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February 8, 2011 7:49:29 PM

Folks

Please help me build my new PC. Mostly into 3D Modeling with Pro/e plus the basic mundane office tools like MS office,internet, etc.

671099 P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $124.99
720656 Core i5 655K Unlocked 3.2GHz LGA 1156 Boxed Processor $149.99
102806 XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) $99.99
081455 GeForce GT430 1024MB PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card 1 $79.99
646109 Barracuda LP 2TB 5,900 RPM SATA 3Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST320005N4A1AS-RK $79.99
063883 CM Storm Scout ATX Gaming Case $75.99
305680 eXtreme Power Plus 600W ATX Power Supply $49.99
749838 Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM $109.99
421008 GH22NS50 22X Internal SATA Super Multi DVD Drive OEM $17.99

Total $816 (w/tax) from Microcenter

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February 8, 2011 8:05:31 PM

Actually looks good man, might want to bump up your GPU a little, whats your resolution?
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February 9, 2011 2:50:40 AM

NO WAY! :non: 

NOT an i5-655K - it's a dual core with hyper-threading. Rendering would glacial compared to a native quad core or a hexa-core!

What's your budget?

I would STRONGLY suggest a professional graphics card if you're not going to be gaming - the NVIDIA Quadro or ATI FirePro series.

Depending on your budget, the cards I would recommend would be:

Quadro 2000 > FirePro v5800* > FirePro v4800 > Quadro 600, in that order.

I placed the Quadro 2000 first because I've heard that NVIDIA drivers are better than ATI's for their professional cards.

But I'd say the FirePro v5800 offers the best value for the money and should be good enough for complex assemblies - 30+ parts. In some cases, it might actually be faster than the Quadro 2000. I wouldn't recommend the Quadro 600 at all, if I could help it - it uses GDDR3 memory. I'd also avoid the v4800 if I could, but its definitely better than the Quadro 600, unless you want to take advantage of CUDA - Adobe CS5, Sony Vegas Pro AVC render plug-in etc.

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Here's what would be ideal if you can afford it and are willing to wait until the Intel Sandy Bridge chipset glitch is fixed (sometime in April):

> Processor: i7-2600K -- $330 (I assume you will be overclocking which means a 'K' series processor, otherwise there's no point getting RAM rated @ 1600MHz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> Motherboard: Asus / Gigabyte P67 or Z68 mobo -- $175
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-motherboard-rou...

> RAM: Unchanged -- $100

> GPU: ATI FirePro v5800 -- $380
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-195-...(keywords)#scrollFullInfo

> HDD: -- ~$90
I wouldn't take a low-power, low RPM drive. Buy a good 1TB drive and then when prices come down, get another 1TB. If you really want a budget 2TB, I suggest you take the Samsung Spinpoint F4 because the Seagate doesn't have very good reviews.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> ODD: Unchanged -- $18

> Chassis: Unchanged -- $80
It's a good case, but have a look at the Antec 300 Illusion and the CM HAF 912, if you haven't already.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> PSU: Corsair TX650W -- $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Cooler Master eXtremePower series are known to be junk, so I suggest you grab a Corsair or Seasonic, or maybe even an Antec. I'm not sure if you need so much power, try calculating it with this app: http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

> OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM -- $110
Are you sure you really need genuine software?

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TOTAL: $1373
[shipping extra, unless you're buying from Microcenter]
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Too expensive? Let's try some cost cutting. You might want to wait for the Sandy Bridge chipsets to recover from their ailment first, though.

> Processor: i5-2500K -- $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> Motherboard: Asus / Gigabyte P67 or Z68 mobo -- $150

> RAM: Unchanged -- $100

> GPU: ATI FirePro v4800 -- $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB -- $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> ODD: Unchanged -- $18

> Chassis: Antec 300 Illusion -- $70

> PSU: Seasonic S12 II 520W -- $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

> OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM -- $110

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TOTAL: $978 [shipping extra, unless you're buying from Microcenter]
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Still no? Don't want to wait? OK, OK...let's see what else we can do.
Ah, you live near a Microcenter you say? Hmm...
How about this: http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

> Processor + Motherboard: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T + MSI 870A-G54 -- $240

> RAM: Unchanged -- $100

> GPU: ATI FirePro v4800 -- $170

> HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB -- $65

> ODD: Unchanged -- $18

> Chassis: Antec 300 Illusion -- $70

> PSU: Seasonic S12 II 520W -- $70

> OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM -- $110

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TOTAL: $843 [shipping extra, unless you're buying from Microcenter]
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Not bad, huh? At this point, I think you should consider upgrading to the FirePro v5800. That would bring the total up to $1053. You know if you took the OS out, it'd help a lot.

Hope this was useful.
Adios, amigo... ;) 
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February 17, 2011 12:55:49 AM

Thanks hmdhruvarora :) 

I ran into a snafu. I couldnt get the PC to turn on. I took out the motherboard and noticed the processor chip socket has couple of bent pins. We were careful how to install the heatsink, etc. But i imagine it came defected from the store. They refused to take it back. Now i am dealing with ASUS crappy customer service. See where it gets me. :fou: 
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February 17, 2011 5:38:47 PM

pyrotalk said:
Thanks hmdhruvarora :) 

I ran into a snafu. I couldnt get the PC to turn on. I took out the motherboard and noticed the processor chip socket has couple of bent pins. We were careful how to install the heatsink, etc. But i imagine it came defected from the store. They refused to take it back. Now i am dealing with ASUS crappy customer service. See where it gets me. :fou: 



You're welcome. :) 
Where do you live? AFAIK, Asus customer support is pretty good in the States. Ah, well...good luck with that. :??: 
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