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May 4, 2012 3:52:31 PM

Thoughts? Suggestions? Comments?

Corsair C70 Gunmetal Black Case

ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200 (CMPSU-1200AX) 1200W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Certified 80 PLUS GOLD Certified ...

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

CORSAIR DOMINATOR GT 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 Desktop Memory Model CMT16GX3M4X2133C9

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

EVGA GTX 680 ?


I've currently got a GTX 275, any thoughts on what to do with that? Better off getting a second GTX275 and SLI to = a GTX 680?

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May 4, 2012 5:38:27 PM

1. Get an i7-3770K. It blows away the i7-3930K and comes close to beating the i7-3960X in games. You can save yourself a lot of money too.

2. For the motherboard you should go for the Asus Sabertooth Z77. It is their best Z77 motherboard, and it is cheaper than the Asus Rampage IV Formula.

3. There is probably no reason to go for 16GB of RAM. 8GB does for all games.

4. I would change that case to the Corsair Graphite 600T, it is the best case on price/performance now, it is around $150.
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May 4, 2012 6:14:47 PM

So you pretty much dismantled the entire build.

Purpose of the i7-3930K is the socket 2011
Purpose of the socket 2011 is the quad channel memory

I do like the saber tooth, with it's thermal armor whatever. But the socket 2011 version only supported to to 1866mhz ram. where as the rampage IV went to 2133Mhz.

I don't like the look of the Graphite case, to bubbly. The C70 has a similar price tag.

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May 4, 2012 7:45:05 PM

C70 looks nice :) 

Do you have an app that needs quad channel ram at that data rate? Last thing I saw was that it's irrelevant in real world gaming, surfing, and general use. As for the speed, since you have to loosen timings to get the higher clocks, it's a zero sum game. Intel chips only officially support up to 1600MHz RAM anyway.

The 3820 is a locked processor and wouldn't need anything more than the stock fan that comes with it. The CPU is also PCI2.0 so wouldn't make max use of the PCI3.0 on the mobo (IB will).

Power supply is way overkill even if you went tri-SLI with an overclocked CPU (need 1KW max to have a 20% buffer).

Do you need the extras the more expensive boards provide? A simple ASRock board will save a ton of money, support 2-card SLI/CF, and provide all the basic interfaces. It looks nice even, but you can't see inside the C70 anyway.
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May 4, 2012 8:53:58 PM

C70 is NICE, to bad its not out till mid-June... D:

I don't have a specific app that needs quad channel. It is more for future proofing.

If its a zero sum game, why do they make it? There has to be an advantage to it.

The 3820 seems to be easily overclockable to 4.4ghz. I'd rather have a fan that was overkill then not enough.

CPU is PCI2.0,
IB is only socket 1155 (which from my understanding at end-of-life)
Whereas socket 2011 will have future chips supported (maybe?)

Power supply is probably overkill. Perhaps dropping it to a 800W would be reasonable?

I tend to stick with EVGA or ASUS for MoBo as a manufacturer.
I require 16x / 16x / 4x for PCIe ( the two 16x in case I decide to go SLI, and the 4x for the SSD card/drive)
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May 4, 2012 10:26:04 PM



Updated to the following



ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular ...

Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M4X1600C7

CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

still GTX 680
still C70 black case
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May 4, 2012 11:56:48 PM

The Noctua D14 is the same but is less risky. Drop the RAM down to 4x2GB.
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