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February 3, 2014 8:49:54 AM



Approximate Purchase Date: 30 days

Budget Range: (e.g.: 3000-3500) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Gaming - BF4/WoW/Steam
Picture storage, i have about 1TB now
Need good external drive to for backups

Are you buying a monitor: No (but starting to consider upgrading my 24 inch)


Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com,, amazon, whatever is cheapest

Location: Monroe, LA USA

Parts Preferences: INTEL, EVGA, NVIDIA

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: SLI

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (i think, i'm at work will check when i get home)

Additional Comments: Might not upgrade montiro now, but want ability to upgrade to duals in the future

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My xps 730 is 4 or 5 years old, q9450 and GTX 560ti can't really play BF4, my disk drives are out of space, and my pc can really only do ONE thing at a time. I would like to play BF4 at max settings and if i add another monitor, browse the web or watch a video without fear of running out of resources

This will be my ONE SHOT to upgrade for 5 more years. My wife is extremly frugal and if i spend 2k or 4k this year, this is it for 5 years. spending 2k this year and 2k in two years is not going to happen for me. Most likely in 3 years i will sneak in a video card upgrade as i did with my xps.



i need a flat topped case as that is what i rest my arm on and where my mouse goes.

In my mind i want:
PU: i7 4770K
CPU Cooler: ?
Graphics Card: GTX 780 3BG super clocked
Graphics Card: GTX 780 3BG super clocked
Motherboard:?
Case: ?
SSD: ?
HDD: 2TB +?
PSU: ?
OS: windows 8 or 7? i don't care
RAM: 16GB?
Optical Drive: ?
media reader for camera's and what not

If budget permits, maybe new monitor upgrades above 24 inch? (may or maynot do this)




Thanks.
February 3, 2014 8:59:27 AM

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February 3, 2014 9:04:54 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI FORMULA ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($294.63 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($717.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($717.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($263.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $3387.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:07 EST-0500)

2 GTX 780 TI and a sick monitor for under 3500$

*Edit the PSU
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February 3, 2014 9:05:49 AM

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($160.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($110.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($137.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $3067.69
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February 3, 2014 9:12:46 AM

Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2014 9:15:46 AM

I'll Play.

I decided to throw in a 2560x1440 res monitor because what's the point of all this if your not going run anything higher than 1080

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($199.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($310.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($709.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($709.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 1200W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($557.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $3321.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:18 EST-0500)

EDIT: Newegg is my preferred merchant on partpicker but you can probably save some cash if you spread-out between the sellers you mentioned (just look at partpickers break-down by merchant)
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February 3, 2014 9:53:13 AM

Stupid High specs to last for years and years.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.47 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($725.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($169.62 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS24AH-P 24.0" Monitor ($239.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $3352.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:51 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2014 1:06:49 PM

Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!
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February 3, 2014 1:15:01 PM

kjdocs said:
Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!


If you're not going to upgrade for 4+ years it will definitely last you longer than an 1150 socket. With that being said, I wouldn't go against getting a 4770K, an ASUS ROG MOBO, and getting a 2x8GB set of G.Skill TridentXs and bigger storage if you don't feel that you need that extra power. It will essentially be the same for gaming usages either way.
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February 3, 2014 1:19:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($313.98 @ Best Buy)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($419.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($148.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($717.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($717.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic Platinum 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($263.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $3536.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 16:18 EST-0500)

Updated for 2011 socket and processor.
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February 3, 2014 1:33:16 PM

Drew010 said:
kjdocs said:
Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!


If you're not going to upgrade for 4+ years it will definitely last you longer than an 1150 socket. With that being said, I wouldn't go against getting a 4770K, an ASUS ROG MOBO, and getting a 2x8GB set of G.Skill TridentXs and bigger storage if you don't feel that you need that extra power. It will essentially be the same for gaming usages either way.


Why would a 1150 socket "last longer" than 2011? By the time Broadwell gets here new boards will be required. If he gets a 1150 it is not like he is going to go for the Haswell-Refresh.

