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April 22, 2012 3:18:10 AM

Hello, i am building a new computer and require some aid, i currently have the following components

The asrock ext 3 gen3
16gb of ddr3 ram
coolermaster hyper 212 evo
evga geforce gts 450 superoverclocked

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i reach a decision

Budget Range: around 600 after taxes for the cpu, ssd and powersupply, but i am on a budget so lower than 600 is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: #ds max and animation work, i am learning so not to advanced, gaming

Parts Not Required:everything except powersupply, cpu and ssd

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect and canadacomputers

Country: canada

Parts Preferences: intel, and reliability matters for the ssd and powersupply

Overclocking: Yes!!

SLI or Crossfire: yes, 750 watt needed

Monitor Resolution: currently 1280x1024, but i will be upgrading

Additional Comments: i require aid in choosing a i7 or i5 cpu, a reliable 120gb ssd and a 750watt powersupply

thanks in advance

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April 22, 2012 3:47:25 AM

blistactor said:
Hello, i am building a new computer and require some aid, i currently have the following components

The asrock ext 3 gen3
16gb of ddr3 ram
coolermaster hyper 212 evo
evga geforce gts 450 superoverclocked

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as i reach a decision

Budget Range: around 600 after taxes for the cpu, ssd and powersupply, but i am on a budget so lower than 600 is better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: #ds max and animation work, i am learning so not to advanced, gaming

Parts Not Required:everything except powersupply, cpu and ssd

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: tigerdirect and canadacomputers

Country: canada

Parts Preferences: intel, and reliability matters for the ssd and powersupply

Overclocking: Yes!!

SLI or Crossfire: yes, 750 watt needed

Monitor Resolution: currently 1280x1024, but i will be upgrading

Additional Comments: i require aid in choosing a i7 or i5 cpu, a reliable 120gb ssd and a 750watt powersupply

thanks in advance


2500k - 220$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD - 150$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

TX750 - 105$ (before rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

485$! Way under budget. Unless you want a bigger SSD or want the 2600k for hyperthreading, but since you're just starting out, don't think it'll come in play that much.
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April 22, 2012 4:20:11 AM

You need a quality 450w power supply for a GTS 450. 750 watts is way overpowered even if you plan on running 2 of those cards. For 2 cards go with 600 watts. Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power and Cooling, XFX, Silverstone, Enermax, OCZ and Antec are all brands you can count on for quality.

500w PC Power and Cooling $56 after rebate.

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

If anything even if you run 2 x GTS 450s in Sli that will be the weak point of an i5 2500K build and pretty weak overall for gaming.
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April 22, 2012 2:52:15 PM

gary1 said:
2500k - 220$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

SSD - 150$
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

TX750 - 105$ (before rebate)
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...

485$! Way under budget. Unless you want a bigger SSD or want the 2600k for hyperthreading, but since you're just starting out, don't think it'll come in play that much.



thanks alot for your help, but what about the 2700k or the 3820, are those worth getting, i will be downloading alot of steam games and doing some video encoding??
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April 22, 2012 4:02:26 PM

"but what about the 2700k or the 3820"
Plenty of benchmarks say i5-2500 is equal to 2700k or 3820 for gaming.

Alternative SSD: intel 330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternative GPU/CPU balance. Find a video card that accelerates your animation software. Find a better card than the gts 450 -- the gts450 is the weak link in the parts you have. An I3 + good video will outgame the i7+ the gts450. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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April 22, 2012 4:32:39 PM

tsnor said:
"but what about the 2700k or the 3820"
Plenty of benchmarks say i5-2500 is equal to 2700k or 3820 for gaming.

Alternative SSD: intel 330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternative GPU/CPU balance. Find a video card that accelerates your animation software. Find a better card than the gts 450 -- the gts450 is the weak link in the parts you have. An I3 + good video will outgame the i7+ the gts450. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


thanks, i will be getting a new gpu when i upgrade my monitor, but until then the gts450 is more than enough
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April 22, 2012 5:08:56 PM

tsnor said:
"but what about the 2700k or the 3820"
Plenty of benchmarks say i5-2500 is equal to 2700k or 3820 for gaming.

Alternative SSD: intel 330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Alternative GPU/CPU balance. Find a video card that accelerates your animation software. Find a better card than the gts 450 -- the gts450 is the weak link in the parts you have. An I3 + good video will outgame the i7+ the gts450. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


how about video encoding?
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April 22, 2012 5:15:00 PM

Video encoding will benefit from a faster CPU like an i7 and depending on how it's coded, it may also benefit from GPU acceleration.
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April 22, 2012 5:16:59 PM

The 2600k/2700k are much better for video work since Hyperthreading is used. The 3820 is LGA 2011. Not sure why it was even mentioned since you already have an LGA 1155 motherboard.
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April 22, 2012 8:17:26 PM

anort3 said:
The 2600k/2700k are much better for video work since Hyperthreading is used. The 3820 is LGA 2011. Not sure why it was even mentioned since you already have an LGA 1155 motherboard.


Hyperthreading can be good up to the point that you saturate something else, like memory bandwidth, cache footprint, etc.

Here are some benchmarks that say that 2500K and 2600K are pretty close for video encoding, close for 3d rendering and not so close for other things like highly threaded compiles.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

aside: after researching hyper-threading performance, i disabled HT in the BIOS for my i7-920. Some things work better with HT, some work worse. I care more about low-latency for not too heavily threaded things. (The win7 dispatcher got better about 'parking' SMT (hyperthreaded) threads, so this research may be outdated.)

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April 22, 2012 9:05:00 PM

This is a better aggregate.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=287

And it really depends on the program used. The 2600K has a huge advantage in some programs.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...
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April 22, 2012 11:41:41 PM

thank you both so much, i have decided on the 2600k,

cheers
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April 22, 2012 11:42:51 PM

Best answer selected by blistactor.
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