Please recommend a PC config. to build right away

Spandana

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1. My PC will be used for maya, real flow, after effects and premiere primarily.
2. My budget is 1500$
3.i will be buying parts in the US
4. From a microcenter
5. No specification on brands
6. I wont be using any of the current parts
7. Default speeds
8. Pretty high res projects. Sometimes till 3K
9. Will be building it right away
10. I need not buy any software
 

mvbighead

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Something like this would be a fair start:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s7nh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s7nh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3s7nh/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($387.73 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK550 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($56.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $1017.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 09:34 EDT-0400)

Add in this monitor:
http://www.amazon.com/PB278Q-27-Inch...rds=4k+monitor

Should be just about $1500 for parts only.

Wait for other feedback, as you may be able to use a not workstation level card with a similar feature set at a much lower price. Not terribly familiar with those applications, so I went off of system recommendations for Maya.
 

lehtv

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The above looks pretty nice. Since you'll be using a discrete video card, I'd recommen the Xeon E3 1230v3 for a CPU instead of the i5. It's about $50 more but hyperthreaded and lacks IGP
 

mvbighead

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The above looks pretty nice. Since you'll be using a discrete video card, I'd recommen the Xeon E3 1230v3 for a CPU instead of the i5. It's about $50 more but hyperthreaded and lacks IGP

I'm not sure I'd bother with that. In the end, you're spending $50 more for hyperthreading on slower cores. Perhaps useful for some of the applications the OP is interested in, but I wouldn't figure to the tune of an extra $50.
 

lehtv

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I'm not sure I'd bother with that. In the end, you're spending $50 more for hyperthreading on slower cores. Perhaps useful for some of the applications the OP is interested in, but I wouldn't figure to the tune of an extra $50.

Premiere and AE encoding benefits nicely from HT. From what I've read, Real Flow is also well multithreaded. Not sure about Maya.

And no it's not on "slower cores" unless you're splitting hairs. The i5-4670 is a whopping 3% faster per core in the best case scenario (4 core multi 35 vs 34), and it has 6 MB cache versus 8 MB for the Xeon. It's really a difference between HT or no HT. In situations that can utilize the extra threads, you're looking at a 20-30% improvement in performance for a 22% increase in cost ($250 vs $205).

Although... having I re-read the OP, it seems he can stop by a Microcenter. The 4770K + Z87-G41 combo is $325, while the 4670K + Z87-G41 combo is $245. The latter is quite easily better value for money, but the i7 should be within reach in terms of budget.
 
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