SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 3D Animation: Maya 7 with Mental ray renderer, Autodesk Combustion & Photoshop CS3 and gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: overclockers.co.uk, Ebuyer.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: England
PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus Motherboards & Corsair Ram, My last Pc was Intel & Nvidia (very happy) but I am trying to get maximum power for less money so I went with ATI / AMD.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: N/A
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This PC is for my Final year university project (Very Important) so I would need it to be Stable as it will be left on rendering over a week. Is the AMD/ATI myth of "Not as stable as Intel/Nvidia true?"
I dont think you need 890fx, so you could save some money with 890gx, as youre not going to crossfire. you could also save a bit more with the cpu, get the 955 instead and overclock it. The power supply should be more than enough, and the ram is fine. and i dont think that intel is necessarily more stable than ati. other than that, everything else looks fine.
There are cheaper 5850s available on OCUK, and the Asus DirectCU is aimed more at overclockers, so you could save some money.
For your uses one of AMD hexacores would probably be beneficial.
Agree with epkfaile that the Crosshair IV Formula might not be the best choice based on choice and features for your uses. You could save money here. Altho it probably is a good choice for stability, but there are probably plenty of other cheaper mobos that could fulfil this criteria.
If you aren't going to crossfire and don't want the option then a good 550W PSU would be my recommendation. These are probably the three best 550 watters you could find now: Antec TruePower New Modular 550W £70 Corsair VX 550W £75
And the Antec Earthwatts 650W ~£65
I think you might as well get the 1600Mhz set that I linked, as that is cheaper, and wouldn't have any problem running at 1333mhz, might even be able to lower the timings on it. But again that DHX set would be fine.
You could get a far better system on that budget. I spec'd a machine based on maximising the budget.
This is a solid machine built with highly recommended parts. You might want to switch the i7 920 for the newer i7 930 for £40 more. You could always compensate by saving on some of the other parts (i'm sure you can find some better deals from ebuyer).
Actually, from looking at this comparison (http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/47?vs=109) I really don't thin it's worth going with the i7 & I say you should go with the i5 750. It's at a similar price to to the 6-core 1055t & beats it in most benchmarks apart from highly-threaded ones (it sees a significant lead in games).
I'd say go with an i5 build as it offers far better value for your money or go for the 1055t if you're using multi-threaded programs (I don't know anything about 3d animation). Use this comparison to help you decide: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/147?vs=109
Considering the fact that you're not overclocking & a 5850 would probably be fine, you can save some money with this build: