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November 13, 2012 3:46:04 AM

Hi I'm new to the forum and to computer building but here's my system, please reply and tell me what you think!!! :)  this system will be used for moderate gaming, graphic design, illustration, 3d design and animation programs such as maya and 3ds max as well as adobe cs6 programs. The budget is supposed to be 2500 but can be stretched to 3000 if any improvements are completely necessary! Also, if my budget is so high, should I invest in a workbench system rather than an overall machine? Thanks!


Case: Fractal Design Define R4-100
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: gigabyte wind force x3 gtx 670-360
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD5 LGA 2011 Intel X79-260
Ram: G.SKILL 32gb (4 x 8G) -120
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
2nd hard drive: Seagate SV35 Series ST1000VX000 1TB-80
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 246gb-250
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M-290
Air cooling for CPU: Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600-30
Power supply: Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V-150
Cd drive: HP Black 16X DVD-ROM-30
Keyboard: Microsoft sidewinder x4-50
Windows 7-80
2nd ssd: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB-60
Sound card: ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface-75

I like an extra sound card because I listen to lots of music on my computer so quality is important, not too much but more than they give you normally.

Thanks!

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November 13, 2012 4:01:44 AM

Hi, you you are a graphic designer, why not get the Quadro 4000? Get the PNY Quadro 4000 just for $730 in newegg, total = $2995 (all prices based on above except quadro 4000)
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November 13, 2012 4:10:40 AM

Okay, but as far as the games go, which won't be played constantly but still demanding on the system, would the quadro be enough to handle it or would I have to put another normal graphics card in there as well? I have also heard the pny cards run hot...
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November 13, 2012 4:12:16 AM

kelvin08113 said:
Hi, you you are a graphic designer, why not get the Quadro 4000? Get the PNY Quadro 4000 just for $730 in newegg, total = $2995 (all prices based on above except quadro 4000)


The Quaddro 4000 is based on an older NVIDIA processor. I'd suggest the new K5000 but it's way more than the system budget. :lol: 

Maybe the Fire Pro V5900 would be more up the OP's alley. But neither card is suitable for gaming, I'm assuming that's why the OP picked the GTX 670.

The original build looks good. I would suggest a few minor changes:

1. The sound card isn't needed - you can drop that.

2. I also don't get the use of the second SSD when you already have four storage devices. Maybe explain that one?

3. There's better fans you can get than the Deep Cool, I'd suggest the mainstay Noctua D14 instead.
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November 13, 2012 4:18:06 AM

I think I'll drop the second ssd, the reason behind it in the first place was to use the first ssd as a sort of boot up storage place, and use the second for games and other programs that maybe didn't fit in the first boot up ssd, I am relatively new to pc building so by my logic I thought that would make the system faster, but I'm guessing it wouldn't. I also read somewhere that a second ssd only increases performance by 5% on average, does that sound right?
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November 13, 2012 4:23:45 AM

Updated build:

Case: Fractal Design Define R4-100
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: gigabyte wind force x3 gtx 670-360
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram: G.SKILL 32gb (4 x 8G) -120
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
2nd hard drive: Seagate SV35 Series ST1000VX000 1TB-80
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 246gb-250
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M-290
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V-150
Cd drive: HP Black 16X DVD-ROM-30
Keyboard: Microsoft sidewinder x4-50
Windows 7-80

Should I drop the second hard drive and add another ssd or is it fine as it is?
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November 13, 2012 4:48:55 AM

Wallywaiting said:
I think I'll drop the second ssd, the reason behind it in the first place was to use the first ssd as a sort of boot up storage place, and use the second for games and other programs that maybe didn't fit in the first boot up ssd, I am relatively new to pc building so by my logic I thought that would make the system faster, but I'm guessing it wouldn't. I also read somewhere that a second ssd only increases performance by 5% on average, does that sound right?


I've never heard that. A regular SSD decreases load times, but I don't know what a second SSD would do to a system, I'm sure it would act no different than having another hard drive.

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Should I drop the second hard drive and add another ssd or is it fine as it is?


I'd say drop the second hard drive - even for hardcore video editing and CS5 you won't use all 3TB.
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November 13, 2012 12:35:57 PM

Thanks for all the replys! I knocked off the second hdd, after all it's a home but system so I always add more of anything if I want to later. And do you think it would pay off to get a gtx 680? Or should I stay with the 670, would that have any performance lift on programs like maya or 3ds max? Thanks! And I know those are gaming graphics cards but the decent workbench ones seem so overpriced! Would it be possible to bost my performance if I got a gtx 670 as well as something like a pny quadro 600?
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November 13, 2012 2:05:29 PM

If you are also gaming then you should get GTX instead of Quadro because Quadro sucks in gaming and GTX can support graphic designing but not as powerful as Quadro.
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November 13, 2012 4:01:07 PM

Wallywaiting said:
Thanks for all the replys! I knocked off the second hdd, after all it's a home but system so I always add more of anything if I want to later. And do you think it would pay off to get a gtx 680? Or should I stay with the 670, would that have any performance lift on programs like maya or 3ds max? Thanks! And I know those are gaming graphics cards but the decent workbench ones seem so overpriced! Would it be possible to bost my performance if I got a gtx 670 as well as something like a pny quadro 600?


The GTX 670 and GTX 680 use the same processor, it's not really worth it IMO. I don't think getting a Quaddro that low end would be a worthwhile investment.
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November 13, 2012 4:44:07 PM

Here's the build from all suggestion I have received, it comes out to be almost exactly 2500. Thanks! :) 

Case: Fractal Design Define R4-100
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: gigabyte wind force x3 gtx 670-360
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram: G.SKILL 32gb (4 x 8G) -120
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
SSD: SAMSUNG 840 246gb-250
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M-290
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V-150
Cd drive: HP Black 16X DVD-ROM-30
Keyboard: Microsoft sidewinder x4-50
Windows 7-80
:D  hopefully this will be able to handle all my computing needs, thank you guys for all the help! I just need to ask one more question, my monitor is okay right now, but is there a more than 1920-1080 res monitor for under 600 hundred that would work for gaming as well as art?
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November 19, 2012 2:53:39 AM

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