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June 11, 2012 5:45:03 PM

Hello! I currently am building a new PC, and I currently have chosen these parts (so far). This is my first time building a gaming PC and would appreciate any help on parts suggestions.


Current parts:


Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B - Corsair

Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe SH-B123L/BSBP - Samsung

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 TUF Series Motherboard on Intel Z77 Platform z77 ATX DDR3 1600 Intel - LGA 1155 Motherboard - Asus

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR - EVGA

OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom - OCZ Technology

Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - Antec

Intel i7-3930K

(Still trying to find a decent HD and Cooling system) Thanks for the help!

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June 11, 2012 5:48:04 PM

First off don't skimp on the GPU to get the 3930K - it will offer no noticeable difference in terms of how your system performs. Not to mention the 3930K won't work with a Z77 motherboard. Go with an Intel i5-3570K and invest in a better GPU - the GTX 550TI isn't a good choice at all. With the difference saved by going with the i5, you'll be able to upgrade to the GTX 670 - that's where you'll notice the most difference on any build.

What's your budget? I could suggest a far better system than that if I knew what that was.
June 11, 2012 5:50:41 PM

I received the i7 3930 as a gift. My budget is no more then $1000. I'd greatly appreciate it if you can recommend a better build for the i7-3930k. Like I said, I'd like to spend no more then $1000 on the other parts if possible. Greatly appreciate your help!
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June 11, 2012 6:00:21 PM

99hr said:
I received the i7 3930 as a gift. My budget is no more then $1000. I'd greatly appreciate it if you can recommend a better build for the i7-3930k. Like I said, I'd like to spend no more then $1000 on the other parts if possible. Greatly appreciate your help!


If you already have the 3930K here's what I would suggest:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $109.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock X79 Extreme 6 - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
Accessory: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Socket LGA 2011 Retention Bracket - $4.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 16GB - $99.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $84.99
HD: Samsung Ecogreen F4 - $119.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 - $249.99

Total: $1,054.91
June 11, 2012 7:17:34 PM

Get at least a 128 gig SSD Just Stupid Windows and office updates will fill 64 gigs...

Thent
June 11, 2012 7:51:24 PM

Can you take the gift back and trade it down for a 3570K?

I'd trade g-unit's 16GB down to 8GB and spend the difference on moar video card. Also, if only gaming I'd eliminate the HDD and small SSD in favor of a 256GB M4. Just my opinion!
June 11, 2012 8:26:24 PM

J_E_D_70 said:
Can you take the gift back and trade it down for a 3570K?

I'd trade g-unit's 16GB down to 8GB and spend the difference on moar video card. Also, if only gaming I'd eliminate the HDD and small SSD in favor of a 256GB M4. Just my opinion!


Not on an X79 build with a $1K budget. I'd just skip the SSD and then upgrade to a Radeon 7870 if you want to improve your GPU power.

To me storage is an after thought - it's the last thing on a build I usually recommend improving in. A 256GB SSD won't make a lot of sense without a secondary storage solution. That's what the 1TB HD is there for.

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Get at least a 128 gig SSD Just Stupid Windows and office updates will fill 64 gigs...


Again that's what the secondary HD is there for. You can install all your games, Adobe CS, MS Office, anything else on the secondary without losing performance or affecting your SSD. I'm running that same storage combo on my system and I've found it works quite well.
June 11, 2012 9:38:57 PM

Like I said, it's all personal preference :)  I prefer to never own a spindle drive again on a gaming PC. Just can't find a use for one since I've got all my games loaded and have 80 (of 160) GB free.
June 11, 2012 9:55:49 PM

You have an X79 CPU in a Z77 MoBo ..... that ain't gonna work. The Intel 3930 K is Sandy Bridge-E CPU which needs the LGA 2011 socket.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As you can see, the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 supports .....
CPU Socket Type = LGA 1155

You need this Sabertooth which still keeps that wonderful 5 year warranty

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011
CPU Socket Type = LGA 1155

You have a $600 CPU .... it's kind of hard to build a "balanced" rig for that for $1,000 more. Think of having a cable hoist with the cable rated at 1,000 pound and the hoist, eye bolt and beam it's attached to can only handle 300 pounds.

With $320 already burnt on a MoBo, that leaves just $680 for everything else.

Lowest I'd go is:

Seagate Momentus - Combined SSD / HD with amazing boot speed (17 seconds as compared with SSD's 16 seconds)

$80 - unbelievable price for any 750 GB driver let alone one with a built in SSD, even if it's not the latest 32 MB cache model
$20 off w/ promo code EMCNDNB37, ends 6/14
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 Mushkin Blackline 16GB CAS 9

$50 Hyper 612 PWM Cooler .... the hyper 212's big brother is just $10 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 Antec 900 V3 .... Yeah not my 1st choice but it does have USB 3, great cooling for a decent price. Id rather see ya spend $130 and get the Corsair 500R tho.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$90 XFX Core Edition 750 watter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ok I spent $840 of ya $1000 budget .... $870 if ya take my advice and get the 500R ..... now what

The 750 watt PSU will support twin 670's..... but they $400 each ..... $430 if ya want the one everybody wants ...the Asus DCII Cu TOP ..... but ya got just $130 to spend if ya get the Corsair case.

My recommendation is to spend $210 and get the Asus 560 Ti DCII TOP..... ya $90 over budget but you can OC that baby to 30% over stock speeds. On the other side ya have the AMD 7850 whose performance lands in between the 560 Ti reference version and the 900 Mhz version "outta the box"..... take it up to 1020 Hz or even 1070 Hz

http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1201&page=17

$210 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get another one later and you'll be 40% faster than a single 580.
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