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Need Build Suggestion - For MULTIMEDIA use

Last response: in Systems
April 12, 2011 3:01:33 AM

Hello All,

I need some solid advice from, the amazing computer gurus on this forum :D 

In a couple months I will be starting this Interactive Multimedia program at college, and I have been tossing the idea whether to buy an iMAC or go for a custom PC BUILD.

Now in this program I will be doing: Design, Audio, Video, Web related projects, and I will be using the following softwares: Adobe, Maya, Final Cut Pro ... just to name a few.

I am a PC user by heart, but I dont mind Apple computers either. So initially I got convinced that I should get the new iMAC 27" ( Quad-Core w/ i7 processor ), but if someone could give me some ideas on a complete PC Build w/ a monitor similar if not better compared to the iMAC i listed above..

My Budget would be: $2,300 (CAD) before taxes.

I would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks In Advanced.
April 12, 2011 3:49:31 AM

honestly, this is too easy to give you a specific build without really knowing your needs further. an imac simply cant fit powerful graphics cards inside it. do you want to get the same performance for less? do you want the best possible performance for $2300?

heres merely an unoptimized example, around $2300 (this might be in puny US dollars, i built this on and for some reason the grand total was 500 bucks more than the subtotal)

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
Item #: N82E16819115070
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Subtotal: $504.97
Calculate Shipping
Postal Code: GO
Shipping: $0.00
Handling: $0.00
GST/HST: $0.00
PST: $0.00

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

Asus VK278Q Black 27" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Webcam
Item #: N82E16824236101
Return Policy: Monitor Replacement Only Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$40.00 Instant
$10.00 USD Mail-in Rebate

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9Q-16GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231441
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131703
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835118019
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820148348
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant

SPARKLE SXX5801536D5NM GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814187125
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
Subtotal: $1,820.41

by the way, if anyone was wondering, even if i had a 20k computer budget, id still try to put it inside an antec 300.