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$2000-$2100 budget power pc for gaming and animation

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January 12, 2012 7:48:35 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $2000-$2100 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Animation

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitor, speakers, mouse.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor/motherboard, radeon gpu

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200+

Additional Comments: silence is preferred but not necessary, I want a beast of a computer that can take care of all of my animation needs as well as entertain me to the fullest extent with seamless gaming on highest quality graphics. Games like SWTOR and BF3 and Skyrim are among my collection. I also plan on dual-monitoring for best animation efficiency.

My build so far, although I have never actually built one before now (so please forgive any naive mistakes), is as follows:

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 sapphire radeon 6970's 2gb each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill sniper series 4x4gb 240 pin 1866
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel core i7 2700k sandy bridge 1155 quad-core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite-On 12x Blu-ray RW with 16x DVD+/-RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 combo'd with Thortech Thunderbolt PLUS 800w PSU, CFX/SLI supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Crucial M4 128gb SSD with transfer kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a free gift was thrown in with this HDD, an MSI 22x Internal burner DVD+/- RW and all that
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(I plan on running windows 7 Ultimate, with a partition of Linux.)

My questions are mainly these:

1.) Will this work? If not what's wrong?
2.) Any suggestions?
3.) Honest opinion for a first time go around!

Thanks in advance for all the help guys :D 
January 12, 2012 11:45:27 PM

pretty good and solid just needs minor changes for example i would recommend haf x or nzxt phamtom more airflow i had them and i think haf x is the best case i ever had and change mobo to asus brand asrock die out quickly (has happened to me) and also i recommend g skill ripjaws x for ram instead of g skill sniper series and you forgot the power supply aka psu and i would choose one xfx 7970 the new 79xx series instead of the 6970 and later crossfire since they are $550 each
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January 13, 2012 12:05:34 AM

He has PUS on his list. It is with Mobo. But I think that PSU is over priced... And I agree with 7970... I would rather get 7970 overclock it then get another one later.

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You could save about 10~20 dollars on Blu-ray drive by buying something cheaper.
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January 13, 2012 12:39:42 AM

Your CPU won't have better gaming performance than the MUCH cheaper i5-2500K. The i7-2600K and i7-2700K are faster than the i5s mainly just because of their hyper-threading and games just don't use that many threads right now so they all perform identically. You get the same performance but save almost $200 by switching to the i5-2500K. If you want a more future proof CPU than even the i5s then get the i7-2600K, it is almost as fast as the i7-2700K in every way but is still about $100 cheaper. The 2700K is just a slightly higher binned 2600K if I'm not mistaken, hence the close performance.

I also recommend the XFX 7970s. The more expensive one is factory overclocked and probably overclocks even further better than the cheaper XFX card.
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January 13, 2012 1:00:02 AM

However, since I plan on doing animation, my processor will have to be stronger than is needed for just gaming as it is more intensive, especially over multiple monitors. However, if you believe that the i5-2500k would be enough for advanced facial imaging and graphical processing, then by all means i would greatly appreciate the lower strain on my wallet. So any opinions on that?
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January 13, 2012 1:15:34 AM

I've decided to go with ya'll's opinion and go with the 7970 overclocked, so i thank you for that! :D 
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January 13, 2012 1:30:29 AM

Your work besides gaming might benefit from the i7s hyper-threading... I'm not an expert there and can't say for sure but I'll recommend the i72600K just in case it helps.
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January 13, 2012 6:07:23 AM

if you want a quite/silent case, check out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168....

Also, I don't see a cpu cooler... depending on how aggressive you want to over clock you can choose between these two

1) hyper 212 evo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2) noctue d14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also prefer low-profile ram because of heat sink clearance issues like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, I wouldn't trust a build this nice with a thortech PSU, lots of mixed reviews. stick with seasonic, antec, corsair, pcpc
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November 8, 2012 11:41:14 PM

go for an AMD fx 8350 if you're going to overclock and use multiple programs at one time. The AMD blows any intel out of the water for its price, not to mention the mobo will cost you a lot less if you're going to crossfire 2 7970s... overclocking and multitasking AMD gets my vote. If you want a computer for gaming and/or showing off, then yeah, by all means, get an intel. But I just prefer AMD...
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November 9, 2012 8:38:08 AM

What animation software are you using?
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