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May 25, 2009 3:51:13 AM

Animation Workstation/Audio Studio PC/Gaming Rig


BUDGET RANGE: <$2700 (including tax/shipping/etc.)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Animation (Maya2009x64), Photoshopx64, Audio Studio Equipment (running 10 channel I/O m-audio interface through Ableton Live), Video Games, Web Surfing, Media Center (with TV Tuner)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, speakers, monitor...


PARTS PREFERENCES: None (reliability is very important)



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mainly need ASAP advice on the PSU (is 850w enough???). Wondering if 2x280's SLI is the way to go and if the PSU will support that. This is mainly a last minute check before I hit the checkout button, just making sure I'm not making any big mistakes that only one of you geniuses would notice :p 


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

(above to combine into a combo deal for $510)

Tuniq Ripper PSU-RIP1000W-BK 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail


Rosewill RBR1000-M 1000W, ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V, SLI Ready, Active-PFC, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Power Supply, UL,CUL,FCC,CB,TUV,ROHS - Retail

(Rosewill PSU is involved in a combo deal with a 3x2gb dominator pack and would save me around 11 dollars... I cant find reviews on the rosewill though)

2x (12GB)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail

BFG Tech BFGEGTX2801024OCXE GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1800 MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail

M-AUDIO Delta 1010LT PCI Interface 10-In-10-Out PCI Virtual Studio - Retail

+$85 in other random small stuff like thermal paste/bluetooth dongle, etc...

Comes to a total of $2,696.90 which includes tax, s/h, and 1 yr extended warranty on CPU, MB, and the VelociRaptor (warranties add on a total of 82 bucks.)

If you have time, i can even email you my wishlist so you can take a look at what it looks like on the newegg page...

THANKS ahead of time!!!

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May 25, 2009 4:44:32 AM


Im thinking of going with:


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail


ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W Continuous @ 45°C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 1050W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified NVIDIA ... - Retail

(Combo with g.skill/psu saves 25. ram is a total of ~$140 cheaper, bringing total down to $2530)

with that amount, what should i upgrade first? GPU? Get 2x 285's??? Should I get the P6T delux? I want to get the most bang for my buck for under 2700 so im tryin to get as close as possible while still remaining reasonable about it...
May 25, 2009 5:00:32 AM

another update:

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail

instead of the Zalman and

Pioneer 20X CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-217DBK - OEM

instead of the IDE drive

total at $2,618.50
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May 25, 2009 5:22:16 AM
Go with this PSU. Trust me, NEVER skimp out on the thing that powers your entire computer.
Also, instead of 2 GTX 280's go with 2 GTX 275's. (
They cost about 30$ less, so a total of 60$ in savings is good enough for the Better Power supply. Also, the GTX 275's outperform GTX 280's. The 280's are old, that's the reason for the price increase and they have a smaller amount of RAM (In sli, 2gbs vs. 896x2)

looks fine otherwise.
May 26, 2009 11:30:28 AM

Maya isn't very good at using SLI... it can cause problems in OpenGL. Consider dropping the second graphics card and adding (if you don't have one) a second monitor. Drop the VelociRaptor and use a RAID instead. Add a blu-Ray burner if at all possible.
May 27, 2009 5:43:01 AM

I'd drop down to GTX275s or bump up to GTX285s. The 280s aren't very good value.