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Looking 2 build pc for animation/gaming roughly $1000 room to go over

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June 9, 2012 11:30:40 PM

Looking to buy within the next month:beginning-mid July. Would rather spend up to 1000 on it , but going up to 1300 is completely doable. PC needs to be compatible with a lot of the software animators/designers use (such as Maya, 3DSmax, zbrush etc;) but i would also like to game on it as well (games such as diablo3, starcraft 2 and guild wars 2).

Parts Not Required: Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: cyberpowerpc.com (i have only bought pcs that i have customized on this site. this is the first time i am going to build my own.)

country- United States

I have no preference for the parts. just looking have something that will run great and save money where i can.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

----need the best i7 processor that is available, windows 7, at least 16 gb ram, at least 500gb hdd, a hardware accelerated openGL graphics card that has at least 1gb video card memory, and dvd-rom drive

More about : build animation gaming roughly 1000 room

June 10, 2012 1:14:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.12 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1290.02
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 21:14 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2012 1:17:18 AM

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
$49.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $39.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
$349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
$69.99 and a $10 rebate makes it $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04 - OEM
$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9B
$92.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
$109.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$399.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This would be the computer that you would want to build but at $1487.90 it is over your stated budget and would have to be worked on to get the price down to your budget limit. However you could go with it if you wanted to and have a powerhouse of a computer. The cpu selection was for the Ivy Bridge and Z77 chipset motherboard to go with the GTX 670 video card and have all three Pci-e 3.0 rated components.

As for cutbacks the i7-2600k would be a $50 savings , a dvd drive instead of a blue ray drive would save $40 and a different heatsink/fan for the cpu would save $25. A Z68 motherboard would give another $15 savings. Finaly if you went with an AMD 7870 you can knock off another $85. Those parts are listed below;

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11199-03-20G)
$329.99 and a $15 rebate makes the final price $314.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
$299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS 24X 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 DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
$18.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
$34.99
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
$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These changes would amount to a $215 price reduction and bring you to $1272 which is below your max of $1300 so the choice would be yours to make as to which way you want to go.
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June 10, 2012 1:46:32 AM

Try this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.81 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1229.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 21:46 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2012 1:48:33 AM

if you want to buy it all at newegg here PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($267.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1266.63
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 21:47 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2012 9:32:48 PM

Best answer selected by Billeci91.
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June 10, 2012 11:10:09 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Try this PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($105.81 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1229.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 21:46 EDT-0400)





----------------I appreciate you posted these builds in the thread. i was wondering if you could possibly spec something out for around 900-1000. i just bought the CPU you recommended however, i did the math and i wont make enough to both pay bills and buy any of the builds you recommended.
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June 11, 2012 2:45:27 AM

If you want to go with a $900 to $1000 build then your going to have to make some serious cuts that you may not like but are necessary to get there.

First I think that you should rerturn the 2600k and get the 2500k , then you'll have to cut the SSD out entirely and finally go with 8gb of ram. This will bring the cost down to just under $1000. Now these cuts are not permanent because as you get to save more money you can buy another set of matching ram to bring it back up to 16gb and you can then save up to buy a SSD for the OS and in order to make the transition a little more easy you should partition the regular HDD and put the OS on one partition and the rest on the other partition. Of the 1TB HDD the OS partition can be 128gb and the second paryition will be the rest. Then you can also save up for another cpu and it can either be a higher model Sandy Bridge or one of the Ivy Bridge cpu's since they are both LGA 1155 socket cpu's.
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