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October 17, 2010 6:20:01 AM

Hi all,

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.

Most of this is selected from the various parts available at Magic Micro (

Processer: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2GHz (Quad Core) 45nm, AM3 6MB Cache

CPU fan: Spire Kestrel-King II AMD 64 fan

Motherboard: MSI 785GM-E51, AMD 785G, Onboard Video, HDMI, GB LAN

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ (getting RAM from Newegg, better deal

GPU: ATI 100-505505 FireGL V7700 512MB PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card (

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 in advance!

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October 17, 2010 8:58:06 AM
October 17, 2010 8:41:08 PM

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.

BTW, I saw another HD + PSU deal at newegg which included this model:

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.

Thanks again for your help!
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October 17, 2010 9:38:00 PM

Yeah, I'm about an hour away from the Orange County location. Do they have good deals, even accounting for tax? I'll take a look at their stuff now.

October 18, 2010 8:54:39 PM

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October 18, 2010 8:55:51 PM

Thanks mosox, I ended up just going thru Newegg and biting the tax. At least with their shipping depot about half an hour away I'll recieve everything in a day or two.