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August 22, 2012 3:18:07 AM

Take a look at this build i put together. My budget is around 2500 but I can stretch out to maybe 2700 max. Primary purpose would be gaming + workstation. I need it to be able to game on a 1920x 1080 monitor resolution and also use design programs like Autodesk inventor, solidworks, Matlab, Maplesim, and electrical circuit analysis programs.

Purchase date: Within next few days, from probably newegg.ca, amazon and tigerdirect.

My real dilemma is a few parts I had a hard time choosing. I could really use some advice on the case, the gpu and the mobo.

I went with NZXT switch 810 because its a full tower, lots of positive reviews, and seems to be sturdy with possibility of future custom water cooling.

GPU i prefer nividea and i looked at countless reviews between gtx 680 and gtx 670 and came to the conclusion that the gtx 680 is better but only marginally so by 5-10% on most benchmarks. So if i want the best performace 680 is the way to go, best bang for my buck would be a 670. That being said I also determined the best type of 680 to get was either EVGA or ASUS. ASUS GTX 680 has a faster model and had great reviews. Im only worried about the customer service for ASUS, can anyone shed light on this? From what i saw the EVGA customer service has a reputation for being really good.

I went with the i7 3930k because it's 100% guarantee I will be using multiple programs at once (internet, music, inventor, matlab, maplsim, etc). If anyone can suggest another processor suited to my purposes I am more then happy to listen.

The mobo is very hard to choose since I don't have much knowledge on them. I went with the x79 sabertooth from finding a lot of postive reviews. For the future i want the mobo to support at least 32G RAM and perhaps SLI 680s if I ever decide to go dual monitor.

As for cooling I decided on the h100 for the cpu and I'm not sure if i should get some fans as well. If fans are a most I would also need to get some dust filters and decided on noctua fans as they have a lot of positive reviews.

I do plan to SLI sometime in the future when prices drop a bit, might also consider OC the processor, that's why i got 850w psu leaves me a lot of headroom for this.

If you guys can take a look at my build to see if components are compatible maybe i could get same functionality with something cheaper, I'd love to hear it.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fiiN

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor

Aftermarket cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

GPU: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card

PSU: SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)

Peripherals: Das Keyboard DASK3ULTMS1SI Wired Standard Keyboard

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August 22, 2012 8:59:48 PM

Revised list after a bit more research:

Switche dout the h100 for a noctua D14 and a the G.skill ripjaws for G.skill sniper series.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fmCZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fmCZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fmCZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.48 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($314.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($529.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($104.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $2335.56
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-22 17:01 EDT-0400)
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August 23, 2012 12:31:45 AM

could use some feedback to see if all parts compatible or not
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August 23, 2012 1:28:28 PM

Good choices as far as I can see (my build is somewhat similar).

Only thing I'd suggest is to bump up your RAM to at least 16GB. Memory is dirt cheap and I usually stick to 4GB per core as a general rule.

Also, are you covered for peripherals, ie monitor, keyboard, mouse etc? If not, I'd definitely suggest buying quality parts, even if you have to downgrade some other specs for your build (I have cheaped out on these things before and have always ended up regretting it).

A semi-pro grade screen like the Asus PA238Q or PA246Q IPS monitor come colour calibrated from the factory and are brilliant for any design related work. Lastly, a mechanical keyboard from Filco or Leopold as well as a G500 or G9X Logitech mouse would be my final suggestions.
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August 23, 2012 9:17:38 PM

rallymcwilliams said:
Good choices as far as I can see (my build is somewhat similar).

Only thing I'd suggest is to bump up your RAM to at least 16GB. Memory is dirt cheap and I usually stick to 4GB per core as a general rule.

Also, are you covered for peripherals, ie monitor, keyboard, mouse etc? If not, I'd definitely suggest buying quality parts, even if you have to downgrade some other specs for your build (I have cheaped out on these things before and have always ended up regretting it).

A semi-pro grade screen like the Asus PA238Q or PA246Q IPS monitor come colour calibrated from the factory and are brilliant for any design related work. Lastly, a mechanical keyboard from Filco or Leopold as well as a G500 or G9X Logitech mouse would be my final suggestions.


I already got all peripherals and a decent monitor at 1920x1080 resolution. Might pick up some more in the future but nothing for now.

I will take your advise and bump RAM up to 16 G with 4 modules of 4G RAM of the G.Skill Ripjaws Z series DDR3 2133 memory.

Also I did a few comparisons and I am really considering the Asus Rampage IV Extreme as opposed to the Z79 sabertooth. My only concern is if i have 3930k cpu and the 16 G of Ripjaws Z series DDR3 2133 ram, will my Noctua d14 hit the ram? or is it low enough clearance?

I was looking at all the features the Asrock z79 extreme 11 mobo had and I was impressed. When I saw the $599.99 ($699.99 CAN) price tag my wallet let out a cry. Lol it's a really nice board but not enough to get me to spend $700 on it.

This is all going into a NZXT Switch 810 case btw.
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August 23, 2012 9:33:34 PM

Just to add I do plan to SLI 680s in the future. All I'm wondering is if i should go with ASUS GTX 680 2GB or EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4G models?

Only will get 1 initially and when I have more funds then I will get a second card and probably 2 more monitors for triple monitor set up.
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August 24, 2012 3:12:52 AM

I have all the parts, went down to a computer store and surprisingly the total price came out to the same as all the lower prices available on pcpartpicker. Let me know what you think :) 

System specs:

CPU: i7 3930k
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 FTW 4GB
Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
CPU cooler: Noctua D14 Se2011
SSD: Crucial M4 128G
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
PSU: Seasonic x 850W
RAM: G.Skill Ripjawz 4x4GB DDR3 1600 (the 2133 apparently run into problems)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHBS212-08 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit)
Peripherals: Model S Professional Silent Keyboard (das keyboard)

The total damage: $3000 with a 3 year warranty on mobo. I think the pc part picker was 2667.76 or something at lowest cost. This is total cost without shipping/taxes so it would have cost the same.

Still gotta go buy some zip ties, anti static wrist strap and maybe some dust filters for case fans.
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