I’m looking at getting a new multi-purpose desktop built sometime in the next month or so. It will be used for 3D modelling and rendering [for programs such as 3DS Max, Vray and Rhino], fairly high-end gaming and some mid-range music recording/mixing. I am hoping to keep my budget around the $2k [Aus] mark.
These are the current specs I am looking at.
TypeItem OS - Windows 7 64Bit Home Premium CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-C14 Motherboard - ASROCK Z68 EXTREME 7 Gen3 RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 Boot Drive - Corsair Force Series 3 90GB SSD Hard Drive - Seagate ST31000524AS BARRACUDA 1TB,7200RPM,SATA-3 6GB/S 32MB Hard Drive - Seagate ST31000524AS BARRACUDA 1TB,7200RPM,SATA-3 6GB/S, 32MB Network Card - TP Link Wireless PCI Card 54M Sound Card - Currently TBD Video Card - Gigabyte Geforce GTX 560 Ti Case - Lian Li PC-9F PSU - Corsair HX850W Optical Drive - Currently TBD Overclocking - Maybe
The intention is to eventually SLI with two VGA cards. I’m inclined towards the Nvidia cards at the moment because of their compatibility with VrayRT.
Monitor resolution will be 1680x1050+ I also plan on dual-monitoring.
Also the recording will be done through a Presonus Firebox or similar IEEE 1394 connection.
1.) Overall any suggestions?
2.) Honest opinion for a first time build
I reccomend Getting a bigger SSD if it fits in your budget. 120gb if you can get it, just to have more space for important programs.
I would also say get 2x8gb on RAM. You can upgrade later if you need to.