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Windows 7: advice for new pc

07 Aug 2013   #1
soulfood

XP windows Professional
 
 
advice for new pc

HI, i wonder if someone could give some advice and feedback on a new computer i'm having built for me. here are the specs:
VGA-asus GTX760 OC 2G 2GD5
CPU-Intel core i7 3770 3.4 Ghz 8MB cache socket 1155
Motherboard- asus P8Z77-V 1155 4DD3 ATX
RAM-Kingston 8GB kit hyperX 1600Mhz (2x4GB)
CASE- Corsair carbide 400r
Hard drive *1- ssd samsung 840 pro 256GB MZ-7PD
Hard drive *2 - western digital 1TB caviar black 64MB
Power supply- antec high current gamer 750W modular
DVD-rom- pioneer DVR-sata ?
2x fans 140mm for top of case
2x fans 120mm for side of case

i am going to use this computer for 3D rendering, animation, photoshop, gaming, etc
any advice would be great, thank you


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07 Aug 2013   #2
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

It looks very good, the only thing I will say is I assume you are not interested in overclocking the cpu? As if you are then the cpu you want is the 3770K not the non K like you have listed.

Apart from that query it looks great.

Paul
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07 Aug 2013   #3
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

If you're going to be doing a lot of rendering and animation you'd benefit from 16GB of RAM.
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07 Aug 2013   #4
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

I agree with the above info. Core I7-3770K for the unlocked multiplier and it's just a few dollars more, and 16GB of RAM. You may find out you run out of RAM if you only have 8GB and you are editing/rendering etc. Also, I wouldn't buy any fans for the side of the case....I've never seen a case that needed them, and I've never seen fans on the side panel that didn't turn out to be a pain in the ass. Normal cases have an air channel that runs from the front panel, through the middle of the case and up/out the top/rear of the case. I think fans on the side panel just disrupt that flow and do more harm than good.
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07 Aug 2013   #5
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
Agreed with previous poster.

Make sure though that the memory has plenty of airspace around it - especially if it's that type fitted with extra heat sinks -- also if you use a separate GPU these can run extremely hot so make sure adequate cooling for those.

The CPU will have a decent heat sink and fan anyway -- ensure the fan works of course. !!

I'd suggest also you can save a bit of money by using the STANDARD SAMSUNG 840 SSD rather than the PRO one. The performance is almost exactly the same -- I doubt whether you would even notice the difference. The PRO model tends to be used in places like servers but for home use I'll think you will find the SAMSUNG 840 (standard) more than sufficient and these can be had quite cheaply. Use the savings to buy another 8GB RAM so you've got 16GB in the machine.

Cheers
jimbo
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07 Aug 2013   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Also, if you are going to overclock the CPU be sure to fit a good water cooler, the Corsair H100i for example. There may also be benefits in installing 2400MHz RAM to with an overclocked CPU, the HyperX Beast for example.
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07 Aug 2013   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Save some money by getting a 3570k ( the thing rocks ) and put it towards memory, 16 GBs total.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...73004&csid=_61

But, if you have the cash, then definitely grab the 3770k.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...989&CatId=1969
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07 Aug 2013   #8
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Hiya mate, he says he will be using it for 3D rendering, animation, photoshop as well as gaming.
Would an i7 not be better in this situation?
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07 Aug 2013   #9
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Hiya mate, he says he will be using it for 3D rendering, animation, photoshop as well as gaming.
Would an i7 not be better in this situation?
Hi there
For Photoshop you need if you are doing a lot of layers a LOT of disk scratch space -- the difference between using an i5 and i7 is negligible -- and the money you save can be used in buying an SSD -- this would make the OS fly (even with an i3 believe it or not).

An i7 is vastly overkill for 99.9% of home users - even extreme gamers. Get your RAM and DISK configurations correct before worrying about what processor to use. I'll bet even a relatively low level i3 fitted in a decent MOBO with 8 - 16 GB RAM but with one or even TWO SSD's will probably OUT PERFORM an i7 system with bog standard HDD spinners - especially of the cheaper consumer grade ones.

i5 is better also for less heat and power -- if you NEED the processing power of an i7 go for it but really ask what you are doing as I'm sure you don't really need that --especially if you have a separate GPU for your video / gaming needs.

Cheers
jimbo
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07 Aug 2013   #10
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paulpicks21 View Post
Hiya mate, he says he will be using it for 3D rendering, animation, photoshop as well as gaming.
Would an i7 not be better in this situation?
Hi there
For Photoshop you need if you are doing a lot of layers a LOT of disk scratch space -- the difference between using an i5 and i7 is negligible -- and the money you save can be used in buying an SSD -- this would make the OS fly (even with an i3 believe it or not).

An i7 is vastly overkill for 99.9% of home users - even extreme gamers. Get your RAM and DISK configurations correct before worrying about what processor to use. I'll bet even a relatively low level i3 fitted in a decent MOBO with 8 - 16 GB RAM but with one or even TWO SSD's will probably OUT PERFORM an i7 system with bog standard HDD spinners - especially of the cheaper consumer grade ones.

i5 is better also for less heat and power -- if you NEED the processing power of an i7 go for it but really ask what you are doing as I'm sure you don't really need that --especially if you have a separate GPU for your video / gaming needs.

Cheers
jimbo
Fair enough Jimbo, but he already has an SSD in his list so I guess he doesn't need to save the money towards that.

Paul.
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