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i7 4930K vs i7 4960X in Supercomputer

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June 8, 2014 10:44:50 PM

I'm deciding whether to get an i7 4930K or i7 4960X in my new extreme 4K gaming supercomputer (I will get the rig from either Origin PC or Digital Storm due to their excellent customer service and record of amazing custom gaming PCs.) Other components include 32GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz RAM, Quad Liquid Cooled/ Overclocked Titan Blacks and Rampage IV Black motherboard. I will be overclocking the CPU to 5GHz. Thanks.
Btw, the rig is not only for gaming, it will also be used for video editing in After Effects or Photoshop. I need it to be as future proof as possible.

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a c 789 4 Gaming
June 8, 2014 10:53:36 PM

The 4960 costs twice as much as the 4930 but is only 10% better. I think the 4930k is the better deal.

This sounds very expensive. So maybe you don't care.
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Anonymous
June 8, 2014 11:36:45 PM

Death Prodigy said:
I'm deciding whether to get an i7 4930K or i7 4960X in my new extreme 4K gaming supercomputer (I will get the rig from either Origin PC or Digital Storm due to their excellent customer service and record of amazing custom gaming PCs.) Other components include 32GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz RAM, Quad Liquid Cooled/ Overclocked Titan Blacks and Rampage IV Black motherboard. I will be overclocking the CPU to 5GHz. Thanks.
Btw, the rig is not only for gaming, it will also be used for video editing in After Effects or Photoshop. I need it to be as future proof as possible.

Why go for anything less than a processor which has the word "Extreme" in its name, and for a "supercomputer"(ahem) no less. You're not poor or anything, are you? Personally I wouldn't settle short of a dual-socket Xeon setup for my "supercomputer", but then again I have the money to spend. :p 
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June 9, 2014 1:51:26 AM

Well, Xeons are more suited for workstation and server use, but I'm not running a workstation so the i7 processor line seems more suited for a gaming PC. If there's one thing I learnt, it's that the low clock speeds on Xeon processors really suck.
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a c 789 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 1:58:49 AM

Post a link to this pc.
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June 9, 2014 8:22:37 AM

Wait a minute, I'm fetching the configurator. For your information, I'll be giving two different systems from Origin PC and Digital Storm because I'm undecided on which company to go with. Although, Digital Storm's Aventum II exclusive custom copper liquid cooling system DOES seem nice.
(Somewhat) off-topic: I have configured a 1TB Samsung 840 Evo SSD, however I need advice on whether I should configure an SSD RAID array given that it's already such a ridiculous system, so heck, why not? Also, what's the difference between the 840 Evo SSDs and the 840 Pro SSDs which are MUCH more expensive?
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a c 789 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 7:46:40 PM

It's a waste of time putting SSDs in raid.

Google the specs. Its probably read and/or write speeds.
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Anonymous
June 9, 2014 9:08:11 PM

The main difference between the evo and pro is that the pro comes with an industrial grade 256-bit encryption for security. Apart from that and greater reliability, in terms of raw performance the pro is at best 5-10% better than the evo in random and sequnential read/write ops. Considering that you're planning an SSD RAID array, your 6gbps SATA is going to get fully saturated long before that imperceptible difference starts showing up. You could go for a PCI-e SSD for much greater performance than any SATA drives, but your quad SLI isn't going to leave any space for that. You could go for two Titan Z's for quad SLI to spare 2 slots but those buggers only come with triple slot cooling.

Edit: Errr, yeah so go with the 2x evos, because the speed limit incurred by the current architecture would render the performance difference moot.
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June 11, 2014 5:14:17 AM

Well here's my two builds from Origin PC and Digital Storm as I am undecided on which company to go with yet.

