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Maya/Gaming build take 2

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February 7, 2010 1:16:56 AM

Let me try this again. I posted a new build thread back towards the beginning of last fall, but funding didn't quite work out. I appreciated the responses I recieved then.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Maya/3dsmax modeling and rendering, gaming, photoediting. Possible video editing down the road. General word processing and internet useage.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I don't need anything outside of the case. I'm planning on getting a second monitor a little down the road, but its not in the budget right now.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, and there is a microcenter not too far from me if the shipping is expensive ( I prefer not to use newegg's free shipping, I've heard UPS has a 6 foot drop somewhere along the shipping process)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Cooler Master Storm Scout or HAF 932 case.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. as long as I can
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably. Either now with 2 cheaper cards, or down the road to add on to My budget could support two cheaper cards, or one more expensive card which I could add a second to down the road.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR) Built-in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
is my current monitor. 1920x1080 resolution. I'm planning on getting one of dells 22-24" ips panels down the road.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm also interested in getting some type of 3d system once I have the budget for it. Probably an iZ3D monitor over the nvidia shutter glasses system because I've heard the shutter glasses cause headaches.

Parts already selected (definately not set in stone):
CM Storm Scout ATX Gaming Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$87.99

Core i7 920 Processor Boxed
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$229.99

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$219.99 $199.99 after rebate

2 X - OCZ Gold XTC 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL8 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$169.99 ($339.98) $139.99 ($279.98)after rebate

Corsair Memory TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$115.49

2X Mirrored Data Storage- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89.99 ($179.98)

System Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$54.99

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99


I don't know what I need in terms of a CPU cooler. As for a GPU, I'm leaning toward nvidia if I can get CUDA to help with rendering. But eyefinity looks spiffy.

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February 7, 2010 4:58:43 AM

Thank you for your response. I understand I'm trying to fit 2 different computers in one box. Ideally I would be able to build one for gaming and one for maya, but that doesn't fit in my budget. I guess I should have added to my original post that I am a student. I am using the learning version of maya for a class, which has a 6 month license. And according to the professor, we won't be working on any large scale or too terribly complex scenes. So I was looking to build something that could handle the stuff from class, and then some solo projects outside of or after the class, as well as game and the other uses I listed in my original post.
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