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January 16, 2012 11:23:05 PM

:hello: 
I'm new here. I wanted to get some feedback on what you guys thought of my prospective system build.
It's my first and I want to go all out, but obviously I have a budget.
It will be for gaming, but not nearly as much as video editing. (Vegas/Adobe Suite)

I have a budget of <$5,000. Right now I'm under 4,000 so I think what I have is a pretty good value:

Case : Thermaltake Level 10 GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Cooler : Corsair H100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Monitor : SAMSUNG S27A950D Black 27" Full HD/3D(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Video Card : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Sound Card : ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

Speakers : Logitech Z506 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

CPU/Motherboard : Core i7 3930K/ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 combo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...)

Storage :
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Seagate Barracude 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Corsair SATA III 120GB SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Peripherals :
  • TP-LINK TL-WN951N 32-bit PCI Wireless N Adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Sennheiser HD 280 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Windows 7 Professional


    The monitor is probably overkill. But I think a monitor >24" would be ideal, and I don't plan on getting multiple monitors since I don't really have the space for that. 3D is a plus since I have a few 3D movies but no 3D TV for some reason :sleep: 
    And I also might be changing it out for a new Series 9 monitor by Samsung when it's released, because the resolution will be 2650x1440. Or something like that.

    The video card is really expensive and I almost wasn't considering it -- it seems like major overkill. But I plan on playing games like Skyrim and Crysis (though not religiously), and I think this card would be compatible with Sony Vegas GPU acceleration

    Sennheiser headset for utilizing the sound card to full potential. and it's also great for sound leakage, which really annoys me.


    What should I add or remove? Any modifications you guys can suggest to either lower the price or increase it? I believe I have only an extra grand to work with.
    TY! :love: 
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    January 17, 2012 12:11:50 AM

    Cored said:
    :hello: 
    I'm new here. I wanted to get some feedback on what you guys thought of my prospective system build.
    It's my first and I want to go all out, but obviously I have a budget.
    It will be for gaming, but not nearly as much as video editing. (Vegas/Adobe Suite)

    I have a budget of <$5,000. Right now I'm under 4,000 so I think what I have is a pretty good value:

    Case : Thermaltake Level 10 GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    Cooler : Corsair H100 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    Monitor : SAMSUNG S27A950D Black 27" Full HD/3D(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    Video Card : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    Sound Card : ASUS Xonar Essence STX Virtual 7.1 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    PSU : CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    Speakers : Logitech Z506 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

    CPU/Motherboard : Core i7 3930K/ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 combo (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...)

    Storage :
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Seagate Barracude 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Corsair SATA III 120GB SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Peripherals :
  • TP-LINK TL-WN951N 32-bit PCI Wireless N Adapter http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Sennheiser HD 280 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
  • Windows 7 Professional


    The monitor is probably overkill. But I think a monitor >24" would be ideal, and I don't plan on getting multiple monitors since I don't really have the space for that. 3D is a plus since I have a few 3D movies but no 3D TV for some reason :sleep: 
    And I also might be changing it out for a new Series 9 monitor by Samsung when it's released, because the resolution will be 2650x1440. Or something like that.

    The video card is really expensive and I almost wasn't considering it -- it seems like major overkill. But I plan on playing games like Skyrim and Crysis (though not religiously), and I think this card would be compatible with Sony Vegas GPU acceleration

    Sennheiser headset for utilizing the sound card to full potential. and it's also great for sound leakage, which really annoys me.


    What should I add or remove? Any modifications you guys can suggest to either lower the price or increase it? I believe I have only an extra grand to work with.
    TY! :love: 


  • Firstly I believe that you should get an i5 2500k instead of the i7 since its and overkill and this mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$414.98
    Difference-$480

    Then RAM...you don't need 8GB of RAM,8GB is enough(and usually alot cheaper).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$84.99
    Difference-$55

    Although cases are mainly for looks and airflow,I would recommend this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    It looks nice it is cheaper.
    Total-$169.99
    Difference-$70

    Why do you need so many storage devices?

    Do people even buy sound cards anymore?

    If you aren't going to overclock then the cooler isn't necessary.

    You could save some money and go with this GTX 580(Your Choice):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$499.99
    Difference-$60

    Ask yourself if such a power supply would be needed.

    My Total Specs Cost-$1169.95
    Yours-$1834.95
    You(might)Save-$665.00

    Other Than That...Good


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    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 12:19:04 AM

    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
    $254.99 and a $40 rebate makes it $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I would go with the 180gb SSD , it's what I have and it gives you plenty of room for your main application and a couple current games.

    SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
    $899.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I think this is the monitor you were refering to , that has a resolution of 2560x1440. It's out now.
    January 17, 2012 12:19:49 AM

    I would just use the onboard sound on the board, with 7 or 8:1 surround sound built into virtually every modern mobo, it seems like a waste of 170 bucks.

    I would also drop the 2tb hard drive and go with the 1tb and the ssd. With the hard drive prices being stupidly high right now, it would be much smarter to wait until they drop again.

