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August 5, 2012 2:42:30 AM

Hey I need a parts list for the best gaming/video rendering computer system. Right now I do not have a cap on price but will cut down once parts are named to me (most likely $6,000-$9,000). I know how to build a computer and I prefer newegg parts.

Parts I think are good (feel free to change):
intel i7 3960X
Asus Rampage 4 Extreme Motherboard
32gb G. Skills RAM 2400 Mhz
2 Nvidia 690 4gb GDDR5 graphics cards

wut I really need help on are hard drives (looking for around 4 tb hdd space with about 500-750 gb of SSD) and power supply (how much power do I need for this system as well as future upgrades), which I'm looking for an 80+ Gold power supply. I also need monitors (3 way setup???, 3D???), keyboard (Logitech G510?), and gaming mouse.

I know that many of these parts are overkill but I do plan on using them, plus who doesn't love overkill. Thanks for the help!
August 5, 2012 3:05:04 AM

Friend, I will list some recomendations below and why get them, but let me share some insight for you regarding real market business first.

-Lets say you get a $500 videocard today. Best available. 2 years from now, a recently released $100 videocard will run twice as fast as the previowslly purchased $500 card.

If you happen to be rich, then by all means, get an insane system. But if you are looking for "future proof", this doesnt exist. It doesnt matter if you get best or worst current hardware, whatever you get will be obsolete in 2 years.

So, my philosophy when building is allways "get current technology" but not the top of the line flagship product. Having said that, some parts will stay with you for 10 years, if not forever. So these parts have to be chosen with great care.

If this your first build, I know exaclty how you feel. You may fear that if you dont get best of the best, you wont be able to run your games at maximum. But trust me, last year tech would already do that. Get current, just to be safe. I will list my recomendation of parts in a post below
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August 5, 2012 3:11:35 AM

here are my suggestions

1) if you are spending 6-9k total with a flexible budget.
then the micromanaging the remaining parts in your build is somewhat inconsequential.

2) PSU:
Just get something massive from like seasonic maybe this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
There's little point in arguing over saving $100 here and there, WHEN YOU"RE SPENDING $9000!


3) SSDs
Samsung 830 and crucial m4 are popular choices in this forum.

4) Harddrives, are commoditized. Just get whatever 2tb drives you like the best.

5) Monitors. I suggest you don't skimp on monitors as this is actually something that actually does not go obsolete, not drastically improve; so is something you not really need to replace and can make full use of now. Even if you're just a gamer, if you want overkill, get something designed for graphic artists. Dell U-series is always a good bet.

6) keyboards and mouse are personal preference so you will need to try and find what you like. and who cares at this point, this might be like $100.

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August 5, 2012 3:34:56 AM

Here is my suggestion if you don't like it no worries it's all good just showing you another option now you don't need 1050W PSU but because of the quality and low price i recommend you buy it i left you plenty of money for whatever monitors you want and keyboard,mouse,os elect. part list / Price breakdown by merchant / PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2608.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 23:31 EDT-0400)
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August 5, 2012 3:38:11 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Here is my suggestion if you don't like it no worries it's all good just showing you another option now you don't need 1050W PSU but because of the quality and low price i recommend you buy it i left you plenty of money for whatever monitors you want and keyboard,mouse,os elect. part list / Price breakdown by merchant / PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2608.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 23:31 EDT-0400)

At that budget, he should include either an S- or H-IPS panel monitor.
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August 5, 2012 3:38:39 AM

CPU: Simply get a Ivy Bridge processor, but dont invest on higher clock speed. As you are building desktop, TDP is not a concern, so get the ones with 77W, this will give you more clock speed already for the same or lower price. I recomend the i5 3.2Ghz.

Mobo:Ivy Bridge socket. I like having the most I/O integrated features. So look for bluetooth, Firewire, and Thunderbolt. Any Ivy Brdige socket will certainlly have USB 3.0

Memory: 8GB is a great standart, go for 16GB just to brag, get any speed you like that is compatible.

