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August 6, 2013 4:20:32 PM

I plan on plugging this box into my 27" iMac to use as a display. My use will primarily be for 3d animation, modelling and visual effects creation. Programs I will be using:

Autodesk Mudbox, Maya, 3ds Max, Houdini, Mari, Heiro, Adobe CC

I already have purchased Windows 8, I just need to burn the iso.

I'm located in Canada and will be buying this from TigerDirect. Can you guys comment on my choices? This is my first time building a computer ever.

Critiques please. Can I save money anywhere, gain performance, etc? Did I make the right choices? I do want to say that I am set on the Corsair case, I love the look of it and I see it has good heat control.

Thanks.

Case: CORSAIR OBSIDIAN 900D ($400)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Motherboard: MSI Z87 ($250)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

Ram: CORSAIR VENGEANCE 32GB DDR31600MHZ ($335)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

CPU: Intel 4th Gen i7-4770k 3.5GHz ($350)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

GPU: EVGA GEFORCE GTX 770 2GB ($430)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

PSU: CORSAIR AX860 ($230)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD: CORSAIR NEUTRON GTX 240GB ($220)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

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August 6, 2013 4:34:00 PM

It looks good but really? That much for a case and RAM? Surely a cheaper case heck half that cost would do. And the RAM. Why not get some cheaper stuff along the lines of $250

RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... buy it 4 times. And a case I'm not really taht good with cases but I'm sure you don't need a case that good.
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August 6, 2013 4:39:49 PM

The only thing I would question is the video card. I don't want to sound wrong, I am at work so I can't really research.... Isn't the GTX line up geared more towards gaming? I always thought the new AMD GCN architecture was better at Computation work and might be better in those applications? I would think a 7970 would be better.

Again, that's what I've read on multiple sites, just no time to research right now. Can someone else shed light on this?
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August 6, 2013 4:40:21 PM

RAM & PSU could be chosen much more wisely and you need a cooler. Buy one with the money saved by wiser choices.
-Bruce
Edit: BTW is this a hobby or do you make a living at it?
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August 6, 2013 5:35:20 PM

frillybob101 said:
It looks good but really? That much for a case and RAM? Surely a cheaper case heck half that cost would do. And the RAM. Why not get some cheaper stuff along the lines of $250

RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... buy it 4 times. And a case I'm not really taht good with cases but I'm sure you don't need a case that good.


The ram is needed, while painting textures in one program you sync back in forth, ie mudbox and maya running simultaneously. The case is important to me, I know it's costly but I am happy with my choice. The RAM I was not sure of what to get, so I just figured match to Corsair.

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The only thing I would question is the video card. I don't want to sound wrong, I am at work so I can't really research.... Isn't the GTX line up geared more towards gaming? I always thought the new AMD GCN architecture was better at Computation work and might be better in those applications? I would think a 7970 would be better.

Again, that's what I've read on multiple sites, just no time to research right now. Can someone else shed light on this?


I thought so myself. I know I need CUDA cores for this software, but I had someone recommend me this card so that is why I have selected it. Perhaps someone else with more experience can chime in.

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RAM & PSU could be chosen much more wisely and you need a cooler. Buy one with the money saved by wiser choices.
-Bruce
Edit: BTW is this a hobby or do you make a living at it?


What would you recommend? Like I said before this is my first time building a computer and I am unsure of how to part things out.

I am starting my post grad in Visual Effects for Film, so I will be using this rig throughout the course and professionally afterwords.

BTW I had someone suggest that I swap the SSD for this Samsung - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

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For the SSD IMO go with Samsung. 840, 840pro and Evo all respectively mop the floor (in 256 and 512gb) with the competition in the same price bracket, and Samsung is probably the only brand left that has the entire stretch of the drive made internally. Not even Intel (which has dropped the ball) does any longer.


What kind of cooler do I need?
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August 6, 2013 7:55:24 PM

A good choice with the samsung 840.
RAM, you could go for G.Skill, they may have a cheaper option than corsair but still 32GB at 1600Mhz
A 750W PSU will be more than enough.
Cooler Master make good coolers, but there are others too. Around $30 to $45 will get you a good one, just make sure it fits the Socket 1150 type. For example, the Cooler Master Hyper 212X will fit and is cheap but a good option.
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August 7, 2013 5:57:23 PM

pezonator said:
A good choice with the samsung 840.
RAM, you could go for G.Skill, they may have a cheaper option than corsair but still 32GB at 1600Mhz
A 750W PSU will be more than enough.
Cooler Master make good coolers, but there are others too. Around $30 to $45 will get you a good one, just make sure it fits the Socket 1150 type. For example, the Cooler Master Hyper 212X will fit and is cheap but a good option.


Thanks for the input. Out of curiosity what's the difference between the two rams? Is the Corsair just more expensive because of the name?

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