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August 8, 2014 9:08:42 PM

Hi Guys!
So A few months ago, a good friend of mine told me that he wanted to make a game. So I said sure why not? so I was tasked to build 3d models of the characters and landscape that he and others designed, But my MacBook Takes too long to render, so I decided to get myself a PC. Also I play games quite abit and have 2 1920x1080p Monitors and hope to upgrade to 4k in the near Future. I'm also keeping a close eye on the Corsair 760t and NZXT H440 cases cause I want a black/white theme to go with my peripherals :3
Willing to stretch budget to 3000$ if its worth it

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August 8, 2014 9:27:16 PM

interesting, what kind of game are you guys making?

For what your doing, that's about right. Ill get a build in.

However, your best option will be to wait until haswell e comes out.
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August 8, 2014 9:29:40 PM

$2500 is a beastly amount to spend on a PC, here's what I came up with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($117.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T White ATX Full Tower Case ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2456.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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This will handle 3d rendering like it's nothing, and with 2 780 Ti's, you'll be able to game in 4K easily.
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August 8, 2014 9:35:30 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MBwhvK

If you can afford it this would be great!

If not then drop one of the titan blacks and get a Black edition G1 from gigabyte.
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August 8, 2014 9:45:52 PM

One thing I'd recommend, since you're going to use this computer to "make money" drop the SSDs and ect, and make sure to get at least 2 HDDs so you can RAID1 them (mirroring) so you always have a backup of your data if your hard drive ever fails.

ALSO an external backup solution, like an external hard drive with nightly Windows backups so you can restore your system to yesterday's state if you ever got a virus or something.
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August 8, 2014 9:57:47 PM

There you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($370.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($247.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($638.00 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB DirectCU II Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($638.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($128.99 @ B&H)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-171 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.77 @ Amazon)
Total: $2940.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 00:49 EDT-0400

Highlights and descriptions:

32 GB 2400MHz CL10 RAM for best performance.

Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB 2 way SLI.

i7 4790k, needs no description.

500GB SSD + 3TB HDD.

Tier 1 PSU, the highest possible.

Wireless adapter and reliable MoBo.

Liquid cooling.

I highly recommend even if you don't go with this exact rig, place 32GB RAM in any rig aimed at 3D development at pro level with 500 GB SSD and Tier 1 PSU. 2 way SLI is also very much appreciated. Hope this helps.
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August 8, 2014 10:11:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($285.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($153.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($549.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($549.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2457.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 01:08 EDT-0400

Definitly 4k ready, with wd red hdd for backup and RAID
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August 8, 2014 10:14:07 PM

Mac266 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-WS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($285.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($153.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Red 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Red 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($549.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($549.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2457.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 01:08 EDT-0400

Definitly 4k ready, with wd red hdd for backup and RAID


Don't go with Reds, they're for NAS systems, not desktops.

Go with Blues or preferably Blacks.


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August 8, 2014 11:21:58 PM

I do have a backup system that will backup data nightly. All these Builds look Impressive :o  compared to the all the computers I've ever seen in my life. I've been looking around at other builds, and many are using 4930k six core processors, will an 4970k be enough or should I upgrade to that? Also not sure if going to be overclocking due to me having a fear that everything will "fry" if I leave the machine overclocked most of the time.
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August 8, 2014 11:38:15 PM

Also Reading About the Titan Black, it says the Titan Black is good for 3d Work as some say compares to a Quadro k6000, don't know if that is good or not, will 2 780tis beat that?
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August 8, 2014 11:47:44 PM

HaiImNew said:
I do have a backup system that will backup data nightly. All these Builds look Impressive :o  compared to the all the computers I've ever seen in my life. I've been looking around at other builds, and many are using 4930k six core processors, will an 4970k be enough or should I upgrade to that? Also not sure if going to be overclocking due to me having a fear that everything will "fry" if I leave the machine overclocked most of the time.


I'm a VFX professional and video rendering developer myself, look at my rig in my sig.
I use the 4790K. Tbh, the hexa core 4930K has good specs but much less value for money.
I wouldn't spend $250 more to get 2 more cores, that too at the cost of less clock speeds.

Technically or performance wise, I've a few rigs running Xeon running 3.5GHz Hexa at my workplace and felt no real boost in performance, nothing even slightly better. It was good performance wise, but not worth getting.

