First time builder. Completing my final semester of Animation with a big final project. Wanting to be able to do it all from home rather than at university, so need a lot of grunt in rendering and in general animation applications. Have a Dell Inspiron 530 PC already that is a few yrs old, so have a Mouse, Keyboard, Wacom, dvd writer and 2 screens (one wide, one 4:3)
A guy at work put this build spec together for me 6-12 months ago, just want to know if it is still good, if there is any upgrade worth having or any hardware that doesn't suit 3D Applications/Render:
Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: 1500-1800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rendering, and general Maya and Mudbox use most important, Photoshop and AfterEffects also important.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD writer
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: staticice.com.au - any NSW store from those searches
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: No heavy preference, maybe Intel over AMD
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Hey there. I'll just start by noting my experience is more in line with building gaming and general purpose systems. There might be different choices in some hardware that would better suit the specific applications and software you are using for your animation/ 3D/ rendering projects etc.
While it still perform comparatively well, the x58 platform has been superceded by p67,z68 and x79. Prices on setting up an X79 are pretty high (beyond your budget) making z68 a better choice.
To give you a few ideas of what a z68 system could look like (I'll link from PCCaseGear, obviously you can save a bit from your local stores, but this site presents info well):
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD - $189 = A lot of performance gains to be had by using one of these. Load times, caching etc. While this model reviews really well and is recommended on this website... they have had a higher failure rate than some other models... Crucial M4 is another great SSD, just more expensive. I haven't had any problems with the OCZ yet. http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99 = If your picking up parts from many different sources... just check it out... some places are a bit iffy about releasing OEM copies of Windows if you don't get a whole (or most of a whole) system from them (particularly the Mobo). http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
Total - $1538... or there abouts it's getting late
No problems. Ok so that i7 960 won't work on the mobo I listed, but it would on the one you listed. This is what I was talking about with the different platforms (x58, p67, z68 etc). The i7 960 you listed is a processor to go with an x58 mobo (like the one you listed). The i5 2500k processor I listed is designed to work with p67 or z68 mobo. Oh boy there probably a simpler way of explaining it than that (sorry )
Essentially there are different processors that work with different platforms and you need the right mobo to support the processor you choose. When Intel or AMD release processors with different architecture they sometime require the platform to be modified to support it. Often new platforms have other specific features like memory requirements, PCI-E bandwith and other stuff I won't go into.
There are a few i7 processors that work with the on z68 mobos, but they aren't the 960.
The main difference with these i7's over the i5 I listed, is that their 4 cores are "hyperthreaded". Hyperthreading is a feature not very many developers have integrated into their software to date. Down the track, it could be more of a benefit to have hyperthreaded cores...
I recommend having a look at what the Veterans and Addicts suggest in other threads in this forum... with people posting new builds etc... that will give you ideas for different parts that might interest you.
And check out all the sytems that get posted in builder marathons on this site for that last few months (Keep in mind its all US)
I've made an updated list based on yours and others feedback.
Decided to go with either the i7-2600K or i7-2700K (only $33.59 extra for i7-2700K), still not sure which.
I bumped the memory up to 16 GB, as I assume I might benefit from more for rendering. Not sure if I'd be better to get 8 GB that is faster, or just double the memory, like I have done.
I was advised that due to heavy rendering, and dual monitors, I need at least a 750 power supply, and possibly 850+ so went with a HX-850.
Managed to find most of the parts as cheapest at one place, so shouldn't have an issue with OEM Windows 7 purchase from supplier. I decided to pay the extra $20-30 to get it all at the one place, as I'm too lazy to drive around and bargain hunt for the marginal difference. For any aussie in Sydney reading this, the store I'm going to is ARC computers out in Silverwater.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO $39.00
ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3 $196.58
Corsair Vengeance 1600C9 16GB $107.54
ASUS GeForce GTX 570 DirectCU II $375.00
Corsair HX-850 $215.00
CoolerMaster CM 690 II Advanced $115.32
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA3 $99.70
OCZ Agility 3 120GB SSD $179.01
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $94.71
Total for i7-2600K package $1,746.86
Total for i7-2700K package $1,780.45
I could have got the HDD for $20 cheaper online, but I'm guessing there is delivery cost there, and each of the CPU's were maybe $20 cheaper elsewhere, but for convenience, I've gone to one place (can find best price on staticice.com.au). So could get this package around ~1700 with a bit of effort.