Hey I've decided to build my first pc with a max budget of $1200. I put something together below.
I will be using it for animation and 3d modelling as well as gaming. What do you guys think? (I live in Australia by the way which is why prices might be different) --- 3ds FC: 1418 6822 8030 PSN: BlinKy_BiII
Looks good. It's a solid build that will have plenty of power.
Edit: I have no experience doing 3d modelling so what the above poster said is worth checking out if you don't already know. --- Attack Jet - Division 1 (World) | Fighter Jet - Division 1 (World) Fighter Jet - Division 1 (Toronto), Rank #5
Even if you don't overclock I'd recommend getting the CPU cooler. Extend the lifespan of your CPU. The stock coolers are kinda garbage. --- The passion of lovers is for death said she The passion of lovers is for death
I'd think about an i7, but if you can't afford that the i5 should be decent enough. If you don't plan on overclocking, I wouldn't get the K model processor and z97 motherboard. If you do plan to oc I'd invest in an aftermarket cooler. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a good cooler for a good price ($30 USD). --- 21B64R09E14A35K92T29H45E17W43A82L95L19S57D36O18W39N8Y2J (V)0-0(V) This is Mudcrab. Copy and paste him into your signature to help him achieve world Domination.
It always shocks me at how much computer stuff costs when I look. I die a little inside when I think of what I spent :(
Anyways because you said 3d modeling and animation which is..coincidentally what I do you do want the good stuff whenever possible. I'll just say what I would do different with your build. Take it for what you want.
Personally, I would go with the i7. It won't help you in gaming but come time to make textures in Maya it will. Rendering a scene will set the CPU at 99% for hours so the more power the better. I would go RAID WD drives. Trust me, I lost months of work because of a failed hard drive...don't be an idiot like me. I almost gave up on everything when that happened. I would also consider a 128/256GB boot ssd. It is nice having photoshop and maya open in mere seconds..it just makes the workflow that much better.
Other than that...looks okay. It's a extremely rewarding job and the better computer you have the better work (I feel) we put out.
Oh it is bad. I wanted fairly good colors so I got 3 of the Dell U2414H monitors on big stand. At the time it set me back 1k...but it needed to be done. I have raid setup and everything and it "just works"
Just be sure to keep your data safe. The computer only costs a few grand, your data is invaluable. I can't stress it enough! :p