HDD. As apparently you have cash to burn, dont get internal HDDS. Go for an entire SSD system, as this will give you more speed, no noise and no heat. Do get a external HDD for backup purpuses. If yo dont do this, its a bad build. External HDDs are small, portable and no noise, and cheap. They can also serve as media storage, while you go upgrading your system to SSD. I recomend the WD My Passport series, but a lot of external HDD are wonderfull.

SSDs: 250GB SSDs are very cheap nowadays and 480GB are affordable. I sugest building what you need for now, and upgrading when needed incrementally. SSDs are 2.5", so you can have 14x SSDs in a case, they fit! For the adapter, check:

http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-SDP08-3-5-2-5-Inch-Co...

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT: the parts below are gonna be with you for an enormous amount of time. This is where you choose carefully

CASE: Get any case you feel its "so beautiful I almost cry" I like Bitfenix designs, and also Moneual.

PSU: As I belive you want a no noise system, I recomend the Cooler Master Silent Pro. This particular series has been of great buld quality.

FAN: For no noise Fans, Coolink makes some wonderfully silent fans. If you dont mind hearing low humming, the best company would be silenx. They have the best CFM ratio. Dont forget that you may plug 3pin headers from the fan to the motherboard, and control fan rotation with software under windows and thus reducing noise. You can use split headers for multiple fans on the same port.

Optical drive: Any Blu-ray drive recorder. This will probably be your last optical drive, as this thing may go away, just like floppy. Any brand is fine, but do try to get one blundled with some nice applications.

Speakers: I like Creative speakers, their desing are awesome. Logitech is a popular brand for the regular user.

Monitor: 22"is minimum and fine for most ocasions. If you can afford go 24". Samsung and Asus are currently popular brands, I prefer Samsung or LG. If you want to adventure in the 27", the Apple display is my only recomendation

Mouse: For everyday usage, get a touch mouse form Microsoft. For gaming, get a wheeled scrolled mouse from either microsoft or logitech.

Keyboard: I simply have to recomend this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Computers-KYB-RC-01-Aluminum...

Also, take a look at Logitech webistes for webacm, joystick and headset.

And to conclude....liquid cooling:

The best pump today is the Swiftech MCP35X. Its available as a unit, and also in integrated versions with the radiator/reservoir.

I cannot recomend you a videocard, as this is extremelly personal. If I were you, I would get a 2x $200 cards in SLI/Crossfire, and thats it. No need for 2x $500 cards today, as this same cards will be only $200 next year. You can get next year this setup for nly $400, and also selling the previews cars for some money.

Have fun dude.
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August 5, 2012 3:40:55 AM

27" has many options in IPS, such as Dell U2711, Korean Yamakasi Catleap Q270 (starts at $300 and is H-IPS), Samsung S27B970D, Samsung 27A850D, etc. I recommend the Catleap. It is A LOT cheaper than the Apple displays and has the same quality image.
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August 5, 2012 3:44:42 AM

Hello my friend, i belive i will be the one who will help you more in this thread because i have a very similar system (i7 3960x with 4 GTX 680's and 32GB of RAM with a Asus Rampage IV Extreme - everything watercooled)

To be honest with you, i only bought the i7 3960x because i had the money and not because i needed it, IMO is not worth getting a i7 3960x over a i7 3930k

Before i list my recomendation, i would like to quote something:

Quote:
-Lets say you get a $500 videocard today. Best available. 2 years from now, a recently released $100 videocard will run twice as fast as the previowslly purchased $500 card.


So you're telling me that a 100$ GT 640 performs 2 times better than a GTX 480??

Anyways, here are my recomendations if you really want a true Gaming/rendering PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.92 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($261.82 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Logitech G19 Wired Standard Keyboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $4195.68

Notes:
* the 7970 is 4 times faster than the GTX 680 is rendering tasks thanks to the unlocked double precision floating point processing

*Most people will advise you NOT to buy closed loop watercoolers for your CPU but dont listen to then, they put less strain on your motherboard and do not interfiere with your RAM and if you buy some high quality aftermarket coolers you will get cooling capabilities that will match a real WC loop.

