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Building a Computer for 3ds Max/Maya, Photoshop, After Effects for under $2,000

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July 22, 2013 12:00:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: July 31st

Budget Range: 1500-2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3ds Max and Maya Modelling and Rendering, Phostoshop/Aftereffects, Blu-Ray, Some gaming (not a priority)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, 2 Asus VS247H-P 23.6" which is $260 of the budget.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) which is another $90 of the budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: Texas

Parts Preferences:

CPU:
Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)

Motherboard:
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($132.13 @ TigerDirect)

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($132.13 @ TigerDirect)

Storage:
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card:
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)

Case:
Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case ($142.77 @ Amazon)

Power Supply:
SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.98 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive:
Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1755.86

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (And I'm getting 2 of 'em)

Additional Comments:
It's My first build. Feel kinda lost about what I need as there's so many options.

2 screens included, I'm still a couple hundred under budget so if anyone knows any potential problems with this build, knows a good upgrade I could make, or would just suggest something different altogether, I'm all ears. Thanks!!

Also, I know the 3770K has an integrated graphics card but it kinda sucks. I don't need to get two additional graphics cards right? One good one should suffice....?
July 22, 2013 12:12:13 PM

Build sounds solid, but I have a proposition - buy a 2nd ssd and put it as a cache. When using AE and Photoshop put your adobe software cache files there. When using PremierPro render to it. Also the video card you picked will be quite enough. I don't know what render engines you are going to use so I can not provide more information.
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July 22, 2013 12:34:07 PM

Shneiky said:
Build sounds solid, but I have a proposition - buy a 2nd ssd and put it as a cache. When using AE and Photoshop put your adobe software cache files there. When using PremierPro render to it. Also the video card you picked will be quite enough. I don't know what render engines you are going to use so I can not provide more information.


I appreciate the answer! Awesome idea for the extra in my budget. You don't think I should update the graphics card at all? Everyone with this processor seems to go for the Radeon 7970...
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July 22, 2013 12:37:21 PM

W7 home can only use 16gb, you want pro or w8. I tried to fit in a a 3930k and a x79 mobo but just could not get it under 2k. So I just went with haswell. Added another ssd, changed monitors to ips, upgraded to 760, and slight changes to case, psu, and ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($249.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($124.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1968.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 15:36 EDT-0400)
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July 22, 2013 1:34:49 PM

gonzo13290,

Your system components listing does look quite good and would have a good cost / performance ratio.

For reference, you might also consider going towards the workststion Xeon > ECC > Quadro path, which yields some impressive advantages in image quality (ant-ialisiang, 10-bit color, gradients, shadow, particle, and reflection), enhanced viewport functions, single and double precision and the important advantage of being able to use multiple lighting sources in renderings. You might have a look at the recent comparison of workstation and gaming cards in the "Articles and News" section of this site and specifically for the performance of the applications you use . I had poor results with a GTX for my applications- especially in rendering quality.

The following is a modification of one of several system configurations done recently, anticipating a new system for my applications > AutoCad, Revit, Solidworks, Sketchup, Adobe CS > architecture, industrial design, rendering >

BambiBoom PixelPusher Cadagrapharific Blazomatic Modelrama IV ™$#©™_7.22.13

1. Intel Intel Xeon E3-1270 V3 Haswell 3.5GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Quad-Core Server Processor BX80646E31270V3 > $345 ( Passmark No. 16 , CPU= 10384)

2. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler > $35.

3. ASRock Z87 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard > $190.

4. Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G > $160.

