Need help on $1200 PC for mainly 3D work

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week. May be 8 July)

Budget Range: $ 1200 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D simulation, Maya, Photoshop, Occasional Video Editing, Internet, Music and Movies. No Gaming

Parts Not Required: Graphics (I have a Quadro card that I plan to reuse), keyboard, mouse, speakers (I will pick up something decent for these three things), OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: i7 3770 or i7 3770K with

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later. Not now

Monitor Resolution: as much as I can get. The more the better

Additional Comments:
system build :

Confused between 2 things mainly.
whether to go for 3770 or 3770k? I am not going to over clock the machine (most probably). Still 3770k comes with 3.5 ghz which keeps me thinking..

2nd thing is the motheboard. I am confused between ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, Extreme 6 and Asus P8Z77-V-Pro. I need a good and solid motherboard but at the same time I don't want to spend money which is not worth for the particular component. Asus is better than ASRock Extreme 6 if I consider wifi which comes along the board. Rest everything is almost same in Extreme 4 as well apart from number of USB ports. So plz suggest which one I should go for.

Thanks and regards,

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    AGP?!? you know AGP cards are no longer used, rigt?

    Oh I am sorry. I meant PCI Express. I have a Quadro 600 PCI Express which I will be putting in.
  2. So now it looks like this

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($315.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.00 @ Foxcomp)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($119.00 @ Scorptec)
    Hard Drive: Corsair Force Series 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.00 @ Scorptec)
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($93.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: ViewSonic VX2753mh-LED 27.0" Monitor ($299.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Total: $1294.00

    I dont mind adding a CPU cooler if its necessary. And will add a wifi card as well. Dont know what to choose.
  3. Its going to be necessary to add a cooler, stock cpu fans suck. Wifi cards I would get one from alfa networks. Also if you don't know what MB to get just read some reviews online.
  4. Have you tried PipelineFX Qube or similar products to render farm the projects.
  5. Don't buy ASRock Z77 Extreme4 read the last page of this review,1.html The only negative I have for this motherboard is that it slips outside of typical ATX specifications. It’s 3cm thinner than a standard ATX motherboard and as a result may lack secure mounting on the far side since this isn’t a common size, which also means you should be very careful when plugging in the 24-pin ATX motherboard power – as the motherboard may flex.
  6. Am still thinking whether to go for a single 27" monitor or one 24" for the time being and will add one more 24" later on. Any suggestions??
    Any idea whether my Quadro 600 will support dual monitors or not?? It has one Display port and one DVI port. If it doesn't than can I add one more card like chromonoid has mentioned and add the second monitor with the same. Please suggest.
  7. IMO, 27" looks best at 2560x1440. At 1080p, your pixels look a bit too big.
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