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