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#1
Hey there,

I am thinking on building myself a new rig for the summer and for the next 3 years.

Budget: Between 800€ - 1000€
Use: Gaming, Using 3dsmax, maya, for homework and et cetera...
Games to be played: Deus Ex Human Revolution, Witcher 2, Dragon Age II, APB Reloaded, Tribes Ascend, SMITE, Spiral Knights, Team Fortress
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Parts that are going to be reused: WDC 1TB Green HDD
Shops that I will buying from:
Future ideas: I want this system to last me quite some time 3 - 4 years at least. I might go SLi/CF in the future when the GTX 670 will become overwhelmed.


I would like to have a GTX 670 in the system as it is one hell of a beasty card. I am not sure which to choose.

Version 1

CPU: i5 3570k - 216 €
MB: MSI Z77A-G45 - 109.10 €
PSU: OCZ ZT 750 - 87.20 €
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 33.44 €
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB - 14.10 €
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz CL9 - 45.70
Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - 62.74 €
GPU: MSI N670GTX OC reference - 368.80€
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 90GB - 77.70€

Total without SSD: 937.09 €
Total with SSD: 1014.79 €


Version 2

CPU: i5 3570k - 216 €
MB: Asrock Z77 PRO3 - 87.80 €
PSU: OCZ ZT 750 - 87.20 €
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 33.44 €
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB - 14.10 €
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz CL9 - 45.70
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus - 57.17 €
GPU: MSI N670GTX OC reference - 368.80€
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 90GB - 77.70€

Total without SSD: 910.21 €
Total with SSD: 987.91 € - leaves me with getting a better version of the GTX 670

Version 3

CPU: i5 3570k - 216 €
MB: Asrock Z77 PRO3 - 87.80 €
PSU: OCZ ZT 750 - 87.20 €
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 33.44 €
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB - 14.10 €
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600MHz CL9 - 45.70
Case: Corsair Carbide 300R - 62.74 €
GPU: MSI N670GTX OC reference - 368.80€
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 90GB - 77.70€

Total without SSD: 915.78 €
Total with SSD: 993.48 € - less space for getting a better GTX 670.

Feel free to give me any suggestions/criticism/advice to make this system be better for me and my budget.

Thanks in advance

~A.T.

EDIT:
17-Jun-2012 - Updated the setup
 
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With IVB, go with at least DDR3-1600.
 
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Buying green hdd for OS it is not good idea. Green aka slow. Go for black or blue just not green. It is not 7200 rpm even.
 

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for 3ds max? get a gtx480 or hd7970 they will rape the 670 in compute power for those types of programs
 

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Well I will do only a little bit of 3ds Max, nothing professional.

I already have the Green Drive, which I am currently using as Boot drive and storage for my non gaming system.
 

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#7
Well I will do only a little bit of 3ds Max, nothing professional.

I already have the Green Drive, which I am currently using as Boot drive and storage for my non gaming system.
BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $89.99
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Total: $869.40 + $76.99 for optional extra is $946.39 <-- may seem like alot but first look at what your getting, 10-15 second average boot time with all programs loaded immediately, atleast 30 FPS in all games on medium settings, 1080p, and descent cpu
 

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Well I will do only a little bit of 3ds Max, nothing professional.

I already have the Green Drive, which I am currently using as Boot drive and storage for my non gaming system.
BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $89.99
BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s U...

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - $16.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X...

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G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $20.49
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Total: $869.40 + $76.99 for optional extra is $946.39 <-- may seem like alot but first look at what your getting, 10-15 second average boot time with all programs loaded immediately, atleast 30 FPS in all games on medium settings, 1080p, and descent cpu
 
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for 3ds max? get a gtx480 or hd7970 they will rape the 670 in compute power for those types of programs
I'm curious...
In which parts did 3DS Max use GPU "compute power" without any help from 3rd party plugins?
 

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I'm curious...
In which parts did 3DS Max use GPU "compute power" without any help from 3rd party plugins?
3ds max has always used cpu and gpu compute power, ray tracing, raster.. comon dude....

For large scenes and complex data sets (typically more than 1,000 objects or 100,000 polygons):
•Intel 64 or AMD64 processor with SSE2 technology
•8 GB RAM
•8 GB swap space4
•3 GB free hard drive space
•Direct3D 10, Direct3D 9, or OpenGL-capable graphics card5
•1 GB or higher video card memory

AMD this generation completely annihilates nvidia this generation "for this type of program"

Graphics: Raytrace
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Vision: Optical Flow
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Image Filter: Sobel - Image usage
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the gtx 600 series is ONLY good for gaming and thats it... for the price its not worth it if you are not "just" a gamer
 
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for 3ds max? get a gtx480 or hd7970 they will rape the 670 in compute power for those types of programs
I would get a GTX580 then. GTX480s are just too hot and loud to be viable for anything at this point.
 

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I would get a GTX580 then. GTX480s are just too hot and loud to be viable for anything at this point.
very true, but he has a budget and for the price 480 is better for 3ds max only because you can get it for 180....
 

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very true, but he has a budget and for the price 480 is better for 3ds max only because you can get it for 180....
fair enough Get an aftermarket cooler. thats all i can say
 

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#14
3ds Max is not my main concern. It is only a hobby sort of thing, as I have access to a student license. Technically it is "just" for gaming.

