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getting to retire my current rig looking at ~$1800 build have a lot of specific question

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April 8, 2014 11:37:10 AM

I plan on building a new system in the next few months and have a lot of questions about some of the new tech out there. ill go more into that later but first I'd like to go over my current build and why I want to retire it.

first ill go over whats inside
cpu: core i7 920 2.66Ghz OC @ 3.54Ghz
mobo: evga x58 sli le
ram: 12gb gskill ddr3 1066
gpu: 2x evga gtx 560s
ssd: 250gb can't remember anythign else
hdd: 1tb can't remember brand
psu: coolmax greenpower 900 watt
case: antec 900
monitors 3x AOC 21.5" 1x VIZIO 32" tv

now this build is a beast and it still performs really well however it has some serious issues most notable of which is this which has left me forced to use powered hubs for almost everything. the other major issue is my system really doesn't like it when i have all four monitors activated. when the tv is hooked in my gpus both run full blast at all times. for some reason it seems to disable all of their power saving features and it puts out way too much heat for this texan.

so now that ive gotten that out of the way i'm going to go through the checklist on the sticky about these threads

Purchase date 1-2 months from now but i'll wait longer if i need to

budget: after theory building on newegg i'm looking at at least 1800 but i could go as far as 2200 if i need to

system usage: gaming, programming, netflix, web browsing, school, intense multitasking

buying monitor: no

parts to upgrade full tower replacement only monitors and peripherals are staying

OS: deciding between 7 and 8.1 more later

preferred sites: newegg frys microcenter

location houston, texas

OC: yes

SLI: maybe

monitor res 1920x1080 x3/4

forgot to mention i don't want to deal with liquid cooling i much prefer air because i don't want to deal with the maintenance

parts i know i want

Thermaltake Level 10 GT

beyond that everything hinges on what info i get from yall
set issue one is deciding my cpu and gpu. i know im going to get a 4th gen i7k however i don't know if i want to go with lga 1150 or 2011. if i go with 1150 i'm powering 1-3 of my monitors with the intel gpu letting one single high end nvidia card run my monitor for games. if i go with 2011 im going with two less powerful gpus however im afraid ill run into similar problems to whats going on with my current setup

my next question is do i go with several hybrid drives in a raid config or do i go with a SSD and an HDD using intel smart response

on mobo do i go with asus or msi (or something else?) basically are the K1 and ramdisk features really that good on the msi boards and if i do go with msi do i get msi GPUs to take advantage of the auto tweak feature

finally do i go with windows 7 or do i go with windows 8.1 with classic shell. i really like some of the efi features in 8 like the amazing boot times

probably have a few more questions but this took forever to type up so ill add them in later thanks for your time.

April 8, 2014 11:43:48 AM

I'd go with the 1150 socket. Doesn't sound like you need the features of a 2011 board so they money saved can be put into the GPU which will give you better performance for your needs.

I'd go with a dedicated SSD and HDD. With your budget you can get a pretty large SSD so ISR might not be needed, at least for a while.

ASUS makes the best mobos.

Go with Win 8, it's the latest offering so you might as well keep up with the times.
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April 8, 2014 11:54:45 AM

Here is something that might give you an idea of where to go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: Thermaltake Level 10 GT ($199.99)
Total: $1768.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 14:53 EDT-0400)

The gtx 780 will work great for your need IMO.
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April 8, 2014 1:06:53 PM

while I completely agree with you about asus mobos this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... msi board has a lot of features to it that i find really enticing biggest things are that this board has multiple video outputs and that i really like the sound of how the k1 bypasses the windows network stack to give voip and games priority and while im not sure ill use it i also like the ramdisk feature. the problem with going with asus is i have yet to find a board i like by them that at the very least has multiple video outputs.
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April 8, 2014 3:08:31 PM

numanator said:
Here is something that might give you an idea of where to go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($81.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: Thermaltake Level 10 GT ($199.99)
Total: $1768.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 14:53 EDT-0400)

The gtx 780 will work great for your need IMO.


the build you proposed is very similar to what i was thinking already honestly the reason i posted was to make sure that i could pull a quad monitor setup with just one gpu and the onboard. I think ill to go with 16 starting because when i say i multitask i really mean it i tend to have 6+ tabs open on one monitor a game on one and netflix on another with whatever else i feel like of the fourth so ram is a big concern for me. and i nearly dismissed the whole thing when you reccomended ASrock because i've always thought them to be a junk brand but i gave it a look and im surprised. for one because it has a feature i needed but didn't know existed which was the hdmi in. that option would be immensly usefull for me.
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April 8, 2014 3:28:30 PM

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the build you proposed is very similar to what i was thinking already honestly the reason i posted was to make sure that i could pull a quad monitor setup with just one gpu and the onboard. I think ill to go with 16 starting because when i say i multitask i really mean it i tend to have 6+ tabs open on one monitor a game on one and netflix on another with whatever else i feel like of the fourth so ram is a big concern for me. and i nearly dismissed the whole thing when you reccomended ASrock because i've always thought them to be a junk brand but i gave it a look and im surprised. for one because it has a feature i needed but didn't know existed which was the hdmi in. that option would be immensly usefull for me.


Honestly, I typically go for Asus on the motherboards as well but have been hearing a lot of good things about the Asrocks recently. I know for sure that the 780 can handle 3 monitors and most likely 4. Another option would be SLI 770s but that would be $200-$300 more, especially if you went for the 4gb versions, and I am positive that could handle 4 screens.
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