I'm am currently deciding between one of these two builds, they are both approximately 2,000$. I need help on which one to pick or if there is anything that could be changed to make of them better. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, you won't see a case in either of these builds because I have an empty ATX case that I plan on using.
I just don't see an AMD build above the $850 price point. As tot he Intel Build:
CPU - Do you have any apps that use hyperthreading ? If not the 4670k will save $100 and ya might lose 3-5% in gaming.
Cooler - Noc is a great cooler but it is outperformed by the Phanteks PH-TC14-PE which is a lot better looking.
MoBo - Use the compare function on newegg site and you will find that the MSI Z97 GD-65 and Asus Hero are a virtual match feature for feature and the GD-65 is $40 cheaper. The reviews on the Z87 GD65 were absolutely glowing and the Z97 is the same board with the new chip. The current Hero, and many other Asus Z87 boards have been plagued by the BIOS Clock Freeeze bug. I had been using Asus boards from the $250 price point and up and the MSI boards below that simply from a value / component / performance perspective.
My personal M6F is so afflicted and have two users I am trying to help with Hero builds, whereas none of the MSI builds I have been involved with have had as much of a hiccup.
At one point Asus had come up with a fix but it's temporary only. I have had to apply "the fix' several times over the last 3 days including this morning. Not a big deal replacing / clearing the BIOS but replicating the OC settings for 8 different OC profiles is a real PITA.
Asus is working on the problem. So far I have no indication whether or not the problem is appearing on the Z97, but until we know one way or another or until a fix is out, I would hold off on any Asus 1150 based builds.
RAM - 1866 and 2133 is oft the same price or even cheaper than 1600. The 2400s are a bit better and can means as much as a 10% performance improvement. Is it worth it ? Well even if it's 2-3%, since it increases system cost by just 1.5% I would go for it.
Well then the 4770k will perhaps get you 3 - 6% advantage in gaming.
In AutoCAD The WHIPTHREAD variable controls the way how AutoCAD uses the mutliple processors (or cores) for display operations.
0 - use only a single processor (as A2000)
1 - regen done on multiple CPUs
2 - redraw done on multiple CPUs
3 - both regens and redraws done on multiple CPUs
I don't notice much of a difference but use the 3 setting. More and faster RAM does have an impact, worth the $30 for the Mushkin 2400s.
Of curse storage subsystem is very important as AutoCAD simply insists on doing disk writes no matter how much RAM ya have. I use the Seagate SSHDs for that .... program sits on SSD, storage files on SSHD.
I'm not sure where I would put the one hundred dollars saved from getting the 4670k. Spending the 100 on the better processor seems like the best choice for overall system performance. Also, the memory I picked out is 2133 with CAS 9, but the mushkin redline 2400 is CAS 10, well the extra speed and higher CAS be worth the 30$?