Bottom-line if your dishing out this type of cash a top-end 2011 or 1155 board/CPU is going to keep you happy for years. The way I interpreted the article you cited is that unless your running 3-way SLI the returns on 2011 versus an 1150 are negligible
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February 3, 2014 1:42:42 PM

minerva330 said:
Drew010 said:
kjdocs said:
Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!


If you're not going to upgrade for 4+ years it will definitely last you longer than an 1150 socket. With that being said, I wouldn't go against getting a 4770K, an ASUS ROG MOBO, and getting a 2x8GB set of G.Skill TridentXs and bigger storage if you don't feel that you need that extra power. It will essentially be the same for gaming usages either way.


Why would a 1150 socket "last longer" than 2011? By the time Broadwell gets here new boards will be required. If he gets a 1150 it is not like he is going to go for the Haswell-Refresh.

Bottom-line if your dishing out this type of cash a top-end 2011 or 1155 board/CPU is going to keep you happy for years. The way I interpreted the article you cited is that unless your running 3-way SLI the returns on 2011 versus an 1150 are negligible


It would "last longer" because it would be able to play more demanding games for a longer period of time. i.e. as games get more demanding, it will still be able to keep up.
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February 3, 2014 2:01:17 PM

Drew010 said:
minerva330 said:
Drew010 said:
kjdocs said:
Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!


If you're not going to upgrade for 4+ years it will definitely last you longer than an 1150 socket. With that being said, I wouldn't go against getting a 4770K, an ASUS ROG MOBO, and getting a 2x8GB set of G.Skill TridentXs and bigger storage if you don't feel that you need that extra power. It will essentially be the same for gaming usages either way.


Why would a 1150 socket "last longer" than 2011? By the time Broadwell gets here new boards will be required. If he gets a 1150 it is not like he is going to go for the Haswell-Refresh.

Bottom-line if your dishing out this type of cash a top-end 2011 or 1155 board/CPU is going to keep you happy for years. The way I interpreted the article you cited is that unless your running 3-way SLI the returns on 2011 versus an 1150 are negligible


It would "last longer" because it would be able to play more demanding games for a longer period of time. i.e. as games get more demanding, it will still be able to keep up.


Based on that logic why wouldn't he go with with a i7-4930K which is a 2011, it has more cores and threads than a 4770K, or am I missing something
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February 3, 2014 4:10:52 PM

minerva330 said:
Drew010 said:
minerva330 said:
Drew010 said:
kjdocs said:
Drew010 said:
Here is a great build that will require absolutely no upgrading for years to come. There is still some space for you to choose an external drive of your choice. I also chose Windows 8.1 but you can easily change the OS.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($565.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($125.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $3179.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-03 12:11 EST-0500)


I was comparing recommendations and was curious about the 2011 motherboard vs. the 1150 and low and behold i find http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

It states that the only time they might see some potential is for heavy cpu bound games such as BF4 and in some cases WoW, which are the two games i'm mostly playing. Money not being a major factor is there anything else i'm missing on going 2011 over 1150? I'm leaning towards your recommendation, only maybe with a bigger SSD and a bigger standard drive.

Thanks!


If you're not going to upgrade for 4+ years it will definitely last you longer than an 1150 socket. With that being said, I wouldn't go against getting a 4770K, an ASUS ROG MOBO, and getting a 2x8GB set of G.Skill TridentXs and bigger storage if you don't feel that you need that extra power. It will essentially be the same for gaming usages either way.


Why would a 1150 socket "last longer" than 2011? By the time Broadwell gets here new boards will be required. If he gets a 1150 it is not like he is going to go for the Haswell-Refresh.

Bottom-line if your dishing out this type of cash a top-end 2011 or 1155 board/CPU is going to keep you happy for years. The way I interpreted the article you cited is that unless your running 3-way SLI the returns on 2011 versus an 1150 are negligible


It would "last longer" because it would be able to play more demanding games for a longer period of time. i.e. as games get more demanding, it will still be able to keep up.


Based on that logic why wouldn't he go with with a i7-4930K which is a 2011, it has more cores and threads than a 4770K, or am I missing something


You completely misread my meaning.
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