I'm putting together a new system for 3D animation, Maya specifically. My current plan is to get a customized barebones preassembled kit and install a couple final ingredients myself (most notably the graphics card - most barebones places don't carry Quadros or FireGls). I want to go with a preassembled barebones because I just don't really have the time to devote to putting a new rig together by myself.
A friend of mine had a good experience with Magic Micro, and I really like the amount of customization they allow in their kits. I think I've got a nice setup figured out, but am open to suggestion and very much open to knowing if I have selected some incompatible parts.
HD: 500.0GB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA2 UDMA 300 16m cache
Optical Drive: LG 22x DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW
Power Supply: Logisys 550W ATX Power Supply w/ 6pin PCI-E
Case: PowMax Black Mid Tower ATX Case w/ Front USB (and a case fan too, obviously)
I don't need a monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Ethernet and sound-wise I'm fine with sticking with the integrated stuff on the motherboard. I don't need a huge HD as I won't be doing much rendering on this machine - just animating. GPU wise, I know that the FireGl's in general aren't as good as Quadros, but they actually benchmark great with Maya, which is all I use, and they're about half the cost.
This all together with shipping comes to around $730. I'd like to stay at that level, but could go up to $800 if I was given a compelling reason to do so.
Anyone have any suggestions? Or see any glaring errors?
Thanks for your reply! I must admit I am now kinda tempted to put the thing together myself. But there is a snag - I'm in Califronia and as such have to pay over 9% tax on Newegg purchases. No fun. I do love Newegg though so I'll check out how much difference the final cost would be vs Magic Micro.
Same manufacterer, and the specs look pretty close to each other other than watts (550 vs 500). Do I need the extra 50 watts? The combo deal is $10 cheaper plus free shipping (so really $15 cheaper) and an $15 rebate if I buys tonight - grand total of $30 cheaper.