I7 3D Rendering Machine Build - $1-1,200k Budget


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Architectural and Product Viz - 3D Modeling using 3ds Max and Rendering using Maxwell Render and/or VRay. Not really a "gamer" but I could see myself picking up a couple games ie COD4.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse or monitor - although I will eventually upgrade my 17" monitor to a 23/24"


PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i7 920 - seems like the right balance between price/performance and seems to perform very well with Maxwell Render (Benchwell.com is a benchmarking site for Maxwell Render).

OVERCLOCKING: I am a noob when it comes to building systems and I have never tried to overclock one before, but I would definitely strongly consider doing it, especially since the i7 supposedly is well suited to it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe - I don't think my video card demands are as great as they are for playing some games out there, but some of my scenes can get pretty heavy with geometry and the card needs to be able to re-draw the scene quickly when I pan/zoom/rotate

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 currently, not sure what the new monitor would be

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This system will basically be a rendering workhorse - not sure exactly how much work I'll be getting so I don't want to drop a ton of money yet, but would like a path for upgrading at a later date. I have never built my own system before but I do have half a brain and there are so many resources online that I think it is well within my abilities to pull it off.

So far what I have come up with from my research is the following build. I wouldn't mind shaving a couple of dollars off this if possible so any suggestions would be appreciated. Also - do I need a seperate CPU cooler?

Links to build: First the general parts then 2 combo deals for the Case/PSU and the CPU/Mobo/RAM

I hope this is enough information -- thanks for your time/advice. Also, if there are any recommended resources for a first time builder let me know.

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  1. I couldn't see the wishlist, a common bug lately. It may appear later.

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Architectural and Product Viz - 3D Modeling using 3ds Max and Rendering using Maxwell Render and/or VRay. Not really a "gamer" but I could see myself picking up a couple games ie COD4.

    You can get the best performance with these programs out of a workstation card, but an Nvidia gaming card may do OK. You would likely go over budget to get a good WS card.

    I really don't care for Crucial RAM any more. How about this deal?

    You can get a better PSU with a roomier case that will cool just as well:

    Or spend just a bit more for this combo:
    I'm guessing your build doesn't actually need 700W any way.
  2. ^+1 for the CPU + Mobo + RAM combo and the CM690 + Corsair 650TX

    And @thickly you should save the Wishlist as Public Wishlist and not My Saved wishlist if you want others to see it...
  3. thanks for the replies - sorry about the wishlist not showing, it was shared but it must take a while before it actually is made public on Newegg's site, it is finally showing up at the following link (excluding the CPU/Mobo/RAM combo deal - see below for that).


    you'll see I have updated the PSU to the Corsair per your suggestions, I still do like that xClio case but I have also added two more options - the Antec 900 like you suggested and also the Antec P182. I'll be honest - I'm a little superficial and want a nice, clean looking case - that is why I like the xClio and the P182. I looked through 30-something pages of cases on Newegg and there are a lot of ugly-a** cases out there. Thoughts? Also on the video card, I do think a workstation card is out of the budget at this time so what do you think of the this EVGA GTX 260:


    I also updated the CPU/Mobo/RAM combo per your suggestions


    Again, thanks for taking the time to review and comment.

  4. Wishlist isn't working for me.

    Here's my concerns with the Xclio.
    - The space between the forward edge of the board and the HD cage is limited, although it will probably JUST accommodate long cards.
    - There are no holes or other ways to route the cables, and the PSU sits above the MB, making for a messy interior once built.
  5. don't know why that wishlist is not showing - thats really annoying. I guess I'll do it the old fashioned way, hopefully you still don't mind commenting. I'd really like to hear your thoughts about the video card

    Video Card
    EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ... - Retail

    CPU/Mobo/RAM Combo (the combo with Corsair memory is no longer available - so its either OCZ or Crucial - thoughts on which is better?)
    Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920


    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

    CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ... - Retail

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

    CD/DVD Drive
    Sony Optiarc Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

    Case is still a toss up between these three
    XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    Am I missing anything? Remember this is my first build.
  6. Hi...as you are pretty doubtful that you would go with multiple video cards, then dont invest that much on that mobo...
    Get the Gigabyte UD3R...
    Here is a revised config, that has better Graphics card, HDD and is cheaper than your previous setup...

    i7+ UD3R

    RAM + Graphics card
    OCZ Gold + GTX275

    Xclio + Corsair 620HX

    WD Black

    And not that UD3R doesnt support SLI...A BIOS update can enable SLI on that mobo too...
  7. Or if you would rather stick with the P6T Deluxe, get the OCZ combo.
  8. ^ Very bad that newegg combos don't stay long...Else like Proximon said, it would have been a good option...
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