*The 2 SSD's go in RAID 0 mode and the rest of the drives can go in RAID 1 (if you need extreme reliability) RAID 0 (if you want extreme performance) or in default mode (if you only want them as storage devices)

*The RAM i picked is easily overclockable to ~2000Mhz, anything beyond that is not noticiable/worth it

*At first buy only two 7970's and see how they perform, if you think 2 GPUs are too much you can return 1 (dont forget to set it to stock clocks if you overclock it) or buy a third or forth GPU if you need more performance

*I recomend you to add a few more fans to improve the airflow of your case...altough its not needed, This one and this one

*The PSU i included is waaay more than enough for dual 7970's but since you might get 4 you better be prepared

*The keyboard and mouse combination is my personal favorite but you can change the mouse to a Cyborg R.A.T.9...it will be a bit more expensive but definetly better

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August 5, 2012 3:46:25 AM

I'd rather get one 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 than 3 1080p monitors..
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August 5, 2012 3:48:32 AM

azeem40 said:
I'd rather get one 2560x1600 or 2560x1440 than 3 1080p monitors..
+1
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August 5, 2012 3:49:39 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Here is my suggestion if you don't like it no worries it's all good just showing you another option now you don't need 1050W PSU but because of the quality and low price i recommend you buy it i left you plenty of money for whatever monitors you want and keyboard,mouse,os elect. part list / Price breakdown by merchant / PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: TUNIQ Tower 120 Extreme 90.7 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($121.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($412.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($184.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2608.41
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-04 23:31 EDT-0400)


no no no...

*512GB SSD are relativily slow

*The i7 3930k is much better for rendering

*amazing cooler :love:  one of my personal favorites

*The GTX 670/680 suck at rendering tasks, a 7970 will be much better or a Quadro card

*This guy originally wanted a Quad sli set up (Dual GTX 690's) so i assume he might consider getting 4 GTX 680/670 (hopefully i will tought him out of it) or 4 7970's (wich are faaar better for redenring but are a TINY little bit slower in gaming)

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August 5, 2012 3:53:56 AM

No one is going to notice a split second difference between the SSDs. Just get whatever is most reliable.

@ Aqua, at his budget, he can get 3 2560x1440 monitors.
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August 5, 2012 3:57:00 AM

leandrodafontoura said:
CPU: Simply get a Ivy Bridge processor, but dont invest on higher clock speed. As you are building desktop, TDP is not a concern, so get the ones with 77W, this will give you more clock speed already for the same or lower price. I recomend the i5 3.2Ghz.

Mobo:Ivy Bridge socket. I like having the most I/O integrated features. So look for bluetooth, Firewire, and Thunderbolt. Any Ivy Brdige socket will certainlly have USB 3.0

Memory: 8GB is a great standart, go for 16GB just to brag, get any speed you like that is compatible.

HDD. As apparently you have cash to burn, dont get internal HDDS. Go for an entire SSD system, as this will give you more speed, no noise and no heat. Do get a external HDD for backup purpuses. If yo dont do this, its a bad build. External HDDs are small, portable and no noise, and cheap. They can also serve as media storage, while you go upgrading your system to SSD. I recomend the WD My Passport series, but a lot of external HDD are wonderfull.

SSDs: 250GB SSDs are very cheap nowadays and 480GB are affordable. I sugest building what you need for now, and upgrading when needed incrementally. SSDs are 2.5", so you can have 14x SSDs in a case, they fit! For the adapter, check:

http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-SDP08-3-5-2-5-Inch-Co...

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT: the parts below are gonna be with you for an enormous amount of time. This is where you choose carefully

CASE: Get any case you feel its "so beautiful I almost cry" I like Bitfenix designs, and also Moneual.

PSU: As I belive you want a no noise system, I recomend the Cooler Master Silent Pro. This particular series has been of great buld quality.

