New rendering/gaming build up to $2500

Approximate Purchase Date: within next week

Budget Range: $2000-2500 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary: Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, 3DS Max, Cinema4D, Zbrush; Secondary: gaming/internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (Cintiq 24HD), speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg

Country: US

Parts Preferences: handles dual-monitor set up, possible triple-monitor in the future

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Cintiq is 1920x1200, 2nd monitor prefer 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Doesn't have to be super quiet, want to make sure it can handle all of the programs, I don't do a lot of photography, more of creating illustrations and animations (modeling and rendering), and want as much RAM as possible.

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case - Corsair Obsidian 650D $162
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Obsidian-Aluminum-Enthusiast-Computer/dp/B004UE1W9K/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=IL5IGXUWLBIF9

motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 TUF Series $239
http://www.amazon.com/SABERTOOTH-Z77-Series-Motherboard-Platform/dp/B007RIFKUS/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I7SG973JXGIXF
or
motherboard - ASRock Z77 Extreme9 $370
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157322
or
motherboard - Asus MAXIMUS V GENE Z77
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-MAXIMUS-GENE-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B007RIFJPY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I1UUAFU30QA2BV
199

CPU - Intel Core i7 3770K $387
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-3770K-processor-BX80637I73770K/dp/B007SZ0EOW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I2U1DWE4I2R0G0

CPU cooler - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO $35
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I1UIFN240004HX

GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 $280
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Mini-HDMI-Lifetime-Warranty-012-P3-1570-AR/dp/B004EHZD5W/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=IWQWVSOXEGHMJ
or
GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 670 $400
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Dual-Link-Graphics-02G-P4-2670-KR/dp/B007Z3HZIA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=IJJM5VGALGIW0

SSD - Crucial 256 GB m4 SSD $204
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT256M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JL2A/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I2P0ZUWG87GX84

HD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB $120
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-Desktop/dp/B0036Q7MV0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I3JUTFCC79IMQ

PSU - Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold (SPG) 800 Watts $147
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Silent-Modular-Supply/dp/B003O8J12S/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I294XNIS7DS64T

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 32 GB DDR3 1600MHz $262
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-1600MHz-Channel-CMZ32GX3M4X1600C10/dp/B0068ZWZY0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I1WXDJXUYA5NYQ
or
RAM - Corsair 32 GB Dominator DDR3 1600MHz $280
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Dominator-1600MHz-240-Pin-CMP32GX3M4X1600C10/dp/B006E05YYC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339348560&sr=1-2

monitor - Asus VS247H-P 24-Inch Full-HD LED $180
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS247H-P-24-Inch-Full-HD-Monitor/dp/B005BZNDS0/ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1339354752&sr=1-2

DVD/CD drive - Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive $30
http://www.amazon.com/Lite-On-LightScribe-Layer-Drive-IHAS424-98/dp/B002SIMPXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1339347846&sr=1-1

OS - Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit $140
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Professional-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0T0LU/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=271PZ8ALXZ7EJ&coliid=I18GHT0U8XHCWQ


Any input is greatly appreciated!
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  1. if you're serious about this then you should really get a Workstation gpu.
  2. The heat spreaders on that memory might be to high for your Hyper 212 EVO
  3. Here's some changes to that build to seriously consider


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.954108 $814.98 save: $25.00
    Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
    ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103106 $49.99
    COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231559 $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10Q-32GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-850-BRONZE-Power-Supply/dp/B00607JNIM $149.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $129.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW
  4. Why_Me said:
    Here's some changes to that build to seriously consider


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.954108 $814.98 save: $25.00
    Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
    ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103106 $49.99
    COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231559 $229.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10Q-32GAO

    http://www.amazon.com/Seasonic-M12II-850-BRONZE-Power-Supply/dp/B00607JNIM $149.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    SeaSonic M12II 850 SS-850AM 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Semi-modular Power Supply

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005E983JW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $129.78 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW


    in 3ds max hes going to gain more from a workstation card then a 5 core cpu. that is the same with other programs as well.
  5. Will definitely go with a workstation card. I thought about getting it later on, but really should just start with it. Will still have to do a little research on RAM, but will stay with 32GB for now, 64 later on if I really need it. Here are the changes I'm leaning towards:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $590 @amazon
    CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version) $50
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 $320
    GPU: AMD 100-505648 FirePro V5900 2 GB 256-bit $425 @amazon
    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $150
  6. shortpanda said:
    Will definitely go with a workstation card. I thought about getting it later on, but really should just start with it. Will still have to do a little research on RAM, but will stay with 32GB for now, 64 later on if I really need it. Here are the changes I'm leaning towards:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $590 @amazon
    CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version) $50
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 $320
    GPU: AMD 100-505648 FirePro V5900 2 GB 256-bit $425 @amazon
    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $150

    You don't have plans on over clocking so is there a need for that $320 Asus Sabertooth? Also I would look at a modular psu like that Seasonic I posted. It makes for a cleaner build.
  7. shortpanda said:
    Will definitely go with a workstation card. I thought about getting it later on, but really should just start with it. Will still have to do a little research on RAM, but will stay with 32GB for now, 64 later on if I really need it. Here are the changes I'm leaning towards:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $590 @amazon
    CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm Sleeve with 6 Heat Pipes Hyper 612 PWM CPU Cooler (LGA 2011 Version) $50
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 $320
    GPU: AMD 100-505648 FirePro V5900 2 GB 256-bit $425 @amazon
    PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ready Power Supply $150


    going the workstation route is great but you should try to find one with more vram. something like if the scene can fit into the vram its a lot faster. i cant remember exactly but remember more is a lot better then just enough.
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