SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D rendering in Maya, Games.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, monitor, case/tower, DVD drive
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
PARTS PREFERENCES: below
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future when first card is cheaper and I require more performance.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (I use 2x 24" screens).
Here is what I have so far:
Motherboard: Please suggest. Need 1136 socket and between Asus or Gigabyte (all thats available to me in my area). Also I am looking at whether I should get 6 ram slots or just 4, I don't know whether its worth the $100 difference between two motherboards I've seen made by Gigabyte. I want to save money in this area if possible. I would upgrade in 3-4 years.
My motherboard options are:
ASUS P6T / P6T-Deluxe
GigaByte EX58-UD3R / EX58-UD5
I really thank you for taking the time to look through this for me. Please advise me if this build is good and any opinions on what motherboard to get. This is the first time I'm making my own computer.
Or even better X3440 HT support @ 239.99. Not sure of the availability in his area however.
Over all on your budget, as p55ibexpeak pointed out, 1156 is probably the way to go. You'll see very little noticeable benefits from 1366 even while rendering. The triple channel memory is nice, but you're paying a 200$ premium for it, and it's only going to benefit you 2-3pct at most.
Here's a review that covers the 860 vs 920 using 3dsmax and Blender (while it's not maya it's at least representative). The 920 edges it @ 3dsmax 9, but lags behind in Blender.