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VFX Machine spec'd on basic knowledge and research, $1250

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November 5, 2010 7:43:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget: 1400 startup
System Usage: Visual Effects Workstation
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: Amurica
Parts Preferences: Intel i7, nvidea geforce 470
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: Dual 1680x1050

Probably going to start on Ubuntu, then maybe partition to win7.
This is kind of a starter, I'll be doubling the RAM next paycheck, along with a few TB of internal storage.
I'd like to go for a Quadro gpu instead, but the cost and payoff is too minimal.

Here is my recipe from Newegg, I'd just like to run it by you geniuses before jumping on a buy. Mostly just want to make sure everything is compatible. What do you think?

x COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$109.98
$89.98

x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136075
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$37.99

x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152245
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$219.98
($109.99 x 2)

x GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814125320
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card14-125-320
$259.99

x SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118031
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$16.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-006
$139.99
$109.99

nMEDIAPC ZE-C118 All-in-one USB2.0 & eSATA Card Reader with Black Face Panel
Item #: N82E16820132023
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$13.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #:N82E16820231311
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
$124.99

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813130239
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate13-130-239
$159.99

Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7870
Item #: N82E16819115213
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$289.99
$279.99

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835103055
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$79.99
$59.99
November 5, 2010 10:17:45 AM

Hmm perhaps in order to advise could be u need to elaborate on the meat + potatoes i.e what apps/software are specifically used like maybe 3dsmax, , Cinema 4D, Solidworks, etc...
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November 5, 2010 2:02:28 PM

Well, mostly Maya, 3ds Max, Nuke, Blender, zbrush, mudbox, modo, mari, bodypaint, and probably a lot of rendering and some physX simulating.
Thanks.
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November 8, 2010 2:59:32 AM

BUMP.

Anyone?

Here's a simplified list:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...

nMEDIAPC ZE-C118 All-in-one USB2.0 & eSATA Card Reader with Black Face Panel

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
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