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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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.
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)
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.