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After weeks of forum crawling and making comparisons (as well as waiting on the gtx 280), here's the list.

What do you guys think?




My goal was $3000 or less but I have a little room to work with considering the cost of the video card. My intentions are to build a system that will be upgradable for quite some time (plans are to add an additional gtx 280 by the end of the year), and perhaps more ram if I see a need for it. I also run Maya, CS3, MotionBuilder, Virtools, etc. on a regular basis for creating games/web/photo stuff, etc.

Any additional advice would be great, as I'll confirming the order within the next few days.

Thanks in advance!

-Jayzon
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post #2 of 10
Get some thing a bit better than DDR3 1333 mate, the rest looks nice although i prefer Quad Cores.
 
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I would wait on the video cards... It's rumored that two 4850's in SLI (for $200 cheaper) can match the 280GTX.
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post #4 of 10
If i were you i would get:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115042

Intel Q9450

considering you said
"I also run Maya, CS3, MotionBuilder, Virtools, etc. on a regular basis for creating games/web/photo stuff, etc."

quad cores CPU will give you the biggest benefits when you want to run stuff like that and multitask. You can OC q9450 easily to 3.0 on air and even higher if desired but by itself no OC it is still good.

for video card I would not waste my money on the GTX 280 I would get a 8800 GTS it should be more than enough if you liek you can buy 2 and SLI them.

Power supply might be overkill unless you planning on doing tri SLI or heavy loaded on parts.
post #5 of 10
you can save yourself a lot of money by changing the graphic card, aswel as other parts like the case. In my own person opinion no offense to anyone who disgrees but you should rarely buy parts that are out in the market right of the bat unless your needs require it such as the quad core i recommended or any other quad cores. Another question is are you good at Overclocking you can buy something like a q6700 or q6600 and save a lot of money. Now if money wasn't an issue then that changes everything. You can build a high end system for around $2,000'ish you dont have to shell out and extra $1,000. Consider how Technology changes every 6 month and is growing fast. You will pay full price now but a few months later your parts that you payed full retail will be obsolete and cheaper.
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Great advice so far! A few more things to note on my side. I'm obviously building this primarily as a gaming rig, and secondarily as a work station for creating video games, just so I can do some side projects at home and have the best visual playtesting experience for engines like Unreal 3 and next gen of Virtools which I'll have access to.

Also, I plan to play Age of Conan on Max settings, and from the benchmarks I've seen so far, this setup is more than enough to maintain a consistent average framerate of 34+ even with full AA. I'll see if I can find the link to the gtx 280 review regarding this.

I'd also like to experience Crysis and future games on the monitors max res (1900x1200) with high settings with good average (30+) framerates. Adding another gtx 280 down the line should manage that I would imagine.

RAM: After looking it seems that the DDR3 1600 really isn't much more (around $300 for 4gb) or in some cases, after rebates may is cheaper than the 1333. There's even DDR3 1800 for around $380 for 4gb. Is it possible to overdo it when it comes to ram? Will purchasing the DDR 1600 be the best decision budget/performance wise? And which is the best deal?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...00+(PC3+12800)


Quad vs Dual: I've given a lot of thought to the quad core in the past, but I really don't "multi task" that often between those programs unless I'm using PS3 and Maya when creating/updating texture maps and the like.

Thanks guys
Edited by Jayzon - 6/18/08 at 10:47am
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post #7 of 10
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I've never overclocked before, however a close IT friend is more than willing to coach me through the process, along with taking the advice from here.

Oh and as for the power supply, I went with the 1000w since I plan to add another gtx 280 down the road, if that will even be enough, lol. I'm assuming it would need more for tri, but that's out of the question right now anyhow.

Money isn't a big issue considering this build is within (or close to at least) the budget I've set. So paying retail for some parts is fine with me as long as the performance is the best.
Edited by Jayzon - 6/18/08 at 11:02am
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post #8 of 10
One thing ill say about overclocking that rig is why bother? it is already high end pc and will topple down most of the stuff out there. In my opinion for now theres no need to OC anything in that pc you should wait a few years until it starts to feel a bit more outdated and if you don't want to waste more money on upgrades. Remember OC voids warranty and considering you are starting to OC i won't recommend OC a 2 grand PC. If you want to try out OC use your old pc and test it out before you move onto new rig.

About the Ram 4 gb ddr3 its great just make sure to check the manufacturer to see which rams it has trouble with and the DDR3 ram speed depends on specs. For example that board uses up to:
"DDR3 2000(OC)/1800(OC)/1333
Support for up to 2000 MHz SLI-Ready Memory with EPP"

i would use 1333 ram for the safe side considering the other speeds you need OC and might have to change voltage. You might get some crash etc on other memory. Just to be sure download manual for board and check the forums on the EVGA website.

good choice in power supply that will hopefully last you a long time, and nice price for it.

P.S I would of waited a bit more for ati to bring out the 4870 in order for prices to drop a bit more, but since you said "money no issue" i guess its ok. I ain't no Nvidia fanboy but i have to give it to the GTX 280 its strongest single card out at the moment.
post #9 of 10
for all those 'top spec' parts, i would consider your CPU and RAM to be 'decent' (comparatively).

for hdd, have you considered raiding 2 small WD raptors (plus a WD7500AAKS for storage)?
    
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post #10 of 10
1 little thing to throw out there....your building a pretty cutting-edge PC here with a massive budget to work with. I'm noticing that the Audigy sound-card is the lower end of their line-up. Kick in an extra $50 and go with the X-FI. I'm certain you win't regret it.
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