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August 13, 2013 5:07:38 AM

Hello friends!

I'm building my first PC (I've helped build others before, but never got into the whole Do-It-Yourself mentality). I will have help from a couple of friends who have built PC's before so I'm not entirely concerned about putting it together (although I have never used thermal paste...).

Okay, on to the good stuff.

Approximate Purchase Date: August 28-30. I only have about $500-$600 now so unless there is a SUPER deal I would like to wait till then.

Budget Range: With shipping 3,100 (including OS)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing HD Video, Gaming, Internet Browsing & Watching/Streaming Videos, Music, & at some point recording music (but this is irrelevant now).

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have one currently and will get a second in a couple months.


Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably windows 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NewEgg, Amazon, or TigerDirect.

Location: Miami, Florida

Parts Preferences: My major involves a TON of editing so definitely an Intel, and NVIDIA build. They work the best, especially with Adobe products.

Overclocking: Maybe, it seems like a good idea.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, I think it might be higher, but to be safe I put this.

Additional Comments: I would like a decent case with multiple built in fans, a window would be nice but not a "must have". I would like it to run quiet but I'm not a huge fan of water cooling. I use the Adobe Suite, i.e. Premiere, Photoshop, Audition...etc... And the games I would play would be Skyrim, ESO, Crysis, and various other games.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: For School, and work. I graduate this year and would like to have a PC that I can use for the next couple of years to help build my name. Also PC gaming.

What I have in mind (some of it may be overkill, which is why I'm asking you guys!)

CPU: Intel 3930k http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (I'm pretty set on this)

GPU: GTX Titan http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I really like the idea of stocking up on VRAM to future proof my pc....I'm willing to change my mind on this....but not easily haha.

MoBo: Asus X79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM: 16 gigs to start with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory 2: thinking of a 1 tb

Case: No Idea yet need advice
Fans: Need advice
Power supply: Need advice

As you can see, I'm very unsure on what to get! If you could give me any advice I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks,
Flphinatic


August 13, 2013 5:16:56 AM

With the recent and MASSIVE price cut on the HD7990 It may be worth looking into for a build of this level, just be sure to grab a beef PSU, preferably gold rated+. I mean you could run !2! of these things for the price of a titan, I mean.. . . holy crap thats insane. You would nee one hell of a strong MB but 12GB of GDDR5 is nothing to laugh at. Also note that ALL of these cards are the same. Same PCB, same cooler design, just the same all around. So really the price difference is just the individual companies choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 13, 2013 5:29:38 AM

First of thank you for creating the system build thread properly.

Here is a build i came up with that will be perfect for whatever work you plan on doing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $3040.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:24 EDT-0400)

Gave you the same CPU, a great motherboard, a higher clocked ram which will allow everything to run better and i didnt go with a 2133 due to latency issues but you can OC the ram to hit 2133 and have no issues with speeds or latency. The HDD is a caviar black and will provide the fastest speeds off and HDD (besides the 10000 one). The GPU I went with 780 sli which a single 780 is only 20% slower so this will be perfect for any game in the next years to come. The case is extremely quiet (i have this one) the inside has plenty of fans and has sound reduction foam on most parts. The PSU is from XFX (made by seasonic) so it is a quality brand and has a $30 MIR.

Hope this was helpful :) 
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August 13, 2013 5:31:55 AM

Cwright7930 said:
With the recent and MASSIVE price cut on the HD7990 It may be worth looking into for a build of this level, just be sure to grab a beef PSU, preferably gold rated+. I mean you could run !2! of these things for the price of a titan, I mean.. . . holy crap thats insane. You would nee one hell of a strong MB but 12GB of GDDR5 is nothing to laugh at. Also note that ALL of these cards are the same. Same PCB, same cooler design, just the same all around. So really the price difference is just the individual companies choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I've heard from a lot of people that nvidia is the way to go with for adobe products (they have the most driver support). Do you still think it would be worth it?
August 13, 2013 5:33:57 AM

Cwright7930 said:
With the recent and MASSIVE price cut on the HD7990 It may be worth looking into for a build of this level, just be sure to grab a beef PSU, preferably gold rated+. I mean you could run !2! of these things for the price of a titan, I mean.. . . holy crap thats insane. You would nee one hell of a strong MB but 12GB of GDDR5 is nothing to laugh at. Also note that ALL of these cards are the same. Same PCB, same cooler design, just the same all around. So really the price difference is just the individual companies choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


flphinatic said:
Cwright7930 said:
With the recent and MASSIVE price cut on the HD7990 It may be worth looking into for a build of this level, just be sure to grab a beef PSU, preferably gold rated+. I mean you could run !2! of these things for the price of a titan, I mean.. . . holy crap thats insane. You would nee one hell of a strong MB but 12GB of GDDR5 is nothing to laugh at. Also note that ALL of these cards are the same. Same PCB, same cooler design, just the same all around. So really the price difference is just the individual companies choice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I've heard from a lot of people that nvidia is the way to go with for adobe products (they have the most driver support). Do you still think it would be worth it?


7990 is not a good card, 780 sli will destroy that card. Yes it cost the same for a 7990 and a single 780 but if you go 4 way 7990 its going to be terrible with drivers and the 7990 is not a great card. Why else would they cut the price down $350?
August 13, 2013 5:34:47 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
First of thank you for creating the system build thread properly.

