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Need Help quick !Choosing parts for Gaming/Graphic Design, 3D Rendering, and 1440p build

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November 10, 2013 11:08:19 PM

Hey guys so im on the hunt of buying a pc and i am torn on decisions. First off the use of this build is stated on the title I will be learning all Adobe applications and 3d modeling programs and also gaming on high settings.

I am on a budget of 1700$ max (including tax) but i would like to save money as much as possible. Hence the current build. This build should last me about 4 years which is when i plan to upgrade.

Like most people ive done a lot of reading and switched plenty of times between amd and intel and etc. I am torn betwen what would be the best combination for me as a gamer, designer and student. Price is a huge issue as i am trying to save money and yet have good performance.

I already have a 1440p monitor, 500r corsair case, thermaltake 2.0 extreme, and a 850w 80 gold corsir psu.

Here is what i have chosen so far.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($70.00)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($506.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($80.00)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($16.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1509.23

I want 16 gb or more on this build and will continue adding until i reach 32gb if i need to.
I have chosen two SSDs one to write the other to read and a hard drive to store. dont really know if i will have a performance boost, Will it?

GPU and CPU decision problems
GTX 780/R9 290 non refernce to play games max in 1440p.
4670k over 4770k because of price. 8350 does not have pcie 2.0 and slower single core performance

For my needs am i good? For four years? would i be bottle necked? Is my build gonna really slow my work down? Do you think i am making a mistake for not going all out? What changes should i make in the build? Etc.

Thanks guys i appreciate the help!
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November 10, 2013 11:34:32 PM

Andres Ramirez said:
Hey guys so im on the hunt of buying a pc and i am torn on decisions. First off the use of this build is stated on the title I will be learning all Adobe applications and 3d modeling programs and also gaming on high settings.

I am on a budget of 1700$ max (including tax) but i would like to save money as much as possible. Hence the current build. This build should last me about 4 years which is when i plan to upgrade.

Like most people ive done a lot of reading and switched plenty of times between amd and intel and etc. I am torn betwen what would be the best combination for me as a gamer, designer and student. Price is a huge issue as i am trying to save money and yet have good performance.

I already have a 1440p monitor, 500r corsair case, thermaltake 2.0 extreme, and a 850w 80 gold corsir psu.

Here is what i have chosen so far.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($70.00)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($506.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($80.00)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($115.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($16.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1509.23

I want 16 gb or more on this build and will continue adding until i reach 32gb if i need to.
I have chosen two SSDs one to write the other to read and a hard drive to store. dont really know if i will have a performance boost, Will it?

GPU and CPU decision problems
GTX 780/R9 290 non refernce to play games max in 1440p.
4670k over 4770k because of price. 8350 does not have pcie 2.0 and slower single core performance

For my needs am i good? For four years? would i be bottle necked? Is my build gonna really slow my work down? Do you think i am making a mistake for not going all out? What changes should i make in the build? Etc.

Thanks guys i appreciate the help!


first of all i think youll find this thread here, albeit 2 years old, very useful. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/306994-28-which-workstation-intel

now for my own 2 cents. id say go AMD becuase more cores is better for the 3d modeling and stuff like that. All that is very very CPU intensive, and the programs like blender, and sculptris/zbrush, maya, either do utilize more cores, or will in the future.
Way i see it, single core performance will reach a limit. its architecture and how we upgrade will reach its threshold soon. So i think, like the ps4 being AMD etc, that the future industry standard software suites, and PC games,will inevitably be about utilizing MORE cores. We all know that one core vs one core, the intel will win, but they are both very very good processors, and i think its worth considering. I think the video games is moving that direction too. For me i chose an AMD fx 6300 on a budget build. The primary use will be 3-d modeling, and animating the models into HD clips/movies.
hope this helps
December 21, 2013 5:22:02 AM

Based on Beezy's advice, more cores are better for rendering, so here is the build.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2nHM6

By the way you don't need 32/16 GB of RAM(except if you are doing some really heavy editing), a pair of fast 4 GB is enough. If you are worried about the fan and heat issue of the R9 290, i suggest not to overclock the card until this problem is totally fixed by a driver in the near future.
Anyway if you don't like the PSU, just change it with the one on your list.

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December 21, 2013 5:35:52 AM

Research workstation graphics cards. AMD FIREPRO W7000 or NVIDIA QUADRO 4000. Pricey but designed for 3d design/animation/video
December 21, 2013 5:39:45 AM

You'll need more than 4gb of ram for memory intensive software. Recommended is 8gb+ for rendering/editing/animating. Plus....ram is cheap so no need to worry about getting more than enough for a good deal.
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