Building a Computer for 3D Animation and Design

I posted a thread before about this, but I never actually got around to getting the computer. I am finally interested and wanting to start but I have no idea where to start. I am starting to build a computer that would be used to run programs like Maya, ZBrush, Mudbox, etc. With some gaming in there as well. I don't know a lot about computers, but I know that it would be better to build one to what I want then to try and buy one. I've done some research and this is what I'm thinking. If I am missing something or have any suggestions please let me know!

Motherboard: Asus - Rampage IV GENE Micro ATX Motherboard

CPU: Intel - Core™ i7-4770K 3.5GHz Processor

Tower: NZXT - Phantom 630 Windowed Edition ATX/Micro ATX/XL-ATX/eATX Ultra-Tower Chassis

Power Supply: Corsair - RM Series 750W Power Supply

Graphics Card: PNY - GeForce GTX 770 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card

Memory: Corsair - Vengeance 16GB DDR3

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 3.5in 500GB


SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB

Optical Drive:

I also plan on running 2 or 3 monitors on this as well.
I sadly need to buy the computer parts through Best Buy since they have a financing option and I wouldn't have all the money right up front and would need that.
All help would be very appreciative, considering this is my first time trying to build a PC!
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  1. Just one question: since you are going to use your computer mostly for 3d graphics, shouldn't you aim for a workstation gpu like nVidia Quadro K2000 or AMD FirePro W5000?

    Also, keep in mind that two drives are better than one - if your system crashes, you won't lose all files. And if you want to do some encoding, it is always better to keep your temp files away from your system drive.
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    First thing, wrong motherboard or wrong processor. Motherboard show is socket LGA 2011 and the CPU is socket LGA 1050. Those two parts are not compatible at all. Unless you are running the computer in a particularly harsh temperature environment or are going for some heavy overclocking, this motherboard should be perfect:

    Or if you did intend to select the socket LGA 2011 board, you'll want the 4820K (4 core) or 4390K (6 core) processors. If you did mean to select the 2011 board, you'll want to change your memory to a quad channel DDR3 kit. Next thing regarding memory: the kit you have linked is a sodimm/laptop memory kit. You should be looking for a 240 pin (laptop = 204 pin) DDR3 dual channel (for 4770k/socket 1050) kit or a DDR3 quad channel kit for socket 2011 boards.

    Next. I'm an architect and a gamer I've been building my own workstations for a very long time. I've been using 3dsmax (not maya, but might as well be at this point), revit, autocad, rhino and a few other programs which all share the same driver sets etc as Zbrush, mudbox etc etc. I have not noticed any improvement on the few machines that I have at the office I work at which use the workstation GPU's other than monstrous additions to the end cost.

    Those GPU's are better suited to users who need tons of monitors, exact vector precision (for engineers), programs that use certain shader sets that aren't optimized on consumer parts or virtualized machine support and many other things which from the sounds of it, you do not.

    The 770 you've selected should be spot on for your needs. You'll have a great time gaming with it, the price is 1/10 of what the workstation equivalent would cost you and Nvidia does a fantastic job of making sure even their consumer GPU drivers work well with productivity software.

    Other than those changes to your spec, everything looks well balanced, the power supply is large enough and of a very high quality to enable you to run a second video card in the future for additional gaming performance.
    --a second GPU is generally useless for 3d modeling programs if you are trying to increase viewport rendering or dedicated GPU rendering --most programs such as Vray, Lumion, Mental Ray (now an Nvidia license) only use a single GPU.

    Feel free to PM me for any more workstation or build specific questions or what you can expect from the programs you use in regards to hardware performance etc.

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