    With a single card, the 1000 watt power supply is really overkill. Get a decent 750-800 w and you'll be fine with any single card setup, even with a good amount of overclocking.

    Unless you are doing some high lvl overclocking, the liquid cooling would also kind of be a waste. You can OC the 2500k to almost 5ghz from 3.3 with a traditional air cooler.

    That being said, you could spend about half of the money and match the performance this system will have in any modern game. For gaming, anything over a 2500k is overkill, and for the video editing you could bump it to a 2600k with a z68 board for substantially less. With the Ivy Bridge processors coming out soon, spending this amount of money on a new machine seems pointless to me. Spend 2500 or so now, and bank the rest for building a system down the road.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 12:26:13 AM

    The build you have put together is good and other than the SSD and the monitor , since you have a good size budget I would go with a good quality power supply.

    SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Seasonic makes the best power supplies of all the manufacturers and if I was in need of a psu I would be getting a seasonic , no question.
    January 17, 2012 12:38:06 AM

    agiste101 said:
    Firstly I believe that you should get an i5 2500k instead of the i7 since its and overkill and this mobo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$414.98
    Difference-$480

    Then RAM...you don't need 8GB of RAM,8GB is enough(and usually alot cheaper).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$84.99
    Difference-$55

    Although cases are mainly for looks and airflow,I would recommend this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    It looks nice it is cheaper.
    Total-$169.99
    Difference-$70

    Why do you need so many storage devices?

    Do people even buy sound cards anymore?

    If you aren't going to overclock then the cooler isn't necessary.

    You could save some money and go with this GTX 580(Your Choice):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Total-$499.99
    Difference-$60

    Ask yourself if such a power supply would be needed.

    My Total Specs Cost-$1169.95
    Yours-$1834.95
    You(might)Save-$665.00

    Other Than That...Good

    Ty for the reply;
    Core i7 3930k seems acclaimed for editing/rendering, much more than the quad cores. At least from my research i don't think I'd change that

    The RAM is cheap in the grand scheme of things so I'm kinda set on that too

    Oh and I do plan on overclocking.

    I was gonna use an SSD for my boot drive and the 1TB to hold my video files/music, and the 2TB to put all my exports, drafts, stuff like that, my files turn out to be really huge and I used up a 500GB drive super quickly. It's better to be safe than sorry, IMO.

    I'll definitely consider that GTX580, thank you for that! ;)  I am only wondering if it supports GPU acceleration and i have to look into that.


    @jeremy

    I'm an audiophiliac, my friend has this soundcard and at the moment I'm using onboard, and his music sounds a bit better. It makes me a little bit jealous, honestly. :cry: 

    I will change my power supply, TY for that. Maybe i'll go with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I'm definitely going to be overclocking and I want to make sure the 3930k can run as cool as possible, I'm willing to spend money for the best cooling :) 


    And oh I'm not buying the parts now, just getting a ballpark and opinions. & I'm most likely going to wait for the new monitor I spoke of anyway :love: 
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 12:43:16 AM

    I guess you didn't read my post? The new Samsung is out now. Unless it's a different 2560x1440 you were refering to.The build you have put together is good and other than the SSD and the monitor , since you have a good size budget I would go with a good quality power supply.

    SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151110

    Seasonic makes the best power supplies of all the manufacturers and if I was in need of a psu I would be getting a seasonic , no question.

    January 17, 2012 12:43:37 AM

    inzone said:
    Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F180GBGT-BK 2.5" 180GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD
    $254.99 and a $40 rebate makes it $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I would go with the 180gb SSD , it's what I have and it gives you plenty of room for your main application and a couple current games.

    SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1
    $899.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I think this is the monitor you were refering to , that has a resolution of 2560x1440. It's out now.
    Ah!,
    That rebate is over on the 29th :/  I don't think I'm getting the stuff in time to make use of that rebate. But nice catch, it's only $60 more so I will consider it because my applications are large.

    & the Samsung I was talking about was:
    http://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/products/new/70069...
    January 17, 2012 12:46:55 AM

    inzone said:
    I guess you didn't read my post? The new Samsung is out now. Unless it's a different 2560x1440 you were refering to.The build you have put together is good and other than the SSD and the monitor , since you have a good size budget I would go with a good quality power supply.

    SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $219.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151110

    Seasonic makes the best power supplies of all the manufacturers and if I was in need of a psu I would be getting a seasonic , no question.

    I'm only wondering if I truly need a 1050W supply, as I am only running 1 card(?) like someone else pointed out.
    What else in the build would utilize that an extra 200W over an 850?
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 12:57:44 AM

    In the event that you would get another video card to go with SLI you will need additional watts. I know that you currently are planning on the one card but it may come to a point where you want additional performance in either a game or with other apps that you have. I currently have three GTX 580's and can play any game on the highest settings and get over 100fps and that's any game.

    I looked at the link you provided and I will be keeping an eye out for that monitor myself , I was planning on going to a 30" because I wanted the 2560x1600 resolution but now I can get that in a 27" , so I will be getting one of those and I do like Samsung.
    January 17, 2012 12:59:02 AM

    I actually could be wrong about the power supply, I didn't think to include how much power the Liquid cooling system would draw, so that would have to be factored in as well.

