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New Build Gaming / 3D modelling and rendering - advice?

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October 29, 2012 3:09:49 PM

Hi, I need some advice on components for a PC well capable of running visual design software ( Photoshop, After Effects, Maya, Max, Zbrush ) and preforming faster rendering.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month ( as soon as I find something that works for me)

Budget Range: £300 - £700, Though preferably on the cheaper side, with the possibility of upgrading components in the future

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D modelling and rendering, Gaming- Laptop for anything else

Parts Not Required: OS, Speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything with decent prices and UK delivery

Country: UK

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Additional Comments: N/A

I am terrible on my pc component knowledge , so any help at all would be just great.

Thanks!
October 29, 2012 3:25:59 PM

7970 has 6 times the DP compute power vs the 680. What is your budget?

i7
16GB
7970
October 29, 2012 5:05:12 PM

With your budget, you can't quite afford the 7970 and 16GB. 8GB should be enough even for high-end rendering. The 3770k is the best CPU you can get for rendering, unless you start adding cores on intel. If you want to cut you cost down, you could go AMD, it just won't game as well.
If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/lOAD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/lOAD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/uk/p/lOAD/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.64 @ Scan.co.uk)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£76.06 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£30.76 @ CCL Computers)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.92 @ Scan.co.uk)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card (£201.98 @ Amazon UK)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.99 @ Dabs)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£47.26 @ CCL Computers)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Total: £703.60

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
October 29, 2012 5:25:06 PM

Here's a similar build I posted on another thread - I doubt you could get a 3770K and 680 on that type of budget. Here is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£145.74 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£72.47 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.14 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card (£169.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£54.57 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£19.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Total: £628.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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