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$900 Build, High Performance Needed

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October 20, 2011 12:20:04 AM

I'm not exactly computer literate, which is why I'm asking here to make sure I'm getting appropriate components and whether I should upgrade or downgrade something.

Purchase Date: Within a week.

Everyday Usage: Animation with Adobe Flash and Maya/video editing, Internet, movies and music listening (I will usually be multitasking with three of those) (Also, while animating I will be using a Cintiq 21ux drawing tablet, I'm not sure if that will then count as "dual monitoring")

Budget: $900. I'm willing to go a little over that if necessary/worthwhile but I would prefer to keep it at that.

Parts not required: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse.

Country of Origin: USA

Overclocking: Sure, why not?

Crossfire: Do not know what this is.

Resolution: 1440 by 900 for my main monitor, 1600 x 1200 for my drawing tablet.


Here's the configuration I have so far:


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz Quad Core 8000K

CPU Fan: Intel Socket 1156/1155 CPU fan

Sandy Bridge Motherboard: MSI H61MU-E35, (B3), Onboard Video, DVI & HDMI, USB3.0, GB LAN

DDR3 Dual Channel memory: 8GB (2x4GB) PC10600 DDR3 1333 Dual Channel

PCI-Express Video cards: GeForce 210 1GB, PCI EXpress 16X dual head, HDMI

Hard Drive: 500.0 GB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA2 UDMA 300 16m cache

Hard Drive Fan: Hard Drive Cooling Fan Aluminum Internal

Media Card Reader: All-in-One Memory Card Reader Internal Black

DVD Recorder: LG 24x SATA DVD Recorder +R/RW -R/RW

Sound Card: Realtek HD digital audio (onboard)

Network Cards: Ethernet network adapter (onboard)

Case: PowMax Black Mid Tower ATX Case w/ Front USB

Case Fan: Case Fan 80 mm DC fan

Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500w Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply w/ 6pin PCI-E

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit DVD w/SP1

Total price: $907

I'm using this to buy a "custom built" PC (you can scroll down there to see details on any of the components and what other options they offer). I'm going that route since I've never built a PC on my own before and frankly don't trust myself to do that.


I'm sure there's something in my configuration that needs to be changed, but yeah, does this look good for my needs? I read here that overclocking the Intel 2500k still provides very strong performance, and that would save me $100 so I'm wondering about that.
October 20, 2011 1:26:46 AM

Since you are doing Maya, and Vid Editing, stick with an i7.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$30 Xigmatek ASGARD II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 Black (very good, cheap case. Free Ship)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$50 Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS ($10 off with code)
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 ASRock P67 PRO3 SE LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$300 Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (unless you plan to overclock, then grab the 2600k for $15 more)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$65 HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721010DLE630 (0F13180) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$19 ASUS 24X DVD Burner
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$140 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
VID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$130 ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

Total: $869 + S&H (not counting MIR, or combo/specials)(many of these items have free shipping anyway)
October 20, 2011 1:26:49 AM

It's s pretty good. I'd ditch the video card though. onboard is better.
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October 20, 2011 2:37:42 AM

Don't buy from whoever is selling that. Putting a 2600K in an H61 board is ridiculous, plus, it's eBay, so it's par for the course. That video card is garbage, and the power supply, while not quite bottom tier is certainly below average.
Although I would strongly encourage you to build something yourself, as everything only fits the right way these days and the forums can be helpful if need be, If you must get a prebuilt, get a Dell.
October 20, 2011 3:35:16 AM

etk said:
Don't buy from whoever is selling that. Putting a 2600K in an H61 board is ridiculous, plus, it's eBay, so it's par for the course. That video card is garbage, and the power supply, while not quite bottom tier is certainly below average.
Although I would strongly encourage you to build something yourself, as everything only fits the right way these days and the forums can be helpful if need be, If you must get a prebuilt, get a Dell.


Haha, yeah I had a suspicion going the prebuilt route on Ebay would be screwy. :lol: 

IH8U's build seems to have some much better components and still comes out cheaper than the Ebay one, so I guess it really does pay to do it yourself. I'll go with 2600K then with IH8U's build and since I'll be overclocking it I assume I'll need a fan for that CPU. Can someone recommend me a cooling system that's both decent in quality and price? And I guess I should add a fan to the Case as well.

Thanks for the help guys.
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