much better and faster – my overall reliability is much better now. The 8350 ($200, 125 Watts) Cinebenches at around 6.91 and the i7 3770 ($330, 77 Watts) at 7.78. The i5 3570K ($220, 77 Watts) comes in at 6.32, which is just a whisker off the 8350. I think the i5 will most likely give you a better experience overall and the i7 certainly would.

I always like ASUS motherboards and they are my first choice.

RAM is up and down like a yo-yo. I buy whatever is the best quality for the price at the time and have no real preference.
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April 6, 2013 7:18:51 AM

oddlyinsane said:
You will need a case, as well as Windows. These alone cost $150. Unless you have them already, that is.

The parts you have chosen are actually good for your budget range.
I don't personally think there are better alternatives, except your PSU. A 550W-600W would probably be sufficient.

Hope this answers your question.

Hey, thank you so much. I will definitely go for a 600W PSU as per you advice. I am thinking about going for
Zebronics gaming Cabinet, or Cooler Master.
I do not like Windows 8 very much, hence i will stick to my Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
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April 6, 2013 5:06:04 PM

I'd recommend a Cooler Master Elite 430 Case.

If you already have Windows, then that's great :) 

As always, if I have helped, please consider selecting my answer as the solution. Thanks :) 
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April 7, 2013 4:59:25 AM

oddlyinsane said:
I'd recommend a Cooler Master Elite 430 Case.

If you already have Windows, then that's great :) 

As always, if I have helped, please consider selecting my answer as the solution. Thanks :) 

Hey, i really appreciate your help and advice:) 
I just did check out the Cooler Master Elite 430 case online. Its just perfect for my needs:) 
Thank you very much for helping me out...

And, this was the first time that i had posted a question online. So, i am still figuring out how these forums, threads, etc., work. So please do not mind me not selecting your answer earlier. Your answer is definitely the solution, i will just go ahead and select it.
Thanks :) 
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April 7, 2013 5:14:36 AM

Stephen Bell said:
I will throw a different spin on it for you.....

Now, I like AMD chips and used to have a whole lot of them, but today even Intel i5s blow away AMD in all aspects:- speed, stability, built in graphics, energy efficiency, etc. It is a "no brainer" for me and I have switched all my AMDs out for i7s, which costs me a couple of hundred dollars more per machine but they run so much better and faster – my overall reliability is much better now. The 8350 ($200, 125 Watts) Cinebenches at around 6.91 and the i7 3770 ($330, 77 Watts) at 7.78. The i5 3570K ($220, 77 Watts) comes in at 6.32, which is just a whisker off the 8350. I think the i5 will most likely give you a better experience overall and the i7 certainly would.

I always like ASUS motherboards and they are my first choice.

RAM is up and down like a yo-yo. I buy whatever is the best quality for the price at the time and have no real preference.

Hey Stephen, I really appreciate your help:)  But i am on a really tight budget right now.
In India, the price of intel chips are quite high compared to AMD.
Hence for now, i need to stick to AMD.
As you mentioned, even i heard that intel chips are quite stable and perform more efficiently than AMD.
But, i am going to start saving a bit of money from now on, and will think of upgrading to intel next time.
Thanks:) 
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April 11, 2013 4:12:32 AM

Stephen Bell said:

As you mentioned, even i heard that intel chips are quite stable and perform more efficiently than AMD.
But, i am going to start saving a bit of money from now on, and will think of upgrading to intel next time.
Thanks:) 


Good luck with it - I would do the same. I must admit I keep eyeing that same CPU now and then as I LOVE the idea of 8 real cores. Let us all know how it goes and how your benchmarks come out.

Also, if you can stretch it I have found overclocking to be useful nowadays with the all in one closed loop systems that just bolt in. I don't wind mine up all the way as my workstation sometimes has to sit in a warmer environment as I love the fresh air as opposed to air-conditioning, but it is a nice little boost and considering the climate I think it actually makes the system more stable. The coolers that have the double height radiators are the best and you will have to make sure your case can fit it in somewhere.
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July 22, 2013 7:05:46 AM

Don't assemble your CPU, that would be as difficult as brain surgery, buy an AMD or if you can afford it, an Intel
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