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System for Computer Graphics Dev

My MacBook Pro recently died and I got permission to get a desktop instead of the new MacBook. Theoretically, that makes my budget $2200, but I think around what I have so far is more than enough, so I'd say $1500 soft budget.

Some requirements I was thinking about:
I do graphics work (think raytracers, not 3d modeling) and dabble in GPGPU.
Dual boot Linux/Windows.
In an office environment, so no gaudy cases and quiet would be nice.
Can double as a passable gaming rig.

Its been a few years since I've dev'd on a Linux box, but last I remember, the proprietary Nvidia drivers were pretty much winning, so I started my build with the GTX 670 and worked backwards from there.

Overclocking: I can take it or leave it.
SLI: Not really interested.
Monitor: Currently using http://pcpartpicker.com/part/dell-monitor-4647346 but will try to get one or two more

Build so far:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Kingwin 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1326.78
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 00:26 EDT-0400)

Concerns:
Cooling
Will everything fit?
PSU big enough?

Hopefully I've hit all the major points, and thanks for taking your time.

Edit: Oops, misclicked on the mobo. Fixed build is listed.
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  1. Best answer
    Get the i7 3770k instead for the same price.You only need one ssd for the os. Get a mechanical hard drive with the $70. I prefer msi or galaxy for the graphics. Bump up to 650W 80plus certified with the psu.
  2. allanitomwesh said:
    Get the i7 3770k instead for the same price.You only need one ssd for the os. Get a mechanical hard drive with the $70. I prefer msi or galaxy for the graphics. Bump up to 650W 80plus certified with the psu.


    Good call on the i7-3770K. I like that it draws less power as well.

    I forgot to mention that we have external backup and storage, which is why I just have SSDs.

    Is there a specific PSU you have in mind? TBH, I only picked the one I have listed because it said it had no fan, which was intriguing (which I admit probably isn't the best way to pick equipment).
  3. Seasonic, FSP,PC Power and Cooling, Be Quiet. Can't go wrong with those. If you're thinking you'll fill up slots later on then get close to 700-750W.
  4. Thanks. Looking at the SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply now.

    Edit: So I've been looking around at similarly priced builds and a lot of them seem to have the ASRocks Extreme4 mobo and also have a third-party heatsink/fan. Also, I'm bumping the memory up to 2x4GB.
  5. 2×8 gb is best. With graphic work more is better. And you don't need to raid an ssd
  6. I just figured it'd be easier to give each OS it's own drive, but I haven't dualboot a system in years. I'll look into some larger SSDs and memory.
  7. So I decided I still want the two separate hard drives for the two OSes. I'm figuring I don't need a third-party CPU cooling solution if I'm not planning on OC'ing. Also hoping to get a second opinion in general. Thanks again.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1374.79
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 16:13 EDT-0400)
  8. cheaper but identical,more usb 3.0
    http://newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
    and you don't need the K model i7 (which overclocks) unless you'll do it later. Get the i7 3770 (no K)
  9. Best answer selected by tJener.
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