$1100 3D Modeling and Casual Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I'm certain on my build.

Budget Range: $1000-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modeling in Maya, Web browsing and Occasional Gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences:

By brand or type: Whatever works!

No, assuming it's true that it reduces the life of the components.

SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea what this means.

Monitor Resolution: Buying a new one so this doesn't matter as long as it's not too low.

Additional Comments: I grew up with a mac and I've noticed PCs are much noisier. I would really like a PC without a loud fan and/or startling grinding noises.
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    off the bat option, since you aren't overclocking:

    i7-2600: $300
    a great multitasking chip. you aren't overclocking, so why pay any more for the K-series?

    AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $80
    again, you aren't overclocking. This has 2 SATA 3, 2 USB 3, and 4 SATA 2 and 4 USB 2 ports.

    8 GB of DDR3-1333: $80

    120 GB SSD: $205

    1 TB HDD: $60

    GTX 560 ti: $230

    XFX 550W 80+ Bronze PSU: $70

    Rosewill Challenger Case: $55

    $1080 total
  2. Thanks for the help! So I found the SLI and Crossfire FAQ. Do you think that will be necessary? Also, is my view of overclocking ignorant? It's my first time building a computer from scratch and I don't want to make a stupid mistake. Is the build you've shown easily upgradable? One of the reasons I liked the idea of building my own computer is so I could be able to upgrade gradually with the times instead of buying a whole new computer each time. Is there any good guides you can point me to? I know what each type of component does, but knowing how each part is chosen is beyond me.

    EDIT: How quiet does this build run? What causes the grinding noises I hear sometimes in my Mom's computer?

    EDIT: You forgot the link for the "120 GB SSD: $205". It links to the RAM.
  3. this should be fairly quiet. Any number of things could cause the grinding sound from just a noisy or dust-filled fan to a wire rattling in the airflow to a bearing in a fan or hard drive about to go.

    the correct link to the SSD:

    As for upgrading. The motherboard I included is a lower-end board that won't really support overclocking or Crossfire/SLI -- no overclock ability in the chipset, and only one GPU slot precludes those. though $30 more on the CPU and $60 more on the motherboard would get a 2600K and an MSI P67-M45 motherboard that allows both overclocking and Crossfire.

    Even without that, its still upgradeable as you go: the Chipset can handle 2x 8 GB chips, when those become reasonably priced, and Intel's Ivy Bridge 22nm chips due in 2012 are supposed to fit on the board. SATA 3 and USB 3 are on the board for faster hard drives in the future, and you can always swap in a more powerful GPU and/or Power Supply
  4. So I read the reviews on Newegg for the SSD. Apparently it's lightning fast, but super unreliable. Do you have one? How long has it lasted? I'm not trying to incite an argument, just being careful.

    This may be a stupid question, but why an HDD and an SSD? Don't they do the same thing?
  5. I have both because of size issues.

    you want the SSD for its lightning fast speed as your cache when rendering, and for fast loading of your OS and programs. When a project is complete, you want to move it to the larger drive, where you'll store less used programs, large files, and completed projects.
  6. Okay, I'll trust your experience. One last question. Once you have everything put together, is there some kind of test program I can use to make sure everything is working as advertized? I'd hate to do something wrong and find out a year later.
  7. Best answer selected by FreakOfNature.
  8. Windows loading in and of itself indicates everything is working, but you can try some burn-in programs liek Prime 95, Furmark, Memtest 86, the SiSoft Sandra nd 3DMark11 benchmarks as well.

    Prime 95 and Furmark are used to test chips for errors when overclocking, they SERIOUSLY stress your cpu/gpu: 24 hours of Prime 95 is like using your CPU for 3 months straight, while furmark for 12 hours is the same for your GPU. Don't run them to excess.
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