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get a bigger PSU. that way when he does want to upgrade down the road to like a more powerful GPU it wont be an issue. although i have no clue what size PSU most cards need but i know my 660Ti says a minimum of 450W. its doubtful your friend will crossfire or SLI as i dont recall many media production rendering programs supporting more than one GPU for gpu acceleration. but yeah, not sure what future high end gpu's will require wink.gif

theres a good chance im totally wrong on suggesting a bigger PSU so dont take my suggestion as professional advice on something as specific as that tongue.gif
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For around the same price I would go with a Rosewill Capstone 650w. its about 89 on newegg and will be plenty down the road.
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Based on the suggestions here is what I've sort of decided on.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $194.99 Free Shipping
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $74.99 Free Shipping
GPU: He's just going to use the old 6670 he already has. He'll upgrade when he can.
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $38.99 Free Shipping
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive - $69.99 Free Shipping
SSD: He's getting one for Christmas! wink.gif
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $67.99 + $9.65 Shipping
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 Free Shipping. He doesn't want MATX, because if he ever upgrades and gets an ATX board, he doesn't have to spend for a case.
ODD: LG DVD Burner 24X OEM - $17.99 + $4.99 Shipping
Total: $539.57 after shipping
What do you think? Any suggestions?

nothing wrong with your choice for the ram instead of the orange color, go for the blue one so as not to kill the color scheme.

psu & case is top choice so go for it. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by someguy543 View Post

Based on the suggestions here is what I've sort of decided on.
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.5GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - $194.99 Free Shipping
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $74.99 Free Shipping
GPU: He's just going to use the old 6670 he already has. He'll upgrade when he can.
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $38.99 Free Shipping
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive - $69.99 Free Shipping
SSD: He's getting one for Christmas! wink.gif
PSU: SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $67.99 + $9.65 Shipping
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $59.99 Free Shipping. He doesn't want MATX, because if he ever upgrades and gets an ATX board, he doesn't have to spend for a case.
ODD: LG DVD Burner 24X OEM - $17.99 + $4.99 Shipping
Total: $539.57 after shipping
What do you think? Any suggestions?

The buyer into this platform could opt for a quality FX-8320 config for the same price and get a far more consistent experience and far more performance and value for the same price. I think this is especially important with the use of Blender (thus multi-threaded performance needed) in mind.

 

AMD FX-8320 - $180 shipped [Newegg]

Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 - $85 shipped [Newegg] $10 rebate (ask Newegg to ensure you receive a rev 1.3 or 1.4 or 3.0 for the VRM cooling and better overclocking headroom (rev 1.0-1.2 without the VRM cooling do not support the 8320 - rev 3.0 is UEFI equipped).

Savings of $5


Edited by xd_1771 - 10/31/12 at 4:12pm
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The buyer into this platform could opt for a quality FX-8320 config for the same price and get a far more consistent experience and far more performance and value for the same price. I think this is especially important with the use of Blender (thus multi-threaded performance needed) in mind.

AMD FX-8320 - $180 shipped [Newegg]
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 - $85 shipped [Newegg] $10 rebate (ask Newegg to ensure you receive a rev 1.3 or 1.4 or 3.0 for the VRM cooling and better overclocking headroom (rev 1.0-1.2 without the VRM cooling do not support the 8320 - rev 3.0 is UEFI equipped).
Savings of $5

For the same price point of hardware and a more or less 20% performance gain in multi-threaded apps means 20% less time to process, sad thing is the huge power consumption upto 90% difference compared to intels counterpart, additional cost in electric bill does not look good though once factored in monthly payables. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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