FAN: For no noise Fans, Coolink makes some wonderfully silent fans. If you dont mind hearing low humming, the best company would be silenx. They have the best CFM ratio. Dont forget that you may plug 3pin headers from the fan to the motherboard, and control fan rotation with software under windows and thus reducing noise. You can use split headers for multiple fans on the same port.

Optical drive: Any Blu-ray drive recorder. This will probably be your last optical drive, as this thing may go away, just like floppy. Any brand is fine, but do try to get one blundled with some nice applications.

Speakers: I like Creative speakers, their desing are awesome. Logitech is a popular brand for the regular user.

Monitor: 22"is minimum and fine for most ocasions. If you can afford go 24". Samsung and Asus are currently popular brands, I prefer Samsung or LG. If you want to adventure in the 27", the Apple display is my only recomendation

Mouse: For everyday usage, get a touch mouse form Microsoft. For gaming, get a wheeled scrolled mouse from either microsoft or logitech.

Keyboard: I simply have to recomend this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Computers-KYB-RC-01-Aluminum...

Also, take a look at Logitech webistes for webacm, joystick and headset.

And to conclude....liquid cooling:

The best pump today is the Swiftech MCP35X. Its available as a unit, and also in integrated versions with the radiator/reservoir.

I cannot recomend you a videocard, as this is extremelly personal. If I were you, I would get a 2x $200 cards in SLI/Crossfire, and thats it. No need for 2x $500 cards today, as this same cards will be only $200 next year. You can get next year this setup for nly $400, and also selling the previews cars for some money.

Have fun dude.


* for rendering, a i7 3930k will be MUCH better than any i5 CPU, and in heavy gaming too (i game at 5760x1080 with maximun details and trust me....the i7 3960x comes in handy)

*Good advise but kind of obvious...almost every X79/Z68/P67 motherboard has a USB 3.0 port and features like Bluettoh is...meh, useless?

*8GB is ok for most people, 16GB is recomended for someone who is doing some rendering but 32GB is a definetly a good bonus for heavy rendering and gaming, some times i transcode up to 10 Video files and game @ full settings BF3 @ 5760x1080 (of course, with a 5Ghz Overclock and a LOT of help from my video cards) and i've seen my memory usage reach 20GB

*I wouldnt recomend to any one a Coolermaster PSU, there are far better choices.

*if i'd were the OP i will rather Liquid cool my whole system instead of the CPU only, the NZXT switech is perfect for that!
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August 5, 2012 3:57:03 AM

azeem40 said:
At that budget, he should include either an S- or H-IPS panel monitor.

What monitors do you suggest?
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August 5, 2012 3:57:11 AM

azeem40 said:
27" has many options in IPS, such as Dell U2711, Korean Yamakasi Catleap Q270 (starts at $300 and is H-IPS), Samsung S27B970D, Samsung 27A850D, etc. I recommend the Catleap. It is A LOT cheaper than the Apple displays and has the same quality image.

+1

Money spent on good Monitors is well spent.

People easily will throw out $1000 on video cards (that will be obsolete in 2years), but then don't think of their monitor that goes obsolete much much slower. Sure, benchmark numbers are bragging rights, but end of the day, you're spending this money to actually view something with your eyeballs not just generate a benchmark number. With all the talk about bottlenecks that get thrown around, the display->eyeball is also a quality bottleneck.

24" dell u series (or multiple) are also very common choices among the computer near-elite (Heavy computer users who aren't actually graphic designers).

Anyway here are other recommendations:

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/focus.php?subaction=showful...

Look at both the graphics section and gaming section (you don't need to get 3d ones, most feel that is a gimmick). Click the Checkmark to read their review (not the link of the model name)
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August 5, 2012 4:03:23 AM

The 850D is actually a variation of IPS come up with by Samsung, called a PLS (Plane Line Switching) Monitor. Those aren't too bad. They have 100% better viewing angles, better image quality, and a lower price than H- or S-IPS Panels.
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August 5, 2012 4:05:34 AM

azeem40 said:
No one is going to notice a split second difference between the SSDs. Just get whatever is most reliable.

