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First time $1,700 Gaming & Modeling build

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November 16, 2010 1:03:38 AM

Heyy all, looking to build my first rig for gaming, photo editing and 3d modeling. Already got a list, but probably needs some polishing.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, laptop dying :( 

Budget Range: Up to $1,700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D modeling, Photo editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, NVIDIA GPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: If it's better performance, and not complicated

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080, may get a second one in the future

Additional Comments: None

Parts list:

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Rosewill RNX-G300EX IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Card Up to 54Mbps Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, 802.1x, WPA, WPA2, AES, TKIP ...

( 2x ) MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
(May SLI in future)

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

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9

ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7870

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...

Missing anything substantial, somewhere I can save alot, better performance/price?
November 16, 2010 2:34:21 AM

^ You can save a lot with a different case, but its your call...
Some suggestions -
1. CASE - It has Free Shipping

2. CPU Cooler -

3. PSU - With the code, this PSU is slightly cheaper and is modular
10% off w/ promo code AN10, limited offer

4. HDD - Get the Samsung F3 1TB

And are you planning to buy 2 cards now itself or 1 now and 1 later ? The reason I ask is that you have put "( 2x ) MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card "
November 16, 2010 2:49:10 AM

The 470's would be good for CUDA supported modeling, otherwise a single 580 would be a better value and leave an upgrade path.
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November 16, 2010 2:53:43 AM

^ GTX 580 a better value ? I doubt many would agree...
November 16, 2010 1:17:49 PM

gkay09 said:
^ GTX 580 a better value ? I doubt many would agree...

2 470's cost slightly more than a 580, perform slightly better, are significantly louder/power consuming, and take up 2 PCIe Slots instead of 1. I think that makes the 580 a better value,especially given that all applications will be able to use a single video card, and it can be upgraded in the future. The only way I would go with SLI's 470's is if the modeling program uses CUDA on the 470's, but not the 580.
November 17, 2010 2:14:41 AM

^ Depends on how you see it IMO...
For me even a single GTX 470 offers the same kind of value that you are talking about...
You get a card for half the price of the GTX 580 and it offers around ~65-70% of the performance of the 580 which is by no means low, consume comparatively less power, gives out less heat...
Unless for bragging rights, I wouldnt go with the GTX 580...