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September 25, 2013 3:52:18 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:Ideally black friday/cyber monday

Budget Range: NA

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Virtual Machines, web design, App design, gaming, video editing/conversion

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($314.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($359.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050014-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($596.96 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Dell U2713HM 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($596.96 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G700s Wireless Laser Mouse ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $3318.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 06:48 EDT-0400)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Must be Amazon, regardless of price.

Location: Portland, OR

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Look above, 1440p and 1080p

Additional Comments: Have a MSI Frozr 7950, OCZ vertex 2 120gb for a scratch drive, and 2 1TB WD Black FAEX drives for storage. The memory on newegg is only a place holder, pcparts doesnt recognize that kit on amazon even though it is there.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Setting up a new business and will be using this as the primary computer. Further workstations/servers in the future.

So what are your thoughts on this build?
September 25, 2013 6:37:32 AM

Looks like a nice build but I would make a couple suggestions...

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrHb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($321.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($326.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 TWIN FROZR 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050014-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $3163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 09:19 EDT-0400)

I made a couple changes to your build but nothing major. It looked like you knew what you were doing but I had a couple suggestions. I changed to the Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB 2133MHZ RAM since it offers better performance and only costs $6 more. I also switched out the EVO for the 840 SSD, the 840 has a much better price/performance ratio and you will never notice the small difference in performance. I added in another HD 7950 to Crossfire with if you're interested in that because you can save a LOT of money going with 2 QNIX QX2710 monitors instead of the Dells. The QNIX is a lot cheaper 1440p IPS panel that can also be OC'ed to 120Hz refresh rate. Personally, I'd get 3 of those but you're welcome to stick with that Asus you want. Other than that, I recommend getting a wired mouse. Wireless mice are a royal pain in the butt if you use them daily. You will be changing batteries every other month. The Razer Death Adder is also a proven tried and true gaming mouse with excellent ergonomics and performance. Looks like you had the bones of the system pretty well nailed down though!
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September 25, 2013 7:22:50 AM

popperd9 said:
Looks like a nice build but I would make a couple suggestions...

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrHb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($321.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($326.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 TWIN FROZR 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050014-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $3163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 09:19 EDT-0400)

I made a couple changes to your build but nothing major. It looked like you knew what you were doing but I had a couple suggestions. I changed to the Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB 2133MHZ RAM since it offers better performance and only costs $6 more. I also switched out the EVO for the 840 SSD, the 840 has a much better price/performance ratio and you will never notice the small difference in performance. I added in another HD 7950 to Crossfire with if you're interested in that because you can save a LOT of money going with 2 QNIX QX2710 monitors instead of the Dells. The QNIX is a lot cheaper 1440p IPS panel that can also be OC'ed to 120Hz refresh rate. Personally, I'd get 3 of those but you're welcome to stick with that Asus you want. Other than that, I recommend getting a wired mouse. Wireless mice are a royal pain in the butt if you use them daily. You will be changing batteries every other month. The Razer Death Adder is also a proven tried and true gaming mouse with excellent ergonomics and performance. Looks like you had the bones of the system pretty well nailed down though!


Thanks for the input, its appreciated.

I am concerned about the color reproduction in the sRBG color space of those monitors, I will not be purchasing any calibrators at this time. Hence something pre-calibrated from the factory did sound appealing.
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September 25, 2013 7:33:55 AM

bubonik said:
popperd9 said:
Looks like a nice build but I would make a couple suggestions...

Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1HrHb/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($104.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($203.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($321.02 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($326.50 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 TWIN FROZR 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm Fan ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair CO-9050014-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Monitor: QNIX QX2710 Evolution II 27" LED Monitor ($347.90 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Laser Mouse ($43.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $3163.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-25 09:19 EDT-0400)

I made a couple changes to your build but nothing major. It looked like you knew what you were doing but I had a couple suggestions. I changed to the Corsair Vengeance Pro 32GB 2133MHZ RAM since it offers better performance and only costs $6 more. I also switched out the EVO for the 840 SSD, the 840 has a much better price/performance ratio and you will never notice the small difference in performance. I added in another HD 7950 to Crossfire with if you're interested in that because you can save a LOT of money going with 2 QNIX QX2710 monitors instead of the Dells. The QNIX is a lot cheaper 1440p IPS panel that can also be OC'ed to 120Hz refresh rate. Personally, I'd get 3 of those but you're welcome to stick with that Asus you want. Other than that, I recommend getting a wired mouse. Wireless mice are a royal pain in the butt if you use them daily. You will be changing batteries every other month. The Razer Death Adder is also a proven tried and true gaming mouse with excellent ergonomics and performance. Looks like you had the bones of the system pretty well nailed down though!


Thanks for the input, its appreciated.

I am concerned about the color reproduction in the sRBG color space of those monitors, I will not be purchasing any calibrators at this time. Hence something pre-calibrated from the factory did sound appealing.


Gotcha, in that case I'd check out the ASUS PB278Q 27-Inch WQHD LED-lit PLS Professional Graphics Monitor. Either the Asus or the Dell would be a great option.
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September 25, 2013 8:00:09 AM

That asus looks like a solid competitior for the dell and its $40 cheaper per display.

Has anyone seen temperature measurements of my MSI TF 7950 in a CF setup without spacing between the cards? Sticking with the mATX form factor proves slightly challenging for dual card setups.

Edit: I found what I was looking for. Setting up CFX with these coolers and no spacing will not work, top card will be just shy of melting. This card does fine at 1080p anyways, so no big deal.
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September 25, 2013 1:28:33 PM

Does anyone want to throw more opinions into this before I close it?
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September 25, 2013 4:39:57 PM

The 350D should allow enough airflow through the case so the 7950 TF will remain plenty cool. Generally, you want the aftermarket cooler instead of the reference blower even with an SLI/Crossfire setup as long as you have a nice case with good airflow.
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September 26, 2013 4:02:42 PM

popperd9 said:
The 350D should allow enough airflow through the case so the 7950 TF will remain plenty cool. Generally, you want the aftermarket cooler instead of the reference blower even with an SLI/Crossfire setup as long as you have a nice case with good airflow.


Airflow through the case will not be a problem. Unfortunately this board utilizes slot 1 and 3 for PCIE connectivity, eliminating any spacing between this card. And the MSI 7950 TF needs the space in order to breathe properly in a CF setup. If I had the reference cards it wouldn't be a problem, but that's not the case. While going to the Gigabyte sniper m5 would solve that problem, the bottom card will be touch the PSU so it also poses problems. These guys talk all about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1401102/corsair-350d-owners-...

This is going to be an interim setup until next year when i upgrade to a socket 2011 based build or step up to xeons if the need arises.
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