Digital Storm Custom Extreme Gaming PC Aventum II:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Black OPS Aventum II
Exterior Finish: Onyx Black Matte Finish with Red Stand
Trim Accents: - Not Available
Processor: Intel Core i7 4930K 3.4GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition X79 (Intel X79 Chipset)
System Memory: 32GB DDR3 2400MHz Corsair Dominator Platinum DHX (Extreme-Performance)
Power Supply: 1500W Corsair AX1500i (Digitally Controlled Power)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs) (Slim Slot Loading Edition)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 840 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (2TB Western Digital - Black Edition)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 4x SLI Quad (NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black 6GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: HydroLux Copper: Digital Storm Copper Pipe Custom Cooling System (Video Cards + CPU + Chipset)
H20 Tube Color:Green Tubing with High-Performance Fluid (UV Lighting Reactive)
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Digital Storm RGB LED Lighting System (Requires Thermal Management Control Board & Software)
Airflow Control: Digital Storm Thermal Management Control Board & Software
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires High-End Motherboard Selection)
Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Portable Gaming: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 15-20 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

Origin PC Extreme Custom Gaming PC Genesis:
Orientation: Standard
Standard Color: Black
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Standard
Remote Controlled Multi-Colored LED
ORIGIN High-Performance Ultra Silent Fans - Red - Extreme Cooling Setup
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition (Bluetooth/WiFi Onboard)
ORIGIN CRYOGENIC CPU Only Liquid Cooling
Green Tubing
Ice Dragon High Performance Coolant - White
Overclocked Intel Core i7 4930K Hex-Core (4.4GHz-4.8GHz)
1.5 Kilowatt Corsair AX1500i
Black Individually Sleeved Cables
Quad ORIGIN CRYOGENIC Liquid Cooled 6GB NVIDIA GTX Titan Black
ORIGIN Professional Graphics Card Overclocking
32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz (4x8GB)
Genuine MS Windows 8.1 64-Bit Edition
1TB Samsung 840 Evo Series
2TB SATA 6.0Gb/s, 7200RPM, 64MB Cache
5 Bay Hot-Swap Cage
12X Blu-ray Reader and DVD Combo
Cryogenic Cooling Support
On Board Audio
Onboard Network Port
ORIGIN Wooden Crate Armor
1 Year Part Replacement and 45 Day Free Shipping Warranty with Lifetime Labor/24-7 Support
ORIGIN Recovery USB3.0 Flash Drive
No Part Upgrade Service
ORIGIN PC G8 T-Shirt XL
Microsoft Internet Explorer
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a c 789 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 5:15:59 AM

That's too much info. Makes it too hard to sift through.

All you had to do was post links.
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June 11, 2014 5:16:44 AM

Also, note that I will be custom ordering the GPU to 4x SLI Quad EVGA Titan Black Superclocked Signature.
Ain't it one beast of a PC?
It's certainly no supercomputer (at least comparing the supercomputers of today, it seems like a mere toy) but it's still extremely powerful for a consumer PC.
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June 11, 2014 5:17:30 AM

Well... I couldn't post links because the configuration couldn't be saved so only the specs I guess. Sorry for the info overload :p 
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a c 789 4 Gaming
June 11, 2014 5:19:56 AM

How much are they?
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June 11, 2014 5:50:11 AM

Digital Storm: Can't remember, around 11K+
Origin PC: $10K
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June 12, 2014 12:29:59 AM

What...? But that build really won't cover all my needs. Firstly, extreme gaming at 4K resolution at maximum settings while obtaining optimal, smooth framerates. This is extremely demanding, and requires a crap ton of graphics horsepower to achieve. You will be surprised to know that even FOUR, Titan Blacks overclocked may not be enough to handle the most demanding games with the criteria given above. Also, I need the set-up to be as future proof as possible for 4K gaming for the next few years, because this rig will blow my budget for anymore upgrades in the near future out of the window. Secondly, video editing and powerpoint projects(Photoshop CS6, Sony Vegas Pro, Microsoft Office). This is where the i7 4930K overclocked to 5GHZ comes in very handy, with it's great core count allowing for excellent processor efficiency and lightning-fast speeds when editing videos (especially since these are multithreaded apps). The 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 2400MHz provides a massive amount of RAM to handle extreme gaming, video editing and multitasking, plus the 2400MHz makes working on the system feel butter-smooth. I will be using the extra RAM as a RAMDisk to load apps and games, if needed at all. You see, I need every single bit of power I can juice from this system, so there's little room for compromise and a budget system just won't cut it :( 
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