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2,000$ Multimedia/Gaming PC - Comments on Build & General Advice Wanted [REVISED]!

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February 23, 2014 5:22:35 PM

My parents are loaning me 1,000 dollars to match my 1,000 dollars I currently have. I have hypothesized this setup in order to meet my gaming needs (Including those envious skyrim mods) with dual monitors in the future (Perhaps a larger resolution that 1080p). I also make Youtube videos, so I need the ease of transferring 40GB files, rendering videos, and reliability to be there. On top of all of that, I am a photographer who needs storage space and plenty of memory to have several instances of photoshop, RAW editors, and converters open quickly. Photography needs plenty of speed when copying thousands of files that sum up to several dozen gigabytes of data.

The SSD is for the OS and games I like enough.

This is a revised build. It was suggested to go with more memory and Haswell lithography, so that's what I did and I saved
230$

What Changed:
ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard
Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor

Please comment on what I may need to change (Including price trimming)! All help is appreciated if presented nicely ;) 


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($6.69 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1699.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 20:19 EST-0500)

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February 23, 2014 6:11:03 PM

With 2k, you should get a 780Ti. I would also get a higher wattage psu, so that you have enough headroom for SLI in the future.

Is the aftermarket thermal paste really necessary? Cooler Master gives you a tube if it, and unless you are a supreme OC'er, thermal compound differences shouldn't matter to you.

I would try to get the 2011 socket with a i7 4930K. The performance increase will be awesome, especially with gaming and rendering.

I'd also get 2x8gb of RAM, just so that you have the 32gb option in the future.
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February 23, 2014 6:20:50 PM

Jacob McIntosh said:
With 2k, you should get a 780Ti. I would also get a higher wattage psu, so that you have enough headroom for SLI in the future.

Is the aftermarket thermal paste really necessary? Cooler Master gives you a tube if it, and unless you are a supreme OC'er, thermal compound differences shouldn't matter to you.

I would try to get the 2011 socket with a i7 4930K. The performance increase will be awesome, especially with gaming and rendering.

I'd also get 2x8gb of RAM, just so that you have the 32gb option in the future.


I understand the thermal paste and RAM suggestions, but I was told the Haswell construction of the 4770k is better for me. Which I now realize is stupid because the 4930k is Haswell too.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 23, 2014 6:25:56 PM

Although it is $200 over budget, the performance you will get out of this rig will be worth much more than $200.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($212.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($137.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($101.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($672.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $2201.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 21:24 EST-0500)
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