Really excited about my first build. Advice+Opinions Please $2400 bdgt

Hi All,

I am new to the whole build your own PC thing. I need a system for 3d rendering and Auto CAD. I use ACAD Mechanical, Inventor, 3d Max, and Maya. In the past I have paid people for custom built systems since they know what they are doing and offer support/warranties. But… the economy sucks and I can’t spend $4k like I used too. So I am going to try and do it myself, which I am finding to be really exciting.

I have spent the past two days reading through every forum I could find and let me say you guys and gals are awesome I have learned more about computers in this time than I have in my whole life and a ton of new jargon.

Besides hardware selection I would appreciate any advice you have for a first time builder. So with that said here is what I have so far. I am not set on any of these components. I chose them based on what I have read in forums and price. I would like to do it for under $2k but I could go up too $2400 if need be.

Intel i7 930 2.8 Ghz
Forums really like this for OC. I am not sure if I will OC or not but I think it might be fun to try.
Microcenter Awesome Deal $200

Case: Antec 300 I hear this is a good case for the money quiet and cool (even though no PSU). Also my clients will see my set up so I need a design that is toned down, so plus one there.
Microcenter $50

ASUS P6x58D-E This seems to be the most recommended MB for 1366 socket in my price range ($200 - $250) and can support OC if I go for it. I hear I should go with the E over the premium since it is way cheaper and I don’t need the extra Ethernet. But… is the reset button on the premium really worth the extra $?
NewEgg $210

RAM: I am thinking Corsair XMS3 12 GB over the Dominator because I will not OC my ram and it is cheaper. Do people agree? Are there better brands in the $300 -$350 range for 12 GB?
ZipZoomFly $320

OS & App Drive: Intel x25-M 80 GB SSD People seem to like Intel over the Kingston V+ 64 GB which is basically the same price $220. Any reason I should go Kingston?
NewEgg $220

Also since I am rendering would I be better off spending the extra $150 to step up too a 128 or 160 GB? I don’t need the space, just performance.

Storage Drive: Totally open on this. I am looking for a 750 GB to 1.5TB for around a $100 Speed and reliability top priority. I hear good things about the WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM HDD
New Egg $100

Video Card: Either the ATI Firepro v8700 ($900) or v5700 ($325) I know the v8700 is the new rockstar in the engineering community second only to the Quadro 5800, but that costs more than this whole build. I really don’t have a lot of money and I am only running a single 30 in monitor so I might go with the v5700. I know I would see a difference but the questions is will I regret not spending the extra $600 to get the v8700?



PSU: Anything that can support this Hardware setup for the best price. I hear Corsair TX850W is good.
ZipZoomFly $130

CPU Cooler: Should I get one of these since I may OC my CPU? What do you recommend, best for the money?

Thank you all so much for your help.

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  1. Some problems, the main thing being you're not buying from Newegg...

    Here's what I'd build with Newegg's deals:

    CPU: i7 from MC $200
    Mobo/RAM: Asus P6X58D-E and G.Skill 3x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $370
    RAM: G.Skill 3x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
    GPU: I would definitely go with a nVidia Quaddro line card. ATI has problems with CAD and other productivity software. Use whatever budget is left for it.
    SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB $319. If you don't think you need this much space, go with the Intel 80 GB model. It's easily one of the best SSDs out there.
    DD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $80. The WD drives are slower and more expensive.
    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $75. You don't need that big of a PSU.
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $77
    HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)

    Total: $1,336 w/0 GPU. That leaves a lot of room for a great card.
  2. ^ Agree. Well done.
    As for HDD:
    Consider the Samsung F3s

    Depending on your workload (pro level) you may want to go with a 2P set up, esp. if you do renderings. For your budget ($2100), you should be able to get a decent 2P set up.

    As you can see, 3DS (and same goes for Maya,etc) benefit quite a bit from more threads/cores and faster clocks.
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