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    Hey guys, I'm about to start a new project and was wondering if there are any better deals or more suitable hardware for my build.
    What I'm looking to do is overclock this machine slightly and I will be using it for 3D animation and rendering, photoshop, video and sound editing, and of course, occasionally gaming.

    Budget: I will be buying these things gradually over the next few months and I am by no means rolling in the doe, but i need a computer that supports new architecture, is overclockable, and can render very quickly.

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    Looks good but I would consider getting more ram if your doing heavy rendering

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    Welcome to the forum

    Looks like a nice setup; you might consider an SSD for your OS and programs. You can pick up an OCZ Vertex 2 or a Corsair Force 120 for right at 200 and both have the SanForce controller.

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    Leave the motherboard, CPU and RAM for the last items because there will be many changes in the near future.

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    Ok, right off the bat, that PSU is WAY overkill, and you can probably get away with a cheaper motherboard. Depending on how far you want to OC, you might be able to get away with a cheaper cooler, too.

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    For rendering and stuff, wouldn't it be better to have a workstation GPU?

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    It might, but they are extremely expensive. As long as it has CUDA support, he should be ok. Plus, this route allows for some game playing.

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    Not sure if the deal is still current but I heard that MicroCenter have a deal on the cpu...

    $199 for in store pick up only

    Got one near you?
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    Ok, feel I need to ask you, is your current setup good enough to get you through the next year? I would really hope so, because there are going to be some developments next year that will make you highly wish you could have been able to wait if it had.

    It has already been re-announced, and I am waiting intently to see what develops in the early part of next year. In the spring of 2011, Light Peak should be finally making its debut.

    Quote Originally Posted by [URL="http://techresearch.intel.com/ProjectDetails.aspx?Id=143"
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    Light Peak Overview

    Light Peak is a new high-speed optical cable technology designed to connect your electronic devices to each other. Light Peak delivers high bandwidth starting at 10Gb/s with the potential ability to scale to 100Gb/s over the next decade. At 10Gb/s, you could transfer a full-length Blu-Ray movie in less than 30 seconds. Optical technology also allows for smaller connectors and longer, thinner, and more flexible cables than currently possible. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable, enabling the technology to connect devices such as peripherals, displays, disk drives, docking stations, and more. . Light Peak components are expected to begin to become available to customers in late 2010, and Intel expects to see Light Peak in PCs and peripherals in 2011.

    Existing electrical cable technology in mainstream computing devices is approaching practical limits for speed and length, due to attenuation, noise, and other issues. However, optical technology, used extensively in data centers and telecom communications, does not have these limitations since it transmits data using light instead of electricity. Light Peak brings this optical technology to mainstream computing and consumer electronic devices in a cost-effective manner.
    Now what should this mean to you?

    No more waiting for hours after taking a lot of photos for them to upload to your computer. You'll be able to upload them as fast as being able to open them up in a photo viewer now. This means that you you will be able to save you videos and 3D renderings to a backup drive without having to wait until morning for your project files to transfer. Your overall productivity will be increased by not being limited by hard drive transfer speeds.

    Light Peak is supposed to be debuting on Mac first, but with Intel developing the technology, I would venture to say that we should be seeing this technology in the enthusiast PC market by 3rd quarter of next year.

    As an aside, and lending advice from someone also that does some video and work on the side, I would highly suggest thinking of getting a Solid State disk, even if it is only a 40GB drive, to run your OS and (guessing) Adobe products and games from. Again, in this business, productivity is king.

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    Quote Originally Posted by logan View Post
    Ok, right off the bat, that PSU is WAY overkill, and you can probably get away with a cheaper motherboard. Depending on how far you want to OC, you might be able to get away with a cheaper cooler, too.

    I would not say it is overkill. A 1000W for $169 is a terrific price and it leaves a lotta horsepower for future upgrades. If he can afford it, It will not hurt. Multiple cards in SLI or Xfire need the watts.

    For motherboard, the Gigabyte X58-UD3 is only $200. It overclocks as good if not better than what you chose. If you plan on staying with 1 or 2 GPU's, it is all you need but your boards of choice are good.......

    OP, If you live close to Dallas, there is a Microcenter. 950's have been on sale for $199!

    Edit: Grumpy hit the Microcenter already!

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    Thanks for the welcome.

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    I'm very interested in this new technology, i will have to see if it is worth the wait or not.

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    I would not say it is overkill. A 1000W for $169 is a terrific price and it leaves a lotta horsepower for future upgrades. If he can afford it, It will not hurt. Multiple cards in SLI or Xfire need the watts.

    For motherboard, the Gigabyte X58-UD3 is only $200. It overclocks as good if not better than what you chose. If you plan on staying with 1 or 2 GPU's, it is all you need but your boards of choice are good.......

    OP, If you live close to Dallas, there is a Microcenter. 950's have been on sale for $199!

    Edit: Grumpy hit the Microcenter already!
    You are correct, the 1000w is for when i have enough for more/better video cards. I live an hour away from dallas, so it may be cheaper to take a road trip to pick up a 950. (thanks for the info)

    I have a concern... If i got with the Gene instead of the Formula would i have heat problems due to everything being packed together so closely?
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    You will if you put this system in the VS-9 case you mention in the other thread.

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    We just reviewed both motherboards I suggest you read each review. As far as Light Peak, they have been talking about doing this for years, it has yet to happen but it would be nice if it did.

    To be honest with you, if you have the cash, go with the new GTX580 it's money well spent, our PNY GTX580 review was published last week, and our ASUS GTX580 review will published soon.

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    Alright i will check them out. Thanks for the advice.

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