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First time $1000-$1500usd render/gaming SB computer

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January 11, 2011 10:46:41 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: $1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d rendering, Gaming, video and photo editing, internet surfing, etc.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Most likely not

SLI or Crossfire: In the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920X1080

Additional Comments: I will be purchasing SSD as an upgrade later on. Since I'm almost positive i'll never overclock is it worth having the possibility or should I just save another $30 and get the i7 2600.



CASE - Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Case

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$89.99 after mail-in rebate

MOBO - ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K

GPU - ASUS ENGTX460 DirectCU/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$369.98 MOBO + GPU combo deal

RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
$74.99 after mail-in rebate

HDD - Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3 Gb/s 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

DRIVE - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


This hits ~$1000 + ~$200 for peripherals

Total: ~$1200

I'm set on using the i7 i want this rig to last me a long time. 3d rendering and gaming are top priorities. I also don't plan on overclocking so if that's the case maybe there's some changes to be made? I'd like to keep the budget as low as possible. If you have any alternatives or changes please post.

Thanks in advance.

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January 11, 2011 10:56:58 AM

sounds nice man, but Im in AUS so i Dont know the US currency that well.
January 11, 2011 10:58:31 AM

^ For gaming HD 5770 might be on the lower side,... Also the mobo that you have chosen wont be suitable for Crossfire as the 2nd slot will run crippled at x4 speeds,...

Some suggestions
CPU - Get from Microcenter - In-Store pick-up and is much cheaper

Mobo + GPU
ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 + ASUS GTX 460 1GB
This boards supports both SLI and Crossfire x8x8

Corsair 8GB + Corsair 650HX - Can easily handle GTX 460 SLI

CASE - Even the 300 Illusion would be a good cheaper alternative

HDD - For a boot, 7200RPM would be preferred IMO
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January 11, 2011 10:17:26 PM

Thank you both very much for your input. Also added US prices and removed the monitor from the list as i'll be going in-store myself to check them out.


Is the power supply efficient? I don't mind investing in something more green that would save me money in the long run. If anyone has some insight on the speed of rendering 3d scenes will this produce relatively fast results?
January 12, 2011 2:08:29 AM

^ The 750TX is a very good PSU and so is the Corsair 650HX, also the HX is modular and is 80+ Bronze so it is little more efficient than the 750TX, also like I said, even it can power 2x GTX 460s no problem,...

Also you might want to consider a SSD for a boot drive or as a scratch disk, would significantly reduce the app load and boot-up times,...
January 12, 2011 4:19:19 PM

My reason for staying with the 750TX is the price in comparison to the 650HX. Regarding the SSD i'm going to wait on that and see how prices turn out in the future.

Thank you for the help I appreciate it. Anymore opinions would be helpful and appreciated. I'm always open to cheaper alternatives.

Does anyone have opinions on the longevity of i5 vs i7? Is the hyperthreading going to be much more useful or should i invest in the cheaper i5?
January 15, 2011 1:50:34 AM

So if i don't plan on overclocking is there stuff i can cut down on?