Ready to buy any day now. $1000, photos, 3D modeling


Oct 24, 2010
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Any day now. Before Friday.
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) ~$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, 3d modeling, games
Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) I am building from the ground up.

Do you need to buy OS: No
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg mostly, I'll go elsewhere if the price is a lot better.

Location: City, State/Region, Country -Houston Texas

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Intel CPU, AMD GPU, Good reliable power supply.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: See under build table
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old workstation is falling apart.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Mac Mall)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($121.74 @ Mwave)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Inwin BUC ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1054.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 12:08 EST-0500)

I already have a lot of HDD space, so I don't need that. I am a bit worried about the size of the case, will all of this fit well in there? Do you think that this cooler would be good enough to cool the 3770k at 4.2 Ghz?

Feel free to comment on anything else if you think I could save money anywhere, or get a big performance change anywhere for not too much money.


Many people have tried for years to find one GPU to handle well both 3D graphics and games. You will be the first I've herd of. The drivers are simply diametrically opposed to each other. Also, I would do a little more research on SSDs.


Oct 24, 2010
Luckily my modeling suite only uses the GPU to run the GUI. All rendering is done with the CPU.

I send anything really crazy to a render farm though.

Do you think the case will be big enough?