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November 11, 2012 9:08:24 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: January 2013

Budget Range: $700-$900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rendering 15min gameplays with my Elgato Game Capture HD, League of Legends, watching streams

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website: ncix.ca or newegg.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably going dual GPU in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Must include and OS. I would prefer to buy everything from one place. Don't go overboard on gpu as I dont do much pc gaming and this is mostly for rendering.

November 11, 2012 9:29:43 PM

For rendering hyperthreading is quite useful. League of Legends is not very GPU intentive but it taxing on the CPU if there are a lot of players on a server. The processor that I recommend to you is the Intel Core i3-3220.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It has hyperthreading and Intel HD 2500 graphics ( Which is more than enough to run League of Legends. ) If you want a discrete video card the Radeon HD 7770 Ghz Edition will max out league of legends no problem.

I would also get 16GB of memory as for your purposes you will need all of it.
Windows 8 is what I am putting because imho W8 is better and easier to use.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($125.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.56 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ StealthXstream II 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $581.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 18:41 EST-0500)

In the future when you have enough money go out and buy a nice Radeon HD 7770 Ghz Edition.
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November 11, 2012 9:39:50 PM

I would much prefer a quad core processor
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November 11, 2012 9:46:03 PM

HeXp Renegade said:
I would much prefer a quad core processor

Any quad core I got you would not have hyper threading unless it would be an i7, which would be so expensive I would have to drop the SSD and lower HDD down to 1TB or less.

With hyperthreading the i3-3220 technically uses 4 cores to process.
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November 11, 2012 10:18:15 PM

I would not recommend a dual-core processing with hyper-threading if you are intending on rendering a lot of images, etc. Two extra virtual cores is simply not the same as two real cores.

Secondly, Windows 8 is a horrible OS for a desktop PC. It is oriented around touch-based systems than a rendering/gaming system. Here is what I would recommend.
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November 11, 2012 10:31:00 PM

Your windows 8 grief is nastalgia. It is a great OS.
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November 11, 2012 10:34:54 PM

Thomas Creel said:
Your windows 8 grief is nastalgia. It is a great OS.

Not at all. My Windows 8 grief is based on the clunky mechanics of the OS, combined with the fact that you need to disable that atrocious "touch" version of the operating system every time you log on.
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November 11, 2012 10:36:30 PM

How about an i5 3570k and a evga gtx 660 overclocked? I would like a gpu that excels at opencL rendering around $200. Ive been looking around and cant tell if radeon or nvidia cards are better for opencl rendering
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November 11, 2012 10:46:10 PM

Nvidia is not good when it comes to open source coding a 7850 or 7870 would be a better alternative and people might get mad at me but their is a xeon processor that is the price of i5 and performance of i7 but you cannot overclock, it has no onboard video, and uses 8w less power.
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November 11, 2012 11:09:33 PM

Thomas Creel said:
Any quad core I got you would not have hyper threading unless it would be an i7, which would be so expensive I would have to drop the SSD and lower HDD down to 1TB or less.

With hyperthreading the i3-3220 technically uses 4 cores to process.


I don't get it. He asked for a $700-$900 video rendering build, you recommend an i3 in a system that costs less than $600 already and you somehow can't fit an i7 into a $900 budget? You could swap out the i3 for an i7 and still have $100 left in the budget? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills or something....
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November 11, 2012 11:15:48 PM

This actually goes over budget a little bit. You could cut some corners on this build to get back under $900 but it's an awesome system..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.75 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($191.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $927.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-11 20:15 EST-0500)
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November 11, 2012 11:26:47 PM

stickg1 said:
I don't get it. He asked for a $700-$900 video rendering build, you recommend an i3 in a system that costs less than $600 already and you somehow can't fit an i7 into a $900 budget? You could swap out the i3 for an i7 and still have $100 left in the budget? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills or something....

Are you serious :(  my dsylexia got to me, I could have sworn it said $600..
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November 11, 2012 11:29:47 PM

That is US prices though and im canadian. Also do I need a sound card? I also have astro a40s
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November 12, 2012 12:15:20 AM

emperor piehead said:
Nvidia is not good when it comes to open source coding a 7850 or 7870 would be a better alternative and people might get mad at me but their is a xeon processor that is the price of i5 and performance of i7 but you cannot overclock, it has no onboard video, and uses 8w less power.


Is open source coding the same as open cl rendering? http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...
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