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December 20, 2013 9:23:34 PM

I am scheduled to order my parts very soon, so any last-minute opinions about the build would be appreciated. I will be using this build for 3d designing, video editing and heavy gaming. Here's the list:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($1049.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($283.20 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A71 ATX Full Tower Case ($129.77 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $4203.69

Is it all good to go or do I have to tweak anything?

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December 20, 2013 9:39:22 PM

Looks incredible!

I don't know if you really will need the Extreme i7, you can get very similar performance out of a well-overclocked i7-4770K and save a lot.

If you want the bit of extra performance the Extreme offers, by all means go for it!
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December 20, 2013 9:54:39 PM

Sylvanriv said:
Looks incredible!

I don't know if you really will need the Extreme i7, you can get very similar performance out of a well-overclocked i7-4770K and save a lot.

If you want the bit of extra performance the Extreme offers, by all means go for it!


Thanks for the compliments dude. Would the i7-4770k offer the same performance as the Extreme Edition??
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December 20, 2013 10:26:23 PM

This is one very expensive build.
How much 3d designing and video editing will you be doing? Socket LGA 2011 is meant for extreme workstations for professionals that edit and design multiple hours in a day. Typically, an i7-4770k is more than enough for the average user, but if you can justify it then it should perform very well for you.

The motherboard is expensive. You'll be fine with a ~$300 board: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-x79extr...
I know the Asus Rampage IV Black Edition is a high end board, but you don't really need something that high end. The ASRock Extreme6 board should please you.

You're paying double for the RAM. This ram is half the price and will perform the same: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9q1...
If you want the RAM to match the motherboard, grab this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9q1...

I'm not a fan of thermaltake cases. Their are better options for cases than Thermaltake. Look at the NZXT Phantom: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001bk
It can come in a variety of colors and offers a unique look to it. It's very spacious inside for any upgrades and great cable management while offering great airflow.

What monitor resolution will you be running?
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December 20, 2013 10:36:29 PM

realchaos said:
This is one very expensive build.
How much 3d designing and video editing will you be doing? Socket LGA 2011 is meant for extreme workstations for professionals that edit and design multiple hours in a day. Typically, an i7-4770k is more than enough for the average user, but if you can justify it then it should perform very well for you.

The motherboard is expensive. You'll be fine with a ~$300 board: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-x79extr...
I know the Asus Rampage IV Black Edition is a high end board, but you don't really need something that high end. The ASRock Extreme6 board should please you.

You're paying double for the RAM. This ram is half the price and will perform the same: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9q1...
If you want the RAM to match the motherboard, grab this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl9q1...

I'm not a fan of thermaltake cases. Their are better options for cases than Thermaltake. Look at the NZXT Phantom: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-phan001bk
It can come in a variety of colors and offers a unique look to it. It's very spacious inside for any upgrades and great cable management while offering great airflow.

What monitor resolution will you be running?


Oh, sorry I forgot to mention about the monitor. I will be running on a 3840x2160 (4k) resolution screen. After taking that into account, do you still feel that I should replace the cpu?
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December 20, 2013 11:20:29 PM

Well the resolution only determines your gpu. The SLI GTX 780 ti sounds reasonable.
The processor will depend on how much you will be doing your editing and designing. How often will you do those kind of tasks? How intense are they? Do you do them as a hobby, or is it work for a company?

Also, do you already own the 4K screen? I read that 4k screens are bad for gaming because at 4k resolution, they are only at 30hz which is terrible for games. I heard that you need a display port 1.2a for the 4k resolution to run at 60hz, but you might want to do more research.
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December 20, 2013 11:32:44 PM

realchaos said:
Well the resolution only determines your gpu. The SLI GTX 780 ti sounds reasonable.
The processor will depend on how much you will be doing your editing and designing. How often will you do those kind of tasks? How intense are they? Do you do them as a hobby, or is it work for a company?

Also, do you already own the 4K screen? I read that 4k screens are bad for gaming because at 4k resolution, they are only at 30hz which is terrible for games. I heard that you need a display port 1.2a for the 4k resolution to run at 60hz, but you might want to do more research.


Ok, to clarify your questions, I normally do video editing and designing for about 3 hours per day. Yes, it is for my company and not a hobby, although I sometimes do that during my free time too. And yes, I already own a 4k screen. When I game, I usually turn down the monitor resolution to approximately 1440p as my friend's tower can only run games smoothly at that level. I will do more research on the display port, but I do have intentions to game at the full 4k resolution with this tower. With all that in mind, what would be your recommendation?
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December 20, 2013 11:37:20 PM

Well, since it's only at 3hours a day, I think you'll be fine with an i7-4770k. It sounds like it's not too intense so the i7-4770k should be able to handle it. Pair that with the Asus Z87-A, ASRock Z87 Extreme4, or Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H and you'll be set.
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December 20, 2013 11:39:11 PM

I agree that the 4770k sounds like plenty of CPU for your needs.
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December 21, 2013 12:05:43 AM

This is the updated build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $3324.76

Are you absolutely sure that the 4770k would be up to par with the kind of work I am doing, since it is cheaper by so much when compared with the 4960x? And how is the updated build?All set and good to go?
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December 21, 2013 12:22:08 AM

The motherboard won't work with your processor.
Go for this instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr...

Do you really need a blu-ray burner?

Don't worry, the 4770k should be fine for your needs. The 4960X will only make things a bit faster, it's not worth the premium with the work you're doing.

Also, since you're going with socket LGA 1150, which can't utilize quad channel memory, get this ram kit instead: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit8g3d...
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December 21, 2013 12:32:57 AM

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard:ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ MicroCenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ($108.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($198.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2909.65

If all goes well, I will have you to thank for saving me more than $1200 from my original build. And to think I was just about to splash the cash on that kind of build. And yes, I do need a blu-ray burner sinceI regularly burn blu-ray discs. Should I upgrade the SSD to a 1tb one, since I now have so much more extra money?
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December 21, 2013 9:48:25 PM

realchaos said:
Save $50 and get this blu-ray drive: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-bw12b1s...
It can read and write blu-rays just like the one you listed.

You should be fine with a 250gb SSD. 250gb is plenty to hold the programs and OS.


Ok then, I have swapped the blu-ray drive for the one you suggested. So, is it all good to go?
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December 21, 2013 10:20:31 PM

Yep it's all good.
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December 21, 2013 10:48:59 PM

Thanks for all the help you offered. Best answer selected by challenger15
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