Yes I would say "lightweight" 3d work. I use all sorts of software Blender, 3ds max, sketchup depends what source my model is. Having absolutely no 3d talent means I'm purchasing or finding free models for my needs however the workflow is always to export to unity and none of the scenes are really animated so you may have a point that CUDA support is good enough. I cant go with AMD due to mac compatibility issues.
It's about the same issue of the proposed i7: the more the power draw, the more the heat (from the PSU and from the chips themselves), so the higher the temperatures, the more the heat build up inside the case, and in case - pun intended - the more the overall noise.
Hmmm this has opened my eyes up to something I didn't know.
Obviously because its been so long since I've upgraded I don't mind spending $100 here and there on a more powerful CPU or GPU. However if the knock on effect is increased power, heat and then noise... well I think I'm less willing to spend thermal currency. Especially considering the heatwave laden summer Melbourne is currently having. The house has AC but when you have 4 days in a row over 40 deg c it gets hot no matter what yo do! Silent PC operation becomes less of a worry with fans pointed at you but the PC becomes an extra source of heat and they really do start to struggle on those hot days.
SPCR reviewers uses Kingston LoVo, I own it, I recommend it.
Another SPCR forumers favourite is the Crucial Ballistix Sport
Unfortunately I cannot source any of these locally. I noticed CA_Steve has G.Skill Ares ram. I can source the 1600 version for my motherboard locally? http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=19766
What do you think better than the corsair?
That Seasonic is a great PSU (I own an X-460 and owned an X-750) but, with reference to the power draw of the proposed setup, it is a somewhat "borderline" recommendation, due to the noise profile of that Seasonic KM3 platform (check the relevant SPCR reviews). Moreover, last batch seem a tad more prone to coil whine than competitors.
IMHO you have to look, within the same power range, to something like the Corsair RM650/RM750, the BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 10, the Enermax Platimax, or even the fanless SuperFlower Golden King platform (Rosewill, Kingwin, SuperFlower itself); otherwise you may look to the SuperFlower Leadex platform (even something like an EVGA 1000 G2 or P2), a clear overkill but electrically better than any of the above mentioned competitors.
I had a video card that had coil whine that drove me insane so would definitely like to avoid it at all costs!
With "borderline" are you saying you think 650W is a bit low for the system? I've had someone on a local forum trying to convince me to go down to 520W!
Unfortunately all I can source locally from your suggestions in the Corsair RM series.
They seem a bit low on reviews on SPCR but seems what has been said is good. OK lets make it a RM650, from what I've read RM750 can have problems?
So here is my revised shopping cart thanks to your input:
Your shopping cart
Intel Core i5 4670K $275.00
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H Motherboard $229.00
Fractal Design Define R4 Titanium Grey $149.00
Corsair RM-650 80 Plus Gold Power Supply $159.00
MSI GeForce GTX 760 Gaming Edition OC 2GB $329.00
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive 240GB $249.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $205.00
What do you think? How about putting the money saved into a bigger SSD? Any issues with doing that?
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive 480GB $469.00
I have to look up a CPU cooler too I cant source the Mugen locally
Thanks again you guys have helped me a lot!