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March 13, 2012 11:17:20 PM

Ok, last time I posted it was for a new build that never happened, now blah time later, I am at it again, I put together the comp and am asking for general advice. Here is what I have so far. oh, yes, it is going to be used for gaming, as a server, possibly rendering (things I am getting into etc.) I tend to build a computer every X amount of years, and try to have it top notch in most things so it stays decent. I tend to shop from newegg but am open to any. My budget is roughly 2k. Here goes.

MOBO: ASUS Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: XFX FX-797A-TNBC Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-850-SPHA-D3 850W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am also getting a monitor, keyboard and possibly mouse with this set. But that is mainly pref. so posting is n/a. My main concerns are the PSU being enough, and if I need to do anything to the RAM since it is in that OCed category. Never bought that high before. I intend on buying a standard HDD later, for now I have externals for stuff, and the SSD for win 7 and other things I want speedy. I am going to bump up the ram later and purchase another card for Crossfire. Hmm, I believe that is all for now I am completely open to suggestions etc so please, praise or tear apart the build as you deem helpful. Thanks.

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March 14, 2012 12:04:37 AM

I originally was going to build the Scorpius effect I believe it was called, or system...cannot recall atm. For the AMD. But I am unsure. Grrr. this is rough lol
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March 14, 2012 12:08:38 AM

you're spending way too much for a subpar brand of PSU... i would go with seasonic corsair / antec of 750-850w all new video cards are becoming less power hogs.

ignore the spam about AMD/INTEL above buy what you want to buy. i wouldn't tell anyone to buy anything they didn't want to in the first place.
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March 14, 2012 12:40:08 AM

Well, I am currently (like this instant) building a AMD build as well based around 1100t phenom II. I will then reflect lol. this is madness. lol
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March 14, 2012 12:54:06 AM

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If OP can save a few by not buying into hype and what everyone else does what gives lol.


saving a few is swapping out a PSU because it's either overkill or unwanted brand... he originally wanted intel/2011 not AMD/and some other chip set he'd have to look into buying.

last time i checked Intel ran circles around AMD in every way possible, NOT JUST GAMING... he can buy what CPU he want to spend his money on.
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March 14, 2012 1:05:19 AM

I don't mean to be a wet blanket on your enthusiasm, but there is little reason to go with the x79 platform except for the following:
-The 6 core monster CPUs, you can fairly easily OC a 2600K to match the 3820, and IB may meet or beat it right out of the box
-You need more than 16GB of ram, which is cheaper to do with 8 dimms instead of 4
-You run major rendering applications that benefit from quad channel ram setups (again, no real difference unless getting the 6 core as you would saturate the quad core running duel channel)
-Running 3 or 4 high end GPUs without bottleneck, but as you choose the 850W power supply I am guessing that you will only be doing 2 GPUs

Again, if you have money to burn then go for it... but just realize that it is just that, burning money, and you will not see any practical difference between it and the 2600K setup. If you really want PCIe3 to run 2 high end cards without bottleneck then wait one more month for Ivy Bridge to come out, 2 7970s are not going to bottleneck a 8+8 PCIe3 configuration, and the bottleneck on PCIe2 would be minimal.

Lastly, if you do stick with the setup you picked, at least get 4 sticks of ram to take advantage of quad channel ram, otherwise you are really not utilizing this hardware.
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March 14, 2012 1:12:26 AM

3820 is 4c/8HT chip not 6/12...
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March 14, 2012 1:35:40 AM

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Funny but you may want to check again and this time away from anandtec and toms perhaps to formulate a more well rounded unbiased opinion.



ill trust anandtec and toms over photobucket... there is no such thing as unbiased opinions as far as im concerned... you can continue to jam your opinion on CPUs and flood this forum with unwanted crap, that's fine.

and comparing two different chip/architecture that are both HEAVILY OC'd makes zero sense... compare them @ stock clocks, please continue to copy and paste SS/photo bucket and keep up that post count.
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March 14, 2012 1:42:26 AM

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Hey man the facts state that 8150 and BD is all good but not what it was all cracked up to be but keep the blinders on they suite you LOL facepalm.



and now you're talking about a review on a video card? you are all over then place here, i think i've wasted enough of my time.
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March 14, 2012 2:36:07 PM

Ah, this has turned into a AMD/Intel debate, not the desired effect, my apologies, I decided to go with the intel build for upgrade potential, I do not even see any AM3+ board etc that have 3.0 X 16 capabilities much less PCI E 4.0. I am going to change the Power supply, thanks for the info, Any answers on if I need to do anything to the OCed RAM for it to work besides plug and startup? I plan on getting the 4 sticks for the quad but I want to see what the price comes to, then add, or add in a week or two when new funding is avail. Thanks for the inputs! Also will 850W PSU be enough to run this +1 more GPU? or should I go higher?
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March 14, 2012 3:06:31 PM

Ok, I changed my PSU to this one
CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there any other advice yourselves may offer? Thanks for all the inputs, sadly it turned a bit argumentative but that is the nature of the companies.
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