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Need advice for my new PC (Gaming & 3D modeling) ~3000$

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June 15, 2012 10:46:16 PM

Hello,

I am currently looking to buy a new PC that I will mainly use for gaming and 3D modeling (Zbrush, Maya, Mudbox).

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.
Budget Range: No fixed budget but around $3000 CAD would be fine.
System Usage: 3D modeling (Zbrush, Maya, Mudbox), Photoshop, Gaming, Watching movies.
Parts Not Required: Mouse, Monitor, OS.
Preferred Website: I want to buy from NCIX.com.
Country: Canada.
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU.
Overclocking: Maybe, I never overclocked before.
SLI or Crossfire: I don't know.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080.
Additional Comments: I don't want to have a workstation video card because I want to play video games in good conditions. Also, I would like to have a Blu-Ray reader, a keyboard and new speakers that are affordable. (I don't want to put too much money on that) Finally, I am wondering if it's important to have a sound card and a network card? (I am using a wireless connection)

I already started to "build" my PC online and I selected those parts till now:

Case: Cooler Master Haf 932 Advanced
Power supply: CORSAIR AX1200
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjawz PC3-17000 4x4GB DDR3-2133 CL9 - x2
Video card: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache
SSD: Intel 520 Series 120GB
Blu-Ray: LG CH12LS28
CPU heatsink: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5
Keyboard: Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
Speakers: Logitech Z320
TOTAL: $3,170.35 (include Premium PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX Warranty)

Now, I would like to get your opinion on that build and some advice on what I sould change. I am open to any suggestions.
Thank you for your help.
June 15, 2012 11:24:22 PM

I would do this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($623.19 @ NCIX)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($339.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($110.24 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($189.98 @ NCIX)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($424.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($424.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($129.98 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair 950W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($144.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($89.98 @ NCIX)
Total: $2808.31
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

That leaves you +$200 for peripherals, which I know nothing about :p . I do not know if the Optical Drive is Blu-Ray, but other than that, it should be good. Also added the ability to add a third 670 in the future. If you want, you can add another 16 GB of RAM as well.
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June 15, 2012 11:37:46 PM

Thank you very much for your help Merueth! For the memory, I prefer to have 32GB, so I will add another 16GB, but are you sure that Corsair Vengeance is better than G.SKILL Ripjaws Z?

Thanks again for your help and now I also need suggestions for the peripherals and for a network card because I know nothing about that either. :p 

Edit:
For the case, I will go with a HAF X instead of a HAF XM.
For the GPU, I think I will stick with a GTX 680 because I may add another one, maybe later or even now, I'm not sure.
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June 16, 2012 3:11:12 PM

No other suggestions?
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June 23, 2012 12:49:45 AM

Best answer selected by keenclock.
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October 5, 2013 12:55:58 PM

It's also pointless to reply more than a year later, just sayin.
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October 5, 2013 12:59:57 PM

My bad, it showed in the recent forum thread, should have check on the date (lol).
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