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September 21, 2012 9:35:06 PM

Morning!!

Approximate Purchase Date: December/January (When I get back from Afghanistan)

Budget Range: $6000 is the most I will probably spend

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic Design, 3d Design, Autodesk programs, CS6

Are you buying a monitor: Yes 3D is not necessary

Parts to Upgrade: I am starting from scratch

Do you need to buy OS: No, will be using Win 7 Ultimate 64bit that I will be purchasing, not part of cost.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, anywhere really

Location: Oceanside, CA there is a fry’s nearby. I am stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA

Parts Preferences: nVidia and intel are my preference

Overclocking: CPU yes, GPU no

SLI or Crossfire: Doesn’t matter

Your Monitor Resolution: No less than 1920*1200 prefer higher

Additional Comments: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, Mudbox, Zbrush, Blender, Lightweave, etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Coming off a deployment for a year, present to myself, plan on continuing my 3d game design.

This is what I picked out perusing around Newegg…

Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Unbeatable Gaming Case
NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watts Channels
Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x2
ViewSonic Graphic Series VG2732m-LED Black 27" 3ms Widescreen LCD Monitor x2
ASUS Xonar Phoebus PCI Express x1 Interface Gaming Soundcard Set
Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
PNY VCQ4000-PB Quadro 4000 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Workstation Video Card x2
Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

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September 22, 2012 6:10:08 AM

For $6K that's a decent gaming system but a horrible graphic design system. For that kind of money the sound card and fan controller are not needed.

I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($238.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor PX-M3S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2050.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-22 02:12 EDT-0400)

And then get this for your GPU: http://www.nvidia.com/object/quadro-k5000.html

And this for your monitor: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-YAMAKASI-CATLEAP-Q270-SE-27...
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September 22, 2012 6:24:01 AM

Yeah the fan controller and sound card were more for me, than for the system, they werent expensive so i didnt really care about them.

As for your suggestions, I will most assuradly take those into account, and by that I mean, I will be using them. But I do have some questions, why the k5000 vs the 4000, besides the obvious, the 4000 would do what I needed, just curious if there are any glaring differences between the two. Second, why the lite-on? I have read mixed reviews about the different BDRW drives available, just curious why you went with that one.

Thanks again for the advice, I will probably be back again whenever I actually make it back to the states. I am hoping that fry's there in CA actually has most of these components. Don't really want to wait on the military mail system to take forever in getting them to me.
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September 22, 2012 8:04:12 AM
September 22, 2012 6:59:54 PM

chryodem said:
Yeah the fan controller and sound card were more for me, than for the system, they werent expensive so i didnt really care about them.

As for your suggestions, I will most assuradly take those into account, and by that I mean, I will be using them. But I do have some questions, why the k5000 vs the 4000, besides the obvious, the 4000 would do what I needed, just curious if there are any glaring differences between the two. Second, why the lite-on? I have read mixed reviews about the different BDRW drives available, just curious why you went with that one.

Thanks again for the advice, I will probably be back again whenever I actually make it back to the states. I am hoping that fry's there in CA actually has most of these components. Don't really want to wait on the military mail system to take forever in getting them to me.


The K5000 is based on NVIDIA's new Keppler platform - it isn't available yet which is why I didn't include it in PC Part Picker.

As far as the BDRW drives - don't take store reviews seriously, that's not a good way to go about choosing products. I have bought and used several of their DVD drives and they all work great.
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September 29, 2012 12:37:30 AM

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