$1500 2D Animation Workstation. First Build.

Hello all! I’m a long time mac person, now looking to make something with good performance that can fit my budget. I have a working build I would like to get some advice on. This is my first build, so I am not set on any specifics. I’m much grateful for any help on this. I don’t plan on doing any gaming, not that I am ruling it out in my future, but no need to build around any games. Also, the reliability of whatever I'm getting is much more important than price.

I am mostly curious about compatibility issues. I was planning on an i5-3550 at first, but was suggested I go with the Xeon e3 so I can utilize the hyperthreading capabilities. I’m still very new to this, so any explanation of changes would be much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: within a week or two
Budget Range: around $1500
System Usage: Adobe CS5: Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, AfterEffects, Premiere. Possibly some 3D programs in the future: Maya, Zbrush
Monitor: will be getting an IPS, and possibly another in the future.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz ($233.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($252.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell U2412M 60Hz 24.0" Monitor ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $1510.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-15 14:21 EDT-0400)
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  1. Best answer
    Drop the Xeon for the i7 3770. It's a better processor.Also,at the resolution of that monitor, you want a gtx 670.
  2. Thank you. I was thinking i7 might be the way to go.
  3. You're welcome. Get nvidia for the cuda cores. Gtx 6xx like 660/660ti/670
  4. Best answer selected by kcopcop.
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