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My current computer is at least 5 or 6 years out of date (it's a hand-me-down from my uncle, and wasn't even that great 5 or 6 years ago), and so I have decided that enough is enough. I've always wanted to be able to play games at my own place and not need to go visit friends just to get some good gaming in and I've decided it's time to build my own gaming computer. Now, gaming isn't my only goal, I also just plain will need a computer for university that will handle 3D rendering (with programs like Maya or Blender), as well as run Adobe software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, etc.

 

So I plan on building a computer, and I want to go BIG. Now I don't mean I plan on getting the best of the best for every component, mostly by big I just mean my goal is to have a decent computer that can run games smoothly on high video settings, and I want to make my own case. The dream here is to have a Christmas themed case (don't ask, I just think it would be cool - I plan to call it Rudolph), made out of wood primarily (if possible), with a window in the side panel area, some red LED lights throughout, etc. (I have a couple designs that I can upload later).

 

So really my point in all this is that I was hoping that somewhere I could find someone - or multiple people - who would be able to help me figure out what is and isn't possible, what parts I should be looking at getting, and just help me figure it all out in general.

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I'm not overly rich but I have ways of making money and am willing to save up a bit if it's worth it. I was hoping to keep the budget somewhere around the $1500 range though I could be convinced to spend another month, save up and spend as much as $2000 on it. (That said, if I could make it happen for less I would not complain. I just want it to look good on the outside and run smoothly on the inside).

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O.K....

Intel rig:

mobo - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128545

cpu - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116501

RAM - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231528

Video Card - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130610

hard drive - x 2 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152185

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139011

cpu cooling - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835181017

 

About $1234.92 without shipping...

 

AMD rig:

mobo - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131877

cpu - http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819113284

Everything else from above should work with this...

 

About $1164.92 without shipping...and neither setup allows for money back from mail-in rebates

 

You said you wanted to design your own case so I guess you'll be building it too...or do you need a case to modify??

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

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Id suggest the gtx660 over the 560ti for his usage.

 

Edit:the amd will excel in heavily multithreaded applications like he's referring to unless he offloads them to the GPU.

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Cool, cool, and thanks so much. I was actually discussing this with some friends earlier today and we came up with a few parts that I kind of wanna compare just as a reference.

 

mobo - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1498058&CatId=7381

CPU - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1380569&CatId=6991

Power Supply - http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6389013&CatId=5115

 

As for the case, I'm undecided yet as to whether I wish to try and actually build one straight from scratch or whether I should get one and mod it. I'm leaning towards modding one though since it's looking like I'll be picking up more shifts at work soon so I won't have the extra time for the extra work.

 

On a different note, does newegg sell/deliver to Canada? I'm Canadian so it would be helpful, though I could have it sent to my uncle who lives in North Carolina and have him mail it to me if not, but I don't really want to have to ask that of him if I can avoid it.

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Cool, cool, and thanks so much. I was actually discussing this with some friends earlier today and we came up with a few parts that I kind of wanna compare just as a reference.

 

mobo - http://www.tigerdire...8058&CatId=7381

CPU - http://www.tigerdire...0569&CatId=6991

Power Supply - http://www.tigerdire...9013&CatId=5115

 

As for the case, I'm undecided yet as to whether I wish to try and actually build one straight from scratch or whether I should get one and mod it. I'm leaning towards modding one though since it's looking like I'll be picking up more shifts at work soon so I won't have the extra time for the extra work.

 

On a different note, does newegg sell/deliver to Canada? I'm Canadian so it would be helpful, though I could have it sent to my uncle who lives in North Carolina and have him mail it to me if not, but I don't really want to have to ask that of him if I can avoid it.

 

Mobo you listed is a Socket 2011

CPU you listed is a Socket 1155 not compatible with above mobo

PSU is fine...

Say "Hello" to Newegg Canada > http://www.newegg.ca/

 

 

edit: I should also say that I have an i7-2700k and it's an awesosme CPU...

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

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Hey, thanks so much. Would've replied sooner but work's taken a lot out of me these past few days. I've got a pretty good list so far (going mostly with what you suggested actually, save for maybe the power supply and one other thing), but I'm just a little stuck on graphics cards. Was looking at one from EVGA, superclocked 660/680 something but they're a ways more expensive than some others. Do they have enough of an increased performance to warrant dishing out the extra dough or would I be better off going with something else? Also what is the difference between graphics cards that say 192-bit and 256-bit (just a little confused on that one)?

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