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Mid-High end multi-purpose desktop build.

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January 13, 2012 10:30:37 AM

Country: Australia

Hi all,

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.

Type Item
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

Thanks in advance for all the help guys :D 

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January 13, 2012 10:51:22 AM

If you plan dual monitor and workind in 3D,VrayRT and other rendering and modelling programs ill recomand you this 560Ti with 2GB memory its more usefull than that with with 1GB memory http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Other thing : buy 2 X 8GB RAM , because you have the option to upgrade to 32GB if you need. In what are you working is important the quantity of the memory not the frequency. Your RAM can be at 1333MHZ .
Some options at 1333Mhz : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
at 1600Mhz : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... i choosed low profile memory , not to interfere with your cpu cooler.
The motherboard you can change with this : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... support future SLI and is cheaper but good quality.
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January 13, 2012 10:52:04 AM

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.
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January 31, 2012 1:10:40 AM

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