Game Design and 3D rendering bargain build


Feb 26, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: asap, maybe as long as 2 weeks
Budget Range: as close to $1000 as I can get, $1300 at the top before rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game design, 3d rigging and animation, adobe suite, maya, unity game engine, playing games
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS *need monitor, preferably dual!*
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I can pick up at their store
Country: USA, Detroit Area
Parts Preferences: good quality, going to last, but otherwise no preference on brand
Overclocking: Maybe. Don't know much about it but if it'll help I'll learn
SLI or Crossfire: don't care
Monitor Resolution: higher is better, but again balancing quality and bargain

This is my first adventure into building computers! I'm a 2D concept artist in the entertainment field (video games principally) who is trying to expand my skills to include 3D and design and my laptop won't cut it. I need a machine that is as economically priced as possible, includes enough power to get me through two years with only minor upgrades. No bells, no whistles, only utilitarian power and functionality. $1300 is my ceiling for cost including dual screens, lower is better. I have a lot of open box prices on here, what do you think of those? Generally things like this I've done in the past for other things and the items have been fine, are computers different?

My build:
TOWER 37.99 EVO Mid Tower ATX Computer Case

MOTHERBOARD (open box price) $167.96 P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

PROCESSOR 179.99 Intel Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor

VIDEO $159.99 (139.99 after rebate) 01G-P3-1557-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card

Xtreme N Desktop PCI Adapter

FAN $42.99 Freezer 13 High Performance CPU Cooler for Intel and AMD

OPTICAL DRIVE $14.99 Miscellaneous CD-RW/DVD-RW IDE Internal Drive - Refurbished

RAM 34.99 x2 70$ 8GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10600 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

POWER SUPPLY Open box $29.96 Silver Series ILS-600 600 Watt ATX Power Supply

HARD DRIVE Open box $119.96 Deskstar 7K2000 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 7,200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5" Desktop Internal Hard Drive - OEM

MONITORS 111.99x2 = $224
20" Class LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

Total 1174.25 (including tax)

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