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November 24, 2012 3:23:02 AM

First this site is great. I learned more here at the forums then anywhere else on the web. So kudos to the community here.

My second build. Mainly for my 24HD Cintiq and photoshop, windows 8 64, dual monitor + cintiq, adobe products, over building so it will last, ordering from new egg, don't mind some overkill.

CASE - Corsair 650D (I'm set on this)

POWER SUPPLY - ? (I have no idea)

MOTHER BOARD - Asus P9X79 WS (could use some advice) (Asus seems to be recommended a lot)

CPU - Intel i7-3930k (I'm set on this)

CPU COOLER - ? (No idea, I may not overclock but I'm a believer that if a great cooler can help when you overclock why not have it for normal use, plus I'll at least have the option if I want to down the road)

RAM - Corsiar vengeance 16gb or G.SKILL Heard these mentioned a lot. (No idea but I want a lot so I can avoid a scratch disk) (plus I heard that having dual 8 is better so you can fill it up to 32 later. I have many adobe apps, music, internet, etc, running at once)

GPU - Nvida GForce 560 or lower? (I'm set on Nvida and posibly the g force series, love their product, some editing, dual cards, set up for two monitors and a cintiq, maybe I'll eventually get a third monitor since I will have a left over slot, I know it may be overkill for photoshop but I don't mind spending 200 on each graphics card.

DISK - Samsung 128 gb SSD x 3?. Heard this Samsung was reliable. I want SSD setup. (1st) OS on separate SSD, (2nd) Photoshop on another SSD and maybe other programs?, (3rd) then I'm guessing for temp files, music, etc. (4th) I generally by habit work from files from an external usb drive... should I be better off to have another SSD to work on from my computer, like a portable one? IDK. Either way I don't need too much memory right now on my computer I'm using only 44GB total on my c drive plus 3-4 externals. Rather smaller but more.

RAID CONTROLLER - Just curious what this is? I'm assuming I don't need it.

Let me know if I forget anything. Thanks in advance, Murray


November 24, 2012 3:26:34 AM

Forgot to mention;

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitors (though maybe in the future I'll get some nice rez ones. Any suggestions?

Thanks again
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November 24, 2012 5:20:52 AM

3 SSD's is pointless, cos with editing youre gonna run out of space even with 1 tb very fast. Get 1 Samsung 830 128 GB SSD and maybe a 2-3 tb hard drive. All your software goes in the SSD and all the media goes into the HDD.

For multi- monitor setups, AMD has the upper hand here. They also have a better GPGPU which is good for rendering. I recommend nothing lower than a HD 7950 if your serious with editing. If your those extremely professional types, I doubt your company would recommend you Gforce or Radeon, cos they're mainly for gaming. Possibly the Quadro or Firepro series.
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November 27, 2012 3:58:02 AM

How much power for:
(plus my final build thanks for commenting Ravyu, what do you think? I know it goes against what advice you gave but am I missing anything? Like thermal paste?)

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ATX Mid Tower (hope it all fits)
i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
p9x79 pro
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm (especially hope this FITS!!)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
(2) - EVGA SSC 02G-P4-3653-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
ASUS DRW SATA 24X DVD Burner
(2) - SSD Samsung, 830 for OS and programs, 840 for files (will not be doing heavy image editing but thanks Ravyu!)
Windows 8 pro



Which one - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200, AX750 or AX850???

I keep getting different calculations from sites anywhere from 1150 to 700.
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November 27, 2012 3:25:03 PM

murray42 said:
How much power for:
(plus my final build thanks for commenting Ravyu, what do you think? I know it goes against what advice you gave but am I missing anything? Like thermal paste?)

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ATX Mid Tower (hope it all fits)
i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor
p9x79 pro
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm (especially hope this FITS!!)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
(2) - EVGA SSC 02G-P4-3653-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
ASUS DRW SATA 24X DVD Burner
(2) - SSD Samsung, 830 for OS and programs, 840 for files (will not be doing heavy image editing but thanks Ravyu!)
Windows 8 pro



Which one - CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX1200, AX750 or AX850???

I keep getting different calculations from sites anywhere from 1150 to 700.


1200W is massive overkill. Instead of dual 650TIs, get a single 670 - you always want the single strongest GPU you can get instead of two weaker ones, doesn't matter what the uses are for. I don't get the use of extra SSDs though. You might want to consider an ATI Fire Pro as well.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($268.94 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5800 1GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1944.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 12:24 EST-0500)
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November 28, 2012 5:39:25 PM

g-unit1111 is was between three- 1200W, 850W or 750W?

Also I need to run 2 graphics cards for I will have a 3-4 monitor setup.

