Current build is dying, and that forces me to buy a new PC slightly earlier than planned.
I feel like I don't have the time to build my own confidence in this PC before I need the build itself.
Hoping you can help!
Component compatibility is my biggest concern.
Digital studio workstation for 3D rendering, video, audio (and games):
Processor: Intel® Core i7-3970X Extreme Socket-LGA2011, 6-Core, 3.5GHz, 15MB, 150W, Boxed, no fan included
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower II, Socket-2011
RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600MHz 32GB, Kit w/4x8GB XMS3 DHX, CL10-10-10-27, for Intel P67/Z68 and X79,1.5v
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz 6GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0, "VAPOR-X GHz Edition", DL-DVI-I+DL-DVI-D, HDMI, 2xmini-DP
Hard Drive: Samsung SSD 840 PROSeries 256GB 2.5" OEM Basic Kit, MDX controller, 540/520MB/s read/write
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra Tower
Power supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler, Socket 775/1155/1156/1366, AM2/AM2+/AM3, 1300 RPM, 110,3 m³/h, 19,8 dBA
( + Noctua NT-H1 thermal paste)
DVD burner: ASUS BW-12B1ST, Blu-Ray Writer SATA, BD-R:12x, BD-R DL: 8x, DVD±R: 8x, Cyberlink BD Suite, 3D support, Retail
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate EN, OEM, 64bit, SP1 (I need Japanese input. Win 8 can come later.)
3D Mouse: 3Dconnexion SpaceNavigator, USB
Will these components work together?
Will the cooler physically interfere with the RAM on this MB?
Do I need to buy an SSD 2.5" to 3.5" bracket and screws for the OS SSD?
Do I need to buy a separate Noctua NM-I2011 Mounting-Kit?
PC will not utilize PCIe 3.0. Too bad; my 2007 Pentium-D is dying and I need to upgrade soon. Original plan was to wait for Ivy Bridge six-core CPU (autumn 2013?).
PC will not have CUDA - but 6GB VRAM more important for fitting scenes in memory for HW render.
PC will be noisier than I could wish for, especially for audio production. Long cables and putting the PC away from the engineering sweet spot might help.
CPU ridiculously overpriced. I want a dual Xeon but can't afford a system with fast enough cores, so unless there's a better place to put the money I'll pout and go with the 3970X, for whatever single-digit percentage increase it gives.
Key software I use and already have licenses for:
Lightwave 3D w/F-prime, G2
Components I already have:
2TB and 3TB storage disks
Keyboard & mouse
Shitty speakers (upgrading to professional active monitors and sound card as soon as I've earned the cash)
Intentions down the road:
Four graphics cards for hardware 3D rendering (OpenCL, not CUDA)
128GB RAM (need 16GB sticks? MB has 8 slots. Current 32GB set will be discarded.)
Overclocking to get the most out of the CPU and graphics cards while rendering.
I want to build this PC to last. My previous build was a P4 3Ghz from 2003. It died last year.
My current rig is a Pentium-D hand-me-down from a friend. I had hoped it would last until Q4 this year, but no such luck.
Really hoping this list will make a stable production machine, but I'm sure I've made mistakes.
Please let me know what looks wrong to you!