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October 2, 2013 7:35:01 PM

So after trying to optimize my build's quality with price, this is what I came up with.

CPU:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00603QXPM/ref=ox_sc_a...

Motherboard:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0061XSBXI/ref=ox_sc_a...

Case:

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

PSU:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090I9VVC/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B99JU4S/ref=ox_sc_a...

SSD:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NB8WRU/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...

RAM (4x8 for 32gb):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008XW05Y8/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CU9GOAO/ref=ox_sc_a...

Monitors (x2)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058UUR6E/ref=ox_sc_a...


So this build costs under $4000 and I feel is pretty decent for a first time build. I'm looking for suggestions on what I can replace to get the same or better performance for a better price. All together, the build is around $3500. Recommendations, advice and other criticisms are welcomed.
a c 565 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 11:28:30 PM

Good build, but change the DRAM to a single set of 4x8GB, may be a few more bucks, but well worth it, there's no guarantee the two sets will play together....and....XMP is programmed by the package so it doesn't work with two sets....with a single package XMP set the sticks up for you, and you have 4 sticks all tested to work together
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October 3, 2013 4:38:24 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Good build, but change the DRAM to a single set of 4x8GB, may be a few more bucks, but well worth it, there's no guarantee the two sets will play together....and....XMP is programmed by the package so it doesn't work with two sets....with a single package XMP set the sticks up for you, and you have 4 sticks all tested to work together


I've been looking around on the forums and I found that the G-Skill Sniper series is slightly better in terms of quality, and overclocking over say the G-Skill Ripjaws X. I looking all over for a 4x8 GB 1866MhZ Quad Channel Kit of the G-Skill Sniper and I couldn't find it. The best I have found was the 1600MhZ kit, but I was weary of the difference between the 1866MhZ and the 1600MhZ. So if you can help, what is the difference between the Ripjaws X and the Sniper DRAM? Also, the difference between 1600MhZ and 1866MhZ, and ultimately, which I should go for.
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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 11:51:39 AM

The Snipers came out as somewhat of an all purpose line of DRAM and they work well with everything, the Ripjaws X line originally came out with the SB (Sandy Bridge release and were oriented towards that, timings wise, then came the Ripjaws Z which were to a degree optimized for Quad channel use (timings wise) in the X79, the line was expanded to also cover single and dual channel oriented sets, the big daddy of the Z line was the 2400 64GB set of Zs that came with the DRAM fans
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October 3, 2013 11:57:10 AM

Tradesman1 said:
The Snipers came out as somewhat of an all purpose line of DRAM and they work well with everything, the Ripjaws X line originally came out with the SB (Sandy Bridge release and were oriented towards that, timings wise, then came the Ripjaws Z which were to a degree optimized for Quad channel use (timings wise) in the X79, the line was expanded to also cover single and dual channel oriented sets, the big daddy of the Z line was the 2400 64GB set of Zs that came with the DRAM fans


Oh my, thanks for that great summary, if you can possibly help me anymore, if you were to choose a quad channel kit of G-Skill ram, which would you choose? I'm using a i7-3930k CPU. Also, should I go for the 64gb 2400 Zs? Or should I go with a different brand/different mhz?
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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 12:06:09 PM

Much depends on what you do and what software you work with, I've built some 64GB rigs for folks (both work and home builds) but have found very few that even get it up over 20GB of use with out a RAMDisk or the like (which is extremely nice to have/use).....32GB is often the sweet spot for an X79 build....ley me know what you'll be doing and I'll line up 2-3 sets for each amount
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October 3, 2013 12:24:39 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Much depends on what you do and what software you work with, I've built some 64GB rigs for folks (both work and home builds) but have found very few that even get it up over 20GB of use with out a RAMDisk or the like (which is extremely nice to have/use).....32GB is often the sweet spot for an X79 build....ley me know what you'll be doing and I'll line up 2-3 sets for each amount


Well, honestly I plan on doing some intense rendering and video capturing, maybe some live streaming and some gaming. I'd like to future proof my rig a little bit so money isn't THAT big of a problem, although 1k would be nice.
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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 12:39:09 PM

All right then, let's look at 64GB sets first:

#1 will be the GSkill Ripjaws Z set at 2133/9

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

#2 RJ Z 2133/10

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

there is a set of RJ Z at 2400, but thus far, the only mobo I know of that can reliably run it is the Rampage IV Extreme , the set is here:

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

In 32GB look at the RJ Zs at 2400/10

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

or the Tridents at 2400/10

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

these have run great on X79
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October 3, 2013 12:46:10 PM

Tradesman1 said:
All right then, let's look at 64GB sets first:

