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    Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 12:25pm
I believe I've come up with a good config but I'm always open to idea's and any help is greatly appreciated.

My budget is flexible to about $100 around $2700 and i have currently made my own setup but if someone could review it for me that would be great. Just to make sure I'm not doing something unnecessary.

Ticket: 416287

I'm in school for computer animation, so i would need to run some memory intensive and graphically intensive programs. I would be a modeler if anyone knows anything bout the field. (If you don’t and want an idea, youtube '3D Modeling Demo Reel') I'm also an avid gamer so lots of video games will be played.
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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 12:32pm
Hmm, so first, what would be your priority? Gaming, or graphics modeling?

Gaming and Graphics Design work better with different graphics cards.

Swap the case for a 922, the Maelstrom's airflow I really dunno whether it's good or not, not enough reviews to justify.

The ATI 5970, i dunno, justin's the man for graphics selection, heh.


Edited by ablahblah - 20 Jun 2010 at 12:34pm
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  Quote Chudyowski Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 12:39pm
well graphics modeling would be priority since thats the main reason for the computer.
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>>>>No. 416296<<<<

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 FTW3 Edition 3X SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Highly Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (80GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Extreme Performance) (Model: SSDSA2MH080G2R5)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5870 2GB (Asus MATRIX 5870 P/2DIS/2 Hard OCP Gold award) (Eyefinity 3 Port Edition
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: FREE PROMO: 4 Year Limited Warranty with Life-Time Customer Support (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Parts)


Changes:
Swapped case for HAF 922, better airflow for buck
Swapped motherboard for EVGA X58 FTW3, still keeps USB 3.0 and SATA III, EVGA has a better rep
Swapped PSU for a 1000 Watt, probably need around that much for the hardware you're packing
Swapped hard drive for a 80GB Solid State Drive for boot, and a 1TB drive for storage
Swapped video cards for a 5870 with 2 gigs of RAM. A 5970 is essentially two 5870s, the one I picked out for you is pretty much equal to half a 5970.


Edited by ablahblah - 20 Jun 2010 at 12:46pm
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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 12:47pm
Blah, if graphics modeling is main priority, then your going into the workstation department, hehe. lemme see what I can whip up there...

(Argh, it's way too expensive in that department..Out of curiosity, what computer are you using at the moment?)


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i was looking at the HAF X. any news on whether that or the HAF 922 would be better airflow wise?

right now i have a dell inspiron E1505. it was ok for the beginner courses in computer animation but i graduate in a semester and with the work ive been doing ive had to rely on the school labs because my laptop cant handle the work load


does it make a difference if im not really going to use it for rendering. just for modeling really.

and i was playing with the workstations, if you can come up with a decent workstation thats as low as you think you can get it without sacrificing. mine as well post it, it wouldnt hurt to look at it.

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  Quote Chudyowski Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 10:26pm
ok, 416434, this is the build that was redone for me this afternoon, only thing i changed was i made it one harddrive not ssd. i can always upgrade to it later. and i was wondering if i should put the ati 5970 back in there because i would be using more than one monitor.

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 10:37pm
Okay, Chudster, try this:
 
Ticket Number: 416470
Total Price with Instant Savings: $2,623.00

Direct Load URL: http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadsaved.asp?id=416470

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (80GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Extreme Performance) (Model: SSDSA2MH080G2R5)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Xtra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 4 Year Limited Warranty with Life-Time Customer Support (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Parts)

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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 11:05pm
Sorry, I have to give my notes separate due to glitch.
 
This looks like a gaming rig because we had a professional cg modeler/designer give a lengthy post on how well he worked at home with a GTX 480.
 
The HAF case is new here. It looks great, but it has a number of optional fans, and I don't know what DS has as standard. I also don't know if you can get fans in green. You want that case, you're gonna have to talk to someone. They will be very helpful.
 
I DK why you picked that mobo, but the LE is probably the best basic pick here. If you want USB 3, get the add-in card IMO. SATA 6g/s isn't really available yet, these mobo's are sort of faking it. If you insist, tho the kid's right, I'd get the EVGA FTW.
 
Got your 12g of RAM, because you can use it for your work.
750W is all you need. Corsair highly recommended.
The SSD is in the budget, and with your usage, I think it will really come into play and be a great feature. Only for OS, main apps you use the most, maybe a few games you use the most.
1T HDD for all those big graphics files.
The GTX 480 because a pro in your line of work said so.
Noctua D-14 is top of the line. D-12 Dual is almost as good if you want.
Don't overclock or tweak anything but the processor.
Put in Win 7 Pro, because it has a free XP download you might need for an older program you become fond of that won't run on Win 7. If that won't happen, get 64 bit Home.
Free or not I recommend the 2/4 warranty for you, it's in the budget.
This machine will be extremely fast and powerful. The pro says the GTX480 does the job. This is all you'll need for a long time.
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  Quote Chudyowski Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2010 at 11:35pm
hey man, thanks for the input. im definitely going to go with your setup. im actually ordering it now. and i figure if i need to change some things later on i can because i can always upgrade.

Thanks a lot to both of you for your advice.
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Jun 2010 at 12:08am
Our pleasure, Bud. Congrats and good luck!  Cool
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