1000~1250 USD system for use with tablet monitor.


Feb 23, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: within the week

Budget Range: 1000~1250 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Tablet based Zbrush and Photoshop, some finishing/rigging in Maya

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, OS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: South Korea. (Easy access to any Korean parts for very cheap)

Parts Preferences: Nvidia Based Video Card. I'm open to both workstation and consumer cards. I'm leaning a bit to the consumer based if it has at least 1 gig of ram. I'm leaning towards Intel, but I'm not totally deadset. I definitely want at least 8 gigs of ram. Sound is not terribly important if the onboard is somewhat nice. I want at least a Solid State for OS + 3d/2d programs for use with the tablet monitor to keep response time down.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200 Cintiq 21UX. This will be the max operating resolution

Additional Comments: I may run games occasionally, but it won't be my primary concern as my laptop can do it somewhat decently. (i5 + GT540m) Thanks for the help!


A newegg shopping cart:

COOLER MASTER Elite 341 RC-341C-KKN1-GP Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I have added another fan. It's a small case and fairly cheap, but it will do the job with the added fan. I have used it in several builds.
Western Digital AV-GP WD10EUCX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
If you could grab some used drive to hold you for a bit that would be better. HDD prices will gradually decline for another 8 months or so.
ZOTAC ZT-50313-10M GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 448 Cores (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
This should do. I picked a shorter one, and I was thinking maybe Zotac is S. Korean.
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Happens to be on sale, but it's a fine choice if you can find it there at a good price also.
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel ...
Because we all hate the Intel stock cooler.
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit
Big enough for the OS and a few programs.
TOTAL: $1,191.90

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