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Beefy and stable workstation rig (programming/graphics/3d/animation)

Hello. I'm trying to put together a proper system for game development, and could use a little help :)

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible
Location: Norway
Budget Range: No limit, but should still be cost-effective.
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
  • Programming (C#/Visual Studio)
  • Unity3D
  • Photoshop / Illustrator
  • 3dsmax / Adobe After Effects
  • Ubuntu in a VM for testing purposes
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    1. Looks pretty good. Lets make it better?

      First MoBo. Asus PRO or Gigabyte UD4 or Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI this last is EATX so you need fulltower to fit it in.
      Mamory. 1866MHz is good. Corsair are just expensive. For example Gskill is cheaper and better quality. Corsair platinum just looks sexy :)
      SSD 256GB or bigger. One samaller you can for cashing this can be 32-128GB faster write speeds are better.
      Noctua NH-D14 is old modell this is new and better. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu14s
      This is bit smaller but good cooler. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12s
      For videocard my suggestion is GTX 760 or cheap GTX 680 if you have money then GTX 780.
      This is now on sale so http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx680dc2o2gd5
      All other 680 are over 500 :) Do not think long :)
      Corsair TX is maybe OK but better is HX? Look here.
      http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/latest/index-landing.aspx
      Other good psu are seasonic http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss750am
      Rosewill full 1000w for 100 price :) http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-rbr1000m
      95 $ rosewill gold 750w http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-capstone750
      What I know all are really good psu. So you can pick what you like best :)
      Just notice that you did have SSD in build. Make it otherway round. Samsung bigger for windows and Kinston for cashing (smaller)
      Or buy two sandisk ultra plus 256GB and make RAID 0
      So my build suggestion looks like this.
      PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

      CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.99 @ NCIX US)
      CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
      Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($236.98 @ SuperBiiz)
      Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
      Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
      Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
      Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
      Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.82 @ Amazon)
      Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
      Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
      Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.53 @ Amazon)
      Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
      Total: $2177.23
      (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
      (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 18:52 EDT-0400)

      About that fan noice H100 is making lot more noise than silent air cooler.
      if you want silent water cooling only way to is cuostom loop.
      Then you need batter case. Maybe best to do nice silent water coolin build is silverstone this model
      http://pcpartpicker.com/part/silverstone-case-ft02susb30
      You cn find black too :) There goes 3*180mm rad to cool your cpu + videocard. Some minor modding needs bot much.
      Silverstone TJ11 is maybe bestor Corsair 900D for custom loop.
      I have Enermax Fullmo GT Rosewill Blackhawk ultra is near sama case.
      Benefit is lots room and 420-560mm rad can be fitted to top of the case.
      Rosewill do have cheap one about 145$ this one. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-thorv2w
      http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-thorv2

      Corsair Air 540 is nice cube case.
      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139022&Tpk=corsair%20air%20540

      Hehe. Try to make good build :) Good luck :)
    2. Hey! Thanks for your input. I went ahead and updated the list above with new considerations in mind. I will run 2xSSDs in RAID0 as you suggested, as I read it will help with build times. For most things you apparantly won't notice a difference, but build times is very important to me (source).

      I should also add that I have a limited range of hardware to choose from - as I need to use specific shops - so not all suggestions are available to me :) E.g. Rosewill doesn't seem to available at all. Nor Gskill. Actually the only RAM 1866+ available IS Corsair Dominator / Vengeance, so I'll have to live with paying over the top for RAM.
    3. 1600MHz memory is fast enough.
      Look good brands like Gskill Crucial What is cheap and good. Look Cl9 or Cl8 memory kits.
      If you live in EU then maybe best order from german store.
      Like HWversand they will shipp to 20 country or so. And prcie are good.
      Big plus is that they sell super flower psu. same as the rosewill. just re branded.
      http://www.hardwareversand.de/
    4. Well, I'm not paying for the rig, my job is. And they prefer to use those shops as they have deals with them for reduced prices. Additionally, when ordering products abroad you have to pay 25% in taxes on items above ~€25. So take the 4930K CPU for instance, it costs €526.20 inc VAT at hardwareversand.de. €526.20 = 4123NOK. + 25% = 5153.75 NOK. Plus delivery from Germany. Same CPU cost 4600 NOK in the webshop I used. Minus the discount my job has.
    5. Then Samsung PRO is good buy.
      Look if they have corsair new RM PSU. Thay seems to be really good. (new model)
      Seasonic is good psu too.
      It seems like you have good build coming up :)
    6. Like these? Samsung PRO 250GB and Corsair RM750, 750W PSU (also 850W, 1000W). 750W should be enough though shouldn't it? I've read that the 4930K uses up to 273W under load, but I dont need much GPU power.
    7. I think samsung pro is 256GB
      Yes. Corsair RM 750 is good pick. But id do not harm to have that 100w more.
      So better buy is maybe that 850w.
      In 40% load RM fan is not spinning. So it is really silent.
    8. Right. Updated the list :)

      I think I will put this one to an order, unless somebody chimes in with additional tips soon :)
    9. Best answer
      Looks good to me! :)
      Bigger HDD like 3TB seagate barracuda is cheaper $ /GB and "better" buy :)
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