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New computer build that needs to be refined.

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November 9, 2012 3:29:52 AM

Hey, I'm new to this forum and relatively new to building pcs so I thought I would create this thread so that more knowledge people such as your selves could educate me more about this subject :p . I have a list of components here that I would like to start ordering soon if you think everything is in order. Any advice, help or corrections would be greatly appreciated! The computer will be used for heavy 3d design, photoshop, editing, and other work related programs as well as games on the side. The budget is roughly 2600 USD so I would like to stay within that if at all possible for what I want to achieve with this system. Here are the components:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932-160
CPU: i7 3930k-550
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2gb-450
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA-250
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB-140
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
SSD:intel 510 250gb sata III-204
Monitor: ASUS ML239H-200
Air cooling for CPU: CORSAIR Hydro Series h80-80
Power supply: Corsair enthusiast series tx750 v2 750w-110

Let me know what you think!

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November 9, 2012 3:47:19 AM

Drop the H80.
Closed loop water coolers such as the Hxx series are matched and sometimes even outperformed by decent air coolers like the Silver Arrow and NH-D14.

I suggest getting the Samsung 830 256gb SSD instead. Much better performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16gb is what you will usually just need, but if you think 32gb would serve you better, sure. Make sure it's CL9.

The 680 is an overpriced card, it's only a 5% increase in performance from the 670; you're basically paying ~$100 for that. Also, if your gaming is only on the side, you probably won't need such high-end cards anyway.
November 10, 2012 11:41:42 PM

Alright how does this look? Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932-160
CPU: i7 3930k-550
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N680OC-2GD GeForce GTX 680-480
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4 LGA-250
Ram: G.SKILL 16GB (2 x 8G)-60
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
SSD: SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB-180
Monitor: ASUS ML239H-200, lg ultra wide-?
Air cooling for CPU: Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600-30
Power supply: Corsair enthusiast series tx750 v2 750w- 110

And other people who are gamers will use this comp too that being the reason for the 680!
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November 10, 2012 11:51:34 PM

You're still on the 680.
Like I stated in the above post, you are paying ~$100 for a mere 5% increase in performance from the 670. It's not worth it.

Another card to consider is the 7970/GHz, which outperforms both cards.
November 11, 2012 1:14:31 AM

It's not a 5% increase if its a non reference card though, those stats are based of the referenced cards am I right? And the difference between price and performance seems to be quite big between the 670 and the 680 when you start getting into non r cards. I could be totally wrong but that's just the opinion I seem to have formed while researching this question. Thanks! Also if the other people that are using the computer are very very into games, would it not pay off to have that extra 5%?
November 11, 2012 2:44:19 AM

No, it's still 5%. That only applies if you're gonna compare a non-reference 680 to a reference 670.

If the difference is 5% and you're paying ~$100 for it, no I don't believe it's worth paying the extra cost. Also, it's easy to OC a 670 beyond the stock 680.
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