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April 19, 2011 10:25:58 AM

Hello,
Hello,
I'm looking to build a computer for ~$2000.
I would use it for gaming, school work, octane render (nvidia cuda), 3ds max , maya , autocad and blender.
This is what I have come up with so far:
CPU:2600K V8 Cooler $450
GPU: GTX 470 Phantom OC $400
RAM: G SKill 8GB 1600Mhz $110
MOBO: ASUS P8P67 Pro $170
CASE: HAF X $240
M/K: Gigabyte M6980 K8100 Keyboard $150
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB $80
DVD:Generic $25
PSU:True Power Quattro 1200 $280
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $100
Total $2010

I have tried to make this build with upgradeabilty in mind e.g. more RAM second GTX 470 in SLI or maybe a cheap quadro

Thankyou for any advice

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April 19, 2011 3:21:55 PM

You can get a GTX 570 for the price of that 470. And the Power Supply seems a bit overkill. You would be fine with one that was 850-1000w with upgrading in mind. And you can definitely get that processor for cheaper. Not only that, you have all these expensive go fast parts, and just a regular HDD. You should add an SSD for your system drive. What site are you using for those prices?
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April 19, 2011 3:23:40 PM

That PSU is MASSIVE overkill, i think even 800-850W would be more than enough (With SLI and a huge overclock). I also think youre going to get better value for money out of a GTX 560Ti than that GTX 470. Other than that, you have pretty much exactly what i would suggest.

EDIT: Also, i agree with the previous, those prices all seem very high.
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April 19, 2011 10:10:03 PM

themarin8r said:
You can get a GTX 570 for the price of that 470. And the Power Supply seems a bit overkill. You would be fine with one that was 850-1000w with upgrading in mind. And you can definitely get that processor for cheaper. Not only that, you have all these expensive go fast parts, and just a regular HDD. You should add an SSD for your system drive. What site are you using for those prices?


I am in Australia and I used static ice.
I meant to say GTX 570 and do you think I could have two GTX 570s later on and a cheap Quadro card (Quadro 600)
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April 19, 2011 10:17:16 PM

What about this?

CPU:2600K $350
GPU: GTX 570 $350
RAM: G SKill 8GB 1600Mhz $110
MOBO: Asus P8P67 Pro $170
CASE: HAF X $240
M/K: Gigabyte M6980 K8100 Keyboard $150
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB + OCZ Vertex 3 120GB $300
DVD:Generic $25
PSU: Corsair AX850 $250
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM $100
Total $2045
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April 19, 2011 10:23:32 PM

The 2500k offers 98% of the 2600ks performance in games, but at $100 less cost. Skip the SSD intially, and take the combined savings, and get a GTX580.
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April 20, 2011 12:40:54 AM

mdd1963 said:
The 2500k offers 98% of the 2600ks performance in games, but at $100 less cost. Skip the SSD intially, and take the combined savings, and get a GTX580.


He is getting the i7 for the hyperthreading.
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April 20, 2011 12:47:59 AM

With $2k a build, hard not tp put in SLI'd GFX cards, "king of the hill" SSD, x16 x16 MoBo, fast CAS 7 RAM, 10.0 jonnyguru rated rated PSU, BR Reader. EDIT ... just saw the Australia thing .... some components will be very close in price ... some will have substantial increase.

Case - $155 - Antec DF-85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case Fans - $15 - Antec Red 120 mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - $110 - Antec CP-850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MoBo - $260 - ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU - $224 - Intel Core i5-2500K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooler - $40 - Scythe SCMG 2100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TIM - $5 - Shin Etsu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $145 - (2 x 4GB) Mushkin CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Gigabyte GTX 560 Factory Overclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GFX - $240 - Same
HD - $65 - Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 rpm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD - $300 - OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 120GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Writer - $90 - Plextor BR Combo Drive w/ LS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS - $100 - Win 7-64 Home Pre OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1989.....

Wanna add a very good KB and Mouse....

Keyboard - $105 - Logitech G510 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mouse - $55 - Logitech G500 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ya can get that total back to your $2k limit if need be by dropping $68 by skipping the BR Reader in favor of a standard DVD Burner and substituting CAS 9 RAM far CAS 7 (-$70)

Asus DRW-24B3LT - $22 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM - $75 - (2 x 4GB) Corsair CAS 9 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That puts ya at $2011, or $1 above your original build.

The why's....

Case - Having built w/ both, I really like the HAF-X, but not as much as the DF-85....While the 5.25" lacking gates can be an annoyance, the Hot Swap external 2.5" on the DF-85comes in real handy for transporting sets of AutoCAD drawing files.....Ive mounted a 7" x 7" x 7" CPU cooler w/o taking MoBo outta the case, love the cable routing, cooling and inlet filters, but fav thing is ability to fit a CPX form factor PSU.

PSU - jonnyguru said it best "It is completely unmatched by any ATX unit on the market I can think of. You'd have to spend twice as much as this thing costs to find the next best thing, performance wise."

MoBo - With GPU's in SLI, th NF200 gonna come in handy as covered here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/p67-gaming-3-way-sl...

RAM - CAS 7 will come on very handy in AutoCAD .... also compare the results of CAS 6 versus CAS 8 here (up to 23% increase in minimum fps):

http://www.anandtech.com/show/2792/12

SSD - Vertex 3 stands alone at this point

HD - For AutoCAD might wanna upgrade to a Barracuda XT if budget permits
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

GFX - The 570 in SLI ($335 x 2) gets 873 total fps in Guru3D's gaming suite. The 560 Ti (900Mhz) in SLI (2 x $240) gets 862 fps.....The 560 Ti can easily be OC'd to 1000MHz .... here they needed to push voltage to max permitted, I got lucky and was able to do it w/o any voltage adjustment.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/nvidia_asus_gtx...
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April 20, 2011 5:55:48 AM

Finding all the cheapest prices in Australia your build comes to $2200 I spose I could save up a bit more.
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April 20, 2011 1:48:47 PM

I wouldn't bother with the i5, the i7 will work great for your rendering etc. Maybe just upgrade to an i7 and take the cas 9 RAM, cheaper x8/x8 mobo and a cheaper SSD?
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