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This will be my first computer build. I plan to go to college for game development and programming. I do enjoy gaming with titles like gta 5 and skyrim and such. I live in Texas. I believe my budget could stretch to 4500 if need be. Any advice on parts and so on would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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  • 56 months ago
  • 10 points

Sorry but I recommend changing your name because you don't want random people spam emailing you.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

Right now I have no peripherals. My monitor would be a 46 inch 1080p tv. No one recommends a custom water loop for starting out. I was looking at the zotacs 980ti for the graphics card. Anything you can suggest. I would like to drop my budget to 3900 to 4500. I got til February 6th to start school.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I'm going to work with you here as much as possible I want this thing to be beautiful for you. Let me ask a few questions. 1) what's your favorite color(s) 2) what settings do you want to play certain games at 3) what's your preferred resolution/refresh rate for a monitor (4K 60hz or 1440p 144hz or triple 1080p etc...) 4) have you ever built a pc before 5) how much storage do you need 6) how much of said storage do you want to be solid state (ssd) 7) do you want custom water cooling 8) do you care about acoustics of pc and/or peripherals 9) do you care about power efficiency 10) can you get a free Windows key from school 11) do you want your peripherals to be rgb.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going for a black red and probably gunmetal. I would like to max them out but seeing how I got a 60Hz 1080p tv it probably wouldn't produce much output in that regard. Storage I'm not real sure about. It depends how much streaming and rendering require, along with gaming. I think I could manage with 500gb but if I need a tb we can go that route. I never built a custom water loop so I know I want one but is it feasible for a college student. Acoustics aren't too important and I'll have to ask about the Windows key. It would be a cool feature to have rgb colored devices.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm for 1080p gaming this expensive of a system isn't really worth it. I can get you a beautiful system all color matched and watercooled for under 2k that will be overkill for 1080p

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How will it do on rendering times.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have gone with either QHD or 4K at this price point, you won't be able to run through $4500 properly at 1080p.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

4500 for a computer that runs skyrim? Bruh. Check out some of my budget builds (preferably the i5 6400 one)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

The main purpose for this build is rendering and game creation. Gaming is secondary.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm currently in school for Game Art and Production at Drexel. First off, push through all the stuff that seems useless. It's a lot of fun later on! Secondly, you're definitely on the right track with thinking about render times. Most stuff will render in game, but rendering anything else out into an animation or still image can take a lot longer. Good luck!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it true that two graphics cards will help improve my rendering times. I was looking at getting two galax gtx 980ti's since they come with a 240gb ssd each for free.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Technically, yes. But you'll need a processor to match. Read this:

http://smallbusiness.chron.com/video-card-affect-render-time-71284.html

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going for a 5960x for the build as well. I have no idea how well it will overclock but it's going in an msi godlike gaming motherboard with 32gb of corsair dominator ram. Since this is for mainly rendering before gaming my 1080p monitor will not hurt me as a major bottleneck. How do you feel about eBay for buying the processor?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if you are using a CUDA export renderer.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you have never seen Skyrim with mods. My buddy (see "Skunkworks, Jr." in Saved Part Lists, I have to upload photos I know) uses upwards of 200 mods and texture packs, most of which are 8K. On maximum settings with HairWorks off, he barely reaches triple-digit-FPS, and around 65 with HairWorks on.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

pcpartpicker here's a 4500 build and including the currently best ever gaming monitor. Also has 3 980 ti's an amazing 1300w psu, individually sleeved cables, an awesome case, the best gaming mouse, the best gaming keyboard, my favorite motherboard, one of the best cpu coolers, and finally a 6 core extreme edition cup and some super duper fast ram! I'll also give you my more "practical" build for cheaper one sec.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=100-CK-1600-B9 This will probably also be needed as you have 3 cards.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

pcpartpicker this could also be an option the same build but with only an 850w psu and only 2 980 ti's. Do your research and make a decision on what you think you should choose.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

But is it a PG279Q?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is old, build is already done he's uploading stuff right now.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

=)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I added a 1440p gaming monitor and gaming peripherals to your build. Hope you like it

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $394.98 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $124.99 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $6.39 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock X99 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $154.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $117.99 @ Newegg
Storage Intel 750 Series 400GB PCI-E Solid State Drive $369.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 2TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $709.11 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) $659.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (2-Way SLI) $659.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case $185.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair 850W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $154.99 @ Directron
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $16.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $96.45 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor $669.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E. 3 White Wired Gaming Keyboard $92.87 @ Amazon
Mouse Mad Catz M.M.O. TE Wired Laser Mouse $49.73 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $4480.30
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $4430.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-23 22:31 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

How important is 2 tb hard drive over a 4 or 5 tb western digital. Everything else I like.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a 2TB SSD, Much faster and less noise.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

1) WD is slow and not as reliable as other HDD manufacturers. 2) SSDs are much faster, third to m.2 SSDs and PCIe SSDs in terms of speed. If you are going to be doing lots of video editing/rendering, you will want to stick with something like a 4TB Hitachi UltraStar or a Seagate Hybrid SSHD (Solid state hybrid drive, it is a 4TB or 2TB 7200RPM HDD with an 8GB or 16GB SSD for cache to speed up the read/write speeds.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $233.18 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $151.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $89.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB SOC Video Card $323.98 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Define R5 w/Window (Titanium) ATX Mid Tower Case $117.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Keyboard Corsair K70 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard $166.94 @ Newegg
Mouse Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse $59.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1487.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-24 15:54 EDT-0400

Here's what I'd recommend if you're gaming the majority of the time, especially only at 1080p 60Hz.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Skylake is good but I'm not sure how good the render times are with 6600k. I'm using the computer for unity and unreal and doing things with blender

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

For Unreal 4, Unity 5, and Blender (all of which I use) I have a 3770K, 12GB DDR3, and an R9 290 which works perfectly fine at 4Kp60 and with most 2013 and 2014 titles, 2015 titles I have to turn down the settings a bit or go into 1080p. With your budget, don't go for an i5. You will want Hyperthreading

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

This post is old now and he updated his details in the description above.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Here ya go PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $399.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $216.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $186.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $427.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $427.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Black 6TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $299.99 @ Adorama
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1029.33 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) $1029.33 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $58.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $179.99 @ Micro Center
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $4377.57
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 12:25 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought a 5960x not sure anything can render better than it.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Here is a nice build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $244.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.50 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $6.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI H170 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $72.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $74.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $329.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Enermax ECA3280A-BR ATX Mid Tower Case $70.80 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $63.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit) $124.86 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1238.74
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1228.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-08 09:22 EST-0500
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  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I exchange the titans for two exotics?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I already have the case motherboard water cooling system and hard drive. I think 980tis are acceptable for buying two titans.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

It'll be good enough to render anything college can throw at me. At least it's something I won't have to upgrade while I'm doing schooling. It took a year to save up for it but the way I see it this computer could one day make me some money making games and movies.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

We pc master race people should stick together. Have you done a custom water cooling loop as well?

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think of xspc and ice dragon nano fluid?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a good idea but I already got the motherboard case and cpu. I'm just waiting to find a job to get the rest.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Do I need to use both screws to hold the graphics cards?

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering about the slots it goes in the back. I got a screw holding each one is that enough?

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