@ Aqua, at his budget, he can get 3 2560x1440 monitors.


i'd preffer getting 3 2560x1600 monitor (i simply like 16:10 better than 16:9)

Anyways....altough gaming at 7680x1600 would be completly awesome you would need AT LEAST 6GB of VRAM to play, lest say...BF3 or Metro 2033 maxed out, and trust me...it wouldnt be playable (i get on avg ~75 fps @5760x1080 with maximun details using 4 GTX 680's 4GB edition) so i doubt any PC could run those games at those settings
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August 5, 2012 4:08:08 AM

aqualipt said:
i'd preffer getting 3 2560x1600 monitor (i simply like 16:10 better than 16:9)

Anyways....altough gaming at 7680x1600 would be completly awesome you would need AT LEAST 6GB of VRAM to play, lest say...BF3 or Metro 2033 maxed out, and trust me...it wouldnt be playable (i get on avg ~75 fps @5760x1080 with maximun details using 4 GTX 680's 4GB edition) so i doubt any PC could run those games at those settings

3 2560x1440 will eat 1/2 of the lower end of his budget, or 1/3 of the higher end while 2560x1440 will only use like 1/5th on the low end (to as low as 1/6th) or 1/10th of his higher-end budget.
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August 5, 2012 4:10:53 AM

azeem40 said:
3 2560x1440 will eat 1/2 of the lower end of his budget, or 1/3 of the higher end while 2560x1440 will only use like 1/5th on the low end (to as low as 1/6th) or 1/10th of his higher-end budget.


Hmmm... why that huge price diference between 2560x1600 vs 2560x1440...i tough 2560x1600 was more common :s
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August 5, 2012 4:13:55 AM

aqualipt said:
Hmmm... why that huge price diference between 2560x1600 vs 2560x1440...i tough 2560x1600 was more common :s

Cuz most 2560x1600 are the higher-end S-IPS Panel, 2560x1440 is mostly H-IPS.
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August 5, 2012 4:14:37 AM

azeem40 said:
Cuz most 2560x1600 are the higher-end S-IPS Panel, 2560x1440 is mostly H-IPS.


Oh! thank you :D 
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August 5, 2012 4:15:05 AM

H-IPS does have some advantages for the OP, though.
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August 5, 2012 5:11:23 AM

aqualipt said:
Hello my friend, i belive i will be the one who will help you more in this thread because i have a very similar system (i7 3960x with 4 GTX 680's and 32GB of RAM with a Asus Rampage IV Extreme - everything watercooled)

To be honest with you, i only bought the i7 3960x because i had the money and not because i needed it, IMO is not worth getting a i7 3960x over a i7 3930k

Before i list my recomendation, i would like to quote something:

Quote:
-Lets say you get a $500 videocard today. Best available. 2 years from now, a recently released $100 videocard will run twice as fast as the previowslly purchased $500 card.


So you're telling me that a 100$ GT 640 performs 2 times better than a GTX 480??

Anyways, here are my recomendations if you really want a true Gaming/rendering PC

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($564.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($223.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Best Buy)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($447.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($166.92 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($261.82 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($168.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Logitech G19 Wired Standard Keyboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Wired Laser Mouse ($86.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $4195.68

Notes:
* the 7970 is 4 times faster than the GTX 680 is rendering tasks thanks to the unlocked double precision floating point processing

*Most people will advise you NOT to buy closed loop watercoolers for your CPU but dont listen to then, they put less strain on your motherboard and do not interfiere with your RAM and if you buy some high quality aftermarket coolers you will get cooling capabilities that will match a real WC loop.

