First build

So my laptop is about 4 years old, has been hit by a car, fallen down stairs, had stuff dropped on it. Needless to say it is on the last leg. Before it dies completely and I am left without a computer, I was thinking of putting together one myself. Only problem is, I have never build a PC before. So I was wondering if you guys could tell me what to look for and how to find it that would be great.

What I am looking for:
Something around $2000 (willing to go over a bit)
Something that can run a number of programs at once.
-PhotoShop
-Illustrator
-After Effects
-Maya 2011 or 2012
-mudbox
-ZBrush
-motion
-3ds Max
(Not all at the same time but two or three SMOOTHLY)
If I could play SOME games on it that would be nice *I am not a gamer but minecraft is fun*

Please help me...
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  1. MB - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - $205
    CPU - i7-2600k - $330
    CPU Cooler - Hyper 212 EVO - $35
    CPU Cooler Fan - CM Blade Master 120mm - $12
    MEM - Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL7 1.5v - $160
    GPU - ...TBD
    SSD - Crucial M4 128GB - $164
    HD - Samsung F4 2TB - $160
    OPTICAL - ASUS Black 12X BD-RW - $70 after MIR
    PSU - XFX PRO850W - $100 after MIR
    CASE - CM HAF 912 - $50 after MIR
    CASE FANS - Rosewill 120mm 4-pack 40CFM @ 18dBA - $15

    $1301

    EDIT: Changed the CPU to 2600k, memory to 16GB low latency modules and removed the GPU. I would agree with quicksand10 to poll your colleagues to see what GPU they recommend, however the GTX 570 may still be a good fit. If you aren't going to overclock, then skip the CPU Cooler, CPU Cooler fan, Case Fans, and change the CPU to the non-k model.
  2. sadams04 said:



    I would change the GPU and the amount of ram in this build. (For money saving purposes)

    For 3d modeling and other artsy things, RAM is the most helpful.

    I would bump it up to 16Gb of RAM.

    You can keep the 570, but for what you want, it is overkill.

    I have a 6870 with 8Gb of RAM and I play around with 3ds max, PS, ZBrush, and CryENGINE 3 just fine. But I am no pro, so the stuff I work on really isn't huge or very well detailed.


    Either way: This is a good build, but you will benefit from more RAM and the GPU is overkill.
  3. @Ebotots,

    How intensive is your MAYA usage? If CAD is your main usage for the PC, you need a good workstation graphics card and an i7-2600k to optimize the usage (will fit in the price budget of 2000$)

    Otherwise, the build proposed by sadams04 seems excellent.
    The only thing I would change would be the RAM to 16GB and maybe the PSU to a Corsair.
  4. I am a Computer animator, so Maya is my life. I create full environments, do character modeling, and animate full scenes a long with lighting.
  5. DEFINITELY, in that case, go with the i7-2600k and overclock it if needed!

    Also, ask your colleagues what they would consider to be the best workstation graphics card for now with what's left of your budget.

    That said, DO NOT skip out on the SSD, as it'll save you a lot of time. Install MAYA on the SSD.

    Post back and let us know!
  6. quicksand10 said:
    @Ebotots,

    How intensive is your MAYA usage? If CAD is your main usage for the PC, you need a good workstation graphics card and an i7-2600k to optimize the usage (will fit in the price budget of 2000$)

    Otherwise, the build proposed by sadams04 seems excellent.
    The only thing I would change would be the RAM to 16GB and maybe the PSU to a Corsair.



    ...build above updated for the 2600k and 16GB memory. As long as the PSU is from Antec, XFX, Seasonic or Corsair you are good. XFX currently has the best deals with rebates...
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