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


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
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  1. 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
  2. i7-930
    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.
  3. Yeah you could go with banthracis' build aswell it'll be more expensive but if it fits your budget it will be faster.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:
  6. 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!
  7. get this motherboard instead it's quite a bit better

    Swap out the spinpoint f3 for a 1tb black it's marginally faster and is definately worth the few dollars more

    You don't really need 8gb of ram I'd drop the extra 4. More is better but also more expensive :p.

    And I'd change the 5850 for a 470 since you use photoshop.
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