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February 18, 2014 10:04:28 AM

Hi guys, I'm in need of professional help. I'm in the process of trying to build a computer that can handle 3D animation programs and rendering without having to wait for days to final rendering a scene or movie with a little gaming thrown in. I'm somewhat new to building computers but I know my amount of knowledge. there is still a lot I need to know to build a computer I will like and need for my line of work. Please help with some tips on the right motherboard, CPU, RAM, Video Card, Power Supply, Cooling System, ect. You get the point. Please and thank you. By the way, my budget is anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 if that helps.
February 18, 2014 10:24:21 AM

What currency? Sorry for the weird qestion; also what software are you gonna use?
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February 18, 2014 6:47:36 PM

PsychoGamingLemon said:
What currency? Sorry for the weird qestion; also what software are you gonna use?


Currency in US$ and programs such as Autodesk Maya, 3Ds Max, Blender and Adobe After Effects
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February 18, 2014 6:54:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($206.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1834.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 21:54 EST-0500)
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February 18, 2014 7:05:42 PM

Whammy said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($206.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1834.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 21:54 EST-0500)


Just curious and asking but wouldn't i want to get the full 32GB of RAM for the motherboard i mean i don't know how that works and is 550W enough power for all that work?
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February 18, 2014 7:12:42 PM

darkreaper18 said:
Whammy said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.98 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($206.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1834.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 21:54 EST-0500)


Just curious and asking but wouldn't i want to get the full 32GB of RAM for the motherboard i mean i don't know how that works and is 550W enough power for all that work?


Well it really comes down to money, but if you're willing to pay that extra for 32Gb, it definitely will help. Also, that PSU is fine but I could switch it out for a 650-750w if you prefer.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($341.98 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.50 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($219.00 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($348.48 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.00 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1996.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-18 22:12 EST-0500)

All parts are top quality for the lowest price, it's quite the editing build.

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February 18, 2014 7:17:40 PM

This all looks really good and very helpful and I appreciate it a lot. If you don't mind, what do you mean by fine when you mentioned the Power Supply? Fine as in what, working normal or fine as in it will do the job?

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February 18, 2014 7:39:38 PM

What really maters when choosing a PSU is the GPU and looking at if you'll be overclocking. So if the 780 has a wattage of 200w while the rest of your system usually has half that, then a high quality 550w PSU will be fine to get the job done. Having a 650w PSU however will allow room for overclocking , which is great when done right, although you will need a better CPU cooler if you'll be overclocking it.
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February 18, 2014 7:42:46 PM

and which CPU Cooler do you recommend for that because I might be overclocking
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February 18, 2014 7:49:22 PM

Thank you so much I can't even explain how much you've helped me out. Do you have any other recommendations?
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February 18, 2014 8:06:43 PM

Well, the only thing I would or you could change is the case. Search around on pcpartpicker or other websites and find one you like. If you're not sure everything will properly fit in the case you chose, don't hesitate to ask :) 
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