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September 30, 2013 7:50:51 PM

Well, this is going to be my first attempted computer build. I would like to know the opinions of the parts i'm going to use, and if you can recommend me a better part for a decent price, I would be completely grateful.

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D12OBYK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Case:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0051U1XMI/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090I9W66/ref=ox_sc_a...

Video Card:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CU9GOAE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Ram:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008XW05Y8/ref=ox_sc_a... (x2 for 32gb)

Processor:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO8TBQ0/ref=ox_sc_a...

SSD:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WRU/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFFQMCY/ref=ox_sc_a...

Optical Drive:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XIM3QK/ref=ox_sc_a...

Water Cooler:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DWXQKLK/ref=ox_sc_a...


These are the components I have chosen. Yes, I chose to water cool even though this is my first attempt at building, and the heat-sink fan would be a ton easier to install, but I wanted to come out swinging. I also have my keyboard and mouse chosen and there are other extras too, such as custom uv blue tubing, SATA connectors, blue led fans, blue led cold diodes etc. The total comes out to around $3800 with tax. Advice and criticism are welcome. Thanks for your time!
September 30, 2013 7:58:08 PM

Ok here we go...
For a gaming/rendering machine, you want sleek and sexy yet a powerful demon. In that case, I can shed QUITE a bit of cash off that my friend. Allow me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($676.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.66 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1932.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 22:56 EDT-0400)

The 780 is better for rendering as well as some heavy gaming. The fractal design is sexy and sleek yet cool and quiet. The Noctua cooler is cheaper and will run quite cool for your cpu, and an i7 is IMPERATIVE when rendering ANYTHING. Also added a modular power supply for kicks and giggles... Just kidding, modular is the best :) 

Hope this helps!
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September 30, 2013 8:05:47 PM

stick to the haswell get the 4670k its nice little cpu if yopu wanted to save some money and why not try a amd card like r9 280x or 290x or 7970
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September 30, 2013 8:07:18 PM

SilverWolf9000 said:
Ok here we go...
For a gaming/rendering machine, you want sleek and sexy yet a powerful demon. In that case, I can shed QUITE a bit of cash off that my friend. Allow me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($676.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.66 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1932.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 22:56 EDT-0400)

The 780 is better for rendering as well as some heavy gaming. The fractal design is sexy and sleek yet cool and quiet. The Noctua cooler is cheaper and will run quite cool for your cpu, and an i7 is IMPERATIVE when rendering ANYTHING. Also added a modular power supply for kicks and giggles... Just kidding, modular is the best :) 

Hope this helps!



When I say my planned build would be $3800 I forgot to mention a few things. That price estimate included my operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate) $300, Two Computer Screens:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ox_sc_a... (Planning on running dual monitors) $550, and a Blue Yeti Microphone $130. So technically my build is a little over $2500.

SilverWolf, I absolutely love the graphics card you picked, it looks like a monster, but how does it compare to my build's Video Card?
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September 30, 2013 8:11:37 PM

RealitySpeaks said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
Ok here we go...
For a gaming/rendering machine, you want sleek and sexy yet a powerful demon. In that case, I can shed QUITE a bit of cash off that my friend. Allow me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($676.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.66 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1932.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 22:56 EDT-0400)

The 780 is better for rendering as well as some heavy gaming. The fractal design is sexy and sleek yet cool and quiet. The Noctua cooler is cheaper and will run quite cool for your cpu, and an i7 is IMPERATIVE when rendering ANYTHING. Also added a modular power supply for kicks and giggles... Just kidding, modular is the best :) 

Hope this helps!



When I say my planned build would be $3800 I forgot to mention a few things. That price estimate included my operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate) $300, Two Computer Screens:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ox_sc_a... (Planning on running dual monitors) $550, and a Blue Yeti Microphone $130. So technically my build is a little over $2500.

SilverWolf, I absolutely love the graphics card you picked, it looks like a monster, but how does it compare to my build's Video Card?


