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September 10, 2012 8:03:40 PM

Hey guys,

I was hoping I could get some feedback on this build and make sure that hardware will be compatible as well as worth the value. My goal was to try to keep it under the 2k range though my budget is flexible. I'm definitely looking for value so if I were to spend a few more bucks for much more performance I'd consider that as well. I'm mostly building a maching for doing art (maya, photoshop, Zbrush) and playing games. Also not sure if I should go with water cooling? Any advice is welcomed:


1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL
Item #: N82E16820231507
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $159.99


1 ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157290
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$30.00  Instant
$299.99
$269.99


1 Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
Item #: N82E16819116492
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $569.99


1 SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Item #: N82E16820147135
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$70.00  Instant
$319.99
$249.99


1 EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130769
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy -$40.00  Instant


SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC ...
Model #:X-1050
Item #:N82E16817151110
$219.99 -$20.00 Instant $199.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
$149.99 -$40.00 Instant $109.99


ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
Model #:AC-MX4
Item #:N82E16835186038
$12.99 -$3.00 Instant $9.99

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September 11, 2012 11:16:56 AM

1 G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL
Item #: N82E16820231507
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $159.99
***how many channels of ram does your mobo use? match your sticks to this. ie for dual channel 2 or 4 or 8 (not sure about 6), for 3 channel 3 or 6, for 4 channel 4 or 8. i prefer mushkin ram myself but your choice.

1 ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157290
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$30.00 Instant
$299.99
$269.99
***cpu socket matches. does this have onboard audio? you will need it since you have no soundcard. i prefer asus and dfi as mobo vendors but your choice.


1 Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
Item #: N82E16819116492
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $569.99
*** i dont see an issue here. K models are overclockable also.

1 SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256D/AM 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit
Item #: N82E16820147135
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$70.00 Instant
$319.99
$249.99
*** microcenter had these on sale for $220. i picked one up and stuck it in my laptop. let me just say... 9 second boot times! hard to go wrong with one of these.


1 EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814130769
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy -$40.00 Instant
***evga is a good choice. i think the most powerful option right now is the 690 but the price is likely rediculous. i think you will be fine with anything in the 600 series frankly.

SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC ...
Model #:X-1050
Item #:N82E16817151110
$219.99 -$20.00 Instant $199.99
*** i only trust pcp&c, corsair and ocz as my high end psu vendors. sparkle/fsp group/fotron source are good for cheapie low end power. your choice of course but i recommend the corsair models. remember to check that you have enough power pins for everything. do not forget the aux power inputs on the mobo and some video cards take multiple six pins.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
Item #:N82E16822136533
$149.99 -$40.00 Instant $109.99
***should be fine. the 1tb models seem to be stable.


ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
Model #:AC-MX4
Item #:N82E16835186038
$12.99 -$3.00 Instant $9.99
***is this artic silver? i use nothing but their products. i still have a tube of artic silver 5 laying around somewhere. one tube lasts just about forever.

***no cddvd ?
***no perepherals?
***no fan controller or extra fans?
***no case?

dont forget your wire ties
September 11, 2012 10:36:42 PM

Thanks for the feedback ssddx. I'm pretty sure the mobo supports 4 channel ram though I might need help verifying if that ram is compatible, also more suggestions on ram would be welcomed. I'm debating about maybe going down to 16gigs instead of 32.

I think i put this in the wrong forums, any chance I can get this moved?
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September 12, 2012 11:42:48 AM

i believe that only a moderator can move the post. it should have been under systems/homebuilt. if you want a whole lot more feedback you could close this thread and start one there but i think you have a fairly solid system per my comments.

do you need 32gb of ram? unless you do quite a bit of heavy video editing, rendering, or other task which requires it then no. i have only 6gb in the pc i built a few years ago. the most i've ever seen it use was about 3.5gb during gaming and other tasks.

instead, if your motherboard is quad channel. i would buy 2+2+2+2 (8gb) of the best quality ram you can get. or you have the option of going with 4+4+4+4 (16gb) setup if you so prefer. base your decision on the tasks you intend to use the pc for. buying 32gb of ram for just office work and gaming for example is just wasting money.

ram is fairly cheap so even if you decide to go midway with the 4+4+4+4 setup you should be able to buy some rather nice stuff.

as i stated before... i find that my mushkin ram works great. before that i found ocz was good as well. there is a significant difference between performance on the top end sticks and value ram. i normally like buying sticks in the 50% to 75% price range myself.
September 12, 2012 2:14:23 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Tecmo34
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