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November 15, 2012 6:10:50 PM

Here are my specs, use list in order of importance: illustration, graphic design, 3d animation and design, gaming, email web surfing whatever. Date of purchase: in the next two weeks. Here's the system so far, let me know what you think!

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel-130
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970 3GB-380
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram: G.SKILL 32gb (4 x 8G) -120
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
SSD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series-180
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: COUGAR COUGAR-GX700 700W ATX12V-110

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I was also thinking about a Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen monitor but I am not sure because of the price....
November 15, 2012 8:41:55 PM

Everything looks good except the PSU - Cougar is not one of the more reliable brands out there. Go with a Seasonic, Corsair, or PC Power & Cooling instead. Otherwise I'd say go for it.
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November 15, 2012 11:32:39 PM

I agree with g-unit. Another thing I would change is the GPU. For a few bucks more go with the Sapphire 7970 GHz Vapor-X. Has better performance due to it being the GHz (factory overclocked) edition and having the amazing Vapor-X cooler on it. This allows for better overclocks which equal better performance :D 
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November 15, 2012 11:59:54 PM

Alright thanks guys, I switched to a 800 w psu because I want some room for expand ability in the next year or so as more money flows in. I also cut down on ram because if I find the need for more ill just buy some more later. I also updated the amd 7970 to a different model with the saved money because of a suggestion from poltergiest (thanks). Here's the system: Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel-130
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970-430
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)-70
Hard drive: seagate barracuda st300 3t-150
SSD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series-180
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS800-80GAD3-160

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November 16, 2012 12:12:02 AM

One more little thing to change, the power supply is still crap. Unless you are getting a 500W and below power supply, Cooler Master isn't the best. Try Corsair's HX850. They go for around $160 and can't be beat. Also, OCZ makes some nice SSDs but the Samsung 830 series is a great choice. Their 256GB version goes for somewhere in the neighborhood of $190. A bit cheaper and slightly (not noticeably) slower than yours. Another personal preference of mine is Western Digital hard drives. They just seem of higher quality. Try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It uses a feature called Intellipower which adjusts the speed of the hard drive to conserve energy and such. Also cheaper than your 3TB.
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November 16, 2012 12:31:24 AM

Poltregeist said:
One more little thing to change, the power supply is still crap. Unless you are getting a 500W and below power supply, Cooler Master isn't the best. Try Corsair's HX850. They go for around $160 and can't be beat. Also, OCZ makes some nice SSDs but the Samsung 830 series is a great choice. Their 256GB version goes for somewhere in the neighborhood of $190. A bit cheaper and slightly (not noticeably) slower than yours. Another personal preference of mine is Western Digital hard drives. They just seem of higher quality. Try this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It uses a feature called Intellipower which adjusts the speed of the hard drive to conserve energy and such. Also cheaper than your 3TB.

Alright here's the system build, I think I am going to keep my ssd though, I have had experience with the company before. It's more of a personal preference rather than performance or cost sensitive subject. Thanks for the suggestion though. I did change my hard drive though thanks for the advice! And I took your advice on the power supply, it seems great!

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel-130
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970-430
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)-70
Hard drive: Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower -150
SSD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series-180
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W-150

Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen-740 optional
2010 without monitor, with monitor 2750
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November 16, 2012 12:40:02 AM

Looks good! If you have to save money for one reason or another, make sure you change to an i7-3770k and Asus P8Z77-V PRO. They would be right behind the 3930k in performance. Also, try getting the LP (low profile) version of your RAM so they can fit under your cooler. The current heatsinks on them are mad high and will conflict with the D14.
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November 16, 2012 12:50:09 AM

Wallywaiting said:
Alright here's the system build, I think I am going to keep my ssd though, I have had experience with the company before. It's more of a personal preference rather than performance or cost sensitive subject. Thanks for the suggestion though. I did change my hard drive though thanks for the advice! And I took your advice on the power supply, it seems great!

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel-130
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970-430
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)-70
Hard drive: Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower -150
SSD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series-180
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W-150

Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen-740 optional
2010 without monitor, with monitor 2750


cutting it down further more. better components for cheaper

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nTd8

-cheaper and better monitor
-4x8gb is better than dual channel. x79 is for quad channel operation
-the R4 is a lot cheaper and is better in about anything
-seagate drives are cheaper and faster. why not?
-cheaper power supply but is just as good
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November 16, 2012 1:12:09 AM

Thanks for all the help man! That s awesome, I'll consider the i7 3770k if the budget gente tight, we will see how to goes haha. And thanks for the heads up about the ram, I'll change it right away! Hurray!
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November 16, 2012 1:19:52 AM

Wallywaiting said:
Thanks for all the help man! That s awesome, I'll consider the i7 3770k if the budget gente tight, we will see how to goes haha. And thanks for the heads up about the ram, I'll change it right away! Hurray!


No problem! If you went with the 3770k it would save you $220 on the CPU, and $100 on the mobo. So without really sacrificing performance too much, you save $320!
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November 16, 2012 6:43:32 PM

Wallywaiting said:
Alright here's the system build, I think I am going to keep my ssd though, I have had experience with the company before. It's more of a personal preference rather than performance or cost sensitive subject. Thanks for the suggestion though. I did change my hard drive though thanks for the advice! And I took your advice on the power supply, it seems great!

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R White Steel-130
CPU: i7 3930k-540
GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100351VXSR Radeon HD 7970-430
Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS-300
Ram:CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)-70
Hard drive: Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower -150
SSD: OCZ Technology 256GB Vertex 4 Series-180
Air cooling for CPU: noctua d14-80
Power supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W-150

Dell UltraSharp U2711 27-inch Widescreen-740 optional
2010 without monitor, with monitor 2750


That looks a lot better. I definitely agree about the Vapor X - excellent GPU choice.

Also if you're working with a D14 - make sure that Vengeance RAM you get is low profile. Otherwise you will run into installation problems.
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November 16, 2012 6:54:37 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks a lot better. I definitely agree about the Vapor X - excellent GPU choice.

Also if you're working with a D14 - make sure that Vengeance RAM you get is low profile. Otherwise you will run into installation problems.


Thanks! And what do you mean by low profile? Is that a specific type of ram? Is there any performance cut? Thanks and sorry that sounds nooby haha

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November 16, 2012 7:04:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That looks a lot better. I definitely agree about the Vapor X - excellent GPU choice.

Also if you're working with a D14 - make sure that Vengeance RAM you get is low profile. Otherwise you will run into installation problems.


In an earlier post I warned him about the RAM height. I think he got the LP version but can't be sure.
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November 16, 2012 7:05:44 PM

Wallywaiting said:
Thanks! And what do you mean by low profile? Is that a specific type of ram? Is there any performance cut? Thanks and sorry that sounds nooby haha


Low profile RAM is just the same base unit as lets say the Corsair Vengeance, minus the HUGE heat fins at the top. Instead these heat spreaders are moved to the side. This does not impact performance at all. Some people just like the look :p 

Here is the low profile version of the RAM you want to get: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 19, 2012 2:56:09 AM

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