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September 19, 2012 4:45:09 AM

Hey guys,

I'm looking to build my first pc and have done a fair amount of research on parts, but wanted to get a first hand opinion on the different components and to ask if they mesh well together. Also feel free to give any suggestions as to possible improvements on any of the items.

Thanks for your help,
- Patrick


Approximate Purchase Date: I plan on ordering parts within the next month.

Budget Range: 2-4 thousand

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, gaming, media playback, video rendering, photoshop type software.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, however am decided on Windows 7 x64 Professional

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, & ncix.com

Location: Southwest, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Samsung/ pretty much name brands.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future (SLI)

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560*1600 (Dell Ultrasharp U3011)

Additional Comments: Primarily looking for components that have the least chance of failing within the immediate future. Not the most technical person and being my first build, the easier and more reliable the better. Also should I invest in additional case fans and an aftermarket cpu heatsink?

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been on an apple for a few years now, and am looking for a PC to compliment its uses.

Parts:

Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 19, 2012 4:58:15 AM

No no no.... that build is a no-go, give me a sec.
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September 19, 2012 5:06:29 AM

here, buy this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 650W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1836.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-19 01:04 EDT-0400)

This PC is about 4 times faster than the one you listed in applications that support OpenCL. If the apps you will run support CUDA acceleration ONLY then you should get a GTX card like the GTX580 because the GTX6xx cards SUCK for GPGPU computing.
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September 19, 2012 5:18:03 AM

Wow thats quite a difference. Is there anything particularly wrong with the individual components or is it a compatibility issue, when you referred to OpenCL/CUDA? Also, how are most of these brands on quality/warranties? Mainly Phanteks, ASRock, and Rosewill?
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September 19, 2012 5:28:22 AM

PatrickUSA said:
Wow thats quite a difference. Is there anything particularly wrong with the individual components or is it a compatibility issue, when you referred to OpenCL/CUDA? Also, how are most of these brands on quality/warranties? Mainly Phanteks, ASRock, and Rosewill?


You can't use CUDA acceleration with an AMD card but most apps that support hardware acceleration support CUDA, openCL, OpenGL and some of them DirectX and APP (AMD's version of CUDA) the problem is that Nvidia cards perform really bad in OpenCL (the dominant render used in most apps)

Phanteks, makes your CPU cooler, that huge piece of copper and aluminum is not going to fail :lol:  and the fans are very good and quiet.

Asrock makes a lot of kick-ass mobos and its reliability is really high, and the costumer support is really good too

Rosewill had a rough start on the PSU sector, at first, their PSUs SUCKED but they fixed that issue when they introduced the HIVE and CAPSTONE series, and now the platinum rated FORTRESS series which is EXCELLENT anyways.... the fortress line of PSUs is manufactured by seasonic which is the same company that manufactures most Corsair and XFX PSUs
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September 19, 2012 7:03:39 AM

A few things. First off those factory over clocked GTX 670's hang right with the GTX 680's and they do it for $100 less per card. A 750w psu easily pushes two of those cards in SLI and gives you plenty of headroom for extra drives, etc... The stock intel fan gets loud when it winds up, and even if your not over clocking it does a pretty crappy job of keeping your cpu cool. Also that RAM with those tall cake cutter heat sinks do nothing other than impede the cpu heat sink. Unless you plan on using them for a hair combo they are nothing more than a gimmick. That Asus blue ray, WD drive, etc... are the same ones you have in your build but they were cheaper on amazon. That Sandisk Extreme SSD utilizes a SF Toggle NAND controller and is as solid and as reliable as it gets. That XFX psu down below is manufactured by Seasonic as are all XFX psu's. Windows 7 Pro is combo'd with the motherboard. Just add a case to this build.


http://www.amazon.com/XFX-PRO750W-Semi-Modular-80Plus-S... $111.71 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $101.71
XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus 750 Watt Power Supply (Silver)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $314.98 save: $15.00 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $411.98 save: $13.00 FREE SHIPPING
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005O65JXI/ref=ox_sc_a... $32.42 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

http://www.amazon.com/BW-12B1ST-BLK-Blu-ray-Internal-En... $84.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner with Disc Encryption, Black

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D... $166.47 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX

http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-2-5-Inch-Solid-SD... $362.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
SanDisk Extreme SSD 480 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SDSSDX-480G-G25

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr... $399.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping | Price after rebate: $379.99
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 WINDFORCE 2X OC Edition 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 2x DVI/HDMI/DP SLI Ready Graphics Card GV-N670WF2-2GD

Total: $2,285.48 *not including shipping & rebates



http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme6/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios update

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z77-extreme6-z77a-g... <----- review of that board w/benchmarks
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September 19, 2012 7:12:15 AM

idroid said:
here, buy this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($549.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 88.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.00 @ B&H)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 650W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1836.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-19 01:04 EDT-0400)

This PC is about 4 times faster than the one you listed in applications that support OpenCL. If the apps you will run support CUDA acceleration ONLY then you should get a GTX card like the GTX580 because the GTX6xx cards SUCK for GPGPU computing.

What's with that Rosewill 650w psu for a power hungry LGA 2011 build?
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September 19, 2012 7:19:22 AM

Why_Me said:
What's with that Rosewill 650w psu for a power hungry LGA 2011 build?


it only uses a single GPU :( 
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