My goal is excellent performance in gaming and I want the rig to last me a couple of years.
 

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3ds Max is not my main concern. It is only a hobby sort of thing, as I have access to a student license. Technically it is "just" for gaming.

My goal is excellent performance in gaming and I want the rig to last me a couple of years.
well its your choice 670 is good for gaming.... but according to rumors i would actually wait for maxwel if your going nvidia, because maxwell is rumored to be 12x better in performance than fermi... if your going to pay 400 for a graphics card it should beable to do extreme precision

for 60 dollars more you can get a 10%~ boost in gaming and 3x boost in everything precision compute related
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR...

plus with 3gb of memory your are future proofing yourself
 

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well its your choice 670 is good for gaming.... but according to rumors i would actually wait for maxwel if your going nvidia, because maxwell is rumored to be 12x better in performance than fermi... if your going to pay 400 for a graphics card it should beable to do extreme precision

for 60 dollars more you can get a 10%~ boost in gaming and 3x boost in everything precision compute related
MSI R7970-2PMD3GD5 Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR...

plus with 3gb of memory your are future proofing yourself
um the GTX670 is better then the 7970 in 95% of tests, but the 670 gets smacked around in Compute. If you want the best of both worlds id get the 7970 except there are a lot of issues with AMD drivers with programs, but it might be fine with what your using. the GTX670/680 will be the best if your going for gaming performance.
 

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I don't want to be buying all the time; my parents will be pretty mad if I did so.

Compute is not that much of a big deal to me, personally.

I already have the Monitor so that is good news.

I was looking around at reviews and found the Corsair 300R. What do you guys think? Worth the price?
 

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I don't want to be buying all the time; my parents will be pretty mad if I did so.

Compute is not that much of a big deal to me, personally.

I already have the Monitor so that is good news.

I was looking around at reviews and found the Corsair 300R. What do you guys think? Worth the price?
yeah the 300r is a great case. I have the 500r and love it! Corsair makes some amazing cases
 

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I see.

CPU: i5 3570k - 216 €
MB: MSI Z77A-G45 - 109.10 €
PSU: OCZ ZT 750 - 87.20 €
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - 33.44 €
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RAM: Crucial Ballistix CL9 8GB 1600MHz - 45.70 €
Case: Corsair 300R 62.74 €

So we have a case. That leaves me with 435.14 € for a GPU and other stuff i.e. SSD.

I might be able to fit a OCZ SSD Agility 3 90GB SSD into the budget if I get a reference GTX 670.

OCZ Ability 3 90GB - 77.70 €
MSI N670GTX OC reference - 362.87 €

That is a total of 440.57 € - a little bit over the budget.
 
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No OS?
 

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I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional x64.
 

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um the GTX670 is better then the 7970 in 95% of tests, but the 670 gets smacked around in Compute. If you want the best of both worlds id get the 7970 except there are a lot of issues with AMD drivers with programs, but it might be fine with what your using. the GTX670/680 will be the best if your going for gaming performance.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The AMD Radeon HD 7970 is 15% faster than the GeForce GTX 670
HD 7970 OC is 23% faster than GTX 670 OC

Battlefield 3:
The HD 7970 overclocked is 9% faster than the overclocked GTX 670.

Skyrim:
Radeon HD 7970 overclocked is 4.6% faster than GTX 670 overclocked.

Batman Arklam City:
The overclocked Radeon HD 7970 is 13% faster than GeForce GTX 670 overclocked

comparing a gtx670 to a stock clock hd7970 isnt really fair if you ask me , out of the box you can oc it to 1125 on air, thats what i did and i have the preferance cooler model
 

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I have updated the list. 14 € above the budget :banghead:
 
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3ds max has always used cpu and gpu compute power, ray tracing, raster.. comon dude....

For large scenes and complex data sets (typically more than 1,000 objects or 100,000 polygons):
•Intel 64 or AMD64 processor with SSE2 technology
•8 GB RAM
•8 GB swap space4
•3 GB free hard drive space
•Direct3D 10, Direct3D 9, or OpenGL-capable graphics card5
•1 GB or higher video card memory

AMD this generation completely annihilates nvidia this generation "for this type of program"

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Vision: Optical Flow
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Programming Principles: Tree search
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Image Filter: Sobel - Image usage
AMD Radeon HD 7970
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
848 807 points

Image Filter: Median3x3 - Image usage
AMD Radeon HD 7970
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
444 831 points


the gtx 600 series is ONLY good for gaming and thats it... for the price its not worth it if you are not "just" a gamer
*facepalm*

That benchmark results that you just copy-pasted and posted is CLBenchmark results, they use OpenCL based application, NOT OpenGL.
C and G is different, my friend :)

As far as I know, 3DS Max does not use any OpenCL routine without help from 3rd party plugins (like V-Ray RT, SLG LuxRender, etc.).

If you want to do some little works with 3DS Max (default use out of the box without any renderer/plugins that support GPU acceleration via OpenCL or CUDA) and a lot of gaming, get any gaming cards you want. AMD or NVIDIA, you won't notice the differences in that usage scenario.
 

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