Also, to get the most out of that CPU, you'd need to OC. And frankly, 4930k is a poor OCer indeed. And anyways you're not in favour of OC, so it won't be really worth it. And I completely understand the fear, a rig this pro and costly shouldn't get tampered with if you don't want to.

I hope I'm clear, 4GHz hyper threaded processor is enough for heavy 3D development, workstations and more. Also, if you ever wish to OC, then this CPU is better at OCing than the 4930K.
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August 9, 2014 12:27:08 AM

Hmmm ok after looking around I decided with this build, based off of MeteorsRaining Suggestions:
[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h/by_merchant/)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($350.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($247.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-171 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.79 @ Amazon)
Total: $2850.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 03:27 EDT-0400
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August 9, 2014 12:33:13 AM

HaiImNew said:
Also Reading About the Titan Black, it says the Titan Black is good for 3d Work as some say compares to a Quadro k6000, don't know if that is good or not, will 2 780tis beat that?


If you gonna use multiple monitors, then the Titan Black is a very much viable option, that too if its upscale QWHD/ QHD or 4k.

BUT, if you're using a single monitor, upto 4k (there's no higher resolution in market whatsoever), then too the GTX 780 Ti 2 way SLI will smoke the Titan Black.

The Titan Black is basically the 780Ti with more VRAM, a slight clock speed increase, and better double precision floating point computing capabilities. The GPU computing capabilities aren't relevant to gaming but will come to the forefront only if you take multiple 4k or 2k display and then run heavy 3D development.

Taking K6000 which is insanely expensive, into consideration, I'd rather say that it is just Titan with more VRAM. A Titan Z easily beats it.

But well we're running into 12GB VRAMs. Taking 6GB into consideration, 2 way SLI 780 Ti>Titan Black>Titan Black for gaming.



Now look, the Titan Black is a very very pro computing card, and may well beat the 2 way 780 Ti SLI, but NO ONE CAN BE SURE.

IMP: If you have multiple displays and some real serious computing needs (which you know best) which do utilize double-precision technology, then Titan Black is better.

Titan Z is the beast that nothing can beat, not even 2 way Titan Black SLI if there're multi displays at 2k or 4k.

I think I should sum it up.

Titan Black, IF you have 4k and 2k display combination and the softwares which WILL utilize double precision, then its a better buy.
2 way SLI 780 Ti, if you really need a beast for gaming, but I can't say the same for computing (which you're gonna do).

Final verdict: Take the Titan Black for some real serious computing needs.

EDIT: I'm sorry for the late reply, I wanted to give the best possible and thorough explanation I could give.
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August 9, 2014 12:42:45 AM

HaiImNew said:
Hmmm ok after looking around I decided with this build, based off of MeteorsRaining Suggestions:
[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h/by_merchant/)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Mp26h/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($338.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($350.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($247.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($649.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: D-Link DWA-171 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.79 @ Amazon)
Total: $2850.63
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 03:27 EDT-0400


Good build, but replace the G.Skill RipJaws X with the Trident X.

Let me explain why: very briefly, the higher the MHz and lower the CL, the better.

ie, MHz/CL= bigger is better.

For the RAM you chose, 1866/9= ~207 reports.
The Trident X for $20 more: 2400/10= 240 reports.
ie, that RAM is better, don't compromise on RAM and PSU in such builds.


VERY IMP: The PSU you chose is a tier 2 class A, you can get a tier 1 1000W for the exact same price.
Reference:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1804779/power-...

This one is the best on the planet:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-120g2100...

1kW, 80+Gold, tier 1(the best possible), same price @ $139.99.
Don't commit a mistake on this one.
I've already given you the review about Titan Black and SLI 780 Ti.
I'd prefer Titan Black.
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August 9, 2014 2:01:44 AM

Hmmm after reading for about an hour, it seems that the applications I will be using do not use the Double Precision Technology Thing (I still don't understand what it does though) and it seems that 780 ti sli might be the best choice right now :D 
BTW thanks to those who have helped me!
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August 9, 2014 3:02:29 AM

Ok you know your apps better. Btw what did you decide on the RAM and PSU?
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August 9, 2014 3:54:08 AM

Hmmm I chose the psu you suggested and got corsair dominator Platinums cause they look so sexy :3
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August 9, 2014 5:27:09 AM

Haha good choice :D 
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