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Building new "super" PC, need lots of tips, advice and the likes.

Hi all, I'm hoping you will be able to help me out with my new personal supercomputer. I have been relocated to a remote environment and am building it piece by piece as something to keep me sane.

I do a bit of everything, I'm just the ultimate hobbyist, but I also have a perfectionism for things just working - something I greatly admire Apple's philosophy on on mobile devices. However the primary purposes will be:

  • Work. Computer programming, .NET mainly. Some mildly resource intensive things, but need nothing special hardware wise.
  • Accounting. Needs a dedicated or detachable numpad, so I can just hold and type numbers into databases, but again nothing special.
  • Light gaming. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and GTA IV mostly. Though if GTAV gets a PC release...
  • Some pretty intense flight simulation.
  • HD video and photo editing.
  • CAD work.
  • Huge amounts of media consumption. TV card, media center, photo slideshows. Lots of storage for purchased movies and TV shows. Blu-Ray/DVD/CD. Will be running 6 monitors.


So what I've done in my initial stock list is take my requirements. Doubled them. Then doubled that. So this thing is overkill, and I am aware of it. But it's going to be fun for me to build and something I'll be proud to own. Looking for state of the art, as forwards compatible as possible.

Budget about $5000AUD. Can go higher.

Hardware Guide
https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=261329&action=wish_lists

That is a very rough guide to what I want. I am aware the motherboard and CPU architecture is dated, though I'm not sure how so. So I think both CPU and motherboard in the list can be replaced. If you can't see that list, here is a general overview (I am not committed to buying from that site):

  • Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (Already ordered and on its way)
  • 2x Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 OC Edition 4GB
  • G.Skill Ripjaws 64GB RAM
  • 2x Fujitsu S302 512GB SSD
  • Media hub/card reader (with native MicroSD support)


I need:
  • Good mobo (8x DDR3)
  • Good CPU
  • TV Card that works with Media Center. I currently have an AverMedia and it sucks balls.
  • Good keyboard and mouse and either an extra or a detachable num pad.
  • WiFi card if not included on the motherboard.
  • Good quality wireless headphones (longer the range the better).
  • Semi-decent speakers, though will mostly wear headphones.
  • Optical drives if there is anything new and special I should know about. But the ones in my current rig should do fine.
  • Large capacity hard drive for storage, and secondary one for backup.


So let me know what you think, please recommend as much hardware as you can as I am not particularly adept at some of the finer points (and I've only had cheap stuff before, and it shows).

Thank you all :D
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  1. If you really want an overpriced PC you could always get this CPU haha - www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116938

    In all seriousness that is probably WAY overpriced. But if overkill is what you want.....
  2. That just looks overpriced. The socket 2011 one I had priced is the same speed and the cache is only 5MB smaller. However I know nothing about CPUs so if it's good value for money (which I doubt) then I am not adverse to spending that money.

    Someone told me that 2011 was dated and I should be aiming for a different socket? Something about USB 3 I think, I can't recall...

    Thanks for the help
  3. Dredgy said:
    That just looks overpriced. The socket 2011 one I had priced is the same speed and the cache is only 5MB smaller. However I know nothing about CPUs so if it's good value for money (which I doubt) then I am not adverse to spending that money.

    Someone told me that 2011 was dated and I should be aiming for a different socket? Something about USB 3 I think, I can't recall...

    Thanks for the help



    I was joking. Haha. wouldnt spend anywhere near 1,000 on that.
  4. Well there you go lol.

    So does anyone have any advice about mobo/CPU and even PSU at this stage.
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    Challenge accepted

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38Wli
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38Wli/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38Wli/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($172.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Avexir Core series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Hitachi Product Series:5K100<br/>Product Line:Travelstar 640GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.21 @ TigerDirect)
    Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($270.00 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1009.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($1009.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec HCG M 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $3790.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-12 23:39 EDT-0400)

    That's what I came up with, I'm in us so I don't know if it'll be near 5000AUD

    I forgot the TV Card lol

    Do you have OS? If u do, then ull save 85USD

    For whatever light gaming ull do, it'll handle any game on Max settings at 80+ fps

    I couldn't find GPU chipset to be GeForce GTX 790 dual GPU

    So dual Titan Blacks will have to do

    I think this might be a little overkill so yea, cut out one Titan black and change ram and maybe it won't be overkill so much
  6. Awesome, look forward to seeing what you can come up with
  7. Hope that'll work xD
  8. O yea, the PSU is literally just enough, and it's water cooled
  9. Thank you very much, you've given me a lot to work with.

    Comes in well under budget as it is, but as I already have the case and optical drives that saves even more.

    $2k in graphics cards...wow. Much more than my current build haha. Something I'll probably have to adjust, but we'll see what deals I can get.

    Hard drives I think I'll go a bit differently - my plan now is to have 2x SSDs in RAID 1, and then a further 2x 2TB HDDs also in RAID 1 for mass storage.

    Power supply looks nice. Actually all looks like a good build with a few tweaks, though I am off to research water cooling and whether I'll need it.

    Thank you again!
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