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September 13, 2012 2:34:17 AM

Hi, everybody! I've recently decided to build a PC for myself and wanted a check on the specs, since I don't really know what I'm doing. My budget is about $2000 counting shipping and tax, so if you have any changes or suggestions, feel free! Also, you should know that I'm going to use this for high-end movie editing, VFX production, 3D modeling, 2D and 3D animation, most CS6 products (use 'em all), intense gaming, and livestreaming [quick plug: twitch.tv/simpsonfreak] :pfff: ]. I have tow possible configurations: one on CyberPower and one that I might assemble from the ground up from TigerDirect. The specs are as follows:

CyberPower Build:
This is the Mega Special IV with free shipping, and the coupon code SPRING0410 for 5% off.
BASE_PRICE: [+1275]
BLUETOOTH:None
CAS:Azza Fusion 3000 Full-Tower Gaming Case w/ 1x 140mm & 2x 120mm fans, front USB 3.0, HDD Easy Swap, & 360MM liquid cooling ready [-38]
CASUPGRADE:None
CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2:None
COOLANT:Standard Coolant
CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)
CS_FAN:Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
ENGRAVING:None
ENGRAVING_MSG:
FA_HDD:None
FAN:* Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Gaming Cooling Fan [+4]
FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_MB:GIGABYTE GC-WB300D Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi PCIe Expansion Card [+0]
FREEBIE_VC1:FREE Borderlands2 Game Coupon [+0]
GLASSES:None
HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD2:120 GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 525MB/s Read & 500MB/s Write [+128] (Single Drive)
IEEE_CARD:None
IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD:Razer Blackwidow Expert Mechanical Gaming Keyboard [+68]
MEMORY:16GB (8GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory [+145] (Corsair Vengeance [+30])
MONITOR:None
MONITOR2:None
MONITOR3:None
MOTHERBOARD:* (4-Way SLI Support) GIGABYTE X79-UP4 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 3D UEFI Bios, Ultra Durable 5, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 & 1 PCI [-5]
MOUSE:Razer Naga MMOG 5600 DPI USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse [+64]
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1:Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
OS:None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
OVERCLOCK:Extreme OC (Extreme Overclock 20% or more) [+49]
POWERSUPPLY:* 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TXV2 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+56]
RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS:600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers [+15]
TEMP:None
TUNING:Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Performance Tuning Protection Plan by Intel [+29]
TVRC:None
USB:None
USBFLASH:None
USBHD:None
USBX:None
VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+134] (EVGA FTW Edition [+20])
VIDEO2:None
VIDEO3:None
VIDEOCAMERA1:Creative Live! Cam Chat HD 720p w/ Noise-Canceling Microphone [+32]
WNC:None
_PRICE: (+1994)

Next is the Tiger Direct Configuration:
G125-0106 ::Gear Head WC8500HD HD Webcam - USB, 8MP Image Capture, 2MP Video Resolution, 1080p, Dual Stereo Microphone, Built-in Snapshot, Digital Auto Focus, PC and Mac Compatible(0.5 lbs)

E42-0013 ::Eagle Arion ET-AR306-BK Compact Speakers - 2.1 Channel, 50 Watts Total, Subwoofer, Dark Gray(12.25 lbs)

E261-2510 ::HiRO H50214 PCI-Express Wireless Network Adapter - 150Mbps, IEEE 802.11n, 2dBi Antenna(0.1 lbs)

L49-8009 OEM ::LG UH12LS29 Internal Blu-Ray Drive - 12x Read Speed, Supports M-Disc, Lightscribe, 3D Playback(1.75 lbs)

V13-3500 ::Vantec UGT-S100 7.1 Channel PCI Sound Card(0.3 lbs)

C13-2800 ::Corsair CMPSU-650TXV2 Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 Power Supply - 650 Watts, ATX, 140mm Fan, 80 Plus Bronze, SLI Ready, Active PFC (6.55 lbs)

A702-2007 ::Azza Genesis 9000 CSAZ-9000W ATX Full Tower Case - 9 Reversible 3.5"/5.25" Drive Bays, 2 Easy Swap 2.5"/3.5" SSD/HDD Slots, 7 Front Ports, 7 Fans, White(42.2 lbs)

G452-1050 ::GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 Intel X79 Motherboard - E-ATX, Socket R (LGA2011), Intel X79 Express, DDR3-2133MHz, SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, Killer Gigabit LAN, 7.1-CH Audio, USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX(7.25 lbs)

R99-1318 ::Razer RZ01-00510100-R3U1 Naga Epic Elite MMO Gaming Mouse - 17 MMO-Optimized Buttons, Dual Mode, 3 Interchangeable Side Panels, Black/Purple(2.1 lbs)

R99-1352 ::Razer RZ03-00381900-R3U1 BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - USB, Programmable Keys, Backlit Keys(5.95 lbs)

C13-5709 ::Corsair CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 16GB (2x 8GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL10, XMP Ready, Unbuffered(0.07 lbs)

E145-0673 BORDER ::EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB GDDR5 Video Card and NVIDIA GeForce Game Coupon: Borderlands 2 Bundle(2.9 lbs)

T555-320256 ::Transcend TS256GSSD320 256GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor, SATA3, 6Gb/s(0.5 lbs)

TSD-3000AS2 ::Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 3TB, SATA III (6Gb/s), 3.5", 7200RPM, 64MB(1.15 lbs)

I69-3770K ::Intel Core i7-3770K BX80667i73770K Processor - Quad Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 3.50GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 77W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail(0.85 lbs)


I could really use some help over which one to choose. Both are the same price with the coupons I have and the deals. My only concerns are that the CyberPower processor is overclocked by 20%, giving me a better frame rate and speed, and I'm worried about overclocking it myself with the TigerDirect build, and also that I don't know if the PSU for the TigerDirect is good enough.

Thanks for all the help. I really appreciate it! :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :) 

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September 13, 2012 3:36:36 AM

The Cyberpower build is based on an SB-E quad core which isn't going to offer much advantage over going with Ivy Bridge. Your TigerDirect build can actually be a bit cheaper.

First of all you have a major incompatibility problem. You've specified a socket 2011 motherboard and a socket 1155 processor. :non: 

Change the motherboard to ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard and you save over $200.

You also don't need a sound card, but you should add an aftermarket cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper212 EVO to your build.

A 650W power supply is sufficient for a single video card.

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September 16, 2012 1:50:45 PM

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