*The 2 SSD's go in RAID 0 mode and the rest of the drives can go in RAID 1 (if you need extreme reliability) RAID 0 (if you want extreme performance) or in default mode (if you only want them as storage devices)

*The RAM i picked is easily overclockable to ~2000Mhz, anything beyond that is not noticiable/worth it

*At first buy only two 7970's and see how they perform, if you think 2 GPUs are too much you can return 1 (dont forget to set it to stock clocks if you overclock it) or buy a third or forth GPU if you need more performance

*I recomend you to add a few more fans to improve the airflow of your case...altough its not needed, This one and this one

*The PSU i included is waaay more than enough for dual 7970's but since you might get 4 you better be prepared

*The keyboard and mouse combination is my personal favorite but you can change the mouse to a Cyborg R.A.T.9...it will be a bit more expensive but definetly better


First I'd like to thank you guys for responding fast. I'm in the same boat, that I probably won't use a good amount of my hardware for the near future, but I want a system for performance, lasting capability, and to just show off. I guess when I said that I wanted the computer for rendering I didn't mean like it was the main function of the computer, I would like to become a professional youtuber and have the money for a system I enjoy. I want the 690's, have the money for them, and would think that they wouldn't take too much time to render videos (they are one of the best graphics cards on the planet :p ). As for "all SSD". I would like that, but I would also be storing my videos on just simple 7200rpm hard drives for simplicity. The cases I'm looking at right now have 10+ hard drive bays, which can easily be able to contain 2 2.5'' SSD bays. So having roughly 20 SSD socket bays, I'm thinking of just getting a ton of 240gb SSD (or 120gb). The 3 monitor display vs. 1 monitor display I need to decide on and see if I will have the space! The resolution you guys are describing seems awesome. I do seem interested in 3D monitors though. As for the RAM, CPU, GPU, and motherboard, I am pretty set on the specs mentioned. Again thanks for the speedy response!
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August 5, 2012 5:12:34 AM

Good 120HZ monitor is the BenQ XL2420T.
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August 5, 2012 5:13:01 AM

srry about not spacing the text :p 
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August 5, 2012 5:13:55 AM

so what i need suggested to me are a 3 way setup of monitors, a case, liquid cooling, specific storage for SSD, and any case fans (LEDs?) that go along with the case. I want this computer to be an absolute beast!
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August 5, 2012 5:32:33 AM

Apollo68 said:
First I'd like to thank you guys for responding fast. I'm in the same boat, that I probably won't use a good amount of my hardware for the near future, but I want a system for performance, lasting capability, and to just show off. I guess when I said that I wanted the computer for rendering I didn't mean like it was the main function of the computer, I would like to become a professional youtuber and have the money for a system I enjoy. I want the 690's, have the money for them, and would think that they wouldn't take too much time to render videos (they are one of the best graphics cards on the planet :p ). As for "all SSD". I would like that, but I would also be storing my videos on just simple 7200rpm hard drives for simplicity. The cases I'm looking at right now have 10+ hard drive bays, which can easily be able to contain 2 2.5'' SSD bays. So having roughly 20 SSD socket bays, I'm thinking of just getting a ton of 240gb SSD (or 120gb). The 3 monitor display vs. 1 monitor display I need to decide on and see if I will have the space! The resolution you guys are describing seems awesome. I do seem interested in 3D monitors though. As for the RAM, CPU, GPU, and motherboard, I am pretty set on the specs mentioned. Again thanks for the speedy response!


Well, if i were you i'd get 4 GTX 670s 4GB edition, they will DESTROY the 690s at 5760x1080 when you game at max settings (specially metro 2033...boy that game is demanding!) and they will last you a lot longer because future games will consume more and more VRAM, they cost 450$ in newegg, you could get the GTX 680's i have but they are not worth it (i only bought them because i didnt know that there was a 4GB version of the GTX 670)

Btw...the GTX 690 might be the best gaming GPUs in the world but a 7850 will easily outperform it in any simple or complex GPU computing task

Its great you are interested in 3D monitors, i have 3 Asus VG278H, they are very big (and expensive, 600$ each) but they are BY FAR the best 3D display in the world thats avaliable for normal people...this is thanks to the Nvidia 3D Vision 2 feature, its the closest thing to glasses free 3D, you wont notice you are wearing any glasses because the screens looks very bright and the colors are simply amazing and very vivid.

