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400-500$ 3D Modeling and Gaming PC

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October 28, 2011 10:44:53 PM

Hey guys, I just wanted a PC that could do some Maya 2012, or Zbrush, and some gaming, like Skyrim or Minecraft on moderate-high settings if possible.

Approximate Purchase Date: Around Christmas

Budget Range: 400-500 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Modeling, Programming, Surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Monitor, DVD Drive, Mouse

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe (If even possible :kaola:  )

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: None, only thing I want is a fast clean solid computer.
a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:15:03 PM

I think this would be perfectly possible if you have an old HDD you can use, if not I don't know if it will, HDD's are expensive atm D:
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a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:15:21 PM

with Hard drive prices climbing through the roof (Prices have doubled this month), I think you'll be hard pressed to get one that does 3D modelling at your price.

a 500 GB drive that was $40 on Oct 1st is $90 now.

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October 28, 2011 11:17:56 PM

Does the price doubling apply to SSD's too?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:20:34 PM

Wildcat313 said:
Does the price doubling apply to SSD's too?


No
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October 28, 2011 11:21:59 PM

I have a HDD I can use
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a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:22:29 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
with Hard drive prices climbing through the roof (Prices have doubled this month), I think you'll be hard pressed to get one that does 3D modelling at your price.

a 500 GB drive that was $40 on Oct 1st is $90 now.


Where I am from a 500GB Seagate Barracuda which was £28-30 is now £100-120. a 3TB Hitachi drive is £600 where I work haha, it was like £100.
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October 28, 2011 11:23:07 PM

I didnt think so but just was making sure, didnt start researching computer components again until a couple weeks ago.

Back on topic: Correct me if wrong... but I think being able to play Skyrim on high settings will be tough with a $400-$500- build. Maybe if you push it up to $700
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October 28, 2011 11:24:36 PM

Meh. I think I can do 700.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:27:34 PM

tbass1997 said:
I have a HDD I can use


Good, I just added this up on Newegg:

Intel i5-2400
8GB Corsair XMS3
ASRock H61M/U3S3
Sapphire HD 6850 1GB
Antec 100
Corsair CX-500
DVD Burner

Actually comes closer to $600 but I don't know where I would try to save money there to be honest, depends which is more important out of gaming and work.

If gaming is more important:

Change to i3-2100 and 1 x 4GB RAM

If work is more important:

Change to Corsair CX-430 and HD 6770 1GB

Maybe get a slightly cheaper case or motherboard too, reusing an old DVD burner would help as well.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2011 11:30:36 PM

Ah, just noticed you can bump up the budget a bit and you have a DVD burner already. I'd run that original build I said but with a HD 6870 and no DVD Burner. Comes just under $600 on Newegg before rebates ($40)
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October 28, 2011 11:32:55 PM

Sweet, Is i5 good? Im not a AMD Fanboy, but I have never owned an intel :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2011 12:28:11 PM

yes
the i5-2400 is an excelent chip
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2011 1:49:37 PM

Yeah that i5 will beat any AMD chip in games, only thing is you can't overclock.
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