1500$ - Advice and Recommendation for Gaming/ Artist Workstation

I need help in building my first PC. I am not that good technically with computer hardware so having a very hard time in deciding what parts to choose and if they are compatible. Want to use this system as a gamming pc and also as a workstation for CG rendering. Also need information on what cabinets to use and the cooling system for it.

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  1. Might want to follow the guidelines from the link in my signature.

    Here's what I came up with:

    CPU: i7-860 $280
    Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 $135
    RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $25
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    PSU: OCZ Z Series 550W 80+ Silver $80 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5870 $395

    Total: $1,210. Leaves room for an OS, monitor, keyboard/mouse or SSD if needed.
  2. I'd still go with my build, as the i7-860 performs as well as the i7-920, and the cheaper board and RAM allow you to get a bigger GPU. Which means better gaming performance.

    If you want the i7-920, here's a few changes I would definitely make to saint's build.

    Mobo: I'd get the Asus P6X58D Premium for another $20. It's more future proof with USB 3/SATA III support.

    RAM: Corsiar is really expensive. These are cheaper and faster: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 for $230 after rebate

    Case: I stand by the HAF. It's not only cheaper, but many people consider it to be better. It is ugly though...
  3. ^So, this is the configuration that you recomend with a i7-920.

    CPU i7-920 $ 288,99
    MOBO Asus P6X58D $ 309,99
    HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB $ 89,99
    GPU 5850 $ 299,99
    RAM Mushkin 3x2GB $ 239,99
    PSU Antec 550W $ 89,99
    CASE HAF 922$ 109,98
    CPU COOLER Hyper 212+ $ 29,99

    Total: $ 1.488,91
  4. Actually, that's the HAF 922. The 932 is $160, the 922 is $90.
  5. ups...yea, sorry for that....again. Fixed.
  6. wow ... seriously thanks a lot guys for ur help ...big Help:)
  7. can you buy from newegg? also, what is more important to you, gaming or artist workstation?
  8. hey ares
    I can buy from NewEgg but can arrange for the parts from a dealer.
    I want it to be a artist workstation which can play most of the games...lol... am i confusing u :P
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