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July 2, 2011 5:47:19 AM

So I made a cart (newegg) for my first build and i need opinions on it. Im going to be doing 3d modeling, lots of gaming, and lots of photo and video editing. Im not looking to overclock anytime soon but plan to CF in the near future. I need opinions, suggestions, compatibility, and how long it will be good for. Thanks for i am a PC building virgin. :??: 

Case- Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation

HDD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU- XFX HD-695X-ZNDC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU- RAIDMAX Blackstone series RX-700AC 700W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

CD Drive- ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Motherboard- ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Again, thank you!! :D 

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July 2, 2011 8:20:48 AM

if you want to use AMD then get AM3+, thats future proof as it will support "bulldozer". the Samsung spinpoint F3/F4 can match and sometimes beat the caviar black, but it is the same price as a blue. also the 955 is the "same" as a 965, just clocked lower, so if you don't mind ocing then get a 955. but IMO you should get the core i5-2400, it is better than the 965
(http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...) (Side note: 970 is 965 but with a higher clock speed)
if you give me your budget, i could suggest you a build. oh and did you pick your case because you liked the looks? if so keep it but there are mid tower cases that are way cheaper and i think that you could get a full tower for that price. Also, if you are only using the one screen then i suggest a GTX560ti, it has Physics and a whole lot of other cool stuff. it also gives you similar performance to the 6950.
(http://www.hwcompare.com/8889/geforce-gtx-560-ti-vs-rad...)
but i'm not sure how this card will stack up for 3d modeling though.
lastly, your PSU doesn't look too good. cheaper PSUs usually don't live up to there ratings and will surge, damaging your components. in the long run, it is probably better to fork out more for a PSU and have it last rather than replacing everything becuase your PSU trashed it. IMO stick to corsair and antec, they do sell their "name" but they also make a few "cheaper" ones for budget users (corsair TX-###/CX-### and antec TP-###) (### usually stands for the watts). IMO i think it is better to stay away from a PSU unless you can get a review from a trusty source (like jonnyguru etc.)
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July 2, 2011 1:25:12 PM

by budget is anywhere from $600 to $800 and if you could suggest something that would be great thanks
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2011 8:29:27 PM

Case - Since you're on a budget, I'd recommend the Cooler Master HAF 912. It's a bit cheaper (~$60), but it is roomy and cools well.

HDD - Samsung F3 is a must-have hard drive. You can probably get a 1TB F3 for the same price as that 500GB WD Black.

GPU - Check to see if whatever CAD program you plan on using benefits from CUDA. If yes, I would go with the 560Ti. If not, I'd stick with the 6950, since it beats the 560Ti in most of the tests. Mine plays all of the recent games on highest settings, and most with x8 AA.

PSU - If you want to crossfire 6950s, you'll need a 750W PSU. I'd recommend the Corsair 750TX Version 2 (my first choice) or the XFX Pro 750W.

RAM - This is cheaper (use the Promo Code by July 4th) and just as good. G.Skill is a great brand, and Corsair is overpriced.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - This will probably be a good fit, but if you have the money after changing the other parts, bump up the CPU.

Motherboard - I agree with the AM3+ mobo recommendation. There's no reason not to get it.



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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
July 2, 2011 8:39:35 PM

^+1

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July 3, 2011 10:00:33 AM

if you can't get your hands on a TX-750 try for a Antec TP-750, similar price and performance. here is an intel based build for your budget:

Case: whatever you want around $60

Mobo: Asrock Z68 Extreme 4 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD: Anything @ below $20

