This is my first ever post, but I have read loads of the communities threads before,
and have learnt loads of interesting information. I have never built a PC before
but am about to pull the trigger on components for a new build that I will be
using exclusively for video editing, after effects, 3D and general graphic design.
This is what I have put together, I would really appreicate any feedback before I
Intel Core i7 3770K
Corsair Vengeance 4 X 8GB
MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr OC 2GB
Crucial M4 128GB
Samsung Spinpoint F3 2 X 1TB
Pioneer BDR-206DBK BD-RE
Fractal Design Define R3
My biggest point of contention right now is to whether to go for a 3770k or a 2700k?
I will be overclocking the CPU to max I can with stability, I have heard with the 3370K I
will be looking at 4.5GHZ while 2700K would possibly go up to 5GHZ. As my apps
are very CPU intensive, which of these two will serve me best? And will it be advisably to go
for water cooling for the 3770K or would the Noctua be sufficient and if I am going air, would
a 212 Evo be good enough to save some money?
I have decided to go for the Gigabyte board as it is a good price for the latest chipset and as I don't
game, will not need dual graphics, though the other option is ASUS P8Z68-V LX which
looks good but doesn't provide front USB 3.0 support for my R3 Case, but heard it's
a good overclocker.
Anyway, please give me any suggestions you have, I'm looking for this system to take
me to the Release of Adobe CS7 in 2014, so don't want any regrets and hopefully
will be able to sell in on for a little by then too.
For your system since you will be doing a lot of CPU intensive work - I would suggest going with the 3770K. The 3rd gen I5/i7 has about 7% better IPC than 2nd gen I5/i7.
Please note as well - not all CPU's perform identically. One might be able to OC to 5Ghz, and another exact same CPU from the same batch might only do say 4.7Ghz.
As for water cooling, for somewhat of an expensive system, I would advise against it.
This is just due to the fact of a slightly harder install than a regular HSF (I might get bashed for saying that, lol). For the Noctua vs 212 Evo - I would pick whatever one is cheaper, as they perform nearly the same.
Also here is a reference for Windows 7 RAM support:
Limit on X86
Limit on X64
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Enterprise
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Starter
You would need at least Windows 7 Pro to use all 32GB of RAM.
@Wisecracker: From what I understand, the GTX 560 Ti can support OpenCL and I
don't necessarily need to get a pro Quadro card?
I've also chosen the GTX 560 Ti as it is on the CUDA supported list and
also has 2GB VRAM which will help with larger files.
@Proximon: My Ram is Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 PC3-12800C10 1600MHz.
Something on one of your links got me thinking, I quote:
"What can you expect from a Core i7-3770K at 4.5 GHz compared to
a Core i7-2700K at 4.7 GHz? Nearly exactly the same performance,
it turns out. Though I’m not entirely certain you’d want to leave
the -3770K running with one core at 88 degrees for very long, it is stable."
So basically at realistic overclocks, both processors performs the same, but
the 3770K will be crazy hot and not recommended to keep it that way for long periods.. which would not suit me as I will routinely be doing all night renders.
So at the moment, I'm thinking my system looks okay, I don't think the R3 will
support a H100, so I think I will go for a 212 Evo with Push/Pull.
I'm still undecided on the CPU, I'm veering towards the 3770K, just because
it's newer, but am worried about how the heat might present a problem at 4.5Ghz
and long renders. Anyone got opinions on this?