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December 27, 2011 7:47:48 PM

Hi,
I've been playing with computers since the Apple II plus. My primary interest is computer art, and currently interested on 3D graphics where I can incorporate decades of my 2D art. The primary program I'll be running is Blender, then Gimp and Inkscape. In addition to the challenge of the build I'm new to Linux (Mint).
The primary things I want in my first build is a stable system, speed (for 3D rendering), ease of build, and in the price range of $1400 to $1500.
I have tentatively identified some components that seem to fit the bill.

CASE: I have a Corsair Graphite 600T
CPU: i7 2600K ( I don't plan to do much overclocking but I do want Multithreading.)
MOTHERBOARD: Asus P8Z68-V
GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA Quadro 600 1GB (low watt)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel
POWER SUPPLY: Corair Professional Series 650- Watt 80 Plus
SSD:128GB drive but undecided about make and model, I do want ease of set up as the Boot drive and garbage collection in Linux.
HDD: I have a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 3.0 and a couple of USB 2.0 Western Digital My Books 320 GB.
DVD DRIVE: Lite-On LightScribe IHAS424-98
KEYBOARD: I'm undecided, want it to work in a dark room.
MOUSE: I have.
MONITOR: I'm undecided, would it to be 24” or a little less, and work in variable lighting, in the $200 range.

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December 27, 2011 10:08:42 PM

If you don't intend to overclock the CPU then you could get the slightly cheaper i7-2600 and use a much cheaper H61/H67 motherboard.
December 27, 2011 10:38:54 PM

Good point about the overclock and I'm considering it if i run short of funds.

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December 28, 2011 12:47:13 AM

The money saved could get a better graphics card or a better SSD, every little bit helps.

However, the money put into overclocking capability could also mean greatly increased CPU horsepower if you also get a $20-40 cooler to go with the more expensive CPU and motherboard.

You have to choose what's more important to you, CPU performance or graphics performance and SSD performance/capacity.
December 28, 2011 1:37:58 AM

You raised one of my biggest concerns, I feel 128 GB ssd is plenty but am concerned about support and stability, is a Crucial m4, Samsung 830, or a Intel the best? I get confused with all the numbers, i don't care about small differences in speed or dollars.

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December 28, 2011 7:38:56 PM
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Intel has been praised as extremely reliable on their latest SSD models. I've also heard great things about the m4 but I haven't heard as great about the Samsung 830. I think the m4 and 830 are good choices right now.
December 28, 2011 8:38:55 PM

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December 28, 2011 8:39:54 PM

I have been visiting various forums; Crucial, Linux Mint and Ubuntu were most helpful. The Crucial site gave the best info. The Linux sites praised the Crucial ssds and indicate most of the ssd issues are in the past with the newer ssds and Mint 12 and Ubuntu 11.10 releases. I think I'll go with the 128 m4. This was my biggest concern.

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December 29, 2011 12:31:38 AM

Your welcome, and yes most SSD issues are in the past. Or in current OCZ drives lol, OCZ tends to not be quite as good as the rest.
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