PSU: Antec TP-750 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston Hyper X blue 1600mhz @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel core i5-2400 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: samsung spinpoint F3 @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: GTX-560ti @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: about $875 before rebates and shipping

i know this is over budget, but its a nice rig. i am recommending a tp-750 because the tx-750 can't hold the rail or something (check it at jonnyguru). the Z68 mobo will suit your needs nicely (can't find that site, but can match some more expensive mobos in terms of performance) F3, F4 or black i don't care, but F3 or F4 are quite a bit cheaper and can match the black. despite what people say, you don't need 8gb of ram... at least not yet but i see your doing 3d modeling, so i'll make it 6gb. if you are going to OC then spend a bit extra on a i5-2500k. i know the ZOTAC version on newegg of the GTX 560ti is OCed and at the same price but i'd stick with stock on this one. if your going to get a 6950, again save yourself some cash by getting x16/x4 mobo (nvidia won't SLI on this so its cheaper). here is another mobo that will save you $40 but will still SLI @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but it M-ATX so its missing some expansion slots. if you do end up getting a non K intel cpu with a 6950 here is a mobo i would recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... saves you $80. hope this helps!






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July 3, 2011 10:02:37 AM

oh and even if you get a k CPU that gigabite mobo will still suit it, just realized it was P67, not H67 (silly me)
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 3, 2011 3:22:00 PM

wenqi said:

i know this is over budget, but its a nice rig. i am recommending a tp-750 because the tx-750 can't hold the rail or something (check it at jonnyguru). the Z68 mobo will suit your needs nicely (can't find that site, but can match some more expensive mobos in terms of performance) F3, F4 or black i don't care, but F3 or F4 are quite a bit cheaper and can match the black. despite what people say, you don't need 8gb of ram... at least not yet but i see your doing 3d modeling, so i'll make it 6gb. if you are going to OC then spend a bit extra on a i5-2500k. i know the ZOTAC version on newegg of the GTX 560ti is OCed and at the same price but i'd stick with stock on this one. if your going to get a 6950, again save yourself some cash by getting x16/x4 mobo (nvidia won't SLI on this so its cheaper). here is another mobo that will save you $40 but will still SLI @ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., but it M-ATX so its missing some expansion slots. if you do end up getting a non K intel cpu with a 6950 here is a mobo i would recommend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... saves you $80. hope this helps!


The whole point of having a budget is to not exceed it. You can suggest or make the OP aware of upgrade options that will cost a bit more, but for the most part building outside the budget is counterproductive.

The 750TXV2 is better than the first revision. That's the one a lot of TH users are recommending nowadays. The TP-750 isn't bad though, and is semi-modular (but if you're planning on getting a second GPU soon, the modular functionality is useless).

A triple channel kit won't work well on a dual channel motherboard. The OP needs either 8GB (2x4GB kit) or 4GB (2x2GB).

The i5-2500K is $30 more than the i5-2400, and AMD chips generally OC well, so there's no problem going with AM3+ or Bulldozer (if the OP can wait).


@OP - I took a look and it doesn't seem like AutoCAD benefits from CUDA, and I know Solidworks advertises with AMD, so you should be set with a 6950. Mine runs just fine with AutoCAD 2012 (no stutter, etc). 3D modeling is mostly dependent on the GPU.
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
July 3, 2011 7:57:23 PM

^+1

IMO I think the TX series is overated and overpriced. Antec offers plenty of PSU's that can match up but cost less. Newegg usually offers huge deals on Antec power supplies. IE the EA750 is only $90 right now and the High Performance Antec 750w is only $100.

Honestly this is my recommendation.
Check out my $600 build here, or in my siggy:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Swap out the i3 2100 for the i5 2400, and change the 5850 to the 6870 (+182 Before $30 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
This would take care of the GPU side. Just change the motherboard to this then. (Same price, but you lose USB 3+SATA 3. However you can always just hook up a USB 3 converter through SATA. Also, 10$ MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Change the 4GB to 8GB. (+25)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $807 before $40 of MIR
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 3, 2011 9:22:20 PM

Yeah, the Antec Earthwatts series is pretty good. The 650W handled my i7 and 2x470s really well, though I was probably stressing it a bit.

Those build lists you have are pretty handy :) 
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
July 3, 2011 9:33:45 PM

Haha yeah, little quick changes here and there and it's good to go. :D 
Did it for Toms but it also helps me earn some income for my next upgrade. (BD)
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