System Usage from Most to Least Important: Animation production with Flash, Maya, and After Effects (video editing), Movies and Music, Internet (will be usually multitasking with all of that), Audio/music production with Sonar.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, any other legitimate place
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, rugged steel case that can survive an earthquake. Want the computer to last at least 5 years.
SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 main monitor. (1280 x 800 for Cintiq 12wx Graphics tablet)
Alright I've done some researching around (those Newegg reviews are a godsend), and I think I've narrowed it down to some reliable choices. Here's what I've got for my build right now (all prices are Newegg):
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM - $100
Windows 7 Home 64-bit Retail - $200 (I'm scared of having my mobo crapping out on me after installing OS since OEM can only be installed once, retail would be a safeguard against that. Plus there's customer support.)
$1,286 - $1,011 (From most expensive to cheapest of options, MIR discounts included)
So yeah, wondering between the 2 mobo's, the video card, the 2 Hard drives, the 2 PSU's, the 2 cases, (and whether I should get any other brands instead of the one's I listed), and whether to go retail or OEM for Win 7. Oh, and for the love of god, what is the best/most reliable HDD?
Do you do any gaming? Video card should be fine for what you're talking about doing. You should be able to get a 1TB HDD for around $60, Samsung Spinpoint f3 is popular
Thanks for the reply.
No, not much gaming. I think going 2 500GB drives (set up in raid? Sorry, I'm a novice at this stuff) would be better if I wanted more space, right? The biggest thing I'm worry about with HDD is it's reliability. I'll check out that Samsung.
Thank you for the reply. I can take the Mobo, GFX, Antic case, and drive suggestions and stay a hair over budget. 3TB hard drive size is pretty overkill for me, I'll have to go with a smaller and cheaper one if I want to afford the Mobo and GFX card suggestions.
Up to you if you want to deal with a raid.. if you're setting up a raid for data redundancy you wont be getting more space from your second drive tho.
Yeah scratch what I said, I wanna go with raid 1 anyways which is exactly that. I'd rather have the security of the backup over a little increase in performance.
So what I'm thinking of now is either 2 1TB Spinpoint F3 drives or 2 1TB Seagate drives. The Seagate drives are a little cheaper right now and have free shipping, but if Samsung has better quality control than I would rather go with that.
I think you should go for a 2500k cpu its available at $200 approx and buy a highend gpu like amd 6950 or nvidia 560ti for video editing. I have a msi twinfozer II 2GB and it helps alot in 3dmax .
I thought the hyperthreading of the 2600k was a worthwhile feature for video editing. Plus I plan to multitask A LOT while animating so I think I'll go with 2600k.
I'm still not sure on the mobo. Should I go with the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 that Jack suggested or is the MSI Z68-GD65 (G3) good enough? The MSI will save me 27 dollars over the ASUS, and I need to cut cost were I can because a higher tier video card is pushing me over $1,300.
MSI board should be fine. How much cheaper are the Seagate drives? They usually make decent stuff
The Seagates, with the free shipping factored in, is 12 bucks cheaper per drive. I forgot that going OEM on Windows 7 will save me $100, so I'll probably go with that and MSI board to keep me close to $1,200. I'll do some more calculations and come back with my final build to overview.