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March 27, 2013 1:28:32 PM

This is my first time building a computer and this is what i have for a build, tell me what you think.
MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2X8GB)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 690-4GD5 GeForce
Harddrive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM
Processor: Intel Core i7-3970X Processor Extreme Edition.
Optical Drive: Asus 12X BD-Rom internal Blueray
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w
Monitor: View Sonic 24" Class 1080p Monitor
Webcam: Logitech HD 910 Webcam
SSD: 256GB 2.5 inch SSD 840 Pro series
CPU Water Cooler: Hydro Series Extreme Performace H100i
how is this for a build?
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 1:39:55 PM

Won't work.
The i7-3970X is a for a different 2011 socket. It is also waay overpriced.
Use a 3570K with the Z77 motherboard instead.

Use the savings to buy a 27" 2560 x 1440 ips monitor.

The GTX690 will bench better fps than the titan at a similar price, but I might go with the titan which will avoid any dual gpu issues and will be plenty for any single monitor.

No need for an expensive liquid cooler. They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool batter than a top air cooler like a Nocua NH-D14 or phanteks in a well ventilated case like yours.
And... there are too many horror stories of leaks ruining everything.
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 1:41:45 PM

geofelt said:
Won't work.
The i7-3970X is a for a different 2011 socket. It is also waay overpriced.
Use a 3570K with the Z77 motherboard instead.

With video editing in the picture, a pricier Core i7-3770K would make sense too. And it's still way cheaper than the 3970X.
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March 27, 2013 1:45:21 PM

geofelt said:
Won't work.
The i7-3970X is a for a different 2011 socket. It is also waay overpriced.
Use a 3570K with the Z77 motherboard instead.

Use the savings to buy a 27" 2560 x 1440 ips monitor.

The GTX690 will bench better fps than the titan at a similar price, but I might go with the titan which will avoid any dual gpu issues and will be plenty for any single monitor.

No need for an expensive liquid cooler. They are expensive, noisy, less reliable, and will not cool batter than a top air cooler like a Nocua NH-D14 or phanteks in a well ventilated case like yours.
And... there are too many horror stories of leaks ruining everything.

So your saying that the extreme wont work with my mother board? Will the Asus Rampage IV Extreme work with it?

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March 27, 2013 1:49:00 PM
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oscarg621 said:
So your saying that the extreme wont work with my mother board? Will the Asus Rampage IV Extreme work with it?

Yes. Any motherboard with the X79 chipset (and therefore the LGA 2011 CPU socket) would work. However, if you do insist on such a system, I would recommend a Core i7-3930K instead of the 3970X. They're both unlocked, so you can simply overclock the cheaper 3930K and get practically identical performance for WAY less money.
March 27, 2013 1:51:14 PM

Sakkura said:
oscarg621 said:
So your saying that the extreme wont work with my mother board? Will the Asus Rampage IV Extreme work with it?

Yes. Any motherboard with the X79 chipset (and therefore the LGA 2011 CPU socket) would work. However, if you do insist on such a system, I would recommend a Core i7-3930K instead of the 3970X. They're both unlocked, so you can simply overclock the cheaper 3930K and get practically identical performance for WAY less money.

Would you recommend a water cooler? I've heard on these powerful CPUs a water cooler was needed
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 1:53:43 PM

Water cooling or a big air cooler. The Corsair H100i is fine, just kinda pricey.
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 1:55:20 PM

That is correct, a i7-3970X is a very expensive $1000+ cpu that requires a X79 based motherboard.
You may be thinking about this ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 $400 motherboard that will work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since money is no object, why buy a 1080P monitor?
You will be more satisfied with a $1000 2560 x 1600 30" ips mpnitor.
March 27, 2013 1:55:35 PM

Sakkura said:
Water cooling or a big air cooler. The Corsair H100i is fine, just kinda pricey.


(sorry asking so many questions) So the Processor isn't worth it so i should go one step down, and the graphics card will be able to run games on ultra settings?
March 27, 2013 2:01:45 PM

geofelt said:

Since money is no object, why buy a 1080P monitor?
You will be more satisfied with a $1000 2560 x 1600 30" ips mpnitor.

I might think about it, so you really don't think a Intel i7 extreme is worth it? But i might go with a 27" possibly

March 27, 2013 2:04:50 PM

the cpu and the motherboard probably wont match!also 3970x may be a waste of money!i mean with less money you get the 3930k with the same performance!
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 2:05:15 PM

oscarg621 said:
(sorry asking so many questions) So the Processor isn't worth it so i should go one step down, and the graphics card will be able to run games on ultra settings?

Yeah the 3970X isn't worth it. The GTX 690 will run games on ultra at 1080p, that's for sure. It really is overkill for that resolution.
March 27, 2013 2:06:54 PM

Gennaios said:
the cpu and the motherboard probably wont match!also 3970x may be a waste of money!i mean with less money you get the 3930k with the same performance!


yeah I'm thinking I'll go with the 3930K and an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme motherboard but thanks for the answer
March 27, 2013 2:08:12 PM

Sakkura said:
oscarg621 said:
(sorry asking so many questions) So the Processor isn't worth it so i should go one step down, and the graphics card will be able to run games on ultra settings?

Yeah the 3970X isn't worth it. The GTX 690 will run games on ultra at 1080p, that's for sure. It really is overkill for that resolution.

Thanks so much, I might end up going with a higher resolution too.
March 27, 2013 2:15:06 PM

geofelt said:


Since money is no object, why buy a 1080P monitor?
You will be more satisfied with a $1000 2560 x 1600 30" ips mpnitor.

What monitor would you recommend?
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 2:30:21 PM

Dell makes good monitors of that type.
Here is a 27"2560 x 1440: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or a 30" 2560 x 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And.. for what it is worth, there are very few games that can make use of more than 2-3 cores, so 6 and 8 core cpu's are not much help for the gamer.
To my mind, a 3570K with a mild OC to 4.3 is as good as it gets for gamers today.
It is more effective to spend the budget on graphics power.
March 27, 2013 2:34:16 PM

geofelt said:
Dell makes good monitors of that type.
Here is a 27"2560 x 1440: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or a 30" 2560 x 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And.. for what it is worth, there are very few games that can make use of more than 2-3 cores, so 6 and 8 core cpu's are not much help for the gamer.
To my mind, a 3570K with a mild OC to 4.3 is as good as it gets for gamers today.
It is more effective to spend the budget on graphics power.

okay, so are you saying my graphics card wont be able to run games on ultra in 2560x1600? But an i7-3930K processor will be fine?
a b 4 Gaming
March 27, 2013 2:39:53 PM

How well you can run a 2560 x 1600 monitor is dependent on the graphics card, mostly.
A i7-3930K will not make any significant difference compared to a 3570K in most games.

I have no problem with my 2560 x 1600 monitor and a GTX680 and a 3570K.
But, then, I am not a hard core first person shooter gamer.
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