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June 18, 2012 9:43:06 PM

First build in a LONG time. My current Mac setup no longer cuts it. Was going to get the new decked out Retina Macbook Pro. But for the price and lack of future expandability I figured a PC build that matched what I would spend on it would be far better performance and cost wise. Researched for the past few months, saved some coin and soon will pull the trigger. I will use this primarily with applications like Adobe CS5 and 3D applications Cinema 4D and maybe even Maya. So I need a video card that can handle heavy calculations and high polygon count. I also do video editing and 2D animation. Wanted a duel Xeon system but it definitely costs way more than I'm willing to bare. I intend on over-clocking as well.

So all that being said I wanted to get everyones opinion and maybe even suggestions/experiences on the parts I found. And of course to make sure I'm using compatible parts!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Total cost of everything including OS and such is around $3,350. I could probably cut some costs on things like the SSD or case but I want something that boots the os and apps fast and the case is one of the few that is aesthetically pleasing. I'm open to suggestions on the graphics card as well. Reliability is important as well since this will be my work horse. Appreciate everyones help!

Cheers!

June 18, 2012 10:08:18 PM

Pointless to waste money on the 3960X when the 3930K can be clocked to match or exceed those speeds. The closed liquid loop is also a waste even if it is Intel branded. A strong air cooler like the Noctua D14 or Phanteks TC-14 will give you the same results and is far safer. Check this article for some recommended X79 cooling solutions: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

Excellent choice on the Switch 810 and PSU, but the SSD isn't the best - Intel actually has a recall program on its' 520 series due to a fault in the Sandforce controller being used. Go with one of these instead:

- OCZ Vertex 4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Crucial M4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Plextor PX-M3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Samsung 830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 19, 2012 2:40:18 AM

Thanks for the reply! After viewing a few youtube videos of the chips performance in Cinebench. I'm convinced you are correct... and saved me a few hundred dollars :sol: 

Though that Noctura is freaking massive it appears that it wont hender the space for the memory. Great reviews as well. And kudos on the SSD.
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June 19, 2012 3:00:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
Pointless to waste money on the 3960X when the 3930K can be clocked to match or exceed those speeds. The closed liquid loop is also a waste even if it is Intel branded. A strong air cooler like the Noctua D14 or Phanteks TC-14 will give you the same results and is far safer. Check this article for some recommended X79 cooling solutions: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-A...

Excellent choice on the Switch 810 and PSU, but the SSD isn't the best - Intel actually has a recall program on its' 520 series due to a fault in the Sandforce controller being used. Go with one of these instead:

- OCZ Vertex 4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Crucial M4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Plextor PX-M3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Samsung 830: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


4 recommended ssd's and not one mention of the best buy of the top tier drives out there????
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

find a negative review on that drive i dare you.
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June 19, 2012 3:22:20 AM

cbrunnem said:
4 recommended ssd's and not one mention of the best buy of the top tier drives out there????
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

find a negative review on that drive i dare you.


It's still Sandforce based though and I really hesitate to recommend any drive based on the Sandforce controller no matter how many positive / negative reviews it gets.

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Though that Noctura is freaking massive it appears that it wont hender the space for the memory. Great reviews as well. And kudos on the SSD.


They are but they're far safer than any closed liquid loop.
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June 19, 2012 7:25:02 AM

Except you do suggest a Sanforce Drive, the Deluxe. :p 
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