Here is a build i came up with that will be perfect for whatever work you plan on doing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $3040.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:24 EDT-0400)

Gave you the same CPU, a great motherboard, a higher clocked ram which will allow everything to run better and i didnt go with a 2133 due to latency issues but you can OC the ram to hit 2133 and have no issues with speeds or latency. The HDD is a caviar black and will provide the fastest speeds off and HDD (besides the 10000 one). The GPU I went with 780 sli which a single 780 is only 20% slower so this will be perfect for any game in the next years to come. The case is extremely quiet (i have this one) the inside has plenty of fans and has sound reduction foam on most parts. The PSU is from XFX (made by seasonic) so it is a quality brand and has a $30 MIR.

Hope this was helpful :) 


I'm not a big fan of liquid cooling. Is there anything else you could recommend? I just like low maintenance cooling. Also I was thinking of doing 1 780, and upgrading to 2 SLI later this year. I might just have to do that.
August 13, 2013 5:37:47 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 
August 13, 2013 5:41:00 AM


7990 is not a good card, 780 sli will destroy that card. Yes it cost the same for a 7990 and a single 780 but if you go 4 way 7990 its going to be terrible with drivers and the 7990 is not a great card. Why else would they cut the price down $350?[/quotemsg]

I agree with this, I have hear horrible reviews on the 7990. Which is why the price got cut down so drastically. Also do you guys think the Titan is just overkill. I just really like it and I don't know why (but even I think its overkill.).

Quick question: I really love the Crysis series would a single 780 be able to run Crysis 3 at max settings with at least 40 fps?
August 13, 2013 5:44:09 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)
August 13, 2013 5:49:06 AM

flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25 inch Card Reader ($34.99)
Total: $2415.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:48 EDT-0400)

hot swap HDD bay and plenty of space for anything possible, added a NZXT internal card reader from amazon for $34 anything else you need or want to change?
August 13, 2013 5:55:17 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25 inch Card Reader ($34.99)
Total: $2415.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:48 EDT-0400)

hot swap HDD bay and plenty of space for anything possible, added a NZXT internal card reader from amazon for $34 anything else you need or want to change?


No haha I think you helped me finish! I think you're right with the gtx 780 idea (going with a single will save me a ton of money for now!). I can always sli in the future. Thanks for the help I really appreciate it!
August 13, 2013 5:59:07 AM

flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25 inch Card Reader ($34.99)
Total: $2415.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:48 EDT-0400)

hot swap HDD bay and plenty of space for anything possible, added a NZXT internal card reader from amazon for $34 anything else you need or want to change?


No haha I think you helped me finish! I think you're right with the gtx 780 idea (going with a single will save me a ton of money for now!). I can always sli in the future. Thanks for the help I really appreciate it!


no problem man and hope everything goes well! be sure to select best answer if i was helpful, have a good day
August 13, 2013 11:51:57 AM

RaisingTheBarHD said:
flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25 inch Card Reader ($34.99)
Total: $2415.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:48 EDT-0400)

hot swap HDD bay and plenty of space for anything possible, added a NZXT internal card reader from amazon for $34 anything else you need or want to change?


Just purchased everything! But I made a few changes

CPU: i7-4770k (the biggest change) figured for $150 less and 4th gen it was worth it.
GPU: GTX 780 - really happy I went with this instead of the Titan!
MoBo: ASUS Z87 Sabertooth
PSU: ULTRA X4 1050W modular v2
SSD: Samsung 840 250g SSD
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ATA 2tb (bought at the tiger direct store around the corner from me) $69- It was on sale!
Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 16gb 1866MHz DDr3
Cooling: I actually went with water cooling haha Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Liquid CPU Cooler
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid Case


So what do you think of my final build? Is it what I should have done? I think that your input really helped me out, even though I changed a few things. Lemme know what ya think!
August 13, 2013 12:09:35 PM

flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
flphinatic said:
RaisingTheBarHD said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Total: $2310.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:37 EDT-0400)

there you go and saved a bunch :) 


Thanks! I'm not a huge fan of the case, so maybe because I'm saving on money on GPUs I'll get a nicer case (maybe a corsair). What would you recommend (I'd like to have a card reader if thats possible)


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($179.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($225.24 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.90 @ Amazon)
Other: NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25 inch Card Reader ($34.99)
Total: $2415.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 08:48 EDT-0400)

hot swap HDD bay and plenty of space for anything possible, added a NZXT internal card reader from amazon for $34 anything else you need or want to change?


Just purchased everything! But I made a few changes

CPU: i7-4770k (the biggest change) figured for $150 less and 4th gen it was worth it.
GPU: GTX 780 - really happy I went with this instead of the Titan!
MoBo: ASUS Z87 Sabertooth
PSU: ULTRA X4 1050W modular v2
SSD: Samsung 840 250g SSD
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ATA 2tb (bought at the tiger direct store around the corner from me) $69- It was on sale!
Memory: Kingston HyperX Beast 16gb 1866MHz DDr3
Cooling: I actually went with water cooling haha Corsair Hydro Series H60 High Liquid CPU Cooler
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T Mid Case


So what do you think of my final build? Is it what I should have done? I think that your input really helped me out, even though I changed a few things. Lemme know what ya think!


for such a high quality build i would of gone with a better PSU and Cooler. You dont wanna cheap out on PSU since that powers Everything and th h60 is OK i would of gone h100i
August 13, 2013 3:34:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($205.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($157.11 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($176.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($613.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($154.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Xspc raystorm 750 360 ($160.00)
Total: $2288.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-13 18:34 EDT-0400)

Instead of aio-watercoolers, better get custome watercooling kit,
Gpu watercooling would also be nice

Pretty easy to do, also very safe.
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