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May 16, 2012 5:42:18 PM

jeebisz022 gave me a couple of good recommendations in my thread over on the systems forum.

Im not looking for just a gaming platform though. As I mentioned there I want a platform that will serve me well as a ColdFusion10 (it is an application server) learning platform and yes serve me well in gaming. Hence I have worked up a build centered on the Intel 3820. I do recognize that this is a 4 core cpu whereas other cpus in this line are 6 cores.

To stay within my 2k goal (leaving me enough room in the budget for a new monitor as jeebisz022 calibrated me I would need) the build only goes for a single video card for now. As mentioned in other thread, I probably wont be spending my time with overclock tweaks.

What I need help in particular is my choice of MB, PSU, and video card and whether or not they make good sense in the system I configured. Or any other comments you feel to make :lol: 


Product Name: CyberPower Black Pearl (NO MONITOR)
Price: $2,232.00
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*BASE_PRICE:[+1285]

BLUETOOTH:None

CARE1:Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

CARE2:p rofessional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

CAS:* Cooler Master HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+64]

CASUPGRADE:None

CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

CD2:None

COOLANT:Standard Coolant

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:D efault case fans

ENGRAVING:None

ENGRAVING_MSG:

FA_HDD:None

FAN:CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

FREEBIE_CS1:Cooler Master Storm Xornet Optical Gaming Mouse [+0]

FREEBIE_CU:FREE! Mass Effect 3 Game [+0]

FREEBIE_VC1:FREE! Diablo III Game [+0]

GLASSES:None

HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+59] (Single Drive)

HDD2:None

IEEE_CARD:None

IUSB:Internal USB 3.0 4-Port Hub [+29]

KEYBOARD:Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard

MEMORY:16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+145] (Corsair Vengeance [+30])

MONITOR:None

MONITOR2:None

MONITOR3:None

MOTHERBOARD:* (3-Way SLI Support) Gigabyte X79-UD5 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ UEFI DualBIOS, Dolby Home Theater 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI [+55]

MOUSE:XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse

NETWORK:Killer™ 2100 - Gigabit Maximum Network Performance Online Gaming Network Interface Card [+89]

OS:Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional [+31] (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY:1,200 Watts - Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold Power Supply ( 80 Plus Gold) [+126]

RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 10~15 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

SPEAKERS:None

TEMP:None

TUNING:None

TVRC:None

USB:None

USBFLASH:None

USBHD:None

USBX:None

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+267] (EVGA Superclocked [+10])

VIDEO2:None

VIDEO3:None

WNC:None

_PRICE:( +2232)

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May 16, 2012 6:00:01 PM

why pay for a mb with 3 way sli support? .

you definitely dont need a 1200 watt psu . Even if you added another GTX 670 you would be fine with a 750 watt unit . A single GTX 670 will be fine with 500 watt psu .

You have a quad channel memory motherboard , and you are installing only two sticks of RAM . Even if you need 16 gig [ you probably dont ] it should be 4 x4 gig sticks to get the fastest memory speed .

You would probably get better performance with a hyperthreading socket 1155 ivy bridge quadcore processor , and a decent cpu cooler so you can OC
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May 16, 2012 6:43:19 PM

Thanks for the tips Outlander.

Good question on the MB. I fat fingered that in my selections as I was poking around for free upgrades. I had intended this:
ASUS P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI

Ok on the PSU. Part of why it is so generous is that it is from a free upgrade. When I downsize what brands should I steer away from or alternatively which are most reliable?

As far as the memory goes, I'm curious as to what I can do and learn from it on a CF application server level where multiple applications are installed. Its for professional/work exploration not for gaming.

I'll think some more on my choice of CPU and whether I tailor more towards a gaming platform or an application server where I can play games...
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May 16, 2012 7:08:02 PM

Preferred brands of PSU would be seasonic , corsair , and pc power and cooling .
Antec , enermax and other companies make good units too . In your list the 1200 watt unit is showing as " + 126".

The RAM should be quad channel kit for best RAM speed . If you only have 2 x8 gig sticks installed you have cut the bandwidth by half because only two channels will be used . You'd be losing the major advantage of an X79 motherboard .
The ASUS P9X79 should give you identical performance and room for expansion

The HAF case is a gaming case designed to run multiple graphics card and high power consumption rigs . If gaming is not your focus then consider a quieter case like the Antec P280 . That will save you another $60.

Those changes should bring you under the $2k price point
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