About the only SSD suggestion...i kinda like it :D  i will suggest 4x 480-512 GB SSD's in RAID-0, what do you think?

About this part:
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I am pretty set on the specs mentioned.


Trust me, DO NOT get the i7 3960x, the performance diference is MINIMAL, i have a i7 3960x only because of the "i can" saying, look at the diference between the 2 CPU's and decide for yourself if it worth expending 500$ extra:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/443?vs=552 the minimal diference you see between the two CPU's is mainly because the i7 3960x is clock 0.1Ghz higer than the i7 3930k wich is nothing that a slight overclock cant fix
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August 5, 2012 5:34:12 AM

aqualipt said:
Well, if i were you i'd get 4 GTX 670s 4GB edition, they will DESTROY the 690s at 5760x1080 when you game at max settings (specially metro 2033...boy that game is demanding!) and they will last you a lot longer because future games will consume more and more VRAM, they cost 450$ in newegg, you could get the GTX 680's i have but they are not worth it (i only bought them because i didnt know that there was a 4GB version of the GTX 670)

Btw...the GTX 690 might be the best gaming GPUs in the world but a 7850 will easily outperform it in any simple or complex GPU computing task

Its great you are interested in 3D monitors, i have 3 Asus VG278H, they are very big (and expensive, 600$ each) but they are BY FAR the best 3D display in the world thats avaliable for normal people...this is thanks to the Nvidia 3D Vision 2 feature, its the closest thing to glasses free 3D, you wont notice you are wearing any glasses because the screens looks very bright and the colors are simply amazing and very vivid.

About the only SSD suggestion...i kinda like it :D  i will suggest 4x 480-512 GB SSD's in RAID-0, what do you think?

About this part:
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I am pretty set on the specs mentioned.


Trust me, DO NOT get the i7 3960x, the performance diference is MINIMAL, i have a i7 3960x only because of the "i can" saying, look at the diference between the 2 CPU's and decide for yourself if it worth expending 500$ extra:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/443?vs=552 the minimal diference you see between the two CPU's is mainly because the i7 3960x is clock 0.1Ghz higer than the i7 3930k wich is nothing that a slight overclock cant fix


I like how I post about thinking about the same monitor that you have!
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August 5, 2012 5:36:53 AM

i do want to buy the 3960X for the "i have it and you dont" feature :D . Price is not a big concern
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August 5, 2012 5:37:28 AM

Apollo68 said:
I like how I post about thinking about the same monitor that you have!


Yeah, you have good taste for monitor i guess :lol: 

one important thing that i will say again: Get four GTX 670's
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August 5, 2012 5:41:45 AM

Dont mean to be a n00b but i'm not sure what VRAM is? Also, one of the main reasons I was going to get 2 690s was because of the cool temps, silence and the fact that my motherboard wont be cluttered with 4 graphics cards. Also, how much fps will i get on most high-end games using the 690s in a 3 monitor setup vs. the 4 670s in a 3 monitor setup.
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August 5, 2012 5:42:14 AM

Apollo68 said:
i do want to buy the 3960X for the "i have it and you dont" feature :D . Price is not a big concern


cool, price wasnt a concern to me either but i didnt do it to brag, my friends dont understand a thing about computers so i cant let my small (but its there) geek side shine when i am with them...and i wouldnt even try to explain my wife what are all those "tubes" inside my case (my WC'ing system :lol)

Btw...if you want too, i could make you a full WC loop like mines, but you would need a REALLY big case like the Caselabs MAGNUM STH10
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August 5, 2012 5:49:41 AM

Apollo68 said:
Dont mean to be a n00b but i'm not sure what VRAM is? Also, one of the main reasons I was going to get 2 690s was because of the cool temps, silence and the fact that my motherboard wont be cluttered with 4 graphics cards. Also, how much fps will i get on most high-end games using the 690s in a 3 monitor setup vs. the 4 670s in a 3 monitor setup.


