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March 14, 2012 12:45:20 AM

Hi all,

After months of watching the market, waiting for new hardware to release (then waiting for the subsequent drop in prices) I've finally reached a point where I need to set a date on getting a new rig built.

My background: I work as a contract 3d design/visualization consultant in the field of Architecture. I tend to work in very heavy/high poly 3d models - mostly sketchup and 3ds Max. I use Vray for rendering and Adobe Creative Suite for post production. Each of these areas I use fairly equally, so other than having a pretty well rounded system I'd like to know other's opinions on how to build something future proof within my price range.

What I had originally looked at:

Approximate Purchase Date: May 2012

Budget Range: Around $1100 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1.) 3d Modeling in Sketchup, 3ds, Revit
2.) Rendering in Vray, Maxwell
3.) Post Production in Photoshop, Illustrator, possibly After Effects in the future
4.) Browsing the internet/watching movies

Parts Not Required: OS, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, others

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel over AMD but if AMD can provide a substantially better build at the same price, with the same longevity, I wouldn't think twice about going with it.

Overclocking: Maybe. I don't upgrade computers very often (maybe once every 5 years), so reliability over time is key.

SLI or Crossfire: If necessary/fits my budget

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Thanks for any and all help!
March 14, 2012 9:49:08 AM

My advice is to change the CPU with i7 2600k is much better for what you work.
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March 14, 2012 10:08:41 AM

hello op i cannot acess the build on newegg it is saying that the wish list is empty
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March 14, 2012 11:36:00 AM

hello T1MK

are you never gonna game on this build

if so then this is your build(sorry i dont know about ur build as i cannot see the build)

the processor----->

3d Modeling in Sketchup, 3ds and rendering in Vray, Maxwell make use of intels hyper threading but Post Production in Photoshop, Illustrator, after Effects and browsing the internet/watching movies dont use hyper threading :) 

the graphic card------>

if u are not gonna ever play games then u wont need a graphic card but still i would suggest a nvidia gaphic card which is cheap to support dual monitor in future , to remove the load of the cpu and adobe photo suite partially supports nvidia cuda :D 

the Ram ------->

as u say that u work on very heavy heavy polly work then i would suggest 16 gb of ram

the motherboard ------->

as u said "Maybe. I don't upgrade computers very often (maybe once every 5 years), so reliability over time is key.
If necessary/fits my budget "

i would suggest a motherboard with a future upgrades , sli and oc asrock z68 extreme3 gen3

this motherboard is the most cheapest reliable supporting sli and oc and also have dvi,hdmi and vga ports on the motherboard to use the intel hd 2000/3000 of the processors in one package :o 

the case ------>

u will a nice ventilated case. :D 


the build


Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7Q-16GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SPARKLE SXX4602048D5SNM GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total (with rebates) = $1111 :D 

i included a gtx 560 as this one has 2 gb of ram which will help u while doing massive maps on 3d max maya etc :D 

if u want to lower the price then get this graphic as u dont need much graphic power but cpu power and video ram

ASUS GT520-1GD3-CSM GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$42.99
$32.99 after mail-in rebate card

sli wont make the memory double only the gpu horse power double (1.5 - 1.8 times) :lol: 


i dont know about your build but this should be your build

if you can then buy processor from microcenter as they sell cheaper than amazon and newegg :D 

hope this helps :hello: 

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March 16, 2012 7:16:13 PM

Thanks for the responses guys. I was debating over the 2500k vs 2600k (knowing that I could definitely use the extra cpu power). I was under the assumption that modeling in Sketchup used mostly GPU power, but since it doesn't that frees up the extra money for the 2600k.

serialkiller: I dont foresee myself gaming on this computer, but I do want to run dual monitors in the future. Here is my previous wish list:

MB $130 - Asrock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 - Looks like I was on track there!

CPU $219- Intel Core i5-2500k - Changing this out for the 2600k

RAM $90- Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (4 X 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - Thoughts on this memory vs the G.SKILL you posted?

HD - I hadn't included one in my previous build, as I store anything not necessary on a NAS device - but I know I need something right?

SSD $164 - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC - Looks like I can save about $40 going with that Mushkin drive -- though I am a bit of a Crucial fanboy if you hadn't notice :p 

Optical Drive $18- I hadn't added one to the list so I'll stick with what you wrote.

Case $99 - Corsair Carbide Series 400R - Looks like I can save $40 going with the one you posted

PSU $115 - Corsair Enthusiast TX V2 Series 750-Watt - Little bit more expensive than the SeaSonic and I'm not too familiar with the brand, thoughts?

GPU $225 - EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit - About $10 more than the one you posted, and less RAM. Since it sounds like SLI isn't cost effective for me it makes sense to go with the Sparkle.

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March 16, 2012 7:19:36 PM

I also forgot to mention that I'm right up the road from a Fry's and I don't mind ordering from places like Microcenter either!
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March 17, 2012 5:00:02 AM

microcenter will be cheaper :D  good to go :hello: 
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March 27, 2012 1:05:27 AM

Best answer selected by T1MK.
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