Just a quick note, I’ve read almost every article and forum post I could find on building your own machine, and have read everything I could get my hands on that describes the technologies, as well as the supported technologies PDFs and sites from 3D Studio Max, and Maya. So I am posting this to see what all of you advanced system builders think of this build and can advise me on. Thanks!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the next few months. I will be purchasing in “groups”, and will not mind fluctuations in price provided its not some crazy difference.
BUDGET RANGE: I’ve tried to keep each group down to $300-400 so I don’t have to save up for a long time for each group (I’m not good at saving large amounts of money )
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3DS Max and Maya, Photoshop CS4, Premier CS4
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, Sound card (Also I have dual monitors currently, but the list includes a new one with an IPS panel that will be used as my main monitor once I purchase it)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Generally go with NewEgg.com, but have the option of using Amazon Prime 2 day shipping so when Amazon carries the part and its not far off from newegg I will get it from there. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (but only moderate OC’ing) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Below is a list of all of the components I have already selected.
I don't understand why you need to divvy up your purchases into seven groups. Personally, I'd spend a few months to save up enough to buy a complete system, then continue saving if I still wanted those "add-ons".
Whatever the case, concentrate on your CPU, not the GPU, when building 3D modeling and animation workstations. Rendering requires power; so you can get away with buying a cheaper GPU card and use the savings to finance a more powerful CPU. At the very least, consider an i7 920.
The PSU is the equal of the HX series you originally listed. Both are a significant improvement over the TX series. And this will be a production system, I gotta think the CP's acoustical advantage will be of significant interest.
MoBo / CPU: the P6X58D / 930 is the way to go
RAM: I'm down on tall RAM heat sinks like the Dominators and Ripjaws, ...enough of a problem when filling just 3 slots but filling 6 is too often an interference issue with the HS.
HD: 7200.12 or F3 ....each wins it's share on benchmarks. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):
As I have often had to do, I'll point out the problems of the CP-850. First, it locks you into only three cases, all of which are rather small and overpriced. Second, it's not as efficient as most of the other 850W that are out there, especially modular units. I believe that these two problems alone are enough to out weigh the price difference (which really isn't that much).
As for buying in groups, to some degree it's not a good idea. Basically, you can safely buy the PSU, case and optical ahead of time. After that, I would want to buy everything else at the same time to ensure you can test the parts to make sure they're good.
Thats true, well the whole group thing is a moot point now cause Im getting a big enough tax refund to cover everything at once, including an SSD.
So some of the changes I will make are to go with the P6X58D / 930 mobo/cpu combo, 2x G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, gonna look for a quiet CPU cooler like you mentioned, and as for the PSU, I still have to look for one I like.
I like the CP-850 but I did read some comments about its issues. Any advice on another good PSU or is the original one I picked ok?
The GPU I pick will be one of the Nvidia or ATI workstation ones, havent picked it out yet but will be a decent one (but not the high-end). Anyone have comments on which is better with the i7? From what 3ds max says both work well, but of course they "say" they prefer Nvidia.
Awesome thanks Any advice on monitors? I have one good one right now, but my 2nd monitor is a cheap crappy one. So Id like to replace it with one that uses an IPS panel as well so my work looks good on either monitor and not just one. Doesnt need to be huge, 17" is plenty for my secondary.