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Sub $1000 Workstation/Gaming PC

TastyBaconstrips
  • 53 months ago

I am studying to become a game developer, what I want to do is game obviously, edit videos, make games, edit photos, 3D modelling and write blogs about my life with my cat. Can someone please recommend a part list for a gaming/workstation maybe including an ssd for transferring large video files ect. P.S. I prefer gpu over cpu but I want a good cpu for editing ect as I need good performance in games as I am studying to make them but I want to also be able to edit videos without my cpu screaming for more power as it dies.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

If your programs benefit from GPU acceleration it might be beneficial to take a look at the requirements for that to better select your GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.36 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $84.00 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $62.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $70.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $314.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.98 @ Mac Mall
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $997.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 11:15 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a significantly better option than the other list. While it's not on the shiny new Skylake platform, the Xeon has hyperthreading which will make 3D modelling significantly better since almost every 3D modelling program is entirely CPU-based.

I changed around a few things and added in a CPU cooler so it runs really cool (Xeons can run very hot on the stock coolers) and quietly. I also updated the case to a nicer selection.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $242.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 200T 54.2 CFM CPU Cooler $14.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $62.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $65.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card $314.99 @ B&H
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $992.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 13:06 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build but I will use a r9 390 due to having much more vram which is needed for rendering etc... and can be helpful to have 8GB VRAM as I don't intend to use it just for gaming and a better cooler instead that's quiter more reliable and cooler but thanks the 1231 v3 looks like a great cpu for what I need and should be okay for gaming and the s340 was the case I was gonna use for my setup anyway :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The 390 is a great choice as well! Just be sure to avoid the Asus 390, because their cards run very hot. MSI, Powercolor, and XFX are the best options

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this build but I will use a r9 390 due to having much more vram which is needed for rendering etc

Having 8GB of VRAM is going to be moot if you're using CPU based raytracing engines, which is what you'll probably be stuck with if you choose an AMD GPU for this. openCL raytracing engines are years behind where CUDA engines are at.

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