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July 14, 2012 4:08:22 PM

Hello everyone, this is the first rig I am going to build, I am migrating from a iMac and need to do video/audio/photography, editing, and hope that the parts I have are good enough to do some really good gaming. Here it goes.

Intel 3930K 549.99
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 349.99
MSI N680 GTX 680 2GBGDDR5 559.99
Kingston HyperX 4x4GB 16GB Ram 94.99
Corsair H100 99.99
Intel 520 Series 120GB(Boot) 159.99
Patriot PyroSE 240GB(Games) 369.99
Western Digital Black 2TB(Storage) 199.99
Corsair Graphite 600T With Mesh Side Panel 129.99
Corsair TX850Watt Power Supply 114.99
BitFenix 200mm Spectre Pro Fan(Intake) 22.99
3 Gelid Wings Blue 120mm LED (2 For H100 1 For Exhaust) 65.97(For the 3 together)
ASUS VE258Q 25" 1920x1080 Display(Can I use 3D on it?) 269.99


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: August 3rd, 2012

Budget Range: $3500CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Audio Editing, Photography Editing, Gaming (There all generally important)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, Asus VE258Q, 25"

Do you need to buy OS: Already have my Windows 7 Product Key :) 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Canada Computer any of the Hamilton Locations

Location: Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: The Good Ones :) 

Overclocking: Yes, or hopefully.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
July 14, 2012 5:06:59 PM

I built a comparable rig with just a few minor changes and you will indeed be impressed with the capabilities of the x79 chipset with the 3930k.

I have

intel dx79si MB
intel 3930k
EVGA gtx 570
16gb gskill
intel 520ssd 240gb-os and programs
4 WD caviar black 500gb drives in raid10
Corsair 750w ps
Corsair H80 and CorsairLink for fan control

I do 3D modeling and animation along with 2D graphics, a little video, and some gaming. The 3d modeling/animation is the resources hog, so when rendering I also use two identical intel i7920 quad core boxes on my network
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July 14, 2012 5:23:46 PM

Tiberious said:
Hello everyone, this is the first rig I am going to build, I am migrating from a iMac and need to do video/audio/photography, editing, and hope that the parts I have are good enough to do some really good gaming. Here it goes.

Intel 3930K 549.99
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 349.99
MSI N680 GTX 680 2GBGDDR5 559.99
Kingston HyperX 4x4GB 16GB Ram 94.99
Corsair H100 99.99
Intel 520 Series 120GB(Boot) 159.99
Patriot PyroSE 240GB(Games) 369.99
Western Digital Black 2TB(Storage) 199.99
Corsair Graphite 600T With Mesh Side Panel 129.99
Corsair TX850Watt Power Supply 114.99
BitFenix 200mm Spectre Pro Fan(Intake) 22.99
3 Gelid Wings Blue 120mm LED (2 For H100 1 For Exhaust) 65.97(For the 3 together)
ASUS VE258Q 25" 1920x1080 Display(Can I use 3D on it?) 269.99



your system looks very capable and cool but-
get a high end aircooler instead of the h100.
go with benq 24" 3d monitor,it's an excellent performer or even a better deal is yamakasi catleaap 27" ips.
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July 14, 2012 5:49:43 PM

fpoon said:

...GTX 680 isn't as good as 7970 when it comes to video editing....


Won't CUDA help in programs like Sony Vegas?

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July 14, 2012 6:05:58 PM

CUDA is useful, bit in Kepler Nvidia only focused on gaming and totally forgot about modeling/rendering. So AMD gets my choice.
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July 14, 2012 6:25:30 PM

^source? where 7970>680 in terms of modelling/rendering.
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July 14, 2012 7:52:58 PM

Thanks for all the replies, I'm pretty sure I'm going to stick with the 680, my brother had with an AMD Card. I'm contemplating the Sabertoth but I'll see if my local store has stock, if not I might order from newegg.
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July 15, 2012 4:28:42 AM

I agree with fpoon - even more so with the recent revelation of flashing ref HD 7970s to GHZ editions, price drops and what not lol If u looking at green camp the compute performance is nerfed (w.r.t GTX 500) in the GTX 600 series and i would really look at the GTX 670 rather than 680? However for really mission critical work, could be gaming class video cards prolly ought to be ignored completed for workstation/pro class GPUs/drivers...
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July 15, 2012 2:13:28 PM

Just curios since batuchka mentioned a workstation GPU, would I be able to have a Quadro or Firepro series card in a PCI-E slot but not have the card active until I needed it and I could just turn the slot on? And I'm almost positive I will be going with a 680, I recognize it is more expensive, but I really just want a 680 :)  And the whole workstation is most likely for another year or two, once I take the classes for 3D Modeling etc...
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July 15, 2012 4:13:54 PM

Well I know that z68 and z77 chipsets support Lucid Virtu, which lets you use the integrated GPU on the cpu until you need more power, at which point it turns the card on. I assume it must also be supported with the x79.... socket 2011 chips have integrated graphics right?
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July 15, 2012 7:03:26 PM

Max1s said:
Well I know that z68 and z77 chipsets support Lucid Virtu, which lets you use the integrated GPU on the cpu until you need more power, at which point it turns the card on. I assume it must also be supported with the x79.... socket 2011 chips have integrated graphics right?


No.
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July 15, 2012 7:32:05 PM

fpoon said:
No.


Ah, nevermind then. Sorry.
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July 23, 2012 8:18:22 PM

Sorry for the late reply, I ordered my computer already, the final part list is as entailed:
Intel 3930K
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5
Gigabyte 680 Windforce
32GB's Corsair PLATINUM Ram 1600MHZ for only 250$ what a steal
Corsair H100 PushPull
Intel 520 120GB
Patriot PyroSE 240GB
Western Digital Black 2TB
Corsair TX750
Corsair 600T Black with Mesh but left window in
5 Blue Gelid Wings
Benq XL2410T, 23.6

So excited, finally ready to replace this iMac, perhaps use it as a monitor if I can.
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