3D Apps/Gaming PC - $1000-$1500

Hey folks,

I've been doing lots of research and would love to get more eyes on a build. The PC is primarily for 3D Apps (3DS Max/Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, UDK/Unreal, Unity, etc.) and gaming.

Upgrading From:
Core I5-750
8GB DDR3 1333
Radeon 5750

Reason for Upgrade: Better 3D app performance and gaming.
Budget: $1000-1500
Parts Preference: Intel CPU, the rest is open.
Timeframe: I'll be upgrading over time. Mobo+CPU+Ram in the next month. The rest as deals come in. If there are new releases coming in near future, I don't mind waiting.
Overclocking: Maybe, I'd rather not risk instability and losing work but I'm not completely against it later on.
Crossfire/SLI: No
Monitor: Yes, I have 2 monitors now @ 1680x1050 and would like to upgrade to at least 2x 1080p, no more than 21-24". A triple monitor setup in the future would be lovely but I wouldn't use it for gaming, just multi-tasking/productivity. My Cintiq is at work but will eventually be part of this setup as well.
Preferred Parts Supplier: Newegg, Amazon (Prime), and I have a Fry's nearby also.
OS: No

Current Build List:
Core I7 3770 IB - $310

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - $145

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB DDR1600 - $90

ASUS HD7850 - $220

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD - $150, currently on sale for $100

1080P Monitors x2 - ~$300-350

PSU - $???
Total: $1200-$1300+

The rest of the parts I have and they are in good working order:
Case - Antec 300
Storage hard drive - WD 7200 320GB

I'm pretty firm on the Core I7 as Intel is more competent with the 3D work. The rest is open for debate. I also refuse to buy anything that isn't on sale or part of a combo deal. :pt1cable:

Also, if I can save money or reduce the overall cost, than even better (my wife will like it too)! Thanks for the help!


Edit: Added PSU into the mix. Mine was good when I bought it but it is 5+ years old. When spending this much, gotta make sure the PSU is good!
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  1. Can you wait til November or December? Great deals in that time.

    Anyways, make sure your PSU has enough volts on the 12V rail. What is its brand and model?
  2. Nw333,

    I can't get to it right now to see the brand and model. I'll assume that I'm going to get a new one and edited the OP to reflect that. :)

    And yeah, I don't mind waiting for some deals. I'd like to do the mobo/chip/ram soon but could hold off.
  3. You could definitely get the CPU/mobo/RAM when you need it.

    Can you live with your current monitors now then just get some during Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Christmas? Chances are, they will be like 30% off or something. You will also have more money for your actual build. :)
  4. Hello buddy! buy this:

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 120 75.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($295.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: HP ZR2040w 20.0" Monitor ($169.98 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: HP ZR2040w 20.0" Monitor ($169.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1501.85

    *That cooler will allow you to overclock your CPU and keep it very cool.

    *128GB isn't enough IMHO get at least 256GB.

    *those aren't your average monitors, they are IPS monitors, they have an EXTREME picture quality.

    *if you're not gonna play games then a 7870 is not needed, a 7770 will be more than enough but i recommend you a GTX660ti because it has CUDA so you might benefit from having that.
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