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Review of a PC build for gaming/basic 3D animation

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April 19, 2011 2:24:47 AM

I've been trying to build a PC for gaming and basic 3d animation for school. The only real requirement is that the CPU itself is under $1K before accessories... I've found a pretty decent deal on a Dell with a 21.5 inch HD monitor included, i just want to make sure that the hardware is worth the price tag....

The $9 flat rate shipping is a bonus, I've looked on IBuyPower and AvA Direct and the shipping just makes me wince...

PROCESSORS Intel® Core™ i7-2600 processor(8MB Cache, 3.4GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
MONITOR ST2220L 21.5-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor
SERVICE PLAN 2 Year Basic Service Plan
MEMORY 6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz- 4 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
VIDEO CARD ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB GDDR5
SPEAKERS No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
SOUND CARD THX® TruStudio PC™
WIRELESS Dell 1501 Wireless-N PCIe Card

KEYBOARD Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard
MOUSE Dell Laser Mouse
SECURITY SOFTWARE McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months

Standard USB 2.0 + 10/100/1000 Ethernet

Dell XPS 8300

Any help or suggestions would be great!
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April 19, 2011 2:53:22 AM

I am not doing alot of 3d animation however i think you should at least improve your gpu.I think you should save money on your cpu and upgrade your gpu.You could go for the i5 2500k and overclock it.
April 19, 2011 4:14:58 AM

Everything in the build looks like it'll be pretty good but the GPU won't win any awards for speed (although it should be adequate at medium-low settings, maybe even high for some games).

The CPU will be fantastic for 3D animation, modelling, multimedia etc.
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April 19, 2011 1:58:11 PM

+1 to all the above great system but graphics very weak compared to the rest, I would also go for either 4Gb or 8Gb RAM in 2 sticks
April 19, 2011 2:35:43 PM

i had the hd5670, its not made for modern games and realy not made for full hd but for animation it is ok.
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