    With the liquid cooling, with 3 hard drives, and 2 cd drives, and using a 6970 for reference(the 7970 is supposed to use 30% less power) the amount of power you'll need using http://www.coolermaster.outervision.com/PSUEngine says 827 watts, and I guessed for a couple of things. Might check this page out and revise it for the exact thing you have in mind.

    That's including overclocking the processor to 3.6 with a voltage increase( I've absolutely no idea if this is how it would work or not, just guessing there) which increased the CPU draw to 150 watts.

    So... in short... I think that the 1000w might not actually be a bad idea, though your actual usage might be less in the end with the final pieces you have in mind. When I choose a power supply, I always build with 100-200watts of headroom over the max wattage calculated, just so the PSU won't constantly be working so hard.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 1:00:01 AM

    Cored said:
    I'm only wondering if I truly need a 1050W supply, as I am only running 1 card(?) like someone else pointed out.
    What else in the build would utilize that an extra 200W over an 850?

    Why not get 2x30"in monitors? Makes life easier.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 1:03:51 AM

    SeaSonic X Series X-850 (SS-850KM Active PFC F3) 850W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    $210.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    I could recomend the Seasonic 850w psu but I thought it would not make sense to get an 850w psu for $210 and the 1050w is $219 , to get 200w more for $9 , you may not need it but why not just get it for $9 more.
    January 17, 2012 1:05:10 AM

    nikorr said:
    Why not get 2x30"in monitors? Makes life easier.
    that sounds crazy expensive :cry: 
    I also don't have the desk estate for that :D 
    January 17, 2012 1:06:44 AM

    jeremyp1979 said:
    I actually could be wrong about the power supply, I didn't think to include how much power the Liquid cooling system would draw, so that would have to be factored in as well.

    With the liquid cooling, with 3 hard drives, and 2 cd drives, and using a 6970 for reference(the 7970 is supposed to use 30% less power) the amount of power you'll need using http://www.coolermaster.outervision.com/PSUEngine says 827 watts, and I guessed for a couple of things. Might check this page out and revise it for the exact thing you have in mind.

    That's including overclocking the processor to 3.6 with a voltage increase( I've absolutely no idea if this is how it would work or not, just guessing there) which increased the CPU draw to 150 watts.

    So... in short... I think that the 1000w might not actually be a bad idea, though your actual usage might be less in the end with the final pieces you have in mind. When I choose a power supply, I always build with 100-200watts of headroom over the max wattage calculated, just so the PSU won't constantly be working so hard.

    Okay thanks,
    I'll go with the 1050W, only $30 more I guess. I can definitely fit that in!
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 1:09:24 AM

    Cored said:
    that sounds crazy expensive :cry: 
    I also don't have the desk estate for that :D 




    Hmmmmmm..... now that does sound interesting except for gaming , the crosshairs will always be in the middle and kind of blocked by the bezels.
    a b B Homebuilt system
    January 17, 2012 1:12:04 AM

    Cored said:
    that sounds crazy expensive :cry: 
    I also don't have the desk estate for that :D 

    Corner desk : )
    January 17, 2012 1:14:17 AM

    inzone said:
    In the event that you would get another video card to go with SLI you will need additional watts. I know that you currently are planning on the one card but it may come to a point where you want additional performance in either a game or with other apps that you have. I currently have three GTX 580's and can play any game on the highest settings and get over 100fps and that's any game.

    I looked at the link you provided and I will be keeping an eye out for that monitor myself , I was planning on going to a 30" because I wanted the 2560x1600 resolution but now I can get that in a 27" , so I will be getting one of those and I do like Samsung.

    Honestly,
    I don't even have a true idea of what SLI really is. Sad huh?
    Would dual 7970's be a bit of an overkill? That's 6GB of GDDR5 :o  Three GTX580's sounds like madness.
    It might be a bit much because, while I anticipate on playing a couple GPU-intensive games (if even that), most of my computer usage will to go rendering and editing. But I'd have the extra motherboard slots for another card, and i'm going with the 1050W so if I want to add another card at some point, I will be able to.

    I was also thinking of Viewsonic's new monitors:
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398770,00.asp

    "...the V3D271 is Viewsonic's active shutter (dim the left and right lenses in succesion) 3D display; as opposed to passive, which is a polarized pair of 3D glasses (like the ones found in movie theaters), which block different kinds of light from each eye, creating the illusion of depth. It comes with a pair of Nvidia glasses, but you'll have to buy a second if you plan on having company. This 27-inch monitor has a full 1,920-by-1,080 HD resolution, connects via a 1.4 HDMI video input, and features dual 2 Watt stereo speakers complete with SRS Premium sound."

    it's supposed to be out Q2.
    January 17, 2012 1:17:38 AM

    nikorr said:
    Corner desk : )
    I'll most likely (definitely) set up a dual-monitor sometime down the line, but right now I'm working with a 23" so a 27-30" alone would be huge, to me. :ouch: 
    !