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2000 CAD Complete Build – CPU/RAM Heavy Apps, Video Streaming, Light Gaming

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November 7, 2013 4:32:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or two. On the fence re. Black Friday/Boxing Week - I doubt the big ticket components will drop substantially in price.

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

  • Demanding CPU/RAM Applications (multiple VM Ware Instances, Win 2008 R2 Server, WebLogic, Oracle 12, OBI Stack)
  • Streaming Video Via Wireless HDMI to 60" TV
  • Light Gaming
  • Home Recording (Boss R16 Interface)

  • Are you buying a monitor: Yes

    Parts to Upgrade: Everything

    Do you need to buy OS: No

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Memory Express

    Location: Canada

    Parts Preferences: Intel

    Overclocking: Yes

    SLI or Crossfire: Not initially, but likely later.

    Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440

    Additional Comments:

    • Not overly concerned with noise.
    • The R16 uses a USB interface, so don’t expect to need a special soundcard.
    • I’ll only be doing single screen gaming.

  • Why Are You Upgrading:

    • My job requires I do some sandboxing at home. Min 16G RAM, 32G would be better.
    • Intend to play Skyrim, Civilization 5, the next Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age 3, Witcher 3, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

  • Include a list of any parts you have already selected. (tentative)

    CPU Intel Core™ i7-4770K Processor, 3.50GHz w/ 8MB Cache $359.99

    CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $34.99

    Motherboard AsusZ87-A $149.99

    Memory Patriot Viper 3 Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) PC3-17000 $163.74

    Storage Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD $109.99, Seagate Barracude 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $64.99

    Video Card GigaByte AMD R9 290 $439.99 (no url yet)

    Case Fractal DesignDefine R4 $109.99

    Power Supply CorsairBuilder Series CX750 750W $94.99

    Optical Drive LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $89.99

    Monitor QNIX Q2710 $300.00 (no url)

    Total $1,918.65

    Also considering the ASUS MX279H 27” and going 1080P.

    Regarding the 290, I'm aware of the reference vs non-reference debate for the R9's cooler, and may well wait.

    Thoughts? Anything I’ve overlooked?
    November 7, 2013 4:39:57 PM

    you might want to consider getting a socket 2011 if you are doing cpu/ram heavy tasks. the 2011 socket has quad channel memory (significantly faster for ram intensive apps) and stronger processors.
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    November 7, 2013 4:53:07 PM

    oczdude8 said:
    you might want to consider getting a socket 2011 if you are doing cpu/ram heavy tasks. the 2011 socket has quad channel memory (significantly faster for ram intensive apps) and stronger processors.


    Interesting. I had no idea different socket types had bearing on RAM's speed. I'll read up on it.

    With respect to processor speed, would I only see that gain if I were to spring for a 6 core processor? Or would there be a difference between a 4770K and a 4820K?

    Looks like if I were to pony up for a 2011, it's an extra $400 between CPU and MBO.
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    November 7, 2013 5:16:55 PM

    there really isn't much difference between 4770k and 4820k, in terms of cpu performance.

    see some benchmarks here:http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

    what tasks do you need to accomplish exactly? going for a 2011 may be overkill depending on what it is you are doing and how fast you want it done
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    November 7, 2013 6:17:30 PM

    Check this good option too:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1YZU6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1YZU6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1YZU6/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ Canada Computers)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($202.80 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($168.83 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($469.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.84 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($66.75 @ Vuugo)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
    Monitor: Asus MX279H 27.0" Monitor ($349.00 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $2022.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 21:16 EST-0500)
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    November 7, 2013 7:29:35 PM

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($587.33 @ Newegg Canada)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Memory Express)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($242.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($276.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.25 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.04 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($66.75 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: LG 27EA33V 60Hz 27.0" Monitor ($209.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $2066.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 22:29 EST-0500)


    Very powerful hexa-core build
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    November 8, 2013 12:22:17 PM

    Thanks for the feedback all!
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