Newbie rendering cpu

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (1000-1300) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:3d rendering vray, 3ds, cad, solid works

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: everything req.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: or other canadian tiger direct whatever COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am kind of set on an i7 & gigabyte set up - may want to hakintosh l8r

OVERCLOCKING: no - i don't trust myself to do it to a $1000 investment SLI OR CROSSFIRE: don't know how

MONITOR RESOLUTION: best i can get for about $200.00
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: doesn't have to be good looking or super quiet

Hi there
I started a thread had two helpful comments, but then the site went down and now its gone! anyway thanx for all the advice. This is the system I've started thus far

newegg combo = $ 783 + $334

cpu: Intel Core i7-930


psu: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RS850-AMBAJ3-US 850W ATX12V v2.3

case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

hd: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


monitor: $209 Hanns·G HH-251HPB Black 24.6" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

workstn graphics card$ 159 POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 (please no gaming card suggestions thx!!)

cheap dvd: $ 19 SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

windows ouch: $ 150 windows 7 pro

whatever : $ 35 keyboard/mouse

thermal glue $5

I'm in canada so if some of the prices look weird thats why. Let me know if i'm missing something critical or have made a bad choice - also does my case/components come with mounting screws or do I have to get them myself?

Thanks everyone - this site is awesome for new people
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  1. Don't bother with those package deals, you can save money and get better parts buying individually.

    Change to this RAM: its cheaper and performs just as well.

    This case, is virtually the same as the 932, but a good bit cheaper.

    This PSU, is better quality, has more than enough power for you, and is a steal right now with the rebate.

    Faster HDD,

    CPU and Motherboard are both great.

    Fyi, that HD5770 IS a gaming GPU... I would suggest something in the Quadro FX series, this would be a solid choice,
  2. Why not get windows 7 Premium OEM. It's $110 on

    No need for thermal paste if you're not overclocking.

    Read up on CUDA. Then get a GPU with it, like the quadro trans linked (though to be honest a 9800gtx+ would works just as well for cheaper, thanks to workstation card price premium fail).
  3. ^ Yea I would look into maybe a GTS250, just gave you a workstation GPU because you specifically asked for it.
  4. thanks transmaniacon - at least I got the mainparts right! - but this was the easy part any left over $$ i'll put to the quadro graphics card (they are so expensive!) but I think an i7 can handle it pretty well on its own
  5. The Quadro FX cards are pricy yes, but as banthracis, mentioned, you can get good performance from the CUDA enabled nVidia gaming GPUs.
  6. ok - my build is getting to the upper range of my budget so what do you think of this?
    PNY VCGGTS2501XPB GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
    or this
    GIGABYTE GV-N250-1GI GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    both are about $140

    and i'll CUDA it up ( i only picked these two for the 1 gb ram and cause i've heard of the brands before
    I've also added a kingston solid state drive $140

    there seems to be so may options its hard to compare plus a lot of brands i've never heard of, but i think 1gb ram is ok no?
  7. Both of those would be fine choices, I would go with the PNY myself, but really price is the biggest factor.
  8. Technically a GTS 250 is a 9800 GTX.

    However, one has OpenGL 3.1 support (the GTX), the other OpenGL 2.1
    If this matters to you, I have no idea. My CUDA usage is in the bioinformatics end, so we just care about raw GFLOPS.

    9800 gtx $135 w/ $30 MIR
    Open GL 3.1 as opposed to 2.1 on the 250's.
  9. Ah, I seemed to recall seeing a GTS250 with Open GL 3.X, but at second glance I don't see one.
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