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April 9, 2012 1:30:42 AM

Greetings all,

I'm currently running a Intel Core 2 6600 @ 2.4ghz, 4GB RAM, and a Geforce 9800 GTX+. Regular 180GB hard drive.

I'm looking to spend up to $3000 on a new machine; currently looking at a 3930k, 16GB RAM, and a GTX 680 with an SSD.

Will I see considerable performance increases or should I wait to upgrade?
April 9, 2012 1:34:40 AM

The performance will EASILY be 10x faster. However, what will you use it for? Gaming? Because 16GB is overkill for gaming.
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April 9, 2012 2:20:07 AM

Yeah, mostly gaming and straming TV while gaming. The 16GB pack is so cheap.
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April 9, 2012 2:25:10 AM

$3000 dollars is insane bro (respect), after about $1500 bucks i couldn't imagine any more performance benefits. you may want to reconsider and do some prebuilds using a website to see how much you'll actually be spending. you could build two beasts instead of one
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April 9, 2012 2:25:19 AM

here:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

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Agree.
Unless you're running 5 instances of Crysis, and Maya and CAD, 3K is a bit overkill. A 3930K and single 680 will be sufficient for a long time and will be cheaper. Most games are console ports and barely use 50% of a computer's computing potential.
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April 9, 2012 2:29:33 AM

I was looking at the Sabertooth X79, HAF X, and a larger SSD (240GB).

It's all groovy though I imagine in comparison to what I'm running now. I want to go LGA2011 so I can upgrade to IB-E down the line if needed.
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April 9, 2012 2:31:01 AM

That's an amazingly sick system, no debate, but extremely unnecessary. If that's what you want though, then hell yea you'll notice a difference... as long as you're at least running ultra graphics on a modern game.
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April 9, 2012 2:31:37 AM

obsama1 said:
here:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

EDIT:
^^^^
Agree.
Unless you're running 5 instances of Crysis, and Maya and CAD, 3K is a bit overkill. A 3930K and single 680 will be sufficient for a long time and will be cheaper. Most games are console ports and barely use 50% of a computer's computing potential.



To be fair, I am looking for something kickass in and around the $3k range not only for performance now and (hopefully) for some years to come, but also for my own bragging rights. Anything I price with the 3930k, GTX 680, Sabertooth, and an SSD seems to push the 2.5k range area anyways.
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April 9, 2012 2:36:37 AM

You have to think about the amount of extra features you are paying for that you will never use. Such as 8 RAM slots, or 8 different SATA controllers? Even if you are trying to think way future proof, you're still spending too much money unless either now or in the very near future you planning on four or more hard drives, 32-64GB of RAM, multiple video cards and so on. I'm not here to talk you in the opposite direction but i'm just making sure you realize this bro
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April 9, 2012 2:38:26 AM

Bragging rights are always awesome, but it's just material not productivity. You could have two systems doing exactly the same thing you will use this one for performing the same. The processor, GPU, motherboard, and RAM can all be downgraded
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April 9, 2012 2:43:25 AM

robertnewton said:
$3000 dollars is insane bro (respect), after about $1500 bucks i couldn't imagine any more performance benefits. you may want to reconsider and do some prebuilds using a website to see how much you'll actually be spending. you could build two beasts instead of one


homebuilt>prebuilt

suppose you spend $1.5 on a rig with 2500k and 680.adding 500 bucks more(another 680)you will definitely see a great improvement.and it's going to be worth.and one more thing,sites(prebuild sites)are useless.they charge a lot and still components are not top notch quality.
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April 9, 2012 2:51:00 AM

What i meant by prebuild, was you put the system together on the site and see the total, sorry for the confusion. i definitely was not speaking about buying a prebuilt system, lol
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April 9, 2012 2:52:25 AM

robertnewton said:
Bragging rights are always awesome, but it's just material not productivity. You could have two systems doing exactly the same thing you will use this one for performing the same. The processor, GPU, motherboard, and RAM can all be downgraded


I can't seem to build a rig like this for $1500. I'm kind of sold on the LGA2011 socket for future proofing, sadly :( 
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April 9, 2012 2:52:28 AM

that link did not work for me
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April 9, 2012 2:59:49 AM
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April 9, 2012 3:00:07 AM

