Okay so basically I've been saving up for a while to afford a kick butt build that will help me to power through my projects in 3d modelling and animation (also rendering.... and some video editing -_- ...so yeah lots of focus on graphics, performance and such)
My budget for this build is $2000, but I'm not too worried about that since I've picked all but one part and I'm still about $150 under the budget (I know I'm just a student, but I wont be able to build up this kind of cash after I graduate XD I'll have to get out of my parents house, so I put in a lot of green because this will probably be the computer I use for serious, more professional projects once I'm a graduate)
Anyway I've done the groundwork, I just need some opinions on the parts I've picked. I still need to pick a power supply unit so if someone could suggest a wattage...brand, whatever that'd be great cuz I have no idea... idk 670 maybe?
Anything else you can offer is greatly appreciated, comments or concerns regarding compatibility, suggestions on parts that might work better, etc...
So here's the parts to my build. (minus a few accessories I picked like a monitor arm and a keyboard)
I'm not sure if I should add in extra fans or if I'll need a different heat sink for that processor,etc... whatever advice you can offer.
Ps: For those who want to know the kind of software I'll use it'll all be on a windows 7 64bit OS and the programs I'll use will mainly be 3DS Max 2012, Maya 2012, Mudbox (maybe Z-brush too), (maybe Vray), Photoshop and After effects...
the gtx 600 line up isnt as prepared to do professional work compared to previous gens. If the program uses cude(you will have to look it up manually) then the 600 series is fine. If its a gpu accelerated program that doesnt use CUDA but uses GPGPU, then a radeon card, or fermi card(gtx 400/500) would be faster than a gtx 600 series.
You have put too much money into the GPU and motherboard, and that has detracted from what important in the CPU and RAM.
Downgrade the 670 to the standard 2GB model, the extra VRAM doesnt help in games (unless your talking big resolutions) or 3D modelling.
Also brand swap away from EVGA, reference design cooling is hot and loud compared to custom.
In fact, if you arent gaming at all you could drop the graphics card entirely or get a significantly cheaper card.
Get a cheaper motherboard, the Sabertooth looks awesome, but that doesnt justify its price.
The AsRock Z77 Extreme4 is a good budget board.
Double that RAM to 16GB and increase the speed to 1600mhz.
XD ehh I'll definitly be gaming and I was already thinking about doubling the ram so it's good to have that confirmed. I'm not so sure about going down to 2gb though 4gb is supposed to be good when dealing with large scenes in 3ds max and maya o.O also I don't know what brand I should go for other than EVGA
on the nvidia side, I prefer MSI for enthusiast usage(as they release unlocked voltage gpus going against what nvidia originally designed.) for stock or slight overclock purposes, I would either use Asus or EVGA depending on the price and which models i can choose from.
Thanks for the tips guys. Especially that bit about bumping up the processor to an i7-3770k. I was a little skeptical about the heat issues when I looked over the ivy bridge models, but after looking into watercooling it definitly looks like the way to go for this build.
I'm not sure if I went overboard with the power supply or not. I'd like the option to throw in another graphics card in the future, but I honestly just took a guess for the watts based on a list off builds I was looking at.
Here is an updated list for the build.
Opinions, comments and advice are all greatly appreciated.
If the reason for the 2x8GB kit is future expandability, make sure you get Win7 Professional 64bit. Home Premium can only support up the 16GB of system memory.
Might want to get a low profile kit as well, so it wont conflict with the 212 EVO or future heatsinks.
G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL10 1.5v. $75 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...