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Hi all,
need help putting together a build for my brother-in-law. He is getting ready to go to college and wants a computer to run some program called "maya" as well as game. He basically needs everything except for case and maybe OS here's what I'm thinking let me know what you think I should tweek.

GPU: XFX 7870 2GB ($229.99)
optical: asus dvd burner ($17.99)
HDD: WD black 500gb ($99.99)
ram: 8gb 2x4 samsung ddr3 1600 ($49.99)
psu: OCZ 700W Modxstream ($79.99)
monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080 led ($124.99)
CPU:
mobo:
cooling:

total so far: $587.94

still have ~ $300 for a cpu and mother board and if possible cooling.

what i was thinking is:
CPU: vishera 6300 ($139.99)/ 8320 ($179.99)
mobo: Was thinking a nicer Asus mobo but don't know if its in the budget.
cooling: if we slashed something down to make room for a aftermarket cooling so we can oc let me know.

We're pretty set on AMD for the build for their threading ability and price.
     
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769 60$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028 70$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873 95$

With the 6300 on it, you still have 70$ for cooling. But what case do you have?
   
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If 3d rendering in Maya is the determining factor i would consider getting at the minimum 8350, and 16gb of ram. That 7870 won't help much either, you're going to need a workstation card like FireGl

You are also going to want an SSD or a raid array if you plan on doing some editing with uncompressed video footage.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195109

Thats a good starting place for a workstation card.
Edited by TheProfiteer - 3/5/13 at 2:34am
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sry didn't mention ot was for gaming secondly
     
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I second the SSD
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I second the SSD

why? - serious question need to know why before I tell him to spend the money on it thus taking money away from something else.
     
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I'm discouraged at the CX600 suggestion, I worry that the CX600 is starting to represent a value PSU standard because it is not the best value PSU available. There are Rosewill designs that could outperform the CX600, just they are priced a bit higher than I usually see at the moment. My suggestion, dock the $70 CX600 and pursue a Fractal Integra R2 650W instead. The R2 650W, for a lower price of $60 shipped, provides a higher quality product with more power on the 12V rail and efficiency that meets targets, at a lower price and while offering a same-length 3 year warranty. Here is a Hardware secrets review on the 750W model. With the money that you save, you can take on a 1TB hard drive.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/5/13 at 2:28pm
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Alright so this is what i came up with
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HLnt Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.91 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $891.84
I chose the GTX 570 because 3D rendering programs love cuda cores, and this card will game aswell, I did check and people like using that card for Maya. I would highly recommend raising the budget to at least $1200, if not more. SSD's in Raid 0 will be a huge advantage while using Maya, and I would get a Quadro card instead of the GTX 570, unfortunately any Quado worth a damn is like $300 minimum.
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Alright so this is what i came up with
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HLnt Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($133.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($100.91 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $891.84
I chose the GTX 570 because 3D rendering programs love cuda cores, and this card will game aswell, I did check and people like using that card for Maya. I would highly recommend raising the budget to at least $1200, if not more. SSD's in Raid 0 will be a huge advantage while using Maya, and I would get a Quadro card instead of the GTX 570, unfortunately any Quado worth a damn is like $300 minimum.

lol applaud.gif took out the optical drive and the monitor to make room. . . all parts are useless w/o a monitor

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I'm discouraged at the CX600 suggestion, I worry that the CX600 is starting to represent a value PSU standard because it is not the best value PSU available. There are Rosewill designs that could outperform the CX600, just they are priced a bit higher than I usually see at the moment. My suggestion, dock the $70 CX600 and pursue a Fractal Integra R2 650W instead. The R2 650W, for a lower price of $60 shipped, provides a higher quality product with more power on the 12V rail and efficiency that meets targets, at a lower price and while offering a same-length 3 year warranty. Here is a Hardware secrets review on the 750W model. With the money that you save, you can take on a 1TB hard drive.

thanks for the psu suggestion is it going to be enough when we overclock? also, what is your opinion on the SSD & is a cavier blue good for running games & OS I thought a black would be better?
Edited by remnant - 3/5/13 at 3:25pm
     
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lol applaud.gif took out the optical drive and the monitor to make room. . . all parts are useless w/o a monitor

EDIT:
thanks for the psu suggestion is it going to be enough when we overclock? also, what is your opinion on the SSD & is a cavier blue good for running games & OS I thought a black would be better?
biggrin.gif I fail biggrin.gif Here, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HLXT I had to take out the SSD but got a 21" 1080p monitor with speakers, its not the best brand in the world, but it has a nice contrast ratio and its a good size and price.
For the PSU, make sure to get minimum a 500W, that way when he upgrades later, he will be fine.

Again, I would get him to raise his budget to at least $1100, to accommodate better parts and an SSD, which is necessary.
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