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February 19, 2013 9:11:57 PM

Hey, I'm a student at university studying a digital art course with a little habit on the side for video games.

Basically I'm looking to invest in a Desktop, this will be used for running ALOT of arts/editing software, most adobe programmes you can think of, Cinema 4D, Maya and a whole host of other programmes. But I also want it to be able to run games well, Battlfield 3 in ultra (if thats realistic, I bet you have seen this request so many times.) and hopefully be able to last a good while without needing to be upgraded. Also if there is any possibility of running two monitors it would be great.

I'm looking to spend somewhere around £1000 - £1200 on this, little bit over is alright, little bit under is brilliant, Even better if you can throw some monitors and such in there.

Honestly, I know this is such a wall of text but any information is of huge help to me, Thanks for reading.
February 19, 2013 9:25:39 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£161.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.86 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£139.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.24 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi Tower ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.95 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£54.98 @ Novatech)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£65.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1041.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 23:24 GMT+0000)

Gives you £160 to play with for a monitor and anything else you need.
February 19, 2013 9:31:28 PM

Ahh looks cool, how much do you reckon it would be to work in some extra RAM? Obviously the more RAM I have I believe it will drag down my render times. But then I dont know if doing that will effect the price of other components.
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February 19, 2013 9:38:02 PM

Magnis said:
Ahh looks cool, how much do you reckon it would be to work in some extra RAM? Obviously the more RAM I have I believe it will drag down my render times. But then I dont know if doing that will effect the price of other components.


If you're going to render I'd suggest this then:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler (£36.86 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£119.98 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£79.49 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£52.24 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£106.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£301.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£89.08 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £1040.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 23:37 GMT+0000)

Used i7 and 16GB of RAM.
February 19, 2013 9:48:36 PM

Looks awesome, Thanks for the help. Got a good idea of where I want to go with this now.
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