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December 22, 2012 8:20:51 PM

hi
im a gamer and work with autodesk maya and zbrush for school. building my first pc for that and just wondering if its a good build and if any recommendations or changes anyone wants to add to that

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) $289.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H Intel 7 Series Motherboard $109.97
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu KHX1600C10D3B1K2/16G $79.97
Storage: Toshiba HDKPC03 DT01ACA100 1TB Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, SATA, 3.5" $59.97
Video Card: already have EVGA GeForce GTX 275 1GB (soon maybe upgrade to EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB )
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99
Power Supply: SilverStone strider essential 700w
Operating System: Microsoft WN7-00404 Windows 8 Operating System Software - 64-Bit, OEM $84.99

budget around 650 to 750, not include the psu since i already own

ps:Intel X25-M SATA Solid State Drive - 160 GB $89.97 depending on the cost

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December 22, 2012 8:44:20 PM

I would try to get a much better GPU in there. a gtx650 will get you medium settings in modern games at best. You want to look into a 7850 or higher for high settings on recent games.
December 22, 2012 9:48:33 PM

thanks for the input
GTX 650 is under 100$ and im a fan of EVGA
but i will keep my eyes on the 7850 for sales and any other high end card
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December 22, 2012 9:52:11 PM

Yeah EVGA are great - maybe an EVGA GTX660? Presumably you know about where the i7 delivers advantage over the i5 (i.e. not in games)?

EDIT: I wouldn't get that SSD. I have one and it's a great drive for a 2nd gen, but you'd be much better off with a 120GB Samsung 830. That is an excellent deal though, especially for 160GB.
December 22, 2012 9:59:45 PM

hellz yea for EVGA, as for i7 vs i5, both maya and zbrush shows better performance with Hyper Threading on the i7 and my instructor at school recommends the i7 over i5, but the amount of increase doesn't seem too great as far as i can see and there isn't many information on that out there so i am still debating on that really, needs more research.
December 22, 2012 10:01:14 PM

Cool :-) Figured that's why you were going with the i7, just wanted to be sure you didn't think it would help games! You never know anyway, maybe in a few years games will make better use of Hyperthreading.
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