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.
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.
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.
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.
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?