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New Build for 3d and Gaming, $1,000-1,200 Budget. Comments?

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March 28, 2009 3:20:11 PM

Hi. First time post with first time build here. I think that I’ve done my research, having read many posts and articles here on Tom’s Hardware. Still, I’d be shocked if I have these specs right, given that I'm a rookie. With luck, this post will merit your comments, which I would be greatly appreciate. Please, don’t hold back.

I’m an architecture faculty member who needs a computer to learn Maya and other modeling / rendering programs and for ‘occasional’ gaming (various FPS’s). Assuming it’s realistic, I’d like to be able to upgrade the computer in a couple of years to give it a boost as technology develops (hence i7 and Crossfire/SLI rather than the components suggested in the Mid-Range System Build found in the Builder’s Marathon).

Following theAnimal’s suggestioned format, here is my build info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: one to two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1,000 to 1,200 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Pretense: Maya. Actual: FPS Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, Windows Vista 64

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com because it’s all I see around here, but I’m open to suggestions

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and NVidia, though I’m open to suggestions.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, but later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 on an HP W2207

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice, as would Bluetooth capabilities.

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz

MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB

DVD/CD: Pioneer Black DVD/CD Burner

CPU Cooling: COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GPX58

Power: Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC

These components put the cost at approx $1135.00 w/o shipping, etc..

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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March 28, 2009 3:35:53 PM

Nice build!!! :)  You can cut that price though a bit...and you should have thermal compound anyways so get all three here...actually the link is in your build.

It's the second "Combo" listed on that link when scrolling down.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 Combo Price: $325.97 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM
Cooler Master RR-UV8-XBU1-GP V8 CPU Fan For Intel LGA775 & AMD Socket 940/AM2
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

This might be worth taking a look at also. These cases are usually sent back because of a loose wire, untapped screw hole, etc...they are essentially new cases that have been fixed.

http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?pr... $45.99
CM 690 Black SECC/ATX Mid Tower, W/O window, W/O PSU - Refurbished
March 28, 2009 4:12:11 PM

Why_me, nice pick-up on the combo. I'll pull the trigger on that combo this weekend. Also, thanks for the lead on the refurbished case. I had to run across that anywhere in my research.
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March 28, 2009 4:42:00 PM

gkay09 said:
Next dont get the WD green, get the WD Black...these are the high performance drives...


gkay, thanks for the comments. I've been reading to better understand the difference between the WD Black and Green series but it is over-my-head. Is the buffer size the thing that makes the Black better than the Green?
March 28, 2009 4:53:48 PM

Well yes...that is one of the reasons...
The WD green ones consume less power
(well not much of a difference between the drives)...

So the WD greens can be used as good backup drives rather than the primary HDD...