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Is This A Good Build?

PC expectations:
Primary
- Games on highest settings (Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, etc)
- Use screen recording software (Camtasia) while playing games on high or medium settings
- Use voice chat software (Team Speak 3) while gaming and recording
- Play music via Windows Media Player or YouTube while gaming
- Moderate to heavy multitasking while editing/designing
Secondary
- Run Norton Antivirus scans and software updates while doing non-gaming tasks without much lag
- Photoshop high res images
- Web design (Expression Web)
Tertiary
- Edit and render HD video (Sony Vegas)
- 3D Modelling software's for character and level design (Maya, ZBrush, 3Ds Max, UDK)

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core $293.98
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid $103.99
Motherboard: EVGA 132-SE-E775-K2 ATX LGA2011 $139.99
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 $139.99
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 256GB 2.5" SSD $159.99
Storage 2: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $62.99
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB $509.99
Case: Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower $119.99
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V $171.98
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer $15.98

I will use dual monitors, one for a game (windowed) and the other for everything else when gaming.

Does this build seem compatible and is all the hardware a good choice and good brand (optical drive hardly matters at all)?
Am I over paying on any of the parts?
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  1. No one can answer any of my questions?
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    reading the pc purpose, yes it is good build

    Am I over paying on any of the parts?
    depends on your plan. if you are going to upgrade to ivy E 6 cores, using LGA 2011 is right choice
    but if 3820 will be your permanent cpu, i think going with haswell 4770K will be far better
  3. Thank you AMD Radeon,

    As I am not certain if I will be upgrading my processor or not in the next few years I will stick with my pick (depends on how I do with 3D modelling and how immersed I get with that).
  4. viralvengeance said:
    Thank you AMD Radeon,

    As I am not certain if I will be upgrading my processor or not in the next few years I will stick with my pick (depends on how I do with 3D modelling and how immersed I get with that).


    viralvengeance said:
    Thank you AMD Radeon,

    As I am not certain if I will be upgrading my processor or not in the next few years I will stick with my pick (depends on how I do with 3D modelling and how immersed I get with that).


    wait , as I se you are not overclocking.

    the i7 Sandy bridge does not support PCIexpress 3.0

    you should use the XEON Sandy Bridge-e

    your i7 3820

    Link : http://ark.intel.com/products/63698

    is the SAME OF

    Intel Xeon E5-1620

    Link: http://ark.intel.com/products/64621

    read carefully , the XEON Supports PCIe 3.0 , unike the 2011 i7 3820

    see the prices onIntel links THE SAME

    if you are not overclocking use XEONS ! they work with X79

    bt the Xeon is BETTER. it suports PCIE 3.0
  5. sna said:


    wait , as I se you are not overclocking.

    the i7 Sandy bridge does not support PCIexpress 3.0

    you should use the XEON Sandy Bridge-e

    your i7 3820

    Link : http://ark.intel.com/products/63698

    is the SAME OF

    Intel Xeon E5-1620

    Link: http://ark.intel.com/products/64621

    read carefully , the XEON Supports PCIe 3.0 , unike the 2011 i7 3820

    see the prices onIntel links THE SAME

    if you are not overclocking use XEONS ! they work with X79

    bt the Xeon is BETTER. it suports PCIE 3.0


    So basically they are the same price and can are the same performance but the server processor is slightly better? Is a server processor the right choice for non server tasks?

    I want to overclock my hardware when it arrives, yes.
  6. viralvengeance said:
    sna said:


    wait , as I se you are not overclocking.

    the i7 Sandy bridge does not support PCIexpress 3.0

    you should use the XEON Sandy Bridge-e

    your i7 3820

    Link : http://ark.intel.com/products/63698

    is the SAME OF

    Intel Xeon E5-1620

    Link: http://ark.intel.com/products/64621

    read carefully , the XEON Supports PCIe 3.0 , unike the 2011 i7 3820

    see the prices onIntel links THE SAME

    if you are not overclocking use XEONS ! they work with X79

    bt the Xeon is BETTER. it suports PCIE 3.0


    So basically they are the same price and can are the same performance but the server processor is slightly better? Is a server processor the right choice for non server tasks?

    I want to overclock my hardware when it arrives, yes.



    They are the same CPU in terms of performance. but the Xeons are more stable , have more options , support more memory if using registered , and they don't overclock.

    Actually the sandybridge-e i7 is a cut off version of the Xeons.

    you are buying an expensive machine , and it is not PCI express 3.0 enabled , the controller is inside the CPU , and the sandy bridge i7 supports only PCIe 2.0 , the xeons support 3.0

    the new IvyBrige-e coming in September will support PCI-e 3.0 , so if you insist on overclocking wait for them.

    by the way PCIE 3.0 is double the bandwidth of 2.0

    that is 8x 3.0 has the same of 16x 2.0and so on. it is not something to neglect.

    if not , get the xeon.
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