Building a mostly 2d animation PC, 1500$.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of June, 2012

Budget Range: about 1500$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 2d animation in Flash cs5.5, photoshop, maya, internet, watching videos, word processing.

Parts Not Required: All I have is a keyboard, and a Cintiq.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no idea yet.

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I really have no preference.

Overclocking: Maybe.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe? I'm not sure.

Monitor Resolution: I'm currently running one monitor with 1680x1050, and the other is 1600x1200. The 1600x1200 one is staying, and I'd like the other to be comparable.

Additional Comments: Needs to be able to run two monitors, since I have a cintiq and need a second monitor. I also need at least 4 USBs.

I'm not a PC gamer at all, and I am hesitant to buy a computer directed for gaming when that might not be the best thing to handle heavily textured flash scenes or render something in 3D.

If there are any guides that are still relevant with doing 2D heavy work, I'd love to see them. I'm not sure what kind of strain Flash puts on a computer.

Thanks for your time, and any help! I'm really lost with all of these different parts out there, and could use a starting point.
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  1. Ah, okay. let me think.


    CPU: i7 2700k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

    Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Pro3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    RAM: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197

    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Case: HAF 922 (Cases are largely personal preference, so pick what you want)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM 64MB cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    SSD: Crucial M4 128Gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    All that should add up to $1225 (before rebates, tax and shipping though)
    This should be good for editing and gaming as well.
  2. manofchalk said:
    Ah, okay. let me think.


    CPU: i7 2700k
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115095

    Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Pro3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    RAM: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233197

    GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    PSU: Corsair TX-650 V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    Case: HAF 922 (Cases are largely personal preference, so pick what you want)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM 64MB cache
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840

    SSD: Crucial M4 128Gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    All that should add up to $1225 (before rebates, tax and shipping though)
    This should be good for editing and gaming as well.

    You want an Nvidia card for CS5.
  3. Thanks for your help! Now I have a couple of starting points. I'll look into these.
  4. I'm a little stuck on the GPU I should be picking up, actually. I turns out that I could really use this computer as soon as possible, but the idea of getting a graphics card designed specifically for working with adobe products seems really great.

    So my question is this. Should I hold off on buying a GPU until the GTX 660 is released and just use the graphics capabilities in the i7, or get a Quadro graphic card, like the Quadro 2000?

    I want this computer to last me for as long as possible, so I don't mind buying a bit more than I need right now, if it's going to be useful down the line.

    Thanks again for any help!
  5. wulfae said:
    I'm a little stuck on the GPU I should be picking up, actually. I turns out that I could really use this computer as soon as possible, but the idea of getting a graphics card designed specifically for working with adobe products seems really great.

    So my question is this. Should I hold off on buying a GPU until the GTX 660 is released and just use the graphics capabilities in the i7, or get a Quadro graphic card, like the Quadro 2000?

    I want this computer to last me for as long as possible, so I don't mind buying a bit more than I need right now, if it's going to be useful down the line.

    Thanks again for any help!

    I would have a look at the Quadro's and see what's in your price range.
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