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.
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
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;
----------------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.
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.