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Advice On Budget Workstation/Gaming Build

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October 27, 2012 12:42:33 AM

My Build:
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R $74.99 - $10.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series 750w - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 $109.99 - Mail-In Rebate $10.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core I7-3770 - $289.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $29.99 - $5.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) - $67.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N660Ti PE GeForce GTX 660 Ti $299.99 - $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB MLC SSD - $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive - $89.93
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Internal-D...

I just wanted some advice on my build, I wanted the best bang for my buck, so this is what I decided on. Do you think I have to much or am I missing something? I'm going to be using this for 3d Rendering, Video Editing and some Gaming (Crysis 2, Metro 2033, Battlefield 3, etc.). I was thinking about getting a Quadro 600, but that would be later on.

My budget is $1,000. And I already have two monitors, a keyboard and a mouse.

Thanks in advance for all the advice!
October 27, 2012 1:29:09 AM

whoah hold on. at this budget, getting a piledriver chip would be much better since it still a lot faster than a i5 in workstation apps.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lxjh

no video card as of now. id suggest getting the nividia k5000 instead of the quadro 6000. newer architecture and is only 1800 dollars for a kelper quadro card


or you can go intel
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October 28, 2012 12:16:30 AM

yeah but most workstations tend to use software that involve a ton of threads. if you want to get the best of both, pay up for a i7
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October 28, 2012 12:55:10 AM

Sorry, I mean't to say Quadro 600, not the 6000 (it's way too expensive for me). I would like to stay with the I5-3570k. I looked at the Tom's Hardware article about the FX-8350, it beats the 3570k in some multi-threaded apps like Blender cycles (which what I use), but in single threaded performance and most multi-threaded apps it gets beat by the 3550k.
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October 29, 2012 1:23:03 AM

Edit: I changed the processor to an I7-3770, thanks TheBigTroll. Any other advice on my build?
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October 29, 2012 7:16:38 AM

Z77 motherboards are for overclocking, so you wouldn't need one with a non-k 3770 (although it would still work of course). You can get an H77 motherboard instead and save some money there. That is what I did, got an i7-3770 and an ASrock H77m
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October 29, 2012 10:43:13 PM

EDIT: I changed the CPU to a I7-3770k and the PSU to a 750w XFX Core Edition.
I plan to overclock the 3770k to about 4.8-5.0 GHz. Those don't support quad memory. I also want the ability to expand to a workstation card on at least an x8 PCIe slot (those only have one PCie gen.3 and a gen2 at x4). But thanks your advice, it has helped me a lot so far.
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October 29, 2012 10:52:55 PM

you wont hit 4.8ghz without high end watercooling. if you can get it to that high of a overclock, good job

use the xfx xxx 750. the core is non-modular
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October 30, 2012 5:04:06 AM

I won't really mind the extra cables in the non-modular PSU, for me it's not worth the extra $15. Would I really need high-end water cooling to get to 5ghz, how hot would it get?
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October 30, 2012 9:52:16 AM

yes you will mind if you have 2 pounds of cables attached to the back of your power supply when all you use is the attached cables found on the modular unit

extremely hot. or you need a ton of volts. my i7 needs 1.18v to run 24/7 stable. for 4.6ghz, i need 1.225, 4.7 i need 1.285, and 4.8 i need 1.4v. most people just experience a temperature spike at 1.35+ v

and as far as i know, no reviewer benchmarks things with ivy bridge at 5ghz. just not viable


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October 31, 2012 8:49:47 PM

Would you suggest going to 5.0 and water cooling or should I just overclock it to 4.8ghz with the H60?
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October 31, 2012 11:48:00 PM

-there isnt much performance increase from 4.2 and 4.5ghz. or 4.5- 4.8 or 4.8- 5.0

-h60 is crap. get a noctua nh-d14. the h60 wont even let you hit 4.4ghz

-yeah. either get a noctua nh-d14 which will get you to 4.5ghz and will run nicely or go full out and get a rasa kit for 150$.


also there is no point of 5ghz other than for bragging rights on ivy bridge
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November 10, 2012 4:21:55 AM

I actually don't think I want to overclock it. I don't have the money or space for the Noctua NH-d14.
I changed a lot of stuff on the list, so that it's not too much money. It looks so much better now, thanks you guys for all the great help!
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