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I have been using the same desktop PC for the past 7ish years (feel free to laugh). I would love to play games at max settings for once and actually have good load times. This is the specs or my current comp:

Compaq Presario SR1330NX
Windows XP
AMD Athlon XP 2.2 GHz
2gb Ram
200GB HDD
ATI Raedon X700 Pro (256mb)

I am looking at building a "future-proof" gaming rig for around $1,500- $2,000. This is what I am looking at, any help or info or better parts for better prices would be greatly appreciated.

Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz
ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit (2)
6 gigs DDR3 Ram
Corsair Force CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (2)
850W- 1000W PSU
Haven't decided on the case yet

That would be around $1,800 all together.

My main questions are should I buy most of the parts now and wait for the Sandy Bridge 2600K? And also, is there a better graphics card out to go with this setup?

Thanks.
post #2 of 7
What sort of "digital art" are you going to be doing exactly?

If it's any sort of 3d modeling & texturing I'd recommend an Nvidia based card for CUDA support & more consistent driver compatibility.
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Personally I'd recommend waiting to see how Sandybridge is priced/performs. No sense in buying an aging CPU when there's a new contender on the horizon.

Here's a handy list of recommended power supplies to look through!

http://www.overclock.net/power-suppl...-supplies.html
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i would recommend getting an AMD setup you will get your bang for your buck, trust me, one graphics guy to another
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Do you already have an IPS panel? AFAIK that is a near requirement for graphics artists, and can eat up a lot of the budget
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Quote:
Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
Personally I'd recommend waiting to see how Sandybridge is priced/performs. No sense in buying an aging CPU when there's a new contender on the horizon.
That's what I was thinking too. Thanks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post
i would recommend getting an AMD setup you will get your bang for your buck, trust me, one graphics guy to another
Any suggestions on the core parts for an AMD build?

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Originally Posted by Snipe07 View Post
Do you already have an IPS panel? AFAIK that is a near requirement for graphics artists, and can eat up a lot of the budget
Yes I have one already.
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by [\\/]Paris View Post
What sort of "digital art" are you going to be doing exactly?

If it's any sort of 3d modeling & texturing I'd recommend an Nvidia based card for CUDA support & more consistent driver compatibility.
this applies to video editing as well if you are planning to use Adobe premiere pro which supports cuda. spectacular increase in performance for export/real time rendering !!!!

Proof !

you might also want to get more ram !

Proof (but in french) !
Edited by fockwulf - 11/29/10 at 4:12pm
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