I'm needing just a bit of input on an LGA 2011 build.

This is my first build. Bear in mind, I am not really a computer gamer, and I am not a graphical designer. Nor could I really even be considered a proficient computer user.

My reasons for building this rig are two-fold; I would like to this rig to be future-proof, and I'm interested in component build quality. It is likely that within the next 2-4 years I will be using this rig for 3D modeling in CAD. I know you guys might consider this rig overkill even for that, but like I said, I'm also taking into account the quality of the components.

So, here's what I have so far:

Intel Core i7-3820

Asus Sabertooth X79

EVGA 02G-P4-3657-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost

Lian-Li PC-B12B

SeaSonic Platinum 1000

Corsair Vengeance DDR3(4 x 4GB)

ASUS Xonar Essence STX Sound Card

Tripp Lite ISOBAR6DBS Surge Suppressor

ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wireless Router

Originally, I was going to go with a board that was about $100 cheaper, but the 5 year limited warranty on the Sabertooth was just too irresistible. Reviews were also better for this board. The EVGA video card has very positive reviews on Newegg, all 13 reviewers have given it 5 stars. Please feel free to provide any input or suggestions on any of these components!

I believe the only thing I'm lacking here are a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. For the monitor, I believe I have narrowed my choices down to either the Acer T232HL or the T272HL, as I'm wanting a touchscreen monitor. I'm a little apprehensive though, as the computer monitor market seems to be quickly transitioning. Are there better options out there for monitors, or am I better off waiting a few more months?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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  1. Consider switching from the 4x4 sticks of RAM to the 2x8 gig sticks, they are the same price, plus it makes it makes more sense since the Motherboard can hold up to 64Gigs of RAM.

    The Nvidia 760 just came out recently. It's a more power than a 650 Boost, for a little bit more.

    The 1000 watt PSU seems like major overkill, unless your planning on running a 3 or 4 way SLI. Even if you system was running 7970's in CrossFire, 750-850 watts would be plenty, and 7970's chug power compared to Nvidia cards. Corsair TX850 would do you more than fine, especially using 650 TI's. I have a GTX670 using a 650Watt PSU, and i have plenty of leftover to add another if i wanted

    The Lian-Li case seems overprice for it. If you like Lian-Li though, consider their PC-K9B. Still mid tower, but more room for less.

    As for those monitors, they are exactly the same monitors, just 5" difference. If you think that extra $200 is worth that 5" extra. Go for it. Just know that for that price, you could easily get 2 or 3 really nice non touch monitors.

    For mouse and keyboard, definitely consider a mechanical keyboard. They are really nice keyboards, some more expensive than others, but they have a really nice feel to them. Maybe consider the Razer Blackwidow Keyboard
    As for a mouse, just anything you feel comfortable with. I use a $30 logitek M310. Had it for a year now, don't think I've changed the battery in it yet
  2. tator_80 said:
    Consider switching from the 4x4 sticks of RAM to the 2x8 gig sticks, they are the same price, plus it makes it makes more sense since the Motherboard can hold up to 64Gigs of RAM.


    LGA 2011 wants quad channel RAM..... so install in multiples of 4 ..... multiples if 2 for 1150, 1155 and 1156
  3. That's a very expensive and hi end build for a need / usage that won't begin till 2 or 4 years down the road ? I'd call that a bad investment in technology as anything you build "down the road" for 1/2 the price will kick its tail.

    Id do a $900 build today and then build for what ya need in 2015.
  4. tator_80 said:
    Consider switching from the 4x4 sticks of RAM to the 2x8 gig sticks, they are the same price, plus it makes it makes more sense since the Motherboard can hold up to 64Gigs of RAM.

    The Nvidia 760 just came out recently. It's a more power than a 650 Boost, for a little bit more.

    The 1000 watt PSU seems like major overkill, unless your planning on running a 3 or 4 way SLI. Even if you system was running 7970's in CrossFire, 750-850 watts would be plenty, and 7970's chug power compared to Nvidia cards. Corsair TX850 would do you more than fine, especially using 650 TI's. I have a GTX670 using a 650Watt PSU, and i have plenty of leftover to add another if i wanted

    The Lian-Li case seems overprice for it. If you like Lian-Li though, consider their PC-K9B. Still mid tower, but more room for less.

