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Old 08-25-2010, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I am currently attempting to build my first performance machine for 3D applications and gaming. As a super n00b I am more than willing to take critique. My budget for this endeavor is 700-800$. I already have an ATX mid tower(Raidmax Windstorm, with 500watt PSU included), as well a H55 motherboard(micro-ATX P7H55-M Pro), and lastly an Intel i3-530 CPU. I have cannabalized my optical drive and SATA drive from my old PC. I have spent 300$ so far, my question is with what I have so far, will it get me by for the purposes I mentioned and what graphics card should I be looking into and what RAM will work best for my build?

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Case: $50
NZXT M59
Newegg.com - NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Mother Board: $100
MSI 790X-G45
Newegg.com - MSI 790X-G45 AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: $165
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

Memory: $95
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

PSU: $90
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Graphics card: $205
MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5830
Newegg.com - MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

HDD: $70
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD burner: $20
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners


Total: $795
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what kind of 3D applications are you talking about? 3ds Max? Maya? AutoCAD? or just blowing stuff up and gaming?
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Using Auto Desk Maya 2011 at school as well as Unreal for our game engine. I would like to take my school work home with me and be able to work on it with relative ease i.e no major lag or crashes when doing complex tasks. This also involves gaming as well.
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