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December 23, 2013 3:31:31 PM

Hi Everyone,

It is time for a new build. With the kids getting older, I am giving them my 3 year old computer so they use it for school/internet/gaming. I have used these forums in the past and had great feedback, so it is time to get my new one posted and again ask for feedback. I am looking to build in March/April, but thought it will be a good time to start piecing it together.

I will use the new system for Gaming/Video and Photo Editing/General Use. I do not plan to OC now but in the future I will. Also, I plan on getting another GPU and more RAM in the future when I need a bump in performance.

Total is $3700, If I could shave about $1000 with price reductions in 3-4 months, I would be happy!!!
Here is what I came up with:

CPU: Intel 4930K: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681911693... $530 (microcenter)

GPU: GTX 780: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681413095... $530

MB: ASUS Rampage IV Black: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681313205... $500

RAM: Mushkin DDR3 2133 4x8GB: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682022642... $320

Case: CM HAF X: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681111923... $205

SSD: Samsung 840 256GB: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014719... $220

HD: Seagate Constellation ES 1TB: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682214878... $130

Two Monitors: ASUS VG248QE 24": www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682423631... $280 each

Mouse: CM Storm Sentinel Advance: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682657001... $60

Blu-Ray: LG Black: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682713626... $80

Power Supply: EVGA 80 PLUS Gold 1300W: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681743801... $230

Speakers: Logitech Z506: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683612104... $90

Keyboard: I like the Tesoro Lobera Supreme (if in US) $140

Heatsink/Cooler: I need help with this $100

Thanks Everyone

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December 23, 2013 3:46:01 PM
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December 23, 2013 4:16:37 PM

Thanks! I will look at these. Anything under budget is nice.
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December 23, 2013 4:48:18 PM

So much of that is overkill.
-You don't need a 1300w PSU. 700w will do just fine for a single GTX780, upgrade it when/if you add a second card.
-32gb of RAM is also absurd. You'll barely notice the difference between 8gb and 16gb, even doing video work. You also don't need to pay a premium for 2133 RAM, get something 1600 or 1833 with good timings. You can go ahead and put 16gb in and you'll have two slots free if you ever feel the need to double it down the road.
-CPU. It is worth it to get hyperthreading for video work, but there's no need to go beyond a 4770K
-Motherboard choice generally comes down to personal needs in terms of features and connections but there is absolutely no reason to spend $500 on a motherboard. Maybe if you were sticking 3-4 video cards in to begin with? Even then you can get a pretty high end, fully featured ATX board for $200.
-Storage: The 840 Pro is the best SSD you can buy, but you only put a 1TB HDD in that machine? With the $700 or so saved from not going overboard on other parts you could put easily put five 2TB drives in a RAID array for data redundancy and increased performance when dealing with large HD video files.

As for a CPU cooler, go with a big closed loop cooler like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 23, 2013 5:25:32 PM

Rig looks good, GPU is overkill, I'd look at 1000 Watt max (and that's taking into consideration that come your build time frame you'll possibly looking at 1-2 780TIs or a newer model (the nVidia Maxwell cards will hopefully be out the end of Jan and have an effect on prices. 32GB of DRAM is good, especially for the video work and doesn't make a lot of sense to go to a 2x set (suggested above) when you're on a quad channel mobo, can run dual sure, but with the budget listed, get the DRAM now rather than look to upgrade in the near future. For a cooler I'd look to Phantek - PH-TC14PE_RD
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December 24, 2013 7:21:29 AM

lowguppy said:
So much of that is overkill.
-You don't need a 1300w PSU. 700w will do just fine for a single GTX780, upgrade it when/if you add a second card.
-32gb of RAM is also absurd. You'll barely notice the difference between 8gb and 16gb, even doing video work. You also don't need to pay a premium for 2133 RAM, get something 1600 or 1833 with good timings. You can go ahead and put 16gb in and you'll have two slots free if you ever feel the need to double it down the road.
-CPU. It is worth it to get hyperthreading for video work, but there's no need to go beyond a 4770K
-Motherboard choice generally comes down to personal needs in terms of features and connections but there is absolutely no reason to spend $500 on a motherboard. Maybe if you were sticking 3-4 video cards in to begin with? Even then you can get a pretty high end, fully featured ATX board for $200.
-Storage: The 840 Pro is the best SSD you can buy, but you only put a 1TB HDD in that machine? With the $700 or so saved from not going overboard on other parts you could put easily put five 2TB drives in a RAID array for data redundancy and increased performance when dealing with large HD video files.

