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December 20, 2012 6:21:24 PM

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

My budget was originally 3K, but adding everything I wanted put the rig to 4K. I'm considering changing the i7 3930k and Sabertooth x79 to an i5 3570k and a ASRock Z77 Extreme6 to shave off $500 since I don't think I'll see any speed improvements between the two.

Any comments or suggestions?

This computer will primarily be used for programming and system administration, but I want it to be 3D Surround capable. I don't think there are any games or applications I use that will take advantage of hyperthreading or more than 4 cores. That's why I don't think the i7 6 core is worth getting over the i5, but I could be wrong. I chose the 24 inch monitors over 27 inch monitors because the pixel spacing on 27 inch 1080 monitors is annoying to me. Since 3D surround can't go higher than 1080P, I decided to go with 24 inch monitors.

A lot of the apps I use rely heavily on a single core, so I am also planing on overclocking it to 4.5 GB. The cooler I plan on getting is not on that list.



LGA 2011 Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($323.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($177.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Das Keyboard Model S Professional Wired Standard Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $4204.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 15:49 EST-0500)





LGA 1155 Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($177.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Das Keyboard Model S Professional Wired Standard Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3690.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 15:52 EST-0500)

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December 20, 2012 6:34:41 PM

^ What he said
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December 20, 2012 6:50:06 PM

sorry about that, I though everyone could see that list. I fixed it.
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December 20, 2012 6:56:04 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Your link doesn't work. Either use PC Part Picker or list the parts individually.

You might want to consider a 27" high res monitor like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Yamakasi-Catleap-Q270-27-LE...



I would love that, but 3D Surround wouldn't work with that. AMD's HD3D would work with a higher res monitor though. I might consider the HD3D route.
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December 20, 2012 7:04:05 PM

I would go with AMD 7970 anyway, TBH. I hear screens compatible with AMD are harder to find but I don't think it's a problem unless you're constantly replacing your screens.
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December 20, 2012 7:13:34 PM

The LGA 1155 route looks a lot saner - I just have a few comments:

1) Why an Extreme 6? Wouldn't an Extreme 4 suit your needs better?

2) 16 GB of ram is overkill - with battlefield 3, GIMP, and 20 tabs open in chrome all at once, my computer doesn't even hit 7GB, and that's without a page file.

3) Unless you really really really NEED 3TB of storage, I'd get a Black, instead of a Green. It's faster and has a better warranty.

4) I'd consider getting 670s instead. The 680 is only 5% faster, and it's $100 more expensive. Just a thought, but I've never seen the 680s as a good option.

5) Nice pick on the monitors - I have one of those and love it to death. That being said, you got the ones without the IR emitter - if you're looking for that, then you want the -TX model.

6) I know a lot of people are in love with their Das Keyboards, but I personally don't care for the look. I'd check out Leopold and WSAD. (I got a completely blank Leopold with MX Browns, picked up white arrows, wsad, and esc keys, and am loving it to death.)

The above are mostly suggestions - you've got a rather beastly rig there.
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December 20, 2012 7:20:59 PM

DarkSable said:
The LGA 1155 route looks a lot saner - I just have a few comments:

1) Why an Extreme 6? Wouldn't an Extreme 4 suit your needs better?

2) 16 GB of ram is overkill - with battlefield 3, GIMP, and 20 tabs open in chrome all at once, my computer doesn't even hit 7GB, and that's without a page file.

3) Unless you really really really NEED 3TB of storage, I'd get a Black, instead of a Green. It's faster and has a better warranty.

4) I'd consider getting 670s instead. The 680 is only 5% faster, and it's $100 more expensive. Just a thought, but I've never seen the 680s as a good option.

5) Nice pick on the monitors - I have one of those and love it to death. That being said, you got the ones without the IR emitter - if you're looking for that, then you want the -TX model.

6) I know a lot of people are in love with their Das Keyboards, but I personally don't care for the look. I'd check out Leopold and WSAD. (I got a completely blank Leopold with MX Browns, picked up white arrows, wsad, and esc keys, and am loving it to death.)

The above are mostly suggestions - you've got a rather beastly rig there.


Thank you very much for your suggestions, I'll address each one.

1) Why an Extreme 6? Wouldn't an Extreme 4 suit your needs better?
Yes it will, I'll make that change.

2) 16 GB of ram is overkill - with battlefield 3, GIMP, and 20 tabs open in chrome all at once, my computer doesn't even hit 7GB, and that's without a page file.
I do RAM heavy, not CPU heavy OS virtualization and load large files into ram when working with data. 8GB won't be enough. My current system has 6 GB and I'm constantly running out of RAM.

3) Unless you really really really NEED 3TB of storage, I'd get a Black, instead of a Green. It's faster and has a better warranty.
I do need 3TB. I have a lot of data I want access to without hitting my network drive on this PC. Speed is not important at all for this amount of storage. Games, programs and working data will be on the SSD. The hard drive will only be for backup and storage. I actually already have this hard drive in my current system. It's honestly faster than I expected. One option is to pu the 2 TB Black hard drive in the system and use the 3 TB green drive as another backup drive on one of my servers. Are the blacks honestly that much faster?

4) I'd consider getting 670s instead. The 680 is only 5% faster, and it's $100 more expensive. Just a thought, but I've never seen the 680s as a good option.
Thanks, I'll make that change as well.

5) Nice pick on the monitors - I have one of those and love it to death. That being said, you got the ones without the IR emitter - if you're looking for that, then you want the -TX model.
With three monitors running on 3D Vision, wouldn't I only need one with the IR emitter? Or will the 3D vision even use the monitor's IR emitter?

6) I know a lot of people are in love with their Das Keyboards, but I personally don't care for the look. I'd check out Leopold and WSAD. (I got a completely blank Leopold with MX Browns, picked up white arrows, wsad, and esc keys, and am loving it to death.)
I'll take a look into that. I don't know much about keyboards, I'm just sure I want a quality cherry brown.
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December 20, 2012 7:51:31 PM

LGA 1155 Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($168.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($177.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($516.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ XL2420T 120Hz 24.0" Monitor ($398.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Das Keyboard Model S Professional Wired Standard Keyboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $3690.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 15:52 EST-0500)


This build is perfect no changes needed, enjoy!
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December 29, 2012 11:05:36 PM

Best answer selected by rs2k.
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