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March 13, 2013 2:10:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: any

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d gaming, movies, modeling, animation, cad

Are you buying a monitor: yes



Parts to Upgrade: no

Do you need to buy OS: no

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any

Location: Jaipur/Rajasthan/India

Parts Preferences: listed below

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: yes

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: none

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: it's a new build

parts preferences
CPU
Intel Core i5-3570K
Intel Core i7-3770K

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH
Asus P8Z77-V

RAM
Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Corsair 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
G.SKILL 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600MHz

Graphic Card
2 x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC
2 x MSI Geforce GTX 660 Ti 2GB PE/OC

Solid State Drive
Crucial m4 256GB
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 256GB

Hard Disk
Seagate Barracuda 2TB
Seagate Barracuda 3TB

DVD Writer
LITE-ON
Samsung
LG

Power Supply
Corsair TX750 V2
NZXT HALE90-750-M

Cabinet
NZXT Phantom 410
Antec P280

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Phanteks PH-TC14PE

Sound Card
ASUS Xonar DG
ASUS XONAR DGX

Mouse
Standard Optical
Razer Deathadder

Keyboard
Standard Mechanical
Razer BlackWidow

Gamepad
Microsoft Xbox360 controller for PC
Razer Onza

Monitor
HP ZR30w
Dell UltraSharp U3011
BenQ XL2410T


please suggest best and balanced configuration from these options or you can suggest your own option also.

I have some questions
1. is i7-3770k preferred over i5-3570k for cad and modeling work and justify the price increase
2. if not overclocking then can I go for non-K version of these cpus and take full advantage of vt-d technology offered
3. dual channel ram or quad channel ram
4. if not overclocking then can cpu cooler be avoided
5. is 750 watt power supply enough
6. if onboard sound can be used to avoid external sound card purchase
7. does more ram (16 GB instead of 8 GB) help in cad, modeling, animation or 3d gaming
March 13, 2013 8:31:12 AM

Hey there! . I am no professional but I can help you out on a few of your questions.

- Hyper-Threading technology is used to increase performance at multi-threaded tasks. The simplest multi-threaded situation is a multi-tasking user running several programs simultaneously, but there are other tasks that take advantage of Hyper-Threading like multimedia operations (like transcoding, rendering, etc.) and Web surfing (loading different elements like Flash content and images simultaneously).

The quick explanation is that all Core i7 CPUs use Hyper-Threading, so a six-core CPU can handle 12 streams, a four core handles eight streams, and a dual-core handles four streams. Core i5 uses Hyper-Threading to make a dual-core CPU act like a four-core one, but if you have a Core i5 processor with four true cores, it won't have Hyper-Threading.

In your case the i7 3770K is the best pick. Not by chance is it the same processor I am getting to render with :) 

- If you are NOT going to overclock your CPU than you are indeed better off with the i7 3770(without the K).
- 750 Watt power supply is MORE than enough if you are not going to overclock.
- onboard sound CAN be used :)  You do not have to purchase an external sound card UNLESS you are going to need special plugs for external Sound Monitors (meaning, speakers).
- more RAM does help allot when modeling/rendering/animation/3d gaming. For realtime rendering and modeling you want to have atleast 8GB DDR3 ram (pick 16).
March 13, 2013 3:08:20 PM

thanks a lot for the details
thank you very much

but please also suggest the configuration
my configuration below (is it a balanced configuration)

CPU: i7-3770k
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
GPU: 2 x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM 64MB cache (2 platters)
ODD: Samsung DVD Writer
PSU: Corsair TX750 V2
Case: NZXT Phantom 410
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DGX 5.1
Display: HP ZR30w
Mouse: Standard Optical Mouse
Keyboard: Standard Mechanical Keyboard
Gamepad: Microsoft Xbox360 controller for PC
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March 21, 2013 5:26:41 AM

motherboard alternative

what about asrock z77 extreme4/extreme6 (with vt-d support) compared to asus p8z77-v (not sure about vt-d support)?
March 22, 2013 3:00:09 AM

myself, I am getting the extreme6 for my new rig but afaik the p8z77 is a good choice aswell (so is the extreme 4).
March 22, 2013 4:22:12 AM

for animation and stuff like that i7 would be prefered with its technology and hyper threading!also its very enough good for games!
as a graphics card i would recommend you to go for one gtx 670!very powerful card!and save money by getting 1tb disk and one ssd of 120gb probably one samsung 840 series!
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