I’ve spent quite a bit of time planning out the parts for my first PC build and I was hoping to get some feedback and advice on my proposed components.
Budget £900 ($1400 Approx. at time of writing)
Requirements I will likely need to work some rather large high poly 3d models and at times do some intensive rendering. Also I would like it to do a decent job of running games like Arma 3 and Rome 2. ie. medium to high settings with smooth performance.
No peripherals This budget is for the main build and doesn't include a monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.
I will be aiming for a monitor resolution of 1920 x 1080 most likely.
I'll be returning to university soon and don’t want to be that annoying student with the unreasonably loud PC so I’m looking for a setup that will perform well without shaking the walls!
Case: Fractal Design Define R3
I’ve already purchased this case as it has been discontinued by Fractal and seems to be a decent compromise between airflow and sound proofing whilst its dimensions are ideal compared to other similar ATX cases such as the successor R4 case. http://fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=71
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge)
I’m looking at achieving a modest overclock in the 4.0GHz range and this chip supposedly does well at this level while retaining the advantage Ivybridge provides for heat and energy performance over the Sandybridge. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-418-IN
(I will probably buy from elsewhere rather than get it OEM from Overclockers, I’m just trying to keep the links as consistent as possible for review information purposes)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Genesis Grey 8GB (2x4GB)
I chose this from Kingston’s RAM finder feature on their website, seemed to receive favourable reviews and I think it should have a low enough profile to fit under CPU heat sink fan if I want to throw in another set for 16Gb in future. http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-094-KS
If the programs you use are multi-threaded, you may want to look into an i7-3770K. If they are and you don't plan on overclocking, then consider the XEON E3-1230 V2. It has the same performance as the i7 with a much lower price tag. Other than that it should be solid. It sounds like you could benefit from a workstation GPU, but that isn't in your budget and you also game so the 660Ti should work well. You probably could trim back on the motherboard, additionally there have been some issues with MSI quality, I would stick to Gigabyte or Asus. The extra savings can go towards a better CPU.
Thanks Transmanicon, I will have to look into the advantages of the i7 for the sort of work I will be doing. Just wondering, is multi-threading the same thing as hyper-threading, or are they both different things?