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Gaming/3D Rendering PC - $1200 budget. Please help!

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July 7, 2010 1:46:35 AM


Any replies would be much appreciated. I'll just go ahead and use the template.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks. BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1200 after instant rebates. I don't like mail-in rebates.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and 3D rendering are the most important. I don't need to play everything on maxed settings, but not a slouch either. I don't use the high-end 3D apps - just the software Poser/DAZ Studio for amateur artwork. So I don't need anything geared specifically toward CAD design or anything.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just need the CPU essentials and a DVD Burner All in one. I have all peripherals, monitor and OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Canada) - I'm not actually building this PC myself, but having NCIX build it for a $50 fee. (Don't include this in budget) I'm not very handy. :kaola:  They also do price match, though I've never used it.. you can use to PM I believe. But I'll be buying every part in one order from NCIX. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: None, I don't have any expertise really. This is where I need your help.


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unless you suggest it, no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 19" - 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't mind some noise, but not TOO loud as my PC is right near my bed. I don't care how it looks, but I won't complain if there's a cool lighting effect.

My room gets pretty hot so I'm hoping for a system that won't run too hot. I prefer reliability over extra performance.

That's about it. Thanks in advance. :D 
July 8, 2010 1:31:48 PM

Hi I got your message :D 

I haven't got a lot of time but let my do a rough draft

i5 750:200
good mobo: that asus -e mobo forgot the full name: 150
good case:100
modular psu:750hx: 120
G.skill 1600 cl6-cl8: 120
spinpoint f3 or caviar black 1tb: 100
5850 or 5870: 300-400
July 8, 2010 2:36:47 PM

Antec 300 Illusion
Corsair 650TX
G Skill PI 1600 DDR3 Cas 7 6gb kit
Spinpoint F3 1TB
GTX 470 if your software utilizes CUDA. 5850 if not.

Should also upgrade to a 1920x1080 monitor.

Somebody is thinking of the p6p55D-E Pro.
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July 8, 2010 4:35:16 PM

Yeah you could go with banthracis' build aswell it'll be more expensive but if it fits your budget it will be faster.
July 8, 2010 4:59:33 PM

are you planning on crossfire or sli in the future? If so I'd get an 850w psu in bantracis' build and if not a 550w or 650w in mine.
July 8, 2010 10:17:08 PM

Hey again. Here's the build I came up with. I'm not planning to do crossfire/SLI in the future. I plan to ride out this PC for as long as possible:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750 - $196 -

Motherboard: Gigabyte P55-USB3 - $126 -

GPU: Sapphire Radeon Toxic HD 5850 1GB - $346 -

RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 (2 of them, 8GB total) - $200 -

Power supply: Corsair TX650W 650W ATX - $100 -

HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - $77 -

Case: Antec 300 - $50 -

DVD Drive: amsung SH-S243D/BEBE - $20 -

Total before taxes: $1115 CDN.

My two main concerns are if I should go for an Intel i7 instead, and if I'm better off with just 4GB of RAM. I tend to have many programs running a lot while doing 3D work, and my computer friends have suggested the more RAM the better.

What do you think? :ouch: 

July 9, 2010 4:32:58 AM

I also am going to buy 2 x 120mm fans for the front for some extra cooling. I don't know if it's necessary, but it can't hurt!