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New build for Designer. 3D renders + gaming.

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March 16, 2010 1:20:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-april.

BUDGET RANGE: Around $700 before rebates (Maybe i can add more if necessary)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D renders, animations, gaming, work & general use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference, i'll use it mostly as an advice, since i'm not from the USA.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD CPU prefered, although not exclusive.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Up to you.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I wont use it for hardcore gaming, so no need for the best video card. I do need the monitor, but outside the budget, so you can choose the one you like around a 22" monitor or so, mostly advice for the monitor since i'll buy it later.
Also, if you think that i should buy something outside the budget, i am able to extend it if i wait another month, so go ahead and post what you think. Thank you!


I was looking for something like this maybe, please advice:

Phenom II AM3 3.0GHz / Phenom II AM2+ 3.2GHz
Mobo: Asus m3a78-hdmi (Supports up to 8gb, i don't know if that should do it for my rendering needs)
RAM: 4-8GB
Video: ATI Radeon 4670
DVDRW
500gb hard drive 7200rpm

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March 16, 2010 2:46:15 PM

Here's what I recommend:

CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $228 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5770 $150 after rebate
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $23

Total: $691. I would highly recommend upping the budget to get 8 GB in the build.

The 4670 will not let you game at all, especially with higher resolutions. With a new monitor, 22" will likely be 1920x1080, at which the 5770 will struggle with newer games.

Don't touch an AM2+ CPU. It's dead.
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March 17, 2010 10:37:05 PM

Thanks!

I guess i'll have to use a bit more for the 8gb, no problem there.

I read an I7 might be better for rendering? As there are several different prices, in comparison to Phenom II x4, would it go too far out of the budget?

Thanks again :) 
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March 18, 2010 12:35:47 AM

The i7 is a lot better, but its WAAAAY out of budget. The i7-930 itself costs $295. The board would be over $200. Triple channel RAM would cost $175. Right there, you're looking at $670+, and you can't really skimp on the other parts much. You could drop the GPU down a lot, but then you wouldn't be doing any gaming.

You really need a budget that's closer to $1,000-1,200 for a decent i7 build.
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March 18, 2010 5:02:22 AM

I see, then i'll post here in a month time if i get to that budget so i can see some recomendations for an I7 build, otherwise i'll stick to the one you mentioned earlier.

Thanks a lot! :) 
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