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July 6, 2013 1:12:29 PM

So I recently won an Intel i7-3970x proccessor at a LAN and now of course I've got to use it to build a new system. :) 

My problem is I want to build a PC under ~$1500 while at the same time taking advantage of the extreme-ness of the i7-3970x.

Here is what I've sorted through and chosen off of Newegg.com:

Cooler Master CM Storm Series Trooper Full ATX - Case
ASRock X79 Extreme6 Socket LGA 2011 - MOBO
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB - Video Card
Patriot Viper 3 (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133 - RAM
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series 128GB SSD - HD
Corsair H60 hydro cooler - CPU cooler/fan

This leaves out the necessary larger mechanical hard drive for storage purposes and assorted optical drives.

I'm inexperienced enough that I'm having a hard time determining if these components will build a fairly "even" system or if I'm overlooking a fairly weak component that would be worth upping to bring the system up overall. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

p.s. I've considered going in for SLI'd GTX 650's but am unsure of the cost/reward benefits.

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July 6, 2013 1:30:08 PM

If your into gaming get a much better graphics card. The 650 ti is considered the lowest you'd want for gaming.
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July 6, 2013 1:40:26 PM

Honestly... there isn't much 'extreme-ness' to the cpu anyway.... If its new and boxed you could sell it and add the profit to your budget?

Unless its part of the T&C of the prize?
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July 6, 2013 1:53:52 PM

drtoast said:
Honestly... there isn't much 'extreme-ness' to the cpu anyway.... If its new and boxed you could sell it and add the profit to your budget?

Unless its part of the T&C of the prize?


Yeah I considered that. However I will most likely never spend $1k of my own money on a processor and I was excited to be able to use such an expensive CPU. Maybe I should just sell it and get a more inexpensive processor and up the quality of the video card.

If that's the case, which video card(s) would you reccomend? Is there a video card that stands out to you? (directed at the previous poster as well)
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July 6, 2013 4:00:30 PM

With that amount of money (assuming you got a fairly close price on the cpu sale) you could buy and run two gtx770 4gb in sli and still have pocket change... as well as maxing just about any game for the next 3-4 years... providing they dont make crysis 4 in that timespan :p 
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July 6, 2013 6:16:51 PM

I would suggest a single 780 instead of 2 770's. One single card is always better. That is plenty of power now and you can upgrade later.
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July 7, 2013 5:53:37 AM

while yes single cards are normally recommended over dual cards, its usually a single high end card over two low / mid end.

on the other hand 2 high end cards versus one high end is a no brainer, they would wipe the floor with a 780. You could max out the famously rig melting crysis 3 across 3 screens with them.
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July 7, 2013 6:52:16 AM

So, you should get these parts :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Intel DX79TO ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($204.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($239.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1588.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 09:48 EDT-0400)

But if you sell the 3970X and add another 1500 dollars to it, then you can get a much better i7 4770K build. With two 770's in SLI and what not. So if you can sell this CPU, then please sell it. As this CPU is like 2-3 years old and the haswell i7 performs almost the same to it. So there is no point in putting this CPU and also the parts like Motherboard for this CPU are quite expensive. So, for better results, sell this and get the i7 4770K which is almost as powerful as this processor for much less price.
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July 7, 2013 6:58:05 AM

But since you can build a much powerful build for less price (CPU + Parts) and it would offer better performance. I see no reason for not going for this one below.

Just sell that damn CPU if you can. Put it on sale for 700 dollars, someone might just buy it and get this beast below :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($121.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($164.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1945.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 09:56 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 9:25:33 AM

Thanks for the replies guys, I've decided to try and sell the processor and go with the 770 with the future possibility of going SLI. Thanks again for the input.
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