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December 16, 2012 3:04:23 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking to do a massive upgrade from my Dell XPS 430, and I'd like your input.

First off, let me say that I know this is overkill, however I'm wanting to build for the future as well. Time has passed my dell by, and it's past the point of upgrades to keep it wiht the times. With this build, I hope to have the capability to slowly upgrade as (if) needed, step by step.


The Info:
Approximate Purchase Date: Flexible -- next few weeks, or if there is something on the horizon, I can consider waiting.

Budget Range: $3000 ish USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: WOW, other gaming, CNC, Television recording / watching, browsing, occasional .net programming

(CNC Software link:http://www.vectric.com/support/VCarvePro/V6/tutorials_i...)

Are you buying a monitor: No. Currently have, and will retain 3 monitors


SSD will get Win, system utilities, game binaries.
existing HDD will supplement = Media files etc...

Do you need to buy OS: Am planning on Win 7 Pro. (Terminal Services Server is not in Win 7 Home)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: flexible, have used newegg in the past.

Location: Portland Oregon Area

Parts Preferences: if you have recomendations, I'm very willing to listen

Overclocking: after the System has burned in awhile

SLI or Crossfire: This build is SLI Capable

Your Monitor Resolution: 3@ 1920 x1080

The Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($379.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($374.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Azza Genesis 9000 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full (32/64-bit) ($249.95 @ Amazon)
Other: Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 PCI Express X1 or X16 slot
Total: $3057.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 11:40 EST-0500)


The Nuances of the build:

From the Top:

CPU: Yes, it's an i7, and that's over kill,
however I'm going with that to future proof,
get a Motherboard which allows 64G Ram

MotherBoard:
I've always been intrigued by RAID, but I don't trust the SSD's in Raid 0.

Memory:
Again, anoter overkill, however I'm planning on creating a RamDisk (50ishG) to run temp files, and the app of the month. (WOW, VCarve, etc)

Sound: looks like the Motherboard will have 5.1 no problem for me.

Storage:
6 SSD's Raid 10 to load the Ramdisk image quickly at boot.
Keeping my current 7200 Hitachi HDD (Sata2) for media and SSD backups

Video: pushing 3 monitors = 2 cards. (At least I didn't get 2 of the 690's)

Case: Here's one that I've been battling with... I've been trying to find a case that my cat can lie down on top of, as it's become his favorite place to hang out when I'm in the office. I'm thinking that the louvered top vents, plus the push fans will keep Cat hair out.

Summary:
Yes, I know this is a wall of text, and I appreciate your making it through it all. Overall, again, I know it's overkill, but as I said, I'm wanting to future proof and I think this fits that bill. Consider any comments on "you don't need" as acknowleged, but I'm looking more for the "that won't work" or "watch out for this" on the build, or even a "this will be better".

Thanks all,
Auro


December 16, 2012 3:13:53 PM

There's no such thing as future proof. Don't waste your money. Use half now, half in 2-3 years and you're much better off ;) 
December 16, 2012 3:19:36 PM

Do you have suggestions on which half to do now?

:D 

Auro
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December 16, 2012 3:28:03 PM

$1500 should buy a system with i5-3570K and XFire HD7950 with 3 GB VRAM for your multiscreen layout. Anything more is total overkill. Invest the other $1500 in interest and you'll have over $1700 to spend in 2-3 years for a system overhaul.

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December 16, 2012 3:34:10 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1453.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 12:33 EST-0500)
December 16, 2012 3:40:23 PM

FinneousPJ said:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1453.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 12:33 EST-0500)

Good build with similar performance, if you feel the need, get a 2x8GB set of RAM and another SSD but this is a very upgradable build
December 16, 2012 3:46:51 PM

PoplicoMan said:
Good build with similar performance, if you feel the need, get a 2x8GB set of RAM and another SSD but this is a very upgradable build



Actually, that was exactly what I was parting out as you replied. :D  (Actually I guess I was pulling in another 2x4G of ram)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1562.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-16 12:44 EST-0500)
December 16, 2012 4:15:29 PM

Obviously tweak the build to your liking. Point is, $3k is silly ;) 

What you posted there - with the tweaks - will be a great build for the next couple of years. Then, IF you feel it's getting insufficient, you still have the rest of your budget in the bank.
December 16, 2012 4:36:49 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Obviously tweak the build to your liking. Point is, $3k is silly ;) 

What you posted there - with the tweaks - will be a great build for the next couple of years. Then, IF you feel it's getting insufficient, you still have the rest of your budget in the bank.



But it was such a cool :bounce:  MONDO :bounce:  setup.

And my wife was willing to consider it, :o  until I read her yoour response.

Thanks for your input. A few tweaks here and there (i.e. I forgot Bluray in my initial setup) and I'll be good to go.

December 16, 2012 4:40:19 PM

Give him a best answer cuz.. well he just saved you a ton of money and pretty much get you similar performance
December 16, 2012 4:42:17 PM

Best answer selected by Auro.
December 16, 2012 4:43:37 PM

PoplicoMan said:
Give him a best answer cuz.. well he just saved you a ton of money and pretty much get you similar performance


Guess that's what I get for being a youngster... Missed that button until you pointed it out.

Thx.
December 16, 2012 4:49:27 PM

Auro said:
But it was such a cool :bounce:  MONDO :bounce:  setup.

And my wife was willing to consider it, :o  until I read her yoour response.

Thanks for your input. A few tweaks here and there (i.e. I forgot Bluray in my initial setup) and I'll be good to go.

I know what you mean, it's easy to get carried away choosing the most awesome parts. But a reality check is good ;) 

Cheers
December 16, 2012 5:19:38 PM

Personally I would spend the extra $130 and get an i7-3770k processor. And memory is cheap enough now, I'd go with 16gb instead of 8gb.

It all depends what you're using a computer for. Mostly gaming? i5 is perfect. But if you are doing video editing you will appreciate the extra speed of the i7. Also personally, I would get Windows 7 Pro instead of 8. W8 is not as good for desktops in my opinion, it's more for mobile devices.
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