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I'm building a new system within the next couple weeks mostly for 3D work but also gaming. I play most of my games on the 360 so it isn't totally important. I work in 3ds Max and After Effects so I want something for fast rendering more than anything. I already have a nice monitor and speakers. Here are my specs so far from Newegg.


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

GFX: EVGA 017-P3-1295-AR CO-OP Edition GeForce GTX 295
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130504

Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102006

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235

Mobo: MSI X58 Eclipse SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130215

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

DVD: Pioneer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129043

All in one card reader: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820816001

Windows 7 Home Prem
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

I'm also thinking about switching back to the Razor mouse from my Logitech wireless. I think I like Logitechs new gaming keyboard. Haven't decided on those yet.

If you see a problem with this please let me know. I have some time to think about it so it's no rush.
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  1. And I forgot, my cart is at about $2100 right now.
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    If you've got $2500 to work with, I'd got with a dual socket 1366 board with 2 Xeons. If you plan on using this more for 3D work, then I would get a workstation card instead of a gaming card. nVidia Quadro FX4600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133213 or ATI FirePro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195079

    But it sounds like you're building a high end gaming machine and it looks great so far, but that MSI Eclipse comes with a X-Fi card already. As for the processor, I would still recommend the i7 920 and overclock it it's really not that different from the 950. If you want to see difference, you've gotta go to to the i7 975 Extreme.

    Also, if you don't use this computer for 3D work, then those 12 gigs of ram would be wasted.

    What do you have for Hard drives?
    Do you plan to overclock? if you do, then you need a heatsink too. Prolimatech Megahalem would do you good.
    What do you have for PSU?
  3. I forgot about the drives - Samsung Spinpoint http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152102

    I was planning on getting the 1tb system drive then RAIDing 2 or 3.

    I haven't picked a power supply yet. And I don't think I want to overclock just because I tend to break things. If I could really make the 920 as fast as the 950 I would consider it.

    Thanks for the help.
  4. vikingr said:
    I forgot about the drives - Samsung Spinpoint http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152102

    I was planning on getting the 1tb system drive then RAIDing 2 or 3.

    I haven't picked a power supply yet. And I don't think I want to overclock just because I tend to break things. If I could really make the 920 as fast as the 950 I would consider it.

    Thanks for the help.



    It doesn't take much effort to overclock the 920 to 3 Ghz. I believe those F1 drives use 3 platters. People have mixed reviews on them because they use 3 platters. I can't seem to find the link to the benchmarks, but I believe it's a pretty good drive.

    Since you've got all this money, why not throw in an Intel X25-M SSD as well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016
  5. Haha. Not a ton of money. I'm selling my Mac Pro which will get me about 2200 I think.

    I'm in between the Spinpoint and the WD Blacks. I would love SSD but I just don't like the space limitations.
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