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UPDATED: 3D Video build

I've been hired to build a system for a teen girl who is getting into anime....

Approximate Purchase Date: July 15

Budget Range: $1200-1600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D video/audio creation and editing

Parts Not Required: speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com or Amazon

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel, Geforce, Asus, but anything that is highly rated

Overclocking: No (not going to overclock for a client)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: dual 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (budget includes cost of two monitors)

Additional Comments: software titles include Autodesk 3DS Max 2013, Blender, Vocaloid 3 Editor with Aoki Lapis, Reaper, Sony Vegas 6.0, UTAU, and "a lot of MikuMikuDansu"

Updated Build:

ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 + Intel Core i5-3550

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

2x Acer G235HAbd 23'' 5ms 1920x1080 WideScreen LCD monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Windows 7 Home Premium --$99
CD/DVD burner --$19

Updated Total = $1312 (includes $40 promo codes thru July 5 and shipping costs)
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    singingigo said:
    I've been hired to build a system for a teen girl who is getting into anime....

    Approximate Purchase Date: July 15

    Budget Range: $1200-1600

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D video/audio creation and editing

    Parts Not Required: speakers, keyboard, mouse

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg.com or Amazon

    Country: US

    Parts Preferences: Intel, Geforce, Asus, but anything that is highly rated

    Overclocking: No (not going to overclock for a client)

    SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

    Monitor Resolution: dual 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (budget includes cost of two monitors)

    Additional Comments: software titles include Autodesk 3DS Max 2013, Blender, Vocaloid 3 Editor with Aoki Lapis, Reaper, Sony Vegas 6.0, UTAU, and "a lot of MikuMikuDansu"

    My initial sample build was this:

    ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 + Intel Core i5-3550

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9

    GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW180A310 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    2x ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms Full HD Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Speakers 300 cd/m2 20000 :1 (ASCR)

    Windows 7 Home Premium --$99
    CD/DVD burner --$19
    Arctic Silver 5 --$10

    Total (before any rebates) = $1461.84

    Thoughts?



    Okay first the motherboard and processor are overkill
    i3-2120 is plenty for her needs you dont need an ivy bridge because your not using the internal graphics or taking advantage of pci-e 3.0
    A gigabyte GA-P68X-UD3 is fine for a saandybridge
    16gb is way to much 8 will do fine
    A 550ti running two monitors it will barely be powerful enough try a 570
    That ssd is overpriced and you dont need it a crucial m4 uses the same controllers and it is as reliable 160gb is needed if you have a hdd as well 128gb will suffice
    You can buy blue LED fans and install them yourself for cheaper
    Acer make really nice monitors and they are a little cheaper
    This is a nice dvd burner

    You Dont need artic silver you are using the stock cooler it comes pre-applied
    The Hard drive is fine


    All of that comes to about $1280 which gives you room the add in a sandybridge i5 and 16gb of ram if needed
  2. diarmuid said:


    Thanks for the reply!
    Her current system has 4GB and a quad core, so I definitely need to up the ante on that. She is rendering video a good bit of the time, so I think she wants an i5 or even an i7.

    I'll make the switch on the hard drive and monitors.

    I grabbed that case because it included the fans. If there is a cheaper version with the fans installed, I'll buy that instead.
  3. You could swap out the i3 for an i7 2600k that will bring you back up to your original budget and you forgot to put in a power supply so that will be about another $100
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