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$2000 Budget (Need Everything) CG Workstation

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January 28, 2013 11:50:53 PM


I am looking to build my first computer. I work in Maya (CG Animation/Modeling/Texturing/Rendering) and photoshop. I don't care about video games. Preferably, I'd like to buy a big monitor with this budget ($2000).

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks
Budget Range: $2000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, Video Editing… Gaming not so important.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: None (need to buy everything)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Location: USA
Parts Preferences: None.
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200.

If you could help me out with the parts, that would be great - I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to building a computer.

January 28, 2013 11:51:58 PM

do u need overclocking and sli or crossfire?

January 28, 2013 11:53:08 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Aoc Ips 27 inch ($299.99)
Total: $1916.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 20:52 EST-0500)

Base Total: $2021.13
Combo Discounts: -$20.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $8.50
Total: $1974.63

should do the trick :) 

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January 29, 2013 1:07:32 AM

not bad except the quadros an outdated videocard and based off the gtx 400 series. the 670 will perform better for less.

January 29, 2013 10:52:31 AM


I use my GTX 660s for 3dsmax but it is more of a hobby. My friend uses Maya and a Nvidia Q4000 for work and he says his system handles 15M polys before it starts to slow down. You can't compare apples to oranges and comparing a 4000 to a 680 is doing just that.

+1 for thinking

Quadros are fine, as are the firepros, bot are meant for workstation based graphical processing...
January 29, 2013 1:07:31 PM

actually u can, since the quadro is based off the gtx 400 series and the 670 or 680 has more power and will beat them in 3d design cuz of there power :) 

January 29, 2013 1:33:55 PM

sorry but those are very slim testemonials of people, not benchmarks.

January 29, 2013 2:03:07 PM

professionals, theyre people who are selling systems. not professionals.

of course they will sell u a quadro 4000 is like almost twice the price for little to none performance increase.

the quadro 4000 is good but overpriced, why pay more when u can get a similar card that does exactly the same thing for 200$ less or so.

January 29, 2013 2:15:23 PM

the firepro is still less good for the price to performance ratio. 670 wins here mate.

January 29, 2013 2:37:24 PM

its not just a gamingcard, its quite a good performer for 3d design as well.

January 29, 2013 3:13:12 PM

pm me for more information, this isnt suitable for the ops sake.