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Best PC to run 3DS Max and Realflow FAST and Efficiently

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February 15, 2013 7:39:38 PM

Hello Everyone,

I am new on this forum but I scouted it out for a bit and I hope someone can help me with this question. I am in the market for a new High Performance PC but I have a budget of $1000 for the tower only. I need a computer that can run flawlessly and quickly in my productions of animations within 3DS Max, and Realflow. This is what I have drawn up:

Operating system Windows 8 64
Processor 3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
Graphics card 3GB Nvidia GeForce GT640 [DVI, HDMI and VGA via adapter]
Memory 16GB DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
Hard drive 1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive

This machine priced at $1069 and therefore its feasible. But I need to know if i'm missing something critical? Do I need to be concernced about Cooling Systems, Power Supply? Should I look to have a higher Shared Cache? (Other configs have the possibility of 10MB, or even 12MB but losing some edge on Video Card or RAM and from my understanding RAM and VC are vital for what I want to do). Any help, advise is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

EGJ
egjstudios.com
February 15, 2013 7:58:44 PM

Don't even go with windows 8, go with windows 7, that processor is perfect, memory, and GPu are fine.
February 15, 2013 8:19:14 PM

This PC is the same performance, and if you overclock it to ~4.2Ghz (easily achievable with 5 minutes of work.) you will outperform that PC by around 20%.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.24 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $789.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 17:14 EST-0500)
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February 15, 2013 8:25:25 PM

Now, Here is another build based on the LGA2011 platform.
It is the same build, but has 6 cores instead of 4, effectively 50% more rendering power.

This however comes at a much higher price tag of $1200, and depending on how much time you spend creating the content, versus baking physics calculations and rendering might not be worth the premium. I recommend the first one I have posted but I'll still leave this here for consideration.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

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 ($32.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($203.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.24 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1151.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 17:22 EST-0500)
February 16, 2013 1:09:34 AM

flamehead269 said:
Don't even go with windows 8, go with windows 7, that processor is perfect, memory, and GPu are fine.


Thanx for the advice flamehead. You are the second one to tell me to go w Win 7 over 8... So what's wrong w/ 8? Is it bc it's a new OS therefore too many bugs w/ it still? By no means am I all about 8, I really could care less what OS I have.. I'm just curious.
February 16, 2013 2:01:46 AM

Many people don't like metro. But really you'd be in desktop 99% of the time which is exactly the same in both. Are you building it yourself? You'd be fine with a 1gb gpu. It is rather weak so wouldn't be able to handle higher poly counts anyway. I would not suggest that apex case for a couple of reasons. But cases with usb 3.0 can be found around the same price so you might as well go with another case. Get a 7200rpm hdd not the 5400rpm hdd azathoth mentioned.
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