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Posted 23 August 2014 - 09:09 PM Edited by TPenterprise, 23 August 2014 - 09:12 PM.

So will a decent gaming PC (e.g. i7 4770K, GTX 750, 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz) also perform well when it comes to 3D modelling and Photo editting? (SolidWorks, Zbrush, Photoshop, Illustrator)

Sorry if it seems like a stupid/obvious question but I was told before (by someone on another forum) that a gaming PC is not optimal for above tasks, but I figured that any PC with high end specs will perform these tasks well. Is this true?

 

The above example is also a very rough one and I'm still looking into it. Can anyone recommend a PC that can perform Gaming + above tasks? Budget approx €700-€1000, hoping to last at least 5 or so years.

 

EDIT: GTA V is probably the only game I will be playing on the PC, or at least the most intensive one anyway, so take this into consideration


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 12:29 PM Edited by killerbee25, 24 August 2014 - 02:15 PM.

Will you overclock? And also, do you need peripherals,OS,or an optical drive? And can you reuse parts you already have?

 

Btw, it is difficult to put together a pc for work and games and keep it under 1k. You might be able to get a decent graphics card,but don't expect to max out every single game.

 

Here's what I could do without OS and peripherals, assuming you don't have any other parts:

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hr9dGX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....GX/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($299.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($170.20 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1033.05
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-24 10:13 EDT-0400

 

You can take down the SSD and add the OS if you don't have it, and if you want to spend a little less, you could go for a FX, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 09:38 PM

You could probably get away with a Core i5, also, just in case you don't want to spend so much on a CPU.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 10:18 PM

FX will probably outperform an i5 for rendering and other heavily multi-threaded applications, and the money you save could significantly boost the GPU. It most likely won't match an i7 for it, but given they're twice the price...

To be honest, if you're doing graphics-intensive work like rendering or using CS6, which has integrated support for GPU processing, you're most likely going see a higher performance-per-$ increase from getting an R290 or GTX780 and a less powerful/expensive processor.

It really does depend on workload. If you're doing lots of GPU-intensive rendering and using multi-threaded applications, then you'd be better off buying an FX-8320 and spending the money you saved by not buying an i7 to get a better GPU. If you're using apps that are older and less suited to multi-threading, or need lots of raw processing power for Photoshop pre-CS6, then you'd probably be better off with an i7.

For an i7 build, the above is pretty decent though personally I'd swap out the Ripjaws RAM as it's kinda overpriced. It doesn't really have any performance benefit over midrange RAM at standard clock speeds. I'd probably look for some exceptionally low-latency 1600mhz stuff.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 06:27 AM Edited by yojo2, 25 August 2014 - 06:27 AM.

Personaly I'd advise going for Xeon E3-1230V3/1231V3 instead of i7-4790. Barely any difference in performance, huge difference in price.
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Posted 25 August 2014 - 11:42 AM Edited by killerbee25, 25 August 2014 - 11:43 AM.

Made some builds, kept them without OS or optical drive:

 

Xeon build, lower latency ram:

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pMDHqs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....qs/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($248.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($164.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1001.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 07:32 EDT-0400

 

FX build, better graphics card,same RAM:

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mz9zXL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....XL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($164.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($349.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1002.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 07:36 EDT-0400

 

i5 build,280x:

 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yhThvK
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker....vK/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($223.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($164.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 280X 3GB royalQueen Video Card  ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $996.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 07:42 EDT-0400


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for the advice and builds everyone, I'll have a good look through them





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