Hey, I am looking into building a new computer for as much under $1000 I can get. I'm not really into gaming that much, but I do play occasionally and would want a system to support it when I do. But my main need is too support graphics programs such as AutoCAD 3d modeling, MAYA, as well as the Adobe packages. Basic operations should be fine with simple set-ups, but if I get into really complicated renderings that use advance lighting and shadows as well as moving walk throughs of my models, I want a computer that will be able to handle that correctly. Ive been through a multitude of different sites looking at mother boards, and graphics cards but to be honest much of the stuff confuses me.
Currently I'm a student so Im still learning how to even do some of the advanced renderings and such, so i dont really have any bases to go off of, but I do hope to get into it eventually. I'm also low on money and about to graduate and getting stuck with a lot of bills so right now this perfect system might just be a dream. But I'd still like people's advice on the system I currently came up with from tiger direct.
It may be too much for my needs since i really dont game too much, so if you can find cheaper alternatives with similar features, That would be great.
Also, to save money but still upgrade my computer, I could drop the hard drive and stick with my current one for now, though it is pretty full with only 120gb, and I think i could just transfer my DVD and DVD RW drive as well as the floppy drive. I'm not sure the specs on the other parts. I currently only have a gb of memory and am running xp home. If possible I'd like to not have to buy another version of XP, but since i dont have the disk as it was pre installed, I guess I have to.
D10-3876 :: Diamond Radeon HD 3870 OC Video Card - Overclocked, 512MB GDDR4, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, HDMI Support, VGA Support, Video Card (2.05 lbs)
$154.99 -- I've went through many video cards, seems as if every site i check out has a slightly different selection to choose from, and to be honest, most of them all look the same. like i said, my main focus is something that will handle renderings from graphics. The review for this card said something about 4.1 shaders, and other stuff, so that sounded like it'd work to me, but I really don't know. Could I do with something less powerful and cheaper? One thing i want is the ability to hopefully get a second monitor when i can afford one so it has to be dual DVI.
K24-5844 B :: Kingston 4GB DDR2 667MHz 4 Pack Bundle - (4x) 1024MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz Memory (0.2 lbs)
$35.99 --> these are only about 9 bucks a piece, I'm not sure if they are good enough or if they will work with the motherboard, though i think they will. Also i really only need 3 as XP only supports 3gb, but I heard you should buy things in pairs so I ended up with 4. is there a better way?
CP2-DUO-E4500 :: Intel Core2 Duo E4500 Processor HH80557PG0492M - 2.20GHz, 2MB Cache, 800MHz FSB, Allendale, OEM, Socket 775, Processor (0.05 lbs)
A455-2826 :: Asus P5Q-E Green Motherboard - Intel P45, Socket 775, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, S/PDIF, Dual Gigabit LAN, Firewire, USB 2.0, eSATA, RAID (3.45 lbs)
$154.99 -- i liked this because it included firewire, a lot of USB ports, good intergrated audio and looked big enough to hold all the other stuff that needs to go on it, as far as the other stats go, im not really sure what they mean, but again, i'm up for suggestions on cheaper models that wont sacrifice much performance.
TSD-1000AS2 :: Seagate 1TB Serial ATA HD 7200/32MB/SATA-3G (0.95 lbs)
$109.99 --> i'd like this bigger drive, especially since I have a lot of big programs, but this might have to be a future upgrade option when I have more money to spend on it. like i said before, all i have is a 120 GB drive which is full, so either way i need to upgrade to something or add another drive. I plan on keeping my old drive as a data and OS back up.
S457-1035 :: Masscool 8W553 / Socket 775 / Aluminum / CPU Cooling Fan (1 lbs)
$19.99 -->not sure if i really need this
M17-7503 :: Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 OEM Version (0.1 lbs)
$139.99 --would like to avoid having to purchase another copy of XP since I already have it on my current system
ULT-LSP750 :: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan (5.4 lbs)
$49.98 --> maybe unneeded power, but it was cheap so i went for it
T925-1258 :: Thermaltake VH8000BWS Armor+ MX ATX Mid-Tower Case - 230mm Fan (30 lbs)
$139.99 --> probably really don't need this case, but i liked it and it has good air flow, and looks big enough to put whatever i need in it. I'm up for suggestions for other styles if cheaper and can support what I put in it. My only wishes are that it has usb and headphone jacks available on the front somewhere, and preferably a clear side just because it makes it more interesting.
Let me know what you think and if you can find me any better deals than the ones i have. Hopefully I'll get some good graduation money so that i may be able to afford this thing. Although in reality i might have to use that money for a car that I dont have yet once i get out of school. Thanks