3D Animation / Rendering Rig - Build Suggestions?

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 or so weeks (unless there is something worth waiting for)

Budget Range: $1,000 ($950 would be awesome but hey)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d Animation / Rendering / Video Processing (after effects, etc) / Image Processing (Photoshop, etc) / Not meant for gaming really

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers (DO NEED a monitor but I'm watching deals on that separately but will take suggestions)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Leaning towards the i7 series from Intel, like asus, gigabyte, supermicro for mobo - mobo needs to have spdif output and 8 channels for audio work

Overclocking: Wasn't planning on it

SLI or Crossfire: Wasn't planning on it

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (preferred) - anything more is gravy but not needed

Additional Comments: This is a workstation im trying to build for around or a little under $1000, its main uses will be 3d studio max, mud box, after effects, motion builder, Photoshop, and other digital editing software including more 3d software as it comes forward.

Processing speed is very important as the rendering engines use the processor mainly for rendering, video card is not as important but one with at least 1gb of memory will help greatly with v-ray processing.

This machine is not meant for gaming so i don't really care about that.

No SLI or crossfire needed

would also be nice to be able to use 2 monitors eventually but not right away

also a quiet machine would be soo great lol because ill have to hear it for MANY hours


Here is what i have already put together

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock - Retail
(i like this case because of the larger fans and they come with the fans, cooling is essential) - (Also has USB 3.0 which is something i would like)

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
(doesn't mention compatibility with i7?)


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
(Mentions compatibility with i7)

Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600 - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive
LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

I am not sure what to do with the mobo in terms of H67 or P67 or if i should just wait for the Z67 with both worlds best features.

Any suggestions would be great guys

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  1. No one has a thought?
  2. My only suggestion is to get more ram
  3. Quote:
    or if i should just wait for the Z67 with both worlds best features

    Think u meant XZ8 :p Ya if 2 mths wait is doable the wait is well worth it as we would see Bulldozer as well and could well see shifts in price performance as well Either way competition + pirce wars = ftw end users hehe

    Leaked: FAH score of a 4 way Interlagos Bulldozer <--Pay attention to floating point numbers/chip architecture
    Exposure of the first performance of AMD bulldozer cpus

    Intel Z68 Express Chipset Preview
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