    As for those monitors, they are exactly the same monitors, just 5" difference. If you think that extra $200 is worth that 5" extra. Go for it. Just know that for that price, you could easily get 2 or 3 really nice non touch monitors.

    For mouse and keyboard, definitely consider a mechanical keyboard. They are really nice keyboards, some more expensive than others, but they have a really nice feel to them. Maybe consider the Razer Blackwidow Keyboard
    As for a mouse, just anything you feel comfortable with. I use a $30 logitek M310. Had it for a year now, don't think I've changed the battery in it yet


    I went the 4x4GB route to support the quad channel memory, without spending $350 on memory. I would have preferred to go 4x8GB.

    I guess I didn't explain in my original post that my intentions are to upgrade to dual 4k monitors down the road. I went the 2011 route as this will ensure that I have x16/x16 support, which, as I understand it, will be needed to support those monitors. I may be wrong on this though. I picked the 650 Boost because it was affordable, well powered, well reviewed, and will serve me a couple of years until I can upgrade to a pair of cards with 4k support, maybe Quadros. The 760 is a nice card, but it's also about $100 more than the 650 Boost.

    I am reconsidering the touch monitor, so I'm going to look for a decent 27" non-touch for half the price. The only reason I even need to buy a monitor is because my television is plasma. I don't really want to spend $650 on this first monitor, and I don't think I'll be happy with a 23" as I have pretty bad eyesight. I'll probably just go the Windows 7 route, at that.

    I picked that PSU because it is platinum certified, well reviewed, and comes with a 7 year warranty. Just considering my future upgrades; I was also told that the power consumption of some components tends to increase slightly with age. I don't know if there's any real truth to that, though.

    I'll have to review my choice of case. I just like the simplicity in design of Lian-Li cases, a lot of the other cases I've looked at were gaudy.

    Those Razer keyboards are very, very nice, thanks for making me aware of them. I do prefer mechanical keyboards, anyways. My primary consideration is that I'm a lefty, and especially when I'm using a mouse I have a tendency to reach my left arm across my body and left-click with my middle finger.

    Thanks so much for the help!
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    That's a very expensive and hi end build for a need / usage that won't begin till 2 or 4 years down the road ? I'd call that a bad investment in technology as anything you build "down the road" for 1/2 the price will kick its tail.

    Id do a $900 build today and then build for what ya need in 2015.


    I was considering an 1155 build when I first started looking into this 8 months ago. But, now that I'm ready to buy, I'm seeing the 1150 Haswell stuff starting to creep in and supplant the 1155 stuff.

    I need a computer now, regardless of what I'm doing with it the next 2 or so years, but I just see the 1155 socket being a dead end for me in 2 years. As for the 1150, right now an 1150 build would cost roughly the same as a 2011 build. I just don't see the point in going 1155 when this computer is going to wind up being a workstation for my business in a couple of years.
  6. I always forget that LGA 2011 goes for the Quad channel instead of the Normal Dual channel 1155 does. But to be honest, if this is for a rig for future proofing you might still consider going 2x8gigs. It might be a tad slower now, but it will save you some money in the long run if your trying to go for the full 64gigs of RAM it's capable of. If not, then yea, go for the 4x4, just know if you decide to try to go for 64 Gigs, your going to waste a lot of money

    If your going Windows 7, then yea, I don't see the reason in those Touch monitors for that price.

    If your supporting 4K monitors, i believe that boils down to more of the GPU than the x16 lanes they plug into. The Rampage board only has PCI 3.0 on it, so BandWidth isn't an issue there. I'm not sure a little 650 Boost could handle 2 4k monitors however. Thats the reason i recommend the 760 or 660 Ti. Both are about the same price, 760 has a little more kick to it considering it's supposed to fall in between the 660ti and 670. I'd even go as far as considering a 770 if your trying to really go for 4k. It's just as if not more powerful than the 680.
    If your going to spend that much on a rig, might as well make it something you'll be proud of and not regret buying a certain part. When i build my rig, i put a little 550ti, and i regretted it fairly quickly with the amount of gaming I do. Felt almost like I wasted $140, when i could have put another $100 in and got something I wouldn't be so quick to notice things it cant handle.

    As for the left handed thing... haha.. I feel you on that. I guess i was lucky enough to be ambidextrous. I do everything left handed, except write, so i feel more comfortable with a mouse in my right hand. Reason i brought that up, Razer actually makes a left handed version of there DeathAdder mouse
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