Ok, I've stalked these forums a lot in the past and figured I'd ask you guys some advice. I'm currently looking to build a new PC for some gaming, but mainly for 3D modelling including programs like Maya, 3DS Max, Houdini, etc.
Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as Ivy Bridge is released at the end of this month
Budget Range: ~$1500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Design and gaming primarily
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitors, battery back-up. Also, my friend is giving me an 850W PSU SLI ready and (2) GTX 560 graphics cards
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Where I can get the cheapest price
Parts Preferences: I prefer Asus mobos, but other than that...whichever is reliable
SLI or Crossfire: SLI
Monitor Resolution: At least 1080
Additional Comments: I would prefer the case be quiet, but more importantly have good airflow
I'm pretty set on going with IB because I have the time to wait, so why not? My biggest question is I need a good case (preferrably mid tower due to space constraints) that will handle the cooler and the dual GPUs, but will retain good air flow. I would like it to have a fan control, but if not, I'm fairly sure I could use software for that. I also want USB 3.0 on the front panels to be internal. I really like the Corsair, I'm just wondering how much I'd actually use that firewire. Not that it's a problem having it, but y'know...Also, is Asus still a good mobo company? What's the difference between Gigabyte, Asus, AsRock, etc.?
If you ever think you might use more than 16 GB of RAM then Professional is a good choice. Some reviews for Discount Mountain claim they sell OEM branded software for Dell, etc. which legally you can't use.
Yeah, I'll probably upgrade in the future to 32gb, that's why I'm sticking with (2) 8gb sticks right now. And I didn't see that about the Dell Software and what not, I'll be careful about that. Thanks!
Are you definitely sure that 2133Mhz memory is not usable in his new build?
I just got the feeling that I read a review a while ago, that said something along the lines, that memory over 1600Mhz could be utilized. Just trying to be helpful, no guarantee that I am not mistaken.
The one I'm looking at right now is either the Asus p8z77-v pro or possibly deluxe. I'm just not sure I'd need everything that comes on the deluxe. The built-in bluetooth is cool, but don't know how much I'd use it. I saw that Maximus GENE V board, but I'm not a fan of it and it'll probably be out of my price range.
I ended up purchasing the pro. The deluxe comes with 2 more PCIe Gen 2 slots, but 1 less PCI slot. It also has built-in bluetooth, 2 eSata 6 GP/S ports, 2 more USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on the back of the board, and a power/reset button. Other than those differences, they're essentially the same.