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First build-3d modeling/video rendering/gaming?

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April 18, 2011 12:58:34 AM

So I'm planning on building a PC for all my graphic art needs. I figure the PC should be good enough for some gaming on the side as well. Since this will be my first build, I wanted to ask for everyone's opinion as to the compatibility of the parts and for any recommendations for better component choices. Right now the price should be a little over $3,400. More with tax, of course. Any help would be appreciated.

Antec DF-85

Power Supply:

Intel® Desktop Board DX58SO2

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz

Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM

Video Adaptor:
EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi)

Boot/System Drive:
Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Data Drives:
Seagate Barracuda XT 2 TB (four)?

Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B DVD burner

Razer BlackWidow

Logitech Speaker System Z523

ASUS VH238H Black 23” Full HD HDMI LED

Edit: Made some changes here and there, the price now comes out to a little over $2,700.
April 18, 2011 1:51:27 AM

i would go with an i7-2600k build that is a FAR better value, and lightning fast. I would also go with a single card graphics solution, this will ensure that the graphics muscle you are paying for will be usable with all your programs and games:

i would also get 2x 23" monitors or at least a 27" monitor for graphic design work.

for the SSD, i would get this:

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April 18, 2011 1:52:10 AM
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April 18, 2011 4:57:55 PM

Thanks for the replies! I'm updated the list above as we go, I'd be grateful for anymore feedback. :) 
April 18, 2011 6:04:48 PM

Alright, so I've updated most of the list. I think the only thing left to discuss might be the data drives I chose. I believe that the 3TB drives came out recently. And as always, feel free to give advice on anything else in the list as you see fit.
April 19, 2011 4:54:36 PM

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