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Multi Functional PC, "~600-700 or so..."

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September 22, 2009 8:48:11 PM

Hello :) ...
I am building a new computer after some... long while...

Usage : The primary use of the computer is hopefully going to be 3d modeling software, and multiple instances of such. I use this computer for studies which occasionally involve running :

- DAZ Studio (3d rendering, posing, etc...)
- Facegen (3d rendering, facial synthesis...)
- GenCrowd (Multi 3d rendering, facial synthesis, etc...)
- Multiple Firefox Tabs...
- Image Browsers...
- Photoshop, etc...
- Foobar (music...)

So, much multitasking, and in that regard, four gigs of ram sounds dandy...

Something else of note, i am potentially considering installing seperate operating systems on seperate hard drives, more specifically, XP pro for study software, etc...
and Windows 7 for games, which brings this rambling to games...

I might occasionally play video games on the computer, and a computer that could handle such might be nice, though, i am guessing that a computer that can handle intensive 3d files might handle games in some regards...

Readily Available / Not Included with New Computer :
- Keyboard
- Mouse
- Speakers
- Chasse
- Debating on a PSU
- Monitor

Parts Preferences :
- Neutral

Overclocking :
- If the cooling is ample, potentially debatable...

Build Date :
- Neutral, Though was hoping to build in somewhat a short while...

The Upgrade / New Computer thus far :

- (2) Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ::

- ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Xtreme Design w/ CrossFireX support, DDR3 1800 OC ::

- XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail ::

- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail ::

- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail ::

Any assistance, suggestions, potential alterations, very much appreciated :) ...

Thank you...

Have an AMAZING day :) ...

September 22, 2009 8:55:48 PM

Nice build, you'll need a PSU with a combined maximum wattage of 400W (33A) on the 12V rail and two PCI-E connectors.
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September 22, 2009 11:04:06 PM

Thank you for that hard drive find, obsidian86, and thank you for the information, Gulli :) ...
Very much appreciated :) ...

Any other suggestions? Ram speeds? Compatibility? Motherboard bridges...?
September 23, 2009 3:53:15 AM

Gulli, i have been looking at PCI-E Connectors, and am unable to say what it might be that you're referring to, might you care to elaborate...?
Thank you :) ...
September 23, 2009 5:13:25 PM

Alright, so, the motherboard i was potentially interested in utilizing seems to be gone, and i am currently considering :

However, i am not very well versed currently in unbuffered memory...
If anyone cares to offer any suggestions, they might be very much appreciated...
Thank you :) ...
September 23, 2009 5:31:00 PM

Without a case, an i5 build is very doable;

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail ($199.99 + Free Shipping)

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail ($139.99 + Free Shipping)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail ($94.99 + Free Shipping)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM ($49.99 + Free Shipping)

XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail ($144.99 + Free Shipping)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM ($31.99)

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail ($49.99 w/ $20 MIR)

Total: $711.93