I'm looking to build my first desktop to replace my ailing laptop. I've been going 4.5 years on a 1.66GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and an integrated graphics card. As an architecture student doing 3d modelling, rendering, and other intensive, this laptop is no longer happy with doing the things I ask of it.
Approximate Purchase Date: Late December/Early January
Budget Range: $1000 - $1300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Modelling (Rhino), Rendering (VRay), Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), AutoCAD. Also, I don't play any games.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: I've never done it, but I'd like to have the option
SLI or Crossfire: Not at present, perhaps down the road, but I can just as easily do without it.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Will also need Windows OS, a monitor, and a wireless card.
Give me any suggestions to tweak, any places to trim fat, anything that needs to be fixed/improved. Or feel free to re-do the whole thing and give me a system you feel is better suited. I'm open to all suggestions!
looks like a good build there
Definitely the i7, but dont OC in a workstation. Last thing you want to do is add possible instability, or shortening of life in something that you need to work reliably. Stick with the 2600 non K version like I did. You will still be quite happy with the speed, especially coming from a 1.6GHz toy.
good ram, though I like Corsair better I understand gSkill has the better price at the moment. 16GB is a great starting point until 8GB sticks drop in price for big projects like you are working on. Then start replacing sticks in pairs.
It is a good PS, I dobut you will have any complaints. Also look into OCZ as they are making a name for themselves lately.
Get a 570 or 580. While it will be a big difference from your integrated graphics, it will still be the bottleneck of your machine. Only exception is if the 550ti is a step to get you buy until you can get a Quadro card. You want the fastest single card possible as most programs do not gain anything from SLi (though that may change over time)
If you do not need the space then get an SSD instead of an HDD. They are similar in price to get one of a useful size, and they will make opening those large programs much faster than a HDD. I couldnt afford an SSD on my recent $800 upgrade, but I have one in my wife's C2Duo and I find that hers will turn on from a cold start, open a browser or outlook, and I am 1/2 done with what I want to do before my computer is even ready for use. Granted I cannot game or do video editing on her little rig, but it just goes to show that it makes a huge and clear difference.
Case is similar to my thermaltake V3, no frills, but it gets the job done and looks very clean. Just goes to show you arent some silly kid, I think you will love it.
crap DVD burner, which is exactly what you want as they are all pratically the same inside.
Consider a Linksys wireless adapter, but that one is probably fine
Monitors are tricky things. That is a fine starter monitor, but seriously consider something much larger, and 2 of them in the future. I got a 28" monitor a few years back, and while it is hardly color accurate I have to say that it has really releaved a lot of eye strain, and was worth every penny. Now I do video editing for weddings and summer camps where color accuracy isnt a huge issue, but if you do any serious Photoshop/illustrator work, or anything that requires accurate color, then get an IPS screen. Yes, they cost an arm and a leg, but if it pays your bills to be accurate then it is well worth it. My friends are all photo people and all have nice apple Cinema Displays, and there is no comparing my crappy Hanns-G to them (even if mine is a 1/2" bigger!).
No real changes except for the GPU, just thoughts about the future! Enjoy the freedom of working on a real computer!
oh! and get win7Home 64bit unless you need to be on a domain, or need true compatibility mode support to run older programs in which case you should get win7Pro 64bit.
The Hyper 212 is something you will want later even if you do not OC as it will help shut the computer up (nothing worse than working to the hum of fans!), but you can buy that later, dont let the cost of that eat into the cost of the rest of your build. Down the road you will also want an aftermarket GPU cooler, and a bunch of high quality low RPM (under 1000RPM) 120mm or larger fans with at least one with an LED so you can know if your computer is on because you wont be able to hear it any longer. But like I said, that is down the road a little ways.