In terms of gaming it may npt seem worht it, but when you are rendering on the GPU, those extra CUDA cores of the GK110 GPU really start to shine. Plus, its a 3GB video card which works better with multimoniter gaming and things like resolution and antialiasing and other filters :) 
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September 30, 2013 8:34:29 PM

SilverWolf9000 said:
RealitySpeaks said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
Ok here we go...
For a gaming/rendering machine, you want sleek and sexy yet a powerful demon. In that case, I can shed QUITE a bit of cash off that my friend. Allow me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z77 MPOWER ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($676.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($156.66 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1932.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 22:56 EDT-0400)

The 780 is better for rendering as well as some heavy gaming. The fractal design is sexy and sleek yet cool and quiet. The Noctua cooler is cheaper and will run quite cool for your cpu, and an i7 is IMPERATIVE when rendering ANYTHING. Also added a modular power supply for kicks and giggles... Just kidding, modular is the best :) 

Hope this helps!



When I say my planned build would be $3800 I forgot to mention a few things. That price estimate included my operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate) $300, Two Computer Screens:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B2HH7G0/ref=ox_sc_a... (Planning on running dual monitors) $550, and a Blue Yeti Microphone $130. So technically my build is a little over $2500.

SilverWolf, I absolutely love the graphics card you picked, it looks like a monster, but how does it compare to my build's Video Card?


In terms of gaming it may npt seem worht it, but when you are rendering on the GPU, those extra CUDA cores of the GK110 GPU really start to shine. Plus, its a 3GB video card which works better with multimoniter gaming and things like resolution and antialiasing and other filters :) 


That graphics card costs a pretty penny haha, I will definitely see if I have room in the budget to get it. With that particular GPU you chose, how is its over clocking potential?
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September 30, 2013 8:58:57 PM

For rendering will want to stick with the i7 and it's HyperThreading, I'd change out the mobo, MSI has poor QC, might lookk to the Asus Hero or Pro, don't buy 2 sets of DRAM, not only can it be problematic, (mixing sets, yes even the same exact model) but XMP won't work, it's programmed by the individual packaged set, the 2 stick set may call for a 208 tRFC in the advanced timings for 4 sticks you'll need higher like 314, so mixing, you may have to play with advanced timings, DRAM voltage and MC (memory controller) voltage
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September 30, 2013 9:13:37 PM

Tradesman1 said:
For rendering will want to stick with the i7 and it's HyperThreading, I'd change out the mobo, MSI has poor QC, might lookk to the Asus Hero or Pro, don't buy 2 sets of DRAM, not only can it be problematic, (mixing sets, yes even the same exact model) but XMP won't work, it's programmed by the individual packaged set, the 2 stick set may call for a 208 tRFC in the advanced timings for 4 sticks you'll need higher like 314, so mixing, you may have to play with advanced timings, DRAM voltage and MC (memory controller) voltage


I've looked at the asus px79 pro, and it does look better in terms of quality, on that board I believe I can run 4 sticks, with 2 pairs in dual channel, so I don't know if that would perform better than occupying all 4 slots on say the MSI mobo I listed above. I chose it also because it has sound blaster audio built in, so it saves me some cash from buying a soundblaster zx/zxr sound card. (Yes I am an audiophile)
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a c 554 4 Gaming
September 30, 2013 9:47:12 PM

The Hero has the the ROG FX audio which is very good, I'm not an audiophile, but I can tell a distint difference between it and the Realtek audio most mobos carry, (I run TV and play movies generally on one of my monitors or in a Window or have music running)the X79 is socket 2011 which is another animal all together, with 4 sticks in that you have true quad channel...it's even better for rendering, am thinking of a X79, actually toying with thinking about one, have a couple projects coming up it would be very beneficial for
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September 30, 2013 10:01:46 PM

Tradesman1 said:
The Hero has the the ROG FX audio which is very good, I'm not an audiophile, but I can tell a distint difference between it and the Realtek audio most mobos carry, (I run TV and play movies generally on one of my monitors or in a Window or have music running)the X79 is socket 2011 which is another animal all together, with 4 sticks in that you have true quad channel...it's even better for rendering, am thinking of a X79, actually toying with thinking about one, have a couple projects coming up it would be very beneficial for


I will take a look at the hero, it seems interesting, if you can, can you sum the differences up between the hero and x79? Also, if I do end up choosing the x79, should I get the pro or deluxe? Thanks, and I'd love to hear the results of one of your projects if you use the x79
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