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[New Build] Building my 3rd computer, could use some assistance please

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July 11, 2014 6:17:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: End of October

Budget Range: $3000ish total after shipping

System Usage: Gaming, photoshop editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: none. Brand new

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Still stuck on deciding betweeen Win 7/8)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: New York City!

Parts Preferences: Intel Chipset, I7 prefferably unless im given a STRONG reason to go i5, EVGA Nvidia cards, no liquid cooling, no extra HD (i have 3). corsair, gskill, samsung, cooler master, evga,

Overclocking: No

SLI: Yes/maybe depending on price

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like the option to add more fans for cooling. A decent case. Options to upgrade.

Why Are You Upgrading: Wedding gift to myself. Last hurrah before I need to buckle down for the future :) 

Here is what I have built so far.

Hope this isnt a mess

I made the mistake of asking on some other websites and really should have known the stupid responses i would get from basement dwelling neckbeards :\. I have a bunch of questions

1. CPU. I think i would like a bunch of opinions on the chipset. i heard some bad things regarding the Intel Core i7-4820K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor. Is this bad advice?

2. Suggestions on MOBO welcome. I want to be able to 2 way sli at most with an open PCI for a sound card. Im a audiophile.

3. Soundcard options? I know this is contested, im not looking for a big song and dance... just options.

4. video card... the meat of the order. Suggestions? difference between EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card and EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB K|ngp|n Video Card? or other suggestions?

Thoughts?

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July 11, 2014 6:47:25 AM

I built it for a friend that is a game developer and has to make promo videos and stuff. It is the low-end 2011 socket processor. It runs pretty well and silent (we put the Intel liquid cooler in it) and he's quite happy compared to his stone-age first-gen i7. We only built it as an interim solution since the entire platform is getting a bit long in the tooth, and he could not wait any longer to upgrade. I've never seen anyone with as much as a constrained PC as his previous PC. :( 

here is the benchmark:


To see the benchmark, click the BBcode button - for some reason it isn't displaying.
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July 11, 2014 12:28:05 PM

1. Yeah for production X79 is definitely the way to go with the fact that you can have a RAM disk setup and have large amounts of RAM. But for gaming on the other hand it's not really needed.

2. See below.

3. Don't really need one unless you are using recording software.

4. Go for the TI but get the regular edition.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($156.90 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($136.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2772.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Then with the difference add whatever else you need.
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July 14, 2014 6:00:41 AM

1. Thanks for the suggestion on the CPU.
2. Not that its a problem, just curious why you picked that MOBO. Reviews? Personal Experience?
3. Do you have any recommendations for a sound card?
4. Sweet, going for 780 TI :) 
5. Should I jump to 32gb of ram with the Win 8 OS?
6. How is the Crucial CT1024M550SSD1 TB SSD? I have plenty of WB blacks as backups
7. Any reason for the case change?

Thanks!
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July 14, 2014 8:23:25 AM

Griever114 said:
1. Thanks for the suggestion on the CPU.
2. Not that its a problem, just curious why you picked that MOBO. Reviews? Personal Experience?
3. Do you have any recommendations for a sound card?
4. Sweet, going for 780 TI :) 
5. Should I jump to 32gb of ram with the Win 8 OS?
6. How is the Crucial CT1024M550SSD1 TB SSD? I have plenty of WB blacks as backups
7. Any reason for the case change?

Thanks!


1. You're welcome. :)  It was a sweet machine to build. The guy is pretty happy with it, but then he would be since it was an upgrade to am 8-year old machine with limited HD space and only 8GB of memory.

2. Mobo: I like ASRock, have built a few PCs with ASRock motherboards, a guy I know recommends them as well. I'm not a mobo fanatic, I usually spend some time looking at one to get the features I want without paying for a bunch of stuff I don't want. In the case of this build, that mobo had really high-quality components.

3. I airways advice to use on-board sound for a short while and only get a card if you're really unhappy with the on-board sound.

4. The guy wanted a beefy graphics card. If it was mine, I'd have bought a slightly smaller card. :)  In the end he was right. :) 

5. Unless you run video/photo edits, etc, or will have a specific use for the memory (RAMDisk - bad idea imho) then you can safely stick with 16GB. gain, this guy process large videos and the applications multi-task and does drive his memory use significantly up.

Bear in mind the 2011 mobo is quad-channel, so get four sticks of identical RAM.

6. Sure, go with the Crucial SSD, I don't have any personal experience, but it reviews well.

7. That build was the unmodified build I built - the case is very quiet as was the entire build - we swapped out a few fans for Cougar Vortex fans and the case was inaudible from 4 feet. You can choose any case that appeals to you. :) 
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July 16, 2014 8:14:25 AM

g-unit1111 said:
1. Yeah for production X79 is definitely the way to go with the fact that you can have a RAM disk setup and have large amounts of RAM. But for gaming on the other hand it's not really needed.

2. See below.

3. Don't really need one unless you are using recording software.

4. Go for the TI but get the regular edition.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M550 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($156.90 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($136.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2772.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Then with the difference add whatever else you need.


Hi Gunit,

Any word on my questions below?

1. Thanks for the suggestion on the CPU.
2. Not that its a problem, just curious why you picked that MOBO. Reviews? Personal Experience?
3. Do you have any recommendations for a sound card?
4. Sweet, going for 780 TI :) 
5. Should I jump to 32gb of ram with the Win 8 OS?
6. How is the Crucial CT1024M550SSD1 TB SSD? I have plenty of WB blacks as backups
7. Any reason for the case change?

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