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I would love advice on my budget workstation build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: 1000 - 1500, after rebates is OK

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Graphics work, specifically Maya, Aftereffects and some light video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none, really.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

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Right now I'm leaning toward a newegg combo that includes the following:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.480126
1. Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor (Model: BX80601930)

2. Motherboard: GIGABYTE LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model: GA-X58A-UD3R)
3. RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory (Model: OCZ3G1600LV6GK)
4. HDD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: WD1002FAEX)
5. Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Model: RC-932-KKN1-GP)
6. PSU COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Model: RS850-AMBAJ3-US)
7. COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler (Model:RR-UV8-XBU1-GP)

I'd like to add more ram, so I was thinking of buying another round of the OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory (Model: OCZ3G1600LV6GK) which would put me up to 12GB

For the video card, I'm looking at the ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card. I need something that will play well with Maya, and this looks like good value for the money.

In addition, I'll drop in a cheap CD/DVD burner and wifi card.

I have an old HDD I'd like to put in for extra storage, but it's IDE, and I'm not sure I can use it with this Mobo. Is that possible? If not it's not a dealbreaker.

I think that's all of the details. Any advice before I move forward would be much appreciated.
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  1. wkistler said:
    I'd like to add more ram, so I was thinking of buying another round of the OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory (Model: OCZ3G1600LV6GK) which would put me up to 12GB.


    You will only qualify for one rebate unless you do something sneaky:

    http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/OCZ10MIRsSep01Sep1710lh15.pdf
  2. Best answer
    Using a couple combos you can get comparable components to those in that barebones combo for a similar price: This will give you more flexibility.


    Intel Core i7-930
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (SLI, Crossfire, USB 3.0, SATA III)
    $439 with promo code MBTEN92

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.492640


    HAF 922
    $100

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197&cm_re=haf_922-_-11-119-197-_-Product


    XFX 850W Powersupply (Highest quality, 80 plus silver certified, modular) This is a great deal, and would provide plenty of headroom for you to add a second GTX 470 later in SLI.
    $107 with promo code XFXPOWER after $20 rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207001&Tpk=xfx%20850w


    2x Geil DDR3 1333 CL9 1.5v
    $240

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144464&cm_re=ddr3_6gb-_-20-144-464-_-Product


    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    $75

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20spinpoint%20f3%201tb


    $18 Lite-On DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&cm_re=lite_on_24x_sata_dvd_burner-_-27-106-289-_-Product


    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Cooler
    $30

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0037JT78C&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1X0Q4VVHMNW88F856JBB
  3. wkistler said:
    I have an old HDD I'd like to put in for extra storage, but it's IDE, and I'm not sure I can use it with this Mobo. Is that possible? If not it's not a dealbreaker.


    That motherboard still has an ide port (you can see it at the bottom of the motherboard on the picture).

    From the specs page:

    Storage Devices

    PATA
    1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
  4. 1. Ditch the OCZ RAM. OCZ RAM sometimes tend to be picky with motherboards. Grab some GSkill Ripjaws.

    2. Grab this XFX 650W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007
    There really is no need for more than this unless you plan to CrossFire.

    3. Consider adding a 60GB OCZ Agility 2 for OS + main programs + main work files. This will make program loading much faster and the system will be much more responsive.

    4. Depending on where you live, Microcenter has the i7 930 for $200.

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    I have an old HDD I'd like to put in for extra storage, but it's IDE, and I'm not sure I can use it with this Mobo. Is that possible? If not it's not a dealbreaker.

    You can add up to 2 IDE devices. Imo, I'd just get a IDE to eSATA enclosure and use those drives for back up,etc.
  5. Great. Thanks for all the feedback. I haven't done a new build since 2003 and I'm not as up on hardware as I should be, so the input is really valuable!

    So for graphics, again, Maya is what I'm most worried about, but there'd be some Aftereffects in there, am I better off going for the workstation card? ATI 100-505606 FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card

    or a gaming card of similar price:
    GIGABYTE GV-R577SO-1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    The gaming card has twice as many stream processing units and can be setup for crossfire with another, but I've heard gaming cards don't always play nice with graphics software.
  6. Wait.... which version of AE? If it's CS5, then you may want to consider a nVidia card due to the CUDA acceleration which makes a noticeable difference depending on your work load. If using Pr CS5, same deal applies.

    As for Maya, if you aren't doing any pro level renderings, a good gaming card like a GTX460 (mainly due to the good OpenGL performance compared to similar ATI cards) will do fine. If it's pretty pro (or prosumer) level work, I'd get a nVidia Quadro.
  7. I have CS4 now, but soon I'd like to upgrade
  8. Is this for pro level work? Also, what LCD, IPS?
  9. Mostly hobby work at a high level, and but possibly some pro. It's more important that Maya work quickly for animation than for rendering.

    I have an older LCD I'll use at first, but I was looking at getting this in a little while to go with it: http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/24-001-378-TS?$S125W$

    Sorry, what does IPS stand for?
  10. Read this sticky on AnandTech: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=39226
    Grab a coffee and start reading. It's a pretty long read.

    It'll explain everything you need to know about LCDs. IPS is the type of LCD that's used. It stands for: In-plane switching. IPS displays are used in cases where color accuracy,etc is important, basically the type of work that you do. IPS based 22-23" LCDs have come down in price a lot in the past few months, so there really is no need not to get IPS based LCDs. DO check proper review like that of AnandTech before buying. Don't listen to improper review that don't give you hard numbers.

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    Mostly hobby work at a high level, and but possibly some pro. It's more important that Maya work quickly for animation than for rendering.

    If that's the case, then I would just get a GTX460.

    Quote:


    I have an older LCD I'll use at first, but I was looking at getting this in a little while to go with it: http://images17.newegg.com/is/imag [...] TS?$S125W$

    That's a link to an image. Give model number,etc.
  11. Sorry, my mistake.

    SAMSUNG P2450H Rose Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 70000:1(1000:1)

    Color accuracy is not top of my list of priorities. It would be nice to have, but if there's a huge price difference, I'd take the cheaper, less accurate one.

    Thanks for the anandtech link.
  12. If color accuracy isn't important then yes, that LCDs fine.
  13. Awesome. I think that's everything I need to know! Time to head to newegg. Thank you so much for your help.
  14. Best answer selected by wkistler.
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