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$2500 Gaming PC Build - Advice needed

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December 29, 2013 11:26:33 AM

I need some suggestions on the best build using the following items (which I already own):

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 (CC-9011030-WW) ATX High Airflow Cube Case
CORSAIR RM Series RM1000 1000W ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 120mm

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I settle on a build
Budget Range: $2500 After shipping / rebates / not including owned parts
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming / AutoCAD / Remote Desktop to work
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything needed save the parts listed above
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (but if price difference is that drastic willing to buy from elsewhere)
Location: Central Valley, California
Parts Preferences:
1. Intel CPU Ivy Bridge, preferably 6 core (don't want to upgrade for a long time)
2. Motherboard with SLI Capability ( is SLI more stable the Crossfire?)
3. Samsung SSD 500GB max (I hear games run faster with SSD and safer storage)
4. Backup memory 1TB - 3TB
5. Good graphics card(s) that will last for at least 5 years worth of game development. If it comes with a free game all the better. I play some RPG / ARPG
6. Blue parts / Blue LEDs
7. Windows 8.1 for Motherboard / CPU optimization (i guess its better?)
8. Need to read Blue ray and burn CD's
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: Playing on a 42" Flat Screen 780p TV and I plan on upgrading to either Eyefinity (3 monitors) or a Bigger Flat screen 1080p HD sometime in 2014
Additional Comments: Quiet PC is a plus, I believe I can adjust my fans on the H80i to run quieter and if I'm not OC the CPU cooling should be more than enough even at slow RPM. Right?

I read a bit about the Corsair Link and I think the power supply and the H80i give me lots of control over the system. I would like this computer to last so good support / warranty on parts is very important IMHO.

Thank you for any help with this project! I am super excited about placing the order.

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December 29, 2013 11:46:18 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($568.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($224.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($168.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($745.91 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2043.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 14:43 EST-0500)

6 core processor with hyper-threading for fast CAD work.
16gb of ram should be enough, but you can always add more later.
GTX 780 ti max out anything at 1080p.

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December 29, 2013 2:03:35 PM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)

6 core processor with hyper-threading for fast CAD work.
16gb of ram should be enough, but you can always add more later.
GTX 780 ti max out anything at 1080p.



I think LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer does Blue Rays as well. Not exactly sure if it would fit in my case, or if there are many alternatives. I think I would like to have the option to read Blue Ray discs. I occasionally run across a Blue Ray movie and it's annoying when I can't watch it.

In regards to the Motherboard:
If I use an OEM Windows 8.1 then I have to purchase a new OS if I ever upgrade the MB. Reviews are hard to base my judgements on. How is ASrocks support / RMA process? Would ASUS or GIGABYTE be better in terms of quick turn around on support issues / replacements? I've only dealt with ASUS products in the past
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December 29, 2013 2:51:45 PM

If you want to be able to play blu-rays, grab this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-uh12ns30
It's cheap and it works.

For the motherboard, ASRock is a very good brand. ASRock, Asus, and Gigabyte are the leading manufacturers for motherboard and they all have great customer support with reliable products.
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