Building 3ds max computer-questions

Hi everyone,

This is my first post-so sorry if Im just a total noob.

Im planning out my first computer build-and I need some advice on parts to get. I have figured out most every part, but I just want some verification/advice.

processor-AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition

motherboard-ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

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

case-Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

memory-CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

hard drive-Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

hard drive-Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Video Card-SPARKLE SXX4602048D5SNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Im not sure if this is a good setup; from my research, it looks like the processor is barely worse than the i7 sandy bridge, and for $200 less than the processor/motherboard combo of intel.

As well, I think the graphics card will work well, as it meets the criteria for 3ds Max, and the item has 5 eggs on new egg (from all 6 people) so I imagine it would be good.

Also, what kind of wiring do I need to plug all this stuff in?

Sorry Im such a noob!
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  1. Vector Graphics (AutoCAD) and 3D rendering strongly favor Intel and nVidia, fast low CAS memory (Mushkin Redline CAS 7) . The SSD was the best there was, two generations back(Vertex 3 later this mont) . For 3D rendering, quadro is where the action is at but if you are only doing moderate level work, grab the best ya can afford with CUDA capability.

    If ya get WD, performance demands should steer you to the Black, alternates would be Seagate 7100.12 and Spinpoint F3.
  2. For 3DSMAX at $230, you should be looking at an Intel Core i5 2500k, which is faster than the 1100T in 3DSmax applications and across the board.

    And yeah, right now the Vertex 2's and other Sandforce 1200-based drives are fastest. And the new drives based on the newest Sandforce controllers come out this month. So, "what Jack said".
  3. Thanks so much for your advice!

    I apologize for not posting according to the rules beforehand, so here is that part:

    Approximate Purchase Date: asap

    Budget Range: 1300-1700

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d modeling and rendering, vector work, photo editing, cruising the web

    Parts Not Required: mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

    Country of Origin: USA

    Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Nvidia graphics card, monitor at least 23"

    Overclocking: I don't know what this means/how to do it

    SLI or Crossfire: Both, I believe (with the motherboard)

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: Looking to have a inexpensive and powerful computer, but I am willing to hear advice towards nicer parts if there is a substantial boost in speed or power involved. I am not looking to get a SSD now, since waiting for recently announced products may be a better decision.

    So, I have changed my parts list

    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

    Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Sony Optiarc 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 CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

    ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 10,000,000:1 (ASCR)

    x2 [Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998947]

    PNY VCQ600-PB Quadro 600 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Low Profile Workstation Video Card

    TRENDnet TEW-623PI IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n (draft) 32-Bit PCI Rev. 2.1/2.2/2.3 Wireless N-Draft Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK

    I am wondering about a couple things:
    1)what cables will I have to buy/how many? (hard drive, video card, wireless card, power supply connector?)
    2)should I need a different power supply, if this case has one?

  4. I think actually I would change the case to this:

    COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    And get this power supply:

    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
  5. Best answer
    The i7 2600k goes with the 1155 socket, so you won't be able to use that 1366 board. The full selection of P67 motherboards doesn't seem to be available yet, but that should change given a week or two? I would go with something generally like this:

    CPU: i7 2600k ($330)
    Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 or Gigabyte P67 UD4 ($180)
    PSU: Corsair TX 650 ($80 AR) or Antec TruePower 650 ($80)
    RAM: 8 GB (2x 4GB) G.Skill Ripjaws, 1600 MHz, CAS 7 ($145)
    GPU: Insert Quadro or GeForce?
    Middle-high end graphics card. Should you ever decide to play a game. Also comes with plenty of CUDA cores.
    SSD: Wait for Vertex 3 and then get the 120 GB one for $250
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($65)
    Case: CM 690 II

    Monitor: the one you've picked ($190)

    The total for that build would be $1320 without the card.

    I don't know much about workstation graphics cards, so I can't really help with that. All I know is that they're usually very expensive for reasons other than the card packing more theoretical horsepower than a cheaper GeForce.

    What I'm wondering is if you can't get a middle-of-the-road GeForce like a $250 GTX 560 Ti (driving the total to $1570) and utilize its CUDA cores to get the performance you need in your rendering applications. This would definitely make your system more versatile because you'd be able to play games if you ever felt like it. But maybe I'm only thinking this way because I built mine with games in mind. Maybe it makes more sense to put down $400 or so on a better professional card than the $170 you have listed. This would drive the total up to $1720, which is just a tad over your budget.
  6. As Mortonw pointed out, you don't need/can't utilize tri-channel RAM with a dual channel RAM motherboard.
  7. Best answer selected by dandman1660.
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