Question Should I build or buy?

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I am curious to know what would be better in todays market with the chip shortage.

I need a PC that will run Maya, Zbrush, clip stuido and several other hard processing programs. Also I need it to handle light gaming without over heating.

Can anyone suggest a build for under 1k?
Or is it better to buy a premade system considering the shortage?
 

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Looking at workstation class systems, I would say building.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor ($214.90 @ Adorama)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 UD ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($189.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($71.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY Quadro K2200 4 GB Video Card ($262.83 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar MX330-G Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-14 15:06 EDT-0400
 
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Yeah unless you can find a good deal on a gpu prebuilt is sadly the way to go.

In a perfect world a user built system would be the best option as prebuilts always cut a few corners.
 
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Yeah unless you can find a good deal on a gpu prebuilt is sadly the way to go.

In a perfect world a user built system would be the best option as prebuilts always cut a few corners.
not just a few corners...go watch the recent series by GamersNexus on prebuilts.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_b0ndn5oIg


You have to be really careful with what you buy for around $1k. And even while it's one of the only ways to get a GPU in todays market you have to be careful what seeming first-rate brands like Dell dump on you and call a GPU.

Then there's also the sad fact you can order one and they take your card but then you find out, oh sorry, we're out but will restock. Really, really soon. Promise.

But all in all, at this price point you'll have to be able to work with whatever system you get to turn it into something that's 'good'....IF it's based on industry standard hardware.
 
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Yeah unless you can find a good deal on a gpu prebuilt is sadly the way to go.

In a perfect world a user built system would be the best option as prebuilts always cut a few corners.
Very true building is def better than prebuild. Too much lighting in a prebuild for absolutely no reason than to hike up the energy bill lol.
 
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Looking at workstation class systems, I would say building.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor ($214.90 @ Adorama)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 UD ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($189.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($71.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY Quadro K2200 4 GB Video Card ($262.83 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar MX330-G Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-14 15:06 EDT-0400
Thats not a bad price at all. The hard part is getting that specific part currently with the shortage but your right building is better for the type of work Ill be asking of it in general.
 
You might look at a CyberPower or similar type system. At least they should use standard parts, so if you'd want to upgrade later, then you'd probably have an easier time. Some of the prebuilt systems like to use proprietary motherboards and power supplies, which would make upgrading difficult.
 
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Thats not a bad price at all. The hard part is getting that specific part currently with the shortage but your right building is better for the type of work Ill be asking of it in general.
Also I mean to say thank you for your suggestion!! Sorry it took so long to do so
 
Jul 11, 2021
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Looking at workstation class systems, I would say building.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor ($214.90 @ Adorama)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 UD ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($189.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($71.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY Quadro K2200 4 GB Video Card ($262.83 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar MX330-G Air ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic CORE GM 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $990.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-14 15:06 EDT-0400
Also I mean to say thank you for your suggestion!! Sorry it took so long to do so
 

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