Gaming/Animation PC

Hello everyone.
I'm pretty inexperienced with building computers, but it seems really idiotic to buy a premade computer these days. I'm looking at a gaming PC, but it must also be able to handle 3D animation/rendering to at least an OK standard.
Here's what I have so far:


BUDGET RANGE: £700-900

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and Animation (3D packages, Photoshop, Flash etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: A monitor and all the parts apart from the actual PC aren't required.


PARTS PREFERENCES: The HD 8550 or 8570 are the only things I'm completely sure of atm.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly in the future, but not now.


The parts I'm thinking about now are:

Case: Coolermaster CM690 Dominator Black Mid Tower Case - No PSU

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 iP55 Socket 1156 8 channel audio mATX Motherboard

Cpu: Intel Core i5 750 2.66GHz Socket LGA1156

GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI

PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series PSU

Memory: Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 XMS3 i5 Memory Kit

HDD: Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache
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  1. The 750 doesn't have hyper threading.
  2. That's true. The 750 would still do a nice job, but the i7 would perform quite a bit better for what you need.
  3. Yeah, at first I was thinking that the i7 would be better, but as I'm a student it's got to be a bit of a discount PC. I think the 750 will be fine for what I need, especially considering I'm only just starting to become annoyed with my five year old PC :)

    Cheers for the replies. So no gripes about any of the other parts then..?
  4. They all look like great choices to me. That Spinpoint is a beast, as is the 5870.
  5. thanks again for the advice.
    I've ordered it now so I should have my shiny new computer up and running some time next week :)
  6. :jealousface:

    Enjoy it, show us some pics when you're done!
  7. If using 2D applications, you may want to wait and see how the fix turns out. The 5000 series boards have / had known issues with the following programs and tho a fix is "in the works", I dunno if it's hit the streets yet. I hadn't heard about it till recently and when I started inquiring lotta my engineering colleagues were very frustrated over the last 4 -5 months.,review-31810-4.html

    * CorelDraw, Adobe illustrator, Adobe Freehand MX, Nemetschek AllPlan (2D functions)
    * Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 (general vector objects on various layers)
    * Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, and various home layout packages
    * Microsoft Excel when rendering larger charts, or big spreadsheets with area fills
    * Various construction tools, including those for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC drawings
    * Various industry-specific tools (drawing annotations, site plans, landscaping plans, etc.)

    I'm told fix is planned for 10.4 drivers ... hopefully that solves it.
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