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

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September 8, 2012 2:37:03 PM

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116502

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 - $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128546

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB DDR1600 - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246

ASUS HD7850 - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121623

OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD - $150, currently on sale for $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

1080P Monitors x2 - ~$300-350

PSU - $???
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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!

Cheers,
Ryan

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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September 8, 2012 2:42:03 PM

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?
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September 8, 2012 2:46:41 PM

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.
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September 8, 2012 2:51:52 PM

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. :) 
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September 8, 2012 3:06:23 PM

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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