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January 15, 2014 6:17:18 AM

I'm building a pc mid this year, which CPU will last me 3-6 years? The 4930k or the 4770k, I plan on recording games in 1080p and having fast render times, I do 3D Modeling, and other various things
My current PC plans:
Mobo: ASUS P9X79 ATX LGA2011 $279
Case: Fractal Designs Define R4 $149
CPU: Intel Core i7 4930K $675
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X60 $165
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB $99
RAM/Memory: Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A (2x8GB) $199
SSD: Samsung Evo 120gb $109
Graphic/Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3gb $889
PSU: Corsair 860W 80+ Platinum $289
Optical drive: LG 24x SATA DVD-RW Drive $25
Optional/Monitor: Asus VE248H 24in Widescreen LED $189
Optional/Monitor: Asus VE248H 24in Widescreen LED $189
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit $109
Keyboard; Corsair K70 MX Brown $170
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Z $129
In short: Which CPU would be better for my build? I PLAN on SLI in future. Thanks (:
EDIT: Should I get a better case, i.e Corsair Obsidian 750D, and if it comes with great stock fans?

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January 15, 2014 6:38:31 AM

since you wouldn't be doing this til mid year, i would wait for haswell-e which is supposed to be released Q3 of this year.

if you absolutely must pick between the two, i don't think you could go wrong with either, tbh. i have a friend with a 3930k (the 4930k from my understanding isn't a significant amount better than the 3930k) and i have the 4770k. we did extensive benchmarking and they trade blows pretty evenly in most tests, with the 3930k dominating mostly in memory. video rendering is relatively quick with both, not a tremendous difference. the 4770k is faster core for core, but that 3930k has 2 extra cores for 4 more threads to make up for it.

i use shadowplay to record games and adobe premiere/sony vegas/windows movie maker to edit/render videos, and while i haven't timed the rendering, it's certainly night and day difference between my old 6 core 1100t.
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January 15, 2014 6:42:33 AM

The LGA 2011 Socket is designed for a workstation more than a gaming computer. But rendering is what you are doing so it plays to your strengths. 2011 is younger than 1155 and will be around for much longer. Then there are the six cores the 4930 has, which when hyperthreaded turn in to twelve cores (virtual). You have made a good choice there.

I don’t want to start a flame war but the Obsidian 750 , although a very good case, is not that much better than the fractal. You shouldn’t have any difficulty going SLI with the case you have.

Some other thoughts:

Win 7 HP is fine, but you need to consider a beefier version to take advantage of the tools you are buying. Consider Pro or Ultimate.

Why oh why does everyone think they need a dedicated sound card these days? The p9 you are getting has 7.1 digital surround sound. Why do you need a soundblaster? Save the $120 and get an extra 3tb hard disk.

All your other choices are sound. Good job and enjoy the build.
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January 15, 2014 6:47:02 AM

I forgot to say, this is mostly for YouTube work. Thanks both for the answers, if the bonus information I just gave is helpful, then post another suggestion (if possible) (: EDIT: Just dropped the soundcard, thanks for the heads up
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January 15, 2014 6:55:36 AM

groundrat said:
The LGA 2011 Socket is designed for a workstation more than a gaming computer. But rendering is what you are doing so it plays to your strengths. 2011 is younger than 1155 and will be around for much longer.


to be clear, the 4770k is an LGA 1150, not 1155. also, the 2011 will be not be compatible with upcoming haswell-e processors. those will be 2011-3 sockets.

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January 15, 2014 7:04:26 AM

Should I just roll with the 4770k, I'm not the most hardcore of YouTubers, and I will only model mild things. (Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Premiere)
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January 15, 2014 7:09:30 AM

I'm just curious as to why your prices are so absurdly high? Is this Canadian or Australian dollars rather than USD?
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January 15, 2014 7:10:06 AM

These are Australian dollars unfortunately ):
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January 15, 2014 7:40:23 AM

ChizYT said:
Should I just roll with the 4770k, I'm not the most hardcore of YouTubers, and I will only model mild things. (Cinema 4D, Photoshop, Premiere)


i'm very happy with the 4770k. for some comparison, i have:

mobo: asus z87-pro
case: cooler master haf xm
cpu: 4770k @ 4.5ghz
cpu cooler: cooler master seidon 240m
hdd: seagate desktop hdd.15 4tb x2
ram: g.skill ripjaws x ddr3 2400 (4 x 8gb)
ssd: mushkin enhanced chronos 240g x2
gpu: gigabyte geforce gtx 670 x2
psu: corsair tx 650w

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January 15, 2014 7:46:40 AM

groundrat said:
The LGA 2011 Socket is designed for a workstation more than a gaming computer. But rendering is what you are doing so it plays to your strengths. 2011 is younger than 1155 and will be around for much longer. Then there are the six cores the 4930 has, which when hyperthreaded turn in to twelve cores (virtual). You have made a good choice there.
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LGA 2011 is also designed for gamers with money to burn on multi card systems. You get more PCI-E lanes with an LGA 2011 system. Going forward, the extra bandwidth will be nice. This holds true especially with AMD cards removing the crossfire ribbon from their high end cards and employing it strictly with the PCI-E lanes. The 290 and 290x do CF this way and I would suspect future generation cards will as well.
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