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$1000 System Upgrade Gaming/Animation/Modeling

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August 30, 2009 7:08:12 PM

Hi, I am planning on upgrading my system so that I can play better games and so that I can use it for some animation and modeling classes that are going to be coming up in the next year or so. Here is the list of parts tht I am planning on buying right now:

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

79.99

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

319.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

134.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail (two sets of these)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

119.98

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

169.99

Total With Tax:

895(give or take)

I also already have a 160 GB Hard drive with my OS (Vista 32 bit,upgrading to Windows 7 64 when it comes out) And a 1.5 Terabyte hard drive and a 22" LCD Moniter so those parts are taken care of.

What I am wondering is are these good parts and will they let me do what I am wanting? I am open to suggestions but I want to keep the price around 1000 bucks if I can, beauty of living on Fin Aid. XD
I don't want to fork out all this money if any of these have a good chance of c@$*ing out on me in a year and a half. If you guys have any ideas on what would be better then please post them. I need all the advice I can get since this is my first upgrade of this size.

Thank you for your time.
August 30, 2009 7:23:32 PM

You might want to get a video card. :D 

That is a really good case but you could save some money and get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(unless you picked that case out because you like how it looks, then that's all your personal preference :D )

I would only recommend one of those sets of RAM. You don't need 8 gigs...

That seems like too much to pay for a CPU and not get an i7 to me. Here's a combo that I think would work well for you: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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August 30, 2009 7:27:43 PM

^beat me t it. And yes, OP you need a GPU.

1. LGA775 is dead.

2. Wait till year end (September/November is release date?) for Core i5. You can get 2-2.5x more performance (esp. if OCing) for the same money.

3. Wait for release of ATI 5xxx cards.

4. As far as quality goes, the ones you chose are high quality.

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If you want to build now:
i7 920

ASUS P6T (any, SE,WS,etc)

Antec EA650 or Corsair 550VX assuming only single GPU.

3*2GB DDR3 1600

4850

HAF 932 (cheaper than 1200 and ~ the same) (Note: the 1200 has free shipping so figure out the difference to see if it's actually cheaper to go HAF)

Total, ~900-950.
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August 30, 2009 7:52:37 PM

*facepalm* I can't believe I forgot the GPU. >_< I have an Nvidia 9800 GT 1GB. As for the case, I don't really care how it looks, I just want it to be decent quality. The reason I chose the case was for the size, I wanted to have as much chance for future upgrades as I can. The reason I chose the Q9560 was because it was 3.0GHz, IDK if the speed is that big a difference or not. As far as I know a 3.0GHz is faster and better than a 2.6Ghz, Though I could be wrong. As for time frame, I don't NEED it for another year or so, but I want to get it before Dragon Age comes out. :p  I need the RAM because I am going to be doing a lot of photoshop, Maya, 3DS Max etc. Thank you for the quick responses.
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August 30, 2009 8:04:11 PM

Nope, you just compared across architectures, the i7 gets far more instructions done per clock due to the architecture and hyper threading giving it 8 logical cores, you can also easily OC it and blow the 9650 away for less money.

I would suggest this

920/antec 1200 $425
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

6GB Mushkin RAM $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P6T $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

750TX $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Comes out to 925 assuming you continue using your 9800GT and hard drive.
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August 30, 2009 11:41:01 PM

^Agreed. +1.
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