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December 2011 Game Development Build

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December 21, 2011 5:00:44 PM

I have a budget of 2500. I want to build a setup that runs UDK, Blender, and Unity flawlessly. 3DS max is in the near future as well.

I definitely want the system to be upgradeable in the near future as well. I am struggeling with the price difference between Intel and AMD processors versus performance. MB's and a really great Graphics card are another area where I am not sure of. I want to run a mirrored hd of 2Tb per drive, and launch from a SSD.

Is going for 32mb ram worth it? or is 16mb going to do me for now? Any suggestions on this build would be appreciated. I don't want to go with outdated components, would rather go with a little less and get newest and best.

Thanks again, Shog
December 21, 2011 5:18:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 2500 U.S.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:Game Development / Asset building

Parts Not Required: keyboard,mouse,speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: US

Parts Preferences: possibly AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Not sure of best OS for this build also...experienced XP user

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December 21, 2011 5:41:21 PM
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December 21, 2011 6:30:39 PM

What difference will i see if i were to compare i7 3930k , i7 2600k, and the AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ Eight-Core Desktop Processor?
December 21, 2011 6:40:40 PM

At least in gaming, the AMD's get slaughtered by the Intel chips. This is coming from an AMD guy also. I think the FX 8150 is roughly in the neighborhood of the i5 2500K but is more expensive. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
December 21, 2011 7:13:49 PM

Most of what I do is level design and asset creation within Unity and UDK. Playing of games on this system would be limited to testing, and play through done inside the game engines. The i7 option is definitely the best for me then. Would the best graphics card for the i7 be a gtx card or should I go to the quadro or fire pro? Not sure if the fire pro is compatible.

Also as far as mother board is the gigabyte the best out there? I definitely don't want to skimp there, but don't want something untested either.
December 21, 2011 7:19:45 PM

For most all applications the 3930k will be noticably faster than the 2600k, which is noticably faster than the FX 8150. For intensive video work the 8150 MIGHT keep up with the Intel processors, but not across the board.

The i7-3930k is on the LGA 2011 platform. If you are considering swapping for the 2600k / 2500k, change that MB out for a LGA 1155 (Z68).
December 21, 2011 7:45:39 PM

Hey Guys thanks for your help. One last question here about the graphics card. If I go with the i7-3930k should I consider stepping up to the 590 or go with the gtx580?

Again thanks so much.
December 21, 2011 8:24:54 PM

Well the 580 is a single processor, 590 is dual 580 processors on one board, but they still only have 1.5 gigs of ram. If what you do is at high res and you like to run aa i think the better bet would be the 580 in the 3 gig flavor over the 590- since its lack of vram has shown to be its biggest enemy, besides the poorly constructed mobo- 2 580's in sli will woop a 590. And you wont suffer any stuttering like you would with a 580 1.5 gig with the "pretties" turned up. If high resolution and aa isnt a concern then you should be pretty happy with the 580 in 1.5 gig.
December 30, 2011 10:57:36 PM

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