5. NVIDIA Quadro K2000 VCQK2000-PB 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card $420. > This is also available as the 2000D , which has 2X DVI if you're not using Displayport for multiple monitors

6. Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive > $90

7. Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk > $127 (OS and applications)

8. SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $80

9. LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM > $70

10. LIAN LI PC-7HX Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $100.

11. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

12. (2) Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor > $260 ($129.99 each)

TOTAL= $1,966 (Note > 16B RAM, )

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Because rendering can use all the available cores / threads, the following uses one of the best cost / performance Xeons. To have the rendering capabilities, it may be worth going over the budget a bit to have a Xeon 6-core / 12 thread CPU's - a 50% advantage in rendering >

BambiBoom PixelDozer Cadaedirendermathagrapharific ExtremeSignature VI ®£©™®$™_ 7.22.13

This system is intended as a workstation solution with high performance / high precision, very high stability / reliability at reasonable cost, and suitable for 2D and 3D CAD, graphic design, rendering, mathematics, simulation, animation, and video editing.

1. Xeon E5-1650 6-core 3.2 / 3.8GHz, 12MB cache, LGA 2011 $630 (Passmark CPU score= 11462, rank = No. 12) > $590.

2. COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler > $35.

3. ASRock X79 Extreme3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard > $190

__3A > Opt'l > ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB $380. < If the budget allows, this is a very high performer, very high quality. The "WS" means "workstation".

4. 16B (2X 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ECC Unbuffered Server Memory > $150. (Check ASUS motherboard compatibility list)

5. NVIDIA Quadro K2000 VCQK2000-PB 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card $420.

6. Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk > $127 (OS and applications)

7. Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM > $ 160.

8. SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply $120.

9. LIAN LI PC-A75 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case $182

10. LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM > $70

11. Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $140

12. (2) Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor > 260 ($130 each)

TOTAL= $2,262. (Note > 16B RAM)

The choice of monitors and configuration has to be according to your preferences, but I would suggest too considering a single 27" 2560 X 1440 monitor with good image controls. The higher resolution and larger single fullscreen can be important when judging image quality. this makes a big difference in judging rendering qualities such as anti-aliasing, color and shadow gradients, I use a 27" 1920 X 1080 (HP 2711x) and I even miss being able to really see the type quality in text-only files.

Cheers,

BambiBoom

[ Dell Precision T5400 > 2X Xeon X5460 quad core @3.16GHz > 16 GB ECC 667 RAM > Quadro FX 4800 (1.5GB) > WD RE4 / Segt Brcda 500GB > Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit > AutoCad, Revit, Solidworks 2010, Sketchup Pro, Corel Technical Designer, Adobe CS4 MC, WordP Office, MS Office ]

[ HP Z420 > Xeon E5-1620 quad core @3.6 / 3.9GHz > 8GB ECC 1600 RAM > Firepro V4900 (1GB) > WD 6GB/s 500GB > Windows 7 Professional > no applications yet loaded) [ I am planning to use the HP for working files, and the Precision with it's 8 cores/ 16 threads can sit in a corner and render. Eventually, I may change to an E5-1650 6-core, add RAM , and a Quadro K4000 ]
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July 22, 2013 1:57:48 PM

jinayhvora said:
here's my opinion http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jtrf


I'm really liking this one. Did you decide to upgrade the cooler because of the video card you chose? and what advantage would that video card have over the one I picked for my primary uses?

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July 22, 2013 2:02:19 PM

the cooler has nothing to do with the video card, it only cools the CPU
the card i chose is a faster card and has more CUDA Cores, also its newly launched
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July 22, 2013 2:28:22 PM

k1114 said:
W7 home can only use 16gb, you want pro or w8. I tried to fit in a a 3930k and a x79 mobo but just could not get it under 2k. So I just went with haswell. Added another ssd, changed monitors to ips, upgraded to 760, and slight changes to case, psu, and ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($249.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($126.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($124.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $1968.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 15:36 EDT-0400)


jinayhvora said:
here's my opinion http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jtrf


I think I'm gonna go with this build. I changed the second SSD and case and added a cardreader.

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July 22, 2013 3:44:04 PM

Bambiboom, you missed one issue though, a 10 bit capable monitor.
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June 24, 2014 9:30:53 PM

Hey gonzo13290, This post has helped me make some of my own build selections. I was wondering which build you ended up going with?
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