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Good config for i7-3930K?

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March 11, 2012 7:34:39 PM

Looking at putting together the following system, any comments or advice? I realize this system is likely overkill for, well, everything, but I'm mostly interested in making sure I've got the right parts (i.e. will this cooler work well with this CPU, in this case?). I'd like to pull the trigger in the next couple days... thanks!

Some notes: got Win7x64 Ult., kb, mouse, screen, etc. Got two SATA 2TB HDs that I will move from current PC. SSD in the config below is for OS/applications, not general file storage. I run a lot of VM stuff for work, hence the high memory. I'm an occasional gamer but not hardcore. (Yes, I know these 2xGPUs are overkill.) Config built with pcpartpicker.com.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($594.99 @ Mwave)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($90.55 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($364.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($293.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($469.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone FT02B ATX Mid Tower Case ($229.00 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($84.98 @ Newegg)

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a b à CPUs
March 11, 2012 8:12:05 PM

the memory kits are massive overkill for SB, there's not a lot of memory scaling from my understanding. Get more normal 16GB kits.
a b à CPUs
March 11, 2012 8:12:28 PM

oh and wait for two weeks for kepler.
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March 11, 2012 9:39:09 PM

Thanks 13thmonkey!

The Kepler card is a great idea, I can hold out a couple weeks. I just hope they have good availability on release... hearing a lot about the TSMC work stoppage.

So I'm clear, can you expand on the memory comment? My knowledge on this is pretty limited... thanks!
a b à CPUs
March 12, 2012 12:10:56 AM

My top-end system is very similar to that with the i7-3930Kand the SLi GTX580's. Power wise it idles around 300W and loads up to 600W. Ironically, I regularly leave that system sitting and use a couple of other systems which are a whole lot lighter on my electric bill but are still blindingly quick and can run every game going.
a b à CPUs
March 12, 2012 7:45:59 AM

Mick_NYC said:
Thanks 13thmonkey!

The Kepler card is a great idea, I can hold out a couple weeks. I just hope they have good availability on release... hearing a lot about the TSMC work stoppage.

So I'm clear, can you expand on the memory comment? My knowledge on this is pretty limited... thanks!


The memory you've got is very fast, check the SB-E reviews about how much memory speeds affects performance, I think its not much. and with there being perfectly acceptable $99 16GB kits you've got a $300 saving (150 from each kit), from a performance point of view you could do something with this, though I'm struggling to figure out what, raid0 SSD's? buy up a level if kepler is released.

If you dropped down to SB/IVB i'd think you could buy two boxes (can you cluster them?) which would work if you only wanted to work with them as a light server box


March 13, 2012 6:35:12 PM

e56imfg said:
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB or G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB if D14 fits with this, otherwise go for the Vengeance
Optional:
H100 if you want to have maximum RAM compatibility.

Wait for Ivy Bridge and Keplar. Ivy Bridge (3770K) performs a little behind the 3930K but not by much. Sometimes it even beats it.
Ivy Bridge Article


GAH! Waiting is not my strong point :) 

Current reports are that Ivy Bridge will hit in June, which is pretty far out when you have money burning a hole in your pocket. :) 

I need to pump my brakes and think things through a bit more. Thanks!
a b à CPUs
March 13, 2012 6:40:25 PM

April for many IVB parts, June for some others.
a b à CPUs
March 13, 2012 11:45:33 PM

June? I see April 29th for the CPUs you should be worrying about- 3570K / 3770K
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