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First-time builder: need help for gaming /graphic design / 3d PC

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August 16, 2007 5:05:02 AM

Hey everyone,

I've been lurking around here for a little while for recommendations, but now I'll be buying in the next month or two so need some help. My budget is around $1500-$2000, preferably somewhere between there as I would like to get a new monitor as well.

I'll be using it for gaming, graphic design and 3d modeling. I saw this build posted by Dior which looked like a good start, but I'm assuming a quad core would probably help with the 3d. I've never OC'd before, but am willing to give it a try if it will change the configuration. I'd like to stay away from the Quadro cards because I'd still like to play games.

Centurion 534
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119106
Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128048
E6850 $310
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115028
2GB Super Talent DDR2 800 4-3-3-8 $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820609026
EVGA 8800 GTX $517
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130072
Seagate 320GB $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148140
Corsair 520HX $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139001
LG 18X $28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136119

$1344 total after rebates

Thanks! If I didn't give enough details, let me know and I can be more specific.
August 16, 2007 6:24:06 AM

If you use a 64bit OS with a 64 bit version of your 3d modeling program, Get a Quad Core, It will make it SO much faster.

By the way, those links dont work.
I recommend (from your list):
E6850
DS3
Dont just go on others tastes for case, have a look around in your price range.
Super talent, possibly make it 4gb if using 64bit vista (it DOES make a difference with 3D modeling/ rendering)
For GPU just go with what you feel like spending, as long as before you buy you keep track on the Toms Hardware GPU Charts, that way you can work out whats the best in YOUR price range. Any G80 would be fine unless you want extreme resolution. http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics.html

HDD is not excessivly important unless you like to keep raw data from 3D output on your pc. Anything from WD or Seagate from 320gb up is fine.
That PSU seems fine, but going 600W wont hurt much as long as it isnt a cheap 600W, just means you wont have things dying on you soon.
Opticals is up to price, generally go for cheapest "Brand Name" part and it should be good.
Any Lg should be fine.

Hope it all goes well.
August 16, 2007 9:25:30 AM

The monitor is very important get a good one :) 
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August 16, 2007 3:25:57 PM

Cool, thanks for your help, I guess my only concern with going with Vista is the gaming. Are there still problems with it? I know a lot of gamers still use XP.

So would it be a matter of what I would do more? Gaming or graphic design?
August 16, 2007 4:19:40 PM

Some people have had no problems with it, but many others have (the rags are full of it). Personally, I do not trust Vista. Microsquishy is releasing some service packs though, so perhaps it is almost ready.

The rest looks good. For a low-end case, the Centurion is good, although the front fan is an 80mm. The CoolerMaster Elite is a similar case that doesn't come with a front fan, but you can put a 120mm in front. I've used three of them within the last year and like them.
August 16, 2007 10:30:12 PM

Thanks jtt283, now if I'm overclocking what kind of cooling would I need?
August 16, 2007 10:32:49 PM

Also, if any of the specs I listed above need tweaking anyone feel free to let me know. That was just a nice $1500 system configuration I saw on here earlier.
August 17, 2007 1:12:29 PM

When you get it running I'd like to hear how well your gaming card worked for your CAD. I myself use Max (at home) Maya (at work) and use quadro card for Maya and gaming card for Max and have never had issues with a gaming card doing the job.

I'm waiting on Max 2008 to come out and see how it performs with my SLI 8800 GTX 768 cards. Currently Z-Brush which I do have running runs like a champ and that is an intense amounts of polygons. I took the model up to 15 million polygons and the system was still responsive but it did slow down.
August 17, 2007 3:44:15 PM

GenericName said:
When you get it running I'd like to hear how well your gaming card worked for your CAD. I myself use Max (at home) Maya (at work) and use quadro card for Maya and gaming card for Max and have never had issues with a gaming card doing the job.

I'm waiting on Max 2008 to come out and see how it performs with my SLI 8800 GTX 768 cards. Currently Z-Brush which I do have running runs like a champ and that is an intense amounts of polygons. I took the model up to 15 million polygons and the system was still responsive but it did slow down.



I've used both Quadro and standard gaming cards for 3d work and haven't really noticed much of a difference. Maybe I had a crappy 3d card who knows, but if a standard gaming card gets me by then I'd rather go that way since the Quadro cards don't work much at all for games.

If I had the money to just build a workstation I would, but unfortunately I HAVE to have my games too. :D 
August 17, 2007 5:59:22 PM

WR2 said:
You really should run only one thread on the same build in this forum.
I think Please rate my build - gaming /graphic design this is the most up-to-date thread.




Yeah I know, I should have put my system together more thoroughly before posting the first one.
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