New build for Maya, cs5 $2000 budget


Apr 23, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: DCC, Maya, CS5, no gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: open

Overclocking: Yes, if not significantly affecting reliability

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This will be my first build. Will sacrifice performance for reliability and ease of build. Below is my best guess at a system. Would like feedback on if everything will work together and any suggestions on better component selections would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I'm not sure if I really need a SSD for a boot drive...are they reliable enough? Will this only improve system boot times and the time it takes to load programs?

cpu: i7-2600k sandy bridge 3.4Ghz
- $314

board: asrock p67 extreme4
- $159

memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)
- $125

psu: Seasonic X-650
- $139

 case: Lian Li PC-9F ATX mid tower case
- $139

boot drive: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3 120G
- $259

storage drive: Samsung spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 rpm
- $ 55

gpu: evga geforce gtx 570
- $329

monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2311H 23in
- $279

os: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
- $99

cooling: Cool master Hyper 212
- $49

total $1946
Good selection of parts,...

Some suggestions -

SSD - No doubt that the OCZ is fast, but there are so many users reporting firmware issues,... I would either change or put on hold the SSD purchase,...
Another alternative -
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB - Buy 2 in RAID 0, would offer very high performance,...

Mobo - Get this board, is a very good board in this price range and IMO for your needs you wont need that P67 Extreme, also this combo is pretty good with the above SSD,...

PSU - The 750W is cheaper with this code,...
$30 off w/ promo code EMCKCJH28, ends 7/18

CPU Cooler - That Hyper 212+ is overrated, so go with any of these instead,...