#1 will be the GSkill Ripjaws Z set at 2133/9

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

#2 RJ Z 2133/10

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

there is a set of RJ Z at 2400, but thus far, the only mobo I know of that can reliably run it is the Rampage IV Extreme , the set is here:

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

In 32GB look at the RJ Zs at 2400/10

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

or the Tridents at 2400/10

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

these have run great on X79


Out of these sets, which do you prefer?
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October 3, 2013 1:15:24 PM

Tradesman1 said:
All right then, let's look at 64GB sets first:

#1 will be the GSkill Ripjaws Z set at 2133/9

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

#2 RJ Z 2133/10

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

there is a set of RJ Z at 2400, but thus far, the only mobo I know of that can reliably run it is the Rampage IV Extreme , the set is here:

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

In 32GB look at the RJ Zs at 2400/10

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

or the Tridents at 2400/10

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

these have run great on X79


Also, do you think that 64GB of RAM is overkill? I mean, it's tempting to get alot because the more the better I guess haha, but 1. It costs a hell of alot, 2. I don't know if my x79 motherboard can handle 64gb of ram on quad channel

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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 1:28:32 PM

That's a loaded question ;)  I say that because I'm contemplating a X79 build, have a couple projects coming up where they will provide some funding for hardware, so I've been looking and would want to max it out at 64GB, so I'm been thinking the Deluxe X79 and if money is there, going even higher (it supports up to 2800, which I think would be a rather big challenge with 64GB, especially since I would prob have to mix a couple sets of Tridents - but I'm one of the few that really enjoys pushing DRAM), but with your mobo and CPU combo I'd go with the 1 choice listed for 64GB,the 2133/9 set, and for the 32 prob the Zs again, though at 32GB it's a toss up, the Tridents will work fine also
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October 3, 2013 2:10:32 PM

Tradesman1 said:
That's a loaded question ;)  I say that because I'm contemplating a X79 build, have a couple projects coming up where they will provide some funding for hardware, so I've been looking and would want to max it out at 64GB, so I'm been thinking the Deluxe X79 and if money is there, going even higher (it supports up to 2800, which I think would be a rather big challenge with 64GB, especially since I would prob have to mix a couple sets of Tridents - but I'm one of the few that really enjoys pushing DRAM), but with your mobo and CPU combo I'd go with the 1 choice listed for 64GB,the 2133/9 set, and for the 32 prob the Zs again, though at 32GB it's a toss up, the Tridents will work fine also


I'll have to see what I can do with the 64GB one, i'm all for it, but I want to see if my budget will allow it, if not, i'll just go with the Tridents as they seem very good for the price. Reviews say nice things about them.
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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 3:25:15 PM

That's a great set, picked them up for my IB when they first came out, last May (2012), been using primarily ever since
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October 3, 2013 4:02:30 PM

Tradesman1 said:
That's a great set, picked them up for my IB when they first came out, last May (2012), been using primarily ever since


I'm going to be completely honest, they look awesome, but after seeing those 64GB sets, I am really leaning towards them, it is just that I feel as if it really is overkill for my system, considering that i'm not doing any professional work (At the moment) anyway. I'll only be running some game capture software, sony vegas pro 12, and maybe a game or two, not all at once, so I won't require THAT much power. but of course, you can never go wrong with more xD. If you were me, would you get the 32GB Tridents, or would you go for a 64GB set.

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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 5:39:58 PM

Good chance I lose either way ;)  can say 32 and then hear, G*D* Tman tells me 32 and I need more... or say 64 and hear, D*D* Tman wasted a lot of my money.... ;)  and I'm sort of used to it :)  but from what's been said, I think 32 will suffice for you, and I'd say go the Tri's, if it comes around you feel you are going to need 64....PM me and grab a set and we'll get them to play, have done it before and you have a good quality mobo, so we should be able to slip the advanced timings around, might take a few hours, but think we can do it
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October 3, 2013 5:53:04 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Good chance I lose either way ;)  can say 32 and then hear, G*D* Tman tells me 32 and I need more... or say 64 and hear, D*D* Tman wasted a lot of my money.... ;)  and I'm sort of used to it :)  but from what's been said, I think 32 will suffice for you, and I'd say go the Tri's, if it comes around you feel you are going to need 64....PM me and grab a set and we'll get them to play, have done it before and you have a good quality mobo, so we should be able to slip the advanced timings around, might take a few hours, but think we can do it


Thank you so much, to be honest, I was hoping you'd say 32 for now! The beauty of making a custom PC is that you can upgrade later. So yes, eventually i'll feel like getting 64GBs, and i'd love to have you help me toy around with it, i'd love to keep in contact! And thanks :D !

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a c 565 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 6:03:21 PM

No problem, hoping to be around for a long time yet ;) 
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