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January 4, 2013 3:25:28 PM

Can I make this build any cheaper? while still keeping a good level of performance and quality? I'm going to be using it for video editing and intense 3d rendering


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vFgF
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.15 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 4000 2GB Video Card ($699.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2298.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 4, 2013 5:32:00 PM

get an i7 3820. Cut out the liquid cooler and go for a cheaper air cooler. You don't need an 850w psu. Go for a 600 or 700. I assume you are a professional, this doesn't look like a build for a hobby. A warning about the i7 I suggested, it isn't that much weaker, but you might be able to render just a little faster with the one you have picked out. So you could get more money with the one you have. But those were the areas I found it easiest to cut out on.
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January 4, 2013 5:38:13 PM

a 3770k is faster and uses less power then the 3820. 1155 mb's are also $100 cheaper.
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January 5, 2013 12:05:18 AM

sorry, I am going to have to go to a different forum. I Need the CPU I chose because its the only INTEl CPU that has 6 Cores and doesn't cost more than $1000, the Ram I need for Rendering, and I need that big motherboard so I can upgrade this later.

i'll ask under the Workstation Forum in TomsHardware.
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January 5, 2013 12:21:57 AM

he asked how he could make it cheaper. then got mad when people made suggestions. funny. let me magically make that 3930K cheaper for you!
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January 5, 2013 1:50:54 AM

jonjonjon said:
he asked how he could make it cheaper. then got mad when people made suggestions. funny. let me magically make that 3930K cheaper for you!



don't be absurd, I pretty sure that when I buy a Gaming Computer your advice will be greatly appreciated. But right now work comes first.

If you know anybody that has worked with high end Workstations please let me know.
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January 5, 2013 2:46:43 AM

TheCheeseling said:
don't be absurd, I pretty sure that when I buy a Gaming Computer your advice will be greatly appreciated. But right now work comes first.

If you know anybody that has worked with high end Workstations please let me know.

All the people above have given sound advice. In terms of the CPU, the only other option cheaper than the 3930k is the i7 3770k and the i7 3820. The i7 3770k is a very capable CPU for editing and 3D rendering. It's extremely powerful. It isn't as powerful as the 3930k, but it'll get the job done. Also, just to clarify, the i7 3770k isn't a gaming CPU. The i5 3570k would fit that category far better. Hyperthreading actually tends to cause gaming performance to suffer.

To save money, you could exchange that useless fisher price all in one cooler for something that will perform just as good and is far quieter. I would suggest the Noctua NH D14.

You could also drop the PSU down to a 750w and still have plenty of room for upgrades. To be honest, a 550w PSU could easily handle this setup. But this would be assuming that you aren't going to add upgrades in the future. Therefore, a 750w PSU would be optimal. Just make sure it is 80+ certified and manufactured by a reputable brand such as the one you picked. XFX is a great brand.

You could also save a few dollars by switching out the motherboard for the ASRock X79 Extreme4.

If you want to save even more money, you could switch your case out for something cheaper as well. The Cooler Master HAF 912 would be an excellent option. If you do get that case, I would suggest you grab 2 200mm Cooler Master Megaflow fans for optimal ventilation.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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January 5, 2013 12:19:24 PM

Thank you all, I have gone over everything and I think that you all have given me great advice.

I've decided to stay with the 3930k because I'll need all of the power I can get.
the Motherboard i'm going to have to stick with because its going to give me those extra RAM slots for Upgrading
i'm changing the PSU to a EVGA SuperNOVA 650W, is anybody against that?
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January 5, 2013 5:18:44 PM

Best answer selected by TheCheeseling.
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