3930k vs 3820... will I notice any real difference playing games on ultra?
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April 9, 2012 3:05:59 AM

for the most part, not at all. only situation i can see this making a significant difference is when doing the most advanced video editing
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April 9, 2012 3:06:22 AM

3930k will overclock a lot better(unlocked cpu).and is overall better than a 3820.and you can afford it ;) 
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April 9, 2012 3:06:38 AM

You should also invest in nice IPS monitor with high resolution. 3920 vs 3820= your eye won't know the difference which is which
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April 9, 2012 3:15:28 AM

hellfire24 said:
3930k will overclock a lot better(unlocked cpu).and is overall better than a 3820.and you can afford it ;) 


in technical specifications, i agree. realistically, you won't notice a difference with what you are using it for.
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April 9, 2012 3:19:44 AM

maxinexus said:
You should also invest in nice IPS monitor with high resolution. 3920 vs 3820= your eye won't know the difference which is which

IPS monitors are used for professional works and not gaming.only the difference is not the concern.there are many other things.for example the overclocking with 3820 is a pain in the but.it is not that powerful but still(130w cpu)runs hot.there are still many other disadvantages.and more over OP can afford it.
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April 9, 2012 3:25:21 AM

If you want bragging rights, why not try watercooling?
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April 9, 2012 3:29:19 AM

Alright, I guess the decision remains his. We honestly don't even know if he's interested in saving the money anyway, but the thread is on how much of a performance difference he will "see".
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April 9, 2012 4:33:25 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
Spend $10 more and get the EVO - better heatpipes = cooler temps. Drop down to 8GB of RAM - you won't need 16GB just for gaming. Get 4x2GB sticks for quad channel. You will not need 1000W for even 2 GTX 680s. Drop that down to 850W. HAF X is not needed unless you plan to run 4-way SLI 680. A 500R by Corsair is plenty of space.
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April 9, 2012 5:19:25 AM

maxinexus said:
You should also invest in nice IPS monitor with high resolution. 3920 vs 3820= your eye won't know the difference which is which


look at the newer Dell U2412M - which hits a sweet spot (imho) between traditional 8 bit IPSs with professional quality wide color gamuts - that mere lay people really don't need. this particular Dell uses a lesser 6 bit stream. my eyes cannot tell the difference. nice monitor, LED back-lit - .rt. traditional florescent - less power hungry - super adjustable (pivot, tilt, swivel), USB hub, display port, etc. and cheaper than it's other relatives in the Dell "U" series.

personally, anything over the $2000 mark? I'm thinking major NAS, linked AV receiver & higher quality surround, integrated HD cable w/ projector, triple 24"s, nice external headphone amp & dac, kickass cans, etc.

it's all about which enhancements put the biggest smile on your face. again, ymmv.
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April 9, 2012 5:40:49 AM

3k?

I'd start with the monitors...3 of the most demanding SOBs I could find...then work backwards....
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April 9, 2012 6:09:08 AM

Get a $1500 build with a Z68 mobo, and save the other $1500 to buy the latest and greatest graphics card for the next three years.
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April 14, 2012 2:13:05 PM

Best answer selected by Tequila Stud.
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April 17, 2012 5:59:40 PM

hellfire24 said:
IPS monitors are used for professional works and not gaming.only the difference is not the concern.there are many other things.for example the overclocking with 3820 is a pain in the but.it is not that powerful but still(130w cpu)runs hot.there are still many other disadvantages.and more over OP can afford it.


Not for gaming you say...that just kills me. It is about the picture quality man! If you have not played at 2560x1600 IPS you have to try it. Games and movies look so nice and rich it is unbelievable. You know that saying once you try black you never go back...well once you go IPS you will never go back to regular LCD because it looks like crap once you get used to IPS. It kills me to go back to work every day and work on this relatively new 1 yr old Dell, does not say which model but it is 22"LCD with uneven lighting, color fating, and less than impressive contrast.

My U3011 is not professional monitor at all, it is a high end home monitor. The real professional monitors (like eizo brand )are much more expensive and U3011 looks like crap in comparison to it...However when I upgraded to U3011 that was the best upgrade ever. Before going to 3011 I tried trimonitor setup with 3x27 AsusVE276Q but it was horrible and I could not stand the frames...so I got this 30" If you have money to spend spend it well on IPS monitor. With my experience so far this is the way I would rate monitors:
LCD<LED<<<U3011<<<<< Eizo CG275W
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