3D modelling and rendering computer


I've been doing some research into putting together a desktop for primarily CG related work. I've come up with a build and was wondering if people had recommendations/ could confirm the compatibility between parts etc.

Software I will be using:
3ds Max with Vray Renderer (looking to make use of the GPU rendering capabilities)
Adobe Suite (photoshop, after effects mostly)

Because I want to use Vray GPU rendering, it seems the best choice is a GTX 580 3GB

Here's my build:

CPU:Intel Core i7-2700K
Mobo:ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Cooling:CORSAIR H80
RAM:G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
GPU:EVGA 03G-P3-1595-RX GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB
HDD:Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM
Case:Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
PSU:LSP 750 Watt (had this lying around so it won't affect my budget)
Optical:ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
OS:Windows 7 Professional OEM

For now, I don't need a monitor as I will keep my old one. It uses VGA cables, they will be compatible with the graphics card right?

In terms of a budget, I would like to keep the price ~$2000 or less.

Things I'm not quite sure about:

Motherboard - Is it a good pick? (not sure how to gauge them in general. I am considering getting a 2nd GTX 580 so I need it to have another slot to accommodate that)

CPU - Should I splurge on a 6 core? I use a 6 core machine at work and it's quite nice. Can somebody recommend a mobo to pair with the 6 core?

GPU - The refurb seems like a good deal, any opinions/insight?

I would like to see how well a GPU rendering setup will work, as the bottleneck for them are the available memory on the card it seems. If my files can be handled well by the card, I would then consider adding a second GTX to boost speed.

Thanks for any help in advance!
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  1. ok u have a k processor (overclock) and a h77 board (not overclock) maybe look at a 3770 if not overclocking to make use of the h77 board

    intel are kicking amds butt atm

    if mainly rendering pick a bigger hard drive
  2. If your planning on a second GTX 580 then you will need a motherboard that has that and the one you selected does not.
    I don't think you have to get a refubished when the new ones are the same price.
    If you go to the six core Sandy Bridge-E the it gets expensive and we will see what can be built around that.
    The WD hard drive you selected is for a rid setup and not for single usage. Plus you can get a 1TB for the same price.
  3. Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
    $159.99 and a $20 rebate makes the final price $139.99.

    Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

    CORSAIR H70 Core High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    $79.99 and a $10 rebate makes the final price $69.99.

    Western Digital Red WD10EFRX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4A1600C9

    ASUS P9X79 LE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

    SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

    EVGA 03G-P3-1595-RX GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    The final cost of this build will be $2079.90 and this is a six core Snady Bridge-E build.
  4. inzone has nailed it, best build for the $2000 you want to spend.
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