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Help with new computer build - photo editing, rendering, and more

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June 23, 2014 10:37:50 PM

Hello,

I'm currently putting together a new computer, and I'd appreciate any input you could provide.

The primary uses for the computer will be: photo editing, 3D modelling and rendering (e.g. vray, maxwell), (some) video rendering, and a little bit of gaming (though, mostly older games (~2006-2009).

I've done some initial research, and I think I'm fairly close to a good system, but the sheer number of options has me second-guessing myself.

I've selected most of what I'll need (things like cases will be simpler decisions, I think). The list is:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($169.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $831.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


So, based on what I intend to use it for, is the above setup suitable? Are there any suggestions (particularly for missing components) or changes that you would make? I'm hoping to keep the system under $1000.

Are there any minor changes that would make for significant improvements in performance?

I'm also thinking of getting two 2TB HDD (for data) and having a RAID 1 setup. The SSD is for the OS, programs, and for temporary storage of files. Is that sensible?


Thank you for your time and any help.

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June 23, 2014 10:57:45 PM

Check this build for your requirement. You need powerful CPU for graphics rendering. I give you i7 here:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rVtYQ7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rVtYQ7/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($105.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB PCS+ Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $993.13
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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June 24, 2014 12:16:37 AM

This system would probably be better. It's basically an i7 system without the price of the i7. I don't know if the 760 or the 270x or even the 750Ti would have a difference in the rendering. But it should work fine. If the graphics card isn't needed, then you could put money into another 1TB WD Black drive or something.

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s2Q2bv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s2Q2bv/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.23 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $973.14


With the AMD system you linked. It'll be fine for what you plan on doing also. It is overclockable if that's what you want. One thing you could do is that you can get an ASUS M5a99fx Motherboard which is a lower price and it'll still provide a good overclock.

Also, if you're getting the AMD system. I'd suggest getting an aftermarket cooler. The stock cooler isn't a well supported cpu cooler to handle the fx8350.
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