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Need help for building a computer for 3D animation/rendering/gaming under $1,500

Hello,
I am looking to build a computer for 3D works but I have limited knowledge about computer, so I would like to ask for some advice and suggestions regarding which system would be better for my work base on the budget I have :ange:.

I read a few threads on here but still did not quite get the answer I am looking for. (or maybe I didn't come across the thread that has the answer for me). There is one thread that has what I am looking for but it was a few years ago. So I am not sure if the suggested computer parts for it would still be a good one for the new updated technologies.

I am looking to build a system under $1,500 (it would be really nice if a keyboard and mouse could fit into this budget). And I am also planning to use a 24" LED TV as a monitor for this (Is this a good idea?)

Primary uses:
3D works such as character/environment creation, rendering, and animation with programs like 3DS Max, Maya, Mudbox, Zbrush, and Adobe Photoshop

Secondary uses:
Playing PC/Online games :D
Some video editting

I am sorry that I am being quite lengthy here but please bear with me lol..
And it would really help me if you please provide the names/types/source to find the computer parts in your suggestions. :D

Many advices/suggestions are welcome, and any advice/suggestion is highly appreciated!

Thank you very much in advance for taking your time to help me out on this matter :D
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  1. Here's my contribution. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
    I added a monitor, not sure the tv is a solid choice for your use. I only added an SSD but it's 250gb which is ok unless you need mass storage. I recommend intel as it should perform faster then an AMD for your use. With a decent monitor I'm @ $1740 without $1460
  2. scoobydenon said:
    Here's my contribution. http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
    I added a monitor, not sure the tv is a solid choice for your use. I only added an SSD but it's 250gb which is ok unless you need mass storage. I recommend intel as it should perform faster then an AMD for your use. With a decent monitor I'm @ $1740 without $1460


    You need to use the perma link ;)

    I'm building one now, I'll get back to you.
  3. I am in the same boat as you, Except I will be doing mainly video and photo editing while wanting to game.
    Here is my build, that we can work off of too
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2u82p
  4. If the LED TV supports 1080p (i.e. 1920x1080) then it's a good idea. If it doesn't, your productivity will suffer.

    Keyboard and mouse - hey, I got a keyboard+mouse combo made by Logitech for $15 last month. Go to the closest brick-and-mortar store and pick something. Logitech or Microsoft make some cheap models that work just fine.

    Can you stretch the budget to $1700? This would work very well for your uses, IMO:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2u8mC

    i7-4770K
    Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150
    Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
    Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB
    Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl)
    Corsair Enthusiast 650W
    Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($257.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($147.91 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $1541.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-02 00:21 EST-0500)

    I recommend this!
  6. Best answer
    Here's what I would do:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($130.95 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1457.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-02 01:31 EST-0500)

    -Included a 1080p IPS monitor for the best image clarity. Your TV is probably 720p.
    -Overclocks decently with the Hyper 212 EVO. Also, for $30, it cools just as well as the Corsair H60.
    -16gb of ram should be good for your needs. You can always add another 16gb kit in the future for 32gb total.
    -120gb SSD for your OS/programs/games and a 1tb HDD for mass storage.
    -GTX 770 max out anything at 1080p.
    -The Define R4 is an excellent case with great airflow and cable management. It's also the most silent case on the market.
    -The Antec HCG620M is a very high-quality psu and 620w is plenty for this build if you don't ever plan to SLI. If you want to SLI, grab a quality 850w.
  7. Thanks a lot for all the suggestions you guys posted. I will compare them and make any adjustment as necessary on my budget so I can get a good build.
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