As for a CPU cooler, go with a big closed loop cooler like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for your input. I think there is a difference in philosophy though.

With the Power Supply, I prefer getting all the power I need up front and then adding components later knowing I have enough power to supply those. Also, more money in the short term, but less in the long term. As this is not my first build, I know that I will be upgrading in the future (I have done that on my last two builds) and using a calculator, 1300W is what I need.

I agree with the amount of RAM. I will more likely go with 4x4GB sticks when I build, but as my first pass, I shoot high and see where the prices go. I disagree with going with 1600 or 1800. It has been shown that Haswell takes advantage of the DDR3 2133 RAM and better performance is noticed. So going with the 4770K chip, I would definitely not change the RAM.

CPU and MB: I always aim high here and shoot for the extremes to see where the prices go. The 4930 benchmarks higher for video editing, it will depend on how much bang for the buck I can get in March/April. Same goes with the MB

HD's are easy to add and I am not worried about that, when I need more storage, I will buy more, RAID them and go from there. I also utilize external HD's

Again thanks for your input.
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December 24, 2013 7:24:50 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Rig looks good, GPU is overkill, I'd look at 1000 Watt max (and that's taking into consideration that come your build time frame you'll possibly looking at 1-2 780TIs or a newer model (the nVidia Maxwell cards will hopefully be out the end of Jan and have an effect on prices. 32GB of DRAM is good, especially for the video work and doesn't make a lot of sense to go to a 2x set (suggested above) when you're on a quad channel mobo, can run dual sure, but with the budget listed, get the DRAM now rather than look to upgrade in the near future. For a cooler I'd look to Phantek - PH-TC14PE_RD


Thanks for the input. I like 32GB but can go with 16GB 4x4GB sticks for the short term and add 4 more sticks 4x8GB later. The calculator I used said I needed 1300W for 2 780's will 1000W be enough?
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December 24, 2013 7:34:26 AM

Calculator is bit out there. 800-1000w is more than you need with 2 video cards like GTX 780.
This is good 800w psu. And it can handle two GTX 780 in sli for sure.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-ligh...
Just 20 more you get 1000w.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-ligh...
And I suggest buy the 1000w. Bigger is better.

Like others have said go with 1866 or 2133MHz memory. Look price and reliability.
G.skill is good choice. Sniper 1866 is cheap now. But look good deals before buy.
Sometimes there is cheap 2400MHz so if you see one grap it :) 
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December 24, 2013 11:29:41 AM

Xyron said:
Tradesman1 said:
Rig looks good, GPU is overkill, I'd look at 1000 Watt max (and that's taking into consideration that come your build time frame you'll possibly looking at 1-2 780TIs or a newer model (the nVidia Maxwell cards will hopefully be out the end of Jan and have an effect on prices. 32GB of DRAM is good, especially for the video work and doesn't make a lot of sense to go to a 2x set (suggested above) when you're on a quad channel mobo, can run dual sure, but with the budget listed, get the DRAM now rather than look to upgrade in the near future. For a cooler I'd look to Phantek - PH-TC14PE_RD


Thanks for the input. I like 32GB but can go with 16GB 4x4GB sticks for the short term and add 4 more sticks 4x8GB later. The calculator I used said I needed 1300W for 2 780's will 1000W be enough?

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Wanting extra is good and 1000 will still suffice yes, on the DRAM 32 is good and if you can get it now so much the better - it's never a good idea to mix sets of sticks - even of the same exact model - the XMP programming is done by the set and while a 32GB set may look the same as a 16GB set as to timings - the advanced secondary timings can differ quite a bit, i.e. 2x8GB 2133 may require a 216 tRFC timing while the 32GB set of the same sticks may need a 278 for the tRFC
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