Solved New 3D Artist Computer Build: 2012. Tags: New Build 3D Systems Last response: August 2, 2012 7:37 PM in Systems Share mikehurley July 31, 2012 4:08:54 AM This system is for a friend of mine in 3D art and it is my first time assembling a high budget machine. Any advice would help, truly, Approximate Purchase Date: Before Friday, August 3 Budget Range: 1300 After Rebates; Before Shipping System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Studio Max, Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, Z Brush, In Design, Flash, Adobe/Autodesk ... the rest is gravy. Are you buying a monitor: No Do you need to buy OS: Yes. Any advice on the best place to obtain a well priced [NOT OEM] windows 7 would be very nice Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, tigerdirect.com, CANADIAN shipping plz. Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Parts Preferences: Fast and reliable. Overclocking: Would like as little as possible if not 0. SLI or Crossfire: No Your Monitor Resolution: n/a Additional Comments: thanks for any input / advice And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Friend desperately needs a new machine that can handle the load of 3D work. processor (310): Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) thermal paste (10): Arctic Silver 5 HIGH-DENSITY Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound heat sync (20): COOLER MASTER Hyper CPU Cooler motherboard (177 with the 73 rebate): Need to find a cheaper LGA2011 socket motherboard. MSI X79A-GD45 LGA 2011 Motherboard case (63 with the 25 mail in rebate): Silverstone PS06B-W Precision Black ATX Tower Case Video card (395): Did not want overclocked parts, but seemed like good deal. Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC 980MHZ 2GB 6.0GHZ GDDR5 RAM (116 [getting16GB)): Looks fancy and might be overpriced for nothing. CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Memory power supply (118 after 10 rebate): Coolmax ZP-1000B Power Supply - 1000-Watt HARD-DRIVE: (110): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB Hard Drive DVD burner (17): LG DVD Burner 24x Many thanks, -Mike More about : artist computer build 2012 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove fpoon July 31, 2012 4:25:38 AM 1. Do me a favor. Don't get a 3820 + X79 motherboard, you/he will waste a lot of money. 2. I wouldn't touch that PSU with a 10-foot pole. Get this one instead: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item... 3. Get a nice SSD to store OS + programs. He will love it. | Report abuse mikehurley August 1, 2012 8:55:59 PM This is all very valuable, thank you. I was wondering if you had a motherboard to suggest that is simple and compatible with the CPU I've decided on. Aside from that, any clue as to where to obtain a reasonably priced non-oem windows 7 would be more than helpful. All my leads point towards it being at least $230. thanks, -Mike | Report abuse Best solution Shockattackr August 1, 2012 9:14:37 PM ASrock z77 Extreme4 board from newegg. i think its either 114.99 or 130 something Disregard unless he went out and bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse Related ressources 3000$ 3d artist build - Forum $1600 budget, Running Maya 2012 and computer games - Forum $2500usd - Digital Artist PC - Forum Quadro vs. FirePro vs. Consumer GPU for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 - Forum Budget $700 PC... Photograper - Artist . - Forum Ask the community Publish fpoon August 1, 2012 10:46:18 PM Shockattackr said:ASrock z77 Extreme4 board from newegg. i think its either 114.99 or 130 something Disregard unless he went out and bought http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... +1 | Report abuse mikehurley August 2, 2012 7:35:13 PM niceeeee, this has been the most productive thread I've ever been a part of. Thank you kindly. | Report abuse mikehurley August 2, 2012 7:37:50 PM Best answer selected by MikeHurley. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>New 3D Artist Computer Build: 2012.> Related ressources: Forumneed help for an artist PC :: parts ForumNew Build for Sept 2012 Forum$2000-Max Digital Artist PC (Paint Tool SAI, Photoshop) Forum$3,000 - $3,600 Budget, Building a 3D Render Beast. Forumbuilding machine for 3d graphic,rendering ForumNew build for 3d rendering $1000 ForumNew pc build 2012 - case, psu, memory and monitor choice Forum2012 New PC Configs ForumNew pc build 2012 - case, psu, memory and monitor choice Forum$1200-1600 Photo editing dual-monitor build (w/gaming potential) ForumCase Fan Modified or GPU fan? ForumWhat do you think of my build? $550-600 ForumFinish my first build? ForumNeed help tweaking this build ForumNeed help with new build More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !