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*REVISED* Father Son Rendering/Editing/Gaming Build Project

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November 5, 2013 10:41:30 PM

So basically, this machine will be used to do the above things.
Questions:
3D Rendering/Editing: Will the sacrifice of a core i7 w/ hyperthreading for i5 and a high end GPU be huge in these situations esp. editing?
That's really my only question.
Any critique is great.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Zy9x
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Zy9x/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Zy9x/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.98 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $129.99)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste (Purchased For $5.00)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $200.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (Purchased For $165.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $50.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (Purchased For $551.30)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For $20.00)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($165.28 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.9 CFM 120mm Fans (Purchased For $30.00)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (Purchased For $75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $20.00)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($261.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard (Purchased For $40.00)
Mouse: Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $30.00)
Other: NZXT HUE RGB Led Controller (Purchased For $30.00)
Other: Klipsch - HD Theater 600 5.1-Channel Home Theater Speaker System with Powered Subwoofer (Purchased For $200.00, retails for $599.99)
Total: $2191.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-09 01:30 EST-0500)

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November 6, 2013 12:49:44 AM

Get the 4770k. It can be faster up to 30-35% in 3D rendering.
GTX780 should be closer to $500 now, after recent price drops. This gives you $50 of savings and you surely can afford additional $50 for the $2,5k rig.

One thing I would change, is the display. For working with graphics and 3D I would recommend a bigger 27" monitor, preferably with 2560x1440 resolution. However it is difficult for me to recommend anything below $500 price point.
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November 8, 2013 10:31:00 PM

bump i reconfigured my build.
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November 8, 2013 10:54:32 PM

You'll probably save on the monitor if you wait for Black Friday.
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