I'm thinking about the nhd14se2011 cooler in the future as I get familiar with overclocking. As far as ssd memory goes I work with very little need for hard-drive memory. So I will put my OS and APPS on one 128gb 830ssd and everything else on another 840ssd 128gb. I work a lot off external drives.



g-unit1111 said:
1200W is massive overkill. Instead of dual 650TIs, get a single 670 - you always want the single strongest GPU you can get instead of two weaker ones, doesn't matter what the uses are for. I don't get the use of extra SSDs though. You might want to consider an ATI Fire Pro as well.

I prefer Nvidia plus I was reading up on photoshop performance and Nvidia is recommended for PS anyways.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($268.94 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5800 1GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1944.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-27 12:24 EST-0500)

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November 28, 2012 5:53:45 PM

murray42 said:
g-unit1111 is was between three- 1200W, 850W or 750W?

Also I need to run 2 graphics cards for I will have a 3-4 monitor setup.

I'm thinking about the nhd14se2011 cooler in the future as I get familiar with overclocking. As far as ssd memory goes I work with very little need for hard-drive memory. So I will put my OS and APPS on one 128gb 830ssd and everything else on another 840ssd 128gb. I work a lot off external drives.


For dual GPUs I'd say 850W minimum, but make sure you get a quality PSU from something like Corsair or Seasonic.

You will need a cooler as the 3930K doesn't come with one (Intel assumes the people paying this much for a CPU have one already). If you want a basic cooler that doesn't cost a lot maybe try the Hyper 212 Evo, but you will need the X79 retention bracket in order for it to work, but that's only an extra $4.00.

I'd say get the SSD and HD - the SSD will fill up quickly and you don't want to load it beyond 80% capacity or risk drive slow down and failure. That's what the mass storage drive is for. It can take more punishment in terms of read - write than the SSDs can.
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November 29, 2012 1:17:45 AM

g-unit1111- Thanks a bunch. Best advice so far. Will look into a HD memory. For now I want to get up and running. I can always add it later and tweak my config.

I'm getting Corsair AX 850 or 1200? depending on what my watt usage is. I don't know why someone advised me 750 and even lower, maybe he didn't see my 2 graphics cards listed. Think I will call up Corsair and get a calculation of watts. I'm using online wattage calculations and keep getting different readings.

I thought a X79 retention bracket would be included since it's so much money to buy the processor? So two questions.

1. Should I get any X79 bracket? Any recommendations?

2. I'm purchasing Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4 Thermal Compound -4gram for the Hyper 212 Evo? Any paste recommendations, something easy to apply but also works great of course?

3. Does the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler come with it's own bracket. I'm in between this and the Evo. Only reason I didn't purchase this was it may not fit my 650D case, RAM? If I have plenty of room I may just get it. Thoughts?

Thanks

UPDATE:

Just found this retention braket. I'm assuming you have to get one compatable with the cooler.

COOLER MASTER RR-ACCY-2011-R1 Intel LGA 2011 Retention Bracket for Hyper 212 EVO & Hyper 212 Plus

g-unit1111 said:
For dual GPUs I'd say 850W minimum, but make sure you get a quality PSU from something like Corsair or Seasonic.

You will need a cooler as the 3930K doesn't come with one (Intel assumes the people paying this much for a CPU have one already). If you want a basic cooler that doesn't cost a lot maybe try the Hyper 212 Evo, but you will need the X79 retention bracket in order for it to work, but that's only an extra $4.00.

I'd say get the SSD and HD - the SSD will fill up quickly and you don't want to load it beyond 80% capacity or risk drive slow down and failure. That's what the mass storage drive is for. It can take more punishment in terms of read - write than the SSDs can.
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November 29, 2012 1:18:54 AM

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November 29, 2012 2:22:28 AM

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I'm getting Corsair AX 850 or 1200? depending on what my watt usage is. I don't know why someone advised me 750 and even lower, maybe he didn't see my 2 graphics cards listed. Think I will call up Corsair and get a calculation of watts. I'm using online wattage calculations and keep getting different readings.


750W is the bare minimum for a dual GPU setup and the cards are more energy efficient than ever. Online wattage calculators are never reliable because they don't take current hardware into effect.

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1. Should I get any X79 bracket? Any recommendations?


You can only use the one that Cooler Master makes: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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2. I'm purchasing Arctic Cooling Arctic MX-4 Thermal Compound -4gram for the Hyper 212 Evo? Any paste recommendations, something easy to apply but also works great of course?


Not needed. If you get a good fan it will come with some good thermal compound - there's no need to buy extra. Cooler Master and Noctua both include good solutions.

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3. Does the Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 140mm and 120mm SSO CPU Cooler come with it's own bracket. I'm in between this and the Evo. Only reason I didn't purchase this was it may not fit my 650D case, RAM? If I have plenty of room I may just get it. Thoughts?


Yeah the LGA 2011 version is made specifically for those CPUs. A 650D will handle one without problem, you need low profile RAM like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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