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February 15, 2014 10:58:29 AM

My rig is getting a little long in the tooth and my wife wants a desktop, so I'm going to rob parts out of mine and build her one.

Current setup is an LGA1366 setup, running an i7 920 D0, very stable overclock @ 4GHz on air, 6GB of underclocked OCZ 1600MHz piece of crap ram, Asus Rampage Motherboard (had a P6T Deluxe until a power surge fried it).

What I will be keeping with the new setup:
Four 120GB Kingston HyperX 3k SSD drives in a RAID-0
3TB storage drive. Have a 1TB slow storage drive I will be replacing with a 4GB at that time
NVIDIA GTX 460 and a GT240...one of these will go with the wife's desktop and I will replace it with something better

I DO NOT GAME! I do a lot of video compression stuff, all that is very, very CPU intensive for long periods of time, plus a few other various CPU intensive things. Things I want:

- Ability to run two full size video cards, as I run four monitors
- I need at least 8 SATA ports; 4 SSD, two hard drive, two Blu-ray drives, RAID-0 support.
- Plenty of bandwidth on the SATA ports. Besides the fact my current setup is only SATAII, my SSD's eat every bit of bandwidth ICH10R chipset has, so I'm not seeing nearly the performance out of them as I could
- Running Windows 8.1 and I want TRIM
- Something overclock friendly. I will either do it on air again or one of those self contained water cooling setups.

All of my other needs should be pretty basic and included with anything current. I haven't kept up with the latest and greatest over the last couple of years.

Budget:
~$250 for an Intel CPU (likely a Microcenter purchase as they seem to have great deals on CPU's and are local)
~$200 for a motherboard
~$100 for 8GB of RAM

The rest I can figure out later (such as I want a newer case, may need a bigger PSU if I go bigger on the video card, new video card, etc.). I'm mainly concerned with the CPU (Intel only), Motherboard and RAM. I'm familiar with Asus but willing to try out others that are overclock friendly.

Suggestions?

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February 15, 2014 11:48:15 AM

Well, if you do a lot of CPU intensive stuff then you should take an i7-4770k which is a beast and can run any CPU demanding work easily.

Checkout this build. it is well within your total budget though not maintaining the individual budget as you mentioned.

The motherboard has all the features you need, 8 sata 6GB/S port, Raid 0 support, Windows 8.1 ready and overclocking friendly. Also has multi GPU support. you can find out the details here:

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PLUS/


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $540.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 15:10 EST-0500)

You can also take a look at this board. Its a bit pricey than the previous one but is more overclock friendly with better power delivery to the CPU and also has built in wireless.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87pro

Details:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PRO/
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February 16, 2014 6:33:46 AM


Why would I want to go i5 when I can go i7 and stay in budget? Also, you are advising me to buy an Ivy Bridge processor when the Hasswell stuff is the current setup. Plus, I just checked a nice little comparison test between the 3570K and the 3770K that replaced it and the Hasswell is the clear winner, though killed by 4770K. Why would you give me this advise?

Muku said:
Well, if you do a lot of CPU intensive stuff then you should take an i7-4770k which is a beast and can run any CPU demanding work easily.

Checkout this build. it is well within your total budget though not maintaining the individual budget as you mentioned.

The motherboard has all the features you need, 8 sata 6GB/S port, Raid 0 support, Windows 8.1 ready and overclocking friendly. Also has multi GPU support. you can find out the details here:

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PLUS/


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $540.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-15 15:10 EST-0500)

You can also take a look at this board. Its a bit pricey than the previous one but is more overclock friendly with better power delivery to the CPU and also has built in wireless.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87pro

Details:
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z87PRO/

I can get the 4770K for $250 But, I'm now reading some arguments to go LGA2011 over 1150, and I can score an 4820k for $270. All the gamers stay to stick with 4770K...but I'm not a gamer.
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February 16, 2014 9:07:44 PM

Nitrousbird said:

I can get the 4770K for $250 But, I'm now reading some arguments to go LGA2011 over 1150, and I can score an 4820k for $270. All the gamers stay to stick with 4770K...but I'm not a gamer.


LGA 2011 platform offers great performance for people who runs a lot of multi threaded applications like compressing, editing or 3D rendering . Its definitely worth going for..

But

A 4820k shows absolutely no performance improvement over a 4770k, even for muti-threaded applications. In fact, 4770k out performs a 4820k is most of the tests.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...

So, to take advantage of the true potential of LGA 2011 platform and to get a considerable performance improvement over 4770k, you must have at least a 4930k which again is quite pricey.

So, unless you have the money to get a 4930k or above, its wiser to stick to a 4770k
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