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$800 Editing and Animation PC, First Build

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January 17, 2014 11:07:33 PM

I've been researching computer parts for a good month now, but not having much prior experience it feels like the more I learn about PC's the less I actually know about them. That said, I don't really have any brand or website preference (I apologize if that makes things more difficult,) and I’m not really sure what to prioritize in this build. Maybe RAM and CPU? I work in 2D and 3D animation using Adobe Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Illustrator, as well as Autodesk Maya and Mudbox. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next two weeks

Budget Range: $800 before rebate, shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2D and 3D animation, video and photo editing, watching movies, internet surfing, digital painting, audio editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: SSD over HDD if possible

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: N/A

Additional Comments: graphics card needs to be openGl capable for 3D modeling programs, possibility of dual-monitoring in the future

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January 17, 2014 11:33:31 PM

you can start from this build
i5 haswell
2x 8GB ram for pro software
GTX 660 for optimizing openGL and after effect (which radeon card cant)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.95 @ B&H)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $758.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 02:32 EST-0500)
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