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May 4, 2012 8:44:06 PM

Hey Guys,
I am kind of super-excited about may 15th (you know "Evil is back"), so decided to build a new PC to honor!

Peripherals needed: 3D monitor
Main usage : Gaming, Adobe illustrator
budget : no limit (if its reasonable)

Graphics : ATI/Nvidia (not going to SLI or crossfire right away)
OC : yes

Current parts:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW ( $114.99 Amazon)
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W High Performance 80PLUS Silver SLI CrossFire ($69.24 - Amazon after 20$ mail-in rebate - placed order)
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - 140x140x25mm, i5, i7, 775, AM2 ($79.99 newegg)
Mobo: Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI Dual LAN Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD5H ($184.99 Amazon)
CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz LGA 1155 Processor BX80623I72700K ($279.99 MIcrocenter)
GPU: eVGA GTX 680 X 1 (Out of stock :( () ($499.99 NewEgg)
SSD:ntel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A310 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM - ($149.99 NewEgg)
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST3500641AS-RK - WD1002FAEX ($75 microcenter) (I got 2Tb external HDs)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model 994051 (edited as per g-unit1111's suggestion) ($119.99 NewEgg)
Optical drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM (17.99 NewEgg)

Total = $1585, sounds good? :) 

Monitor : Acer 24in 3d, (should I go for 27in?), I already have a 19in dell ultrasharp, so I will be using dual monitor setup.

Shoot any suggestions, I would be glad to hear any improvement (Pretty much would like to stick with i7 (sandy), and GTX680)
anyone know an affordable switch for lan-teaming?

Thank you in advance :) 

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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 9:44:40 PM

If you're going to be using Adobe CS5 then I'd actually recommend going X79 over a 2700K - it will add a bit more to the cost of the build but the extra RAM will more than help with those large files. X79 will address up to 64GB RAM (96GB on some configurations but very rare) where Z68 / Z77 the limit is 32GB. Sure you most likely won't be using all of that RAM but on CS5 that's one of those rare exceptions where the more RAM you have the better it is.

Excellent choices on components all around for the most part - if you want to go X79 swap your motherboard and CPU for this:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 4, 2012 10:38:38 PM

Thats an excellent point. Just one question, how is 2700k different from 3820 in terms of performance? Is it marginal or significant?

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May 7, 2012 3:38:35 PM

Should I get a low voltage ram like GSkill sniper for mushkin Redline, 1.25 vs 1.5? I saw somewhere that low voltage ram is good for CPU?

I got my 2700K from microcenter for $303 including tax, Now I feel I should return and get a 3770k. What do you think?
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May 7, 2012 7:08:10 PM

Anyone knows an affordable switch for lan-teaming?
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a c 93 B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2012 7:26:35 PM

llubbull said:
Thats an excellent point. Just one question, how is 2700k different from 3820 in terms of performance? Is it marginal or significant?

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I'd suggest reading this to see how the X79 makes use of quad channel RAM: http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4416/intel_x79_quad_c...

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Should I get a low voltage ram like GSkill sniper for mushkin Redline, 1.25 vs 1.5? I saw somewhere that low voltage ram is good for CPU?


Low voltage RAM is pretty pointless actually - you want 1.5V for any Sandy, Ivy, or SB-E build.

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Thats an excellent point. Just one question, how is 2700k different from 3820 in terms of performance? Is it marginal or significant?


The 3820 has a higher stock clock than the 2700K does - and the SB-E builds will also run cooler and quieter when overclocked than Ivy will - I'd heavily suggest researching the 3820 before you decide to go Ivy bridge for a CS5 build.
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