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Need advice for a ~$1000 build for GIS/3D Modeling

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November 14, 2012 4:25:11 AM

Hello! I have absolutely no computer building knowledge, but I think I'll need to build a computer to get it to do what I need to do (below)... so I'm hoping some of you could help me?

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the year- preferably whenever parts are on sale.

Budget Range: up to $1000 after rebates (but preferably less, ideally under 700$)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: modeling using ArcGIS, Photoshop/digital illustration, 3d Modeling/animation (Blender), word processing/internet, possibly gaming (but not critical)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes: planning on buying a Wacom Cintiq 24HD Interactive Pen Display and a second large-ish monitor (type not decided yet) (have other money set aside for this).

Do you need to buy OS: Yes- planning on Windows 8 (don't need to factor price into budget)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference, whatever you recommend!

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Chico, California, USA

Parts Preferences: no preference.

Overclocking: No?

SLI or Crossfire: No?

Your Monitor Resolution: no preference, probably as big as possible

Additional Comments: Quiet would be nice. Primary purpose is for art and GIS modeling with some gaming.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current laptop is not capable of running GIS without freezing and the screen is just too small for illustration work (which is paying for my graduate studies), so I figured its time for an upgrade.

Thanks for any help!
November 14, 2012 4:38:55 AM

I would do something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $910.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-14 01:36 EST-0500)

7870 would be more than enough actuall for some gaming.

As for the monitor, you'll want an IPS for your system usage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 14, 2012 4:55:57 AM

Does he actually need 990FX if he doesn't plan to OC? Sorry, not as knowledgeable about AMD mobos .
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November 14, 2012 5:06:35 AM

All AM3/+ motherboards can OC, but the 990FX is the first AMD chipset that supports a native RAM frequency of 1600MHz.
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November 14, 2012 5:10:09 AM

excella1221 said:
All AM3/+ motherboards can OC, but the 990FX is the first AMD chipset that supports a native RAM frequency of 1600MHz.


So does that mean other AMD mobos only support up to 1333mhz?Sorry if it sounds stupid.
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November 14, 2012 5:11:36 AM

The previous boards only have 1333MHz as native. Anything above that and the user needs to OC the RAM.

And no hun, dw. It doesn't sound stupid. :p 
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November 14, 2012 5:15:48 AM

Oh!! Thanks excella! I'm not much of an overclocker since I still have a Wolfdale CPU and a cheapo motherboard haha.

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November 16, 2012 8:55:52 PM

Thanks! Do I need to do anything special (second video card?) if I want to have a dual monitor set up with the cintiq tablet/monitor and the recommended monitor?
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November 16, 2012 11:16:25 PM

Nope, I doubt it.
7850 or 7870 would be enough, and the 2gb VRAM to match as well.
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