VRAM is Video RAM...

The GTX 690 has two GPUs with 2GB each (but only 2GB out of 8GB are usable,suposing you have two GTX 690's)

The problem is that when you play a game at really high settings and resolution (5760x1080 with all details maxed out and all the filters activated) VRAM starts becoming as important as raw GPU power, thats why 4 GTX 670 (4GB edition ONLY) would beat the hell out of 2 GTX 690's

i dont have a benchmark comparing 4 GTX 670 to 2 GTX 690 but when i had my 4 GTX 680's (2GB edition) i was getting only 25fps in metro 2033 @5760 with maximun details and every filter activated, and when overclocked to 1300/7128 (that amazingly high overclock was thanks to my WC system) all four cards were giving me only 32.

When i upgraded to 4 GTX 680's (4GB edition) my fps doubled!! when i overclocked them i was getting an avg of ~70fps!! all thanks to the extra VRAM
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August 5, 2012 5:53:24 AM

bigcyco1 said:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/552?vs=551 <------ Intel Core i7 3930K vs Intel Core i7 3770K thanks to Why_Me for these


the i7 3930k/3960x outperforms the 3770k @5760, trust me, at that resolution EVERY resource its fully utilized
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August 5, 2012 5:56:42 AM

alright so if i do go with a 3 monitor setup i will definately go with 4 670s
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August 5, 2012 5:58:41 AM

OP check these beasts out i would get four 670 and only one of these two would do for me the others are very good but don't compare to these two as far as i am aware of anyway. Quote : MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.TechPoweUp gives The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition an 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...


TechPoweUp gives the 670 TOP an 10.0 rating, the only 10.0 rating ever
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...


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Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested.I simply can't find anything wrong with it.
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August 5, 2012 6:06:26 AM

bigcyco1 said:
OP check these beasts out i would get four 670 and only one of these two would do for me the others are very good but don't compare to these two as far as i am aware of anyway. Quote : MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks. MSI is asking a $30 price premium for their card, which doesn't look unreasonable, given the improved cooling and higher clocks.TechPoweUp gives The MSI GTX 670 Power Edition an 9.7 rating
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_670_Power_Ed...


TechPoweUp gives the 670 TOP an 10.0 rating, the only 10.0 rating ever
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...


Quote :


Overall the ASUS GTX 670 Direct CU II is the best card I ever tested.I simply can't find anything wrong with it.


Good cards! but the OP needs atleast 4GB of VRAM
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August 5, 2012 6:09:00 AM

aqualipt said:
Good cards! but the OP needs atleast 4GB of VRAM
:lol:  not if hes buying four he doesn't if he does how so i am curious
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August 5, 2012 6:13:48 AM

bigcyco1 said:
:lol:  not if hes buying four he doesn't if he does how so i am curious


hmmm...well i do, didnt you read my last post?

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VRAM is Video RAM...

The GTX 690 has two GPUs with 2GB each (but only 2GB out of 8GB are usable,suposing you have two GTX 690's)

The problem is that when you play a game at really high settings and resolution (5760x1080 with all details maxed out and all the filters activated) VRAM starts becoming as important as raw GPU power, thats why 4 GTX 670 (4GB edition ONLY) would beat the hell out of 2 GTX 690's

i dont have a benchmark comparing 4 GTX 670 to 2 GTX 690 but when i had my 4 GTX 680's (2GB edition) i was getting only 25fps in metro 2033 @5760 with maximun details and every filter activated, and when overclocked to 1300/7128 (that amazingly high overclock was thanks to my WC system) all four cards were giving me only 32.

When i upgraded to 4 GTX 680's (4GB edition) my fps doubled!! and when i overclocked them i was getting an avg of ~70fps!! all thanks to the extra VRAM


The OP is going to play at similar settings (if not the same ones) as me, meaning he will need as much VRAM as me
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