Sub $800 workstation/gaming build help

So I am going to build my first computer since i'm on a really tight budget but i can't really figure out which processor or motherboard to get? This desktop will be used for alot of different tasks for example I will be doing much programming, a lot of 3d modeling(mainly maya and blender) some gaming, and other everyday tasks(web surfing). I definitely don't want any lag on the modeling but do not need to play games on max settings. I was looking at the amd fx8150 and intel 2500k and 2600k(due to HT) I recently discovered that the piledrivers are due to realease later this year and thought that I might wait for then. All I need is the computer no monitor or keyboards. Thanks in advance for the help guys!

So I was looking at parts on newegg and this is what I came up with:

i5 2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

ADATA s510 ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588

NZXT phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146087

MSI Z77A-G45 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645

XION AXP-700K14XE 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190031

ASUS 24x dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Are these all compatible and what do you think of them? Should I upgrade to an i7-2600k or i5-3570k?
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  1. Pile Driver isn't worth waiting for, IMO, after how disappointing the FX-8150 was. The 3570K and 3770K are still the way to go and which CPU you get mainly depends on what the system will be used for.
  2. Would this build need an OS?
  3. moornix said:
    Would this build need an OS?

    no I mainly use linux and if I do need windows 7 I will get it later.
  4. t_nelson_16 said:
    So I am going to build my first computer since i'm on a really tight budget but i can't really figure out which processor or motherboard to get? This desktop will be used for alot of different tasks for example I will be doing much programming, a lot of 3d modeling(mainly maya and blender) some gaming, and other everyday tasks(web surfing). I definitely don't want any lag on the modeling but do not need to play games on max settings. I was looking at the amd fx8150 and intel 2500k and 2600k(due to HT) I recently discovered that the piledrivers are due to realease later this year and thought that I might wait for then. All I need is the computer no monitor or keyboards. Thanks in advance for the help guys!

    So I was looking at parts on newegg and this is what I came up with:

    i5 2500k: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145345

    ADATA s510 ssd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588

    NZXT phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146087

    MSI Z77A-G45 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130645

    XION AXP-700K14XE 700W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817190031

    ASUS 24x dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Are these all compatible and what do you think of them? Should I upgrade to an i7-2600k or i5-3570k?


    You should definitely go with the 3570K (only if you tend to overclock), but I think I'd scrap that whole build - there's not a lot of things I would really recommend. Xion is a junk brand that makes a lot of crap, and I wouldn't touch their PSUs with a 10 foot pole.

    Maybe try something like this:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
    PSU: Seasonic S12 II 620W - $84.99
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H - $99.99
    CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450 - $199.99
    RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600Mhz 1.5V - $46.99
    HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

    Total: $860.92

    If you want to upgrade the case try the Corsair Carbide 400R, NZXT Phantom 410, or Carbide 300R, and you'll still come in under budget.
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