First Build - Gaming PC - $3000

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $3000, before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D design, internet surfing.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, headset, and OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer nVidia and Intel parts.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (dual 24 inch monitors)

Additional Comments: I do prefer to have a quiet PC, I plan to get a plain black Antec full tower case - I'm not much for the crazy LEDs.

I'm really tempted to get a Cyberpower, but I'd like to see what you all have to say about building.

Thanks all!
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  1. Couple of extra clarifications:
    - Gaming on one or two monitors ?
    - What programs for 3D design ?
    - How important is the real time rendering speed in the 3D design?
    - Do you actually work with 3D design as in does it pay the bills ?
  2. Sure thing!

    -Two 24" monitors, although I tend to use one monitor to keep a browser open.

    -I'm using HeroEngine + Maya (HeroBlade/HeroScript), it works on my current system well - but a bit laggy. It doesn't pay the bills, just a hobby. It's not super important, but smoother is always better. =)

    Thanks all!
  3. Something like this would do fine:

    CPU: i7 3930K $599.99
    CPU cooler: Scythe Mugen 3 $49.99 ( or something similar )
    Mobo: Asus Sabretooth X79 $329.99
    Memory: Gskill RipjawZ 8x4GB 1.5V CAS9 1866Mhz $249.99
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX580 3GB $529.99
    Optical: Asus 12x BD-R $57.99
    SSD: Samsung 830 256GB $399.99
    HDD: 2x WD Black 1.5TB $169.99 each
    Case: Antec P280 $139.99
    PSU: Seasonic Platinum-1000 1000W 80+Platinum $259.99

    Total: Pretty much $3000 even.

    If the 3D design is just a hobby for you, a 1155 based i7 2600k build will work better for you and let you get more gaming juice.
    But here is one way to spend 3k USD on a computer that should be great for both gaming and the 3D modeling.
    Basically changing the CPU and Mobo and using the saved money to another GTX580 would make the more gaming oriented build.
  4. That helps greatly, thanks for your time! =)
  5. You could drop that build down to an i7 2600k and socket 1155 motherboard and with that extra money buy a seccond gtx 580 :)
  6. And go down to 4x4GB memory as well. As obviously the 1155 boards don't take 8 memory sticks.
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