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Asus Sabertooth X79 or Z87?

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November 11, 2013 10:20:50 PM

Hi, I'm preparing to buy a new rig; it will be used for gaming, video editing and rendering with Avid Media Composer and I might get into Autocad later on.

My main concern besides performance is the possibility to upgrade the cpu, memory and graphics card after some years, so I'm really looking for the best long-term solution to my needs.

Having said this, should I go for the X79 with LGA2011 or Z87 with LGA 1150? I'm going with the Sabertooth series to ensure long-term reliability and I plan a major upgrade of components 5 years from now, so I don't want to end up with a mobo I can't upgrade...

Here's what I've come up with for now:
Asus Sabertooth X79
Intel Core i7 4820K
16G (4x4G) RAM
PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC 2GB GDDR5 x2 (SLI)
WD HDD 1T x2 (RAID 0)

Thank you for your help!

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November 11, 2013 10:27:03 PM

First off, if you go for the X79 platform you will pay DOUBLE for the motherboard NOW and have a SLOWER CPU (4770K > 4820K). However this will give you the upgrade option to a 6 core CPU, which is just too expensive.
In 5 years you could likely build another mainstream Z-equivalent system and still get in under those rediculous 6 core prices AND get a better system than you would have.

That being said, the GTX650 ti Boost 2 GB is a nice ENTRY level 1080p gaming card, spending the money you would save by going for 1150 on a better GPU makes A LOT more sense.

Now, how much are you willing to spend?

EDIT : In my opinion, the ONLY time to get 2011 is when you actually make money the faster your CPU can render, very few people need that much CPU power, even fewer actually use it enough.
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November 11, 2013 10:31:31 PM

Thanks for the answer! My budget is around 2000$; I prefer to put my money on a high-end mobo and upgrade the other components later.

I would save "only" around 60$ going with the Z87 (280$) instead of the X79 (340$), so I don't see the cost difference as a major thing to consider, especially since the 4770K is a bit more expensive than the 4820K, I think it evens out pretty much.

I understand your point in your edit; if the Z87 has what it takes to run Avid and Autocad smoothly, I don't mind waiting a bit more for the renders; but since I can get the X79 for pretty much the same price...
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November 11, 2013 10:45:34 PM

Smoky05 said:
Thanks for the answer! My budget is around 2000$; I prefer to put my money on a high-end mobo and upgrade the other components later.

I would save "only" around 60$ going with the Z87 (280$) instead of the X79 (340$), but I'm guessing I could find a cheaper CPU for the 1150 socket?


I really would not suggest you go for such an expensive Z87 board. Its mostly marketing hype.

Do you need a complete build for 2000?
Windows too?
Everything?
Do you want to be able to overclock?
Do you want to ever run dual graphics card?
What games do you play?
What resolution is your monitors?

Are you in the US?

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November 11, 2013 11:00:20 PM

Well I've come up with a Sabertooth X79 build for 2000$, using the components stated above (I live in Canada). It's "complete" for the computer itself, cooling and all, I'm just not changing any peripherals for now. As I said it includes dual graphics cards; yes I would like to be able to overclock. I play the main FPS etc.
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November 11, 2013 11:21:43 PM

Right so my suggestion :



PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($162.24 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($173.83 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($207.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1624.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-12 02:14 EST-0500)
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November 11, 2013 11:34:55 PM

Wow thank you so much! I'll study your choices carefully before making mine!
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November 12, 2013 4:57:51 PM

Novuake said:
Right so my suggestion :



PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/216Sv/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($335.00 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Memory Express)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($162.24 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($173.83 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($207.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.00 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1624.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-12 02:14 EST-0500)

This is probably the best bang for your buck.
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