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January 14, 2013 10:24:08 PM

So, I'm looking at creating a new build over the next few weeks, well before March.
It's for Gaming, editing, programming, and everything else, plus Uni (I'm a computer science student)
I was dead set on the 3930K + the Asus Ramage IV Formula, however in the past forum, it seems the Deluxe is the better X79 board, and I thought the 3820 would be the better CPU for bang for the buck, just a bit concerned with overclocking, but I may save some money to invest in IB-E.
However, I started wondering if 1155 might be the way to go, I'm just concerned with that generation having finished, and Haswell coming out soon. Do you think Haswell would be worth it? in which case I can go for a cheaper, i5 build and invest in a high end Haswell build when the time comes.

Also, I'm able to get a couple of GTX680 +4gb for about $250 each through a deal my friend got with a store, and I'm thinking I'll just go with those.
Here's what I have, and It may be my final decision, I just wanted some opinions and possible changes :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($81.51 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($357.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($112.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.55 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2268.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 19:18 EST-0500)

Note: I'll be adding 8 Corsair SP High Performance fans to the system. 2 for the CPU cooler, 6 for the case, for maximum airflow. And I'll add a Corsair Sentry 2. I do not want an internal optical drive as I will invest in an external blu-ray optical.
January 15, 2013 1:27:59 AM

I don't think Newegg stocks that SSD anymore. The Samsung 840 series is out now.
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January 15, 2013 2:41:48 AM

thebigbug said:
I don't think Newegg stocks that SSD anymore. The Samsung 840 series is out now.


Thank you for the reply, but I'd like an opinion on the build itself :) 
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January 15, 2013 2:52:21 AM

Sorry, I'm not too updated on the X79 line. xD

I wouldn't worry too much about the 3820. Unless you NEED 6 cores or would like to overclock much above 4.5GHz, I think you'll be fine.
In this review, he managed to get the clock up to 4.6 with an FSB boost. http://www.techspot.com/review/492-intel-core-i7-3820/p...

It looks good from what I can tell. Wish I could say more, but I can't...
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January 15, 2013 2:53:46 AM

Dont bother with the i7-3820, actually performs worse than a 3770k and cant fully overclock. For an X79 build you want to go the full ante and get a 3930k.

The PSU seems a bit under-powered and overkill at the same time. I question whether the Platinum efficiency is worth it.
For a build like this, I would recommend an 850W PSU.
Seasonic-X 850W, 80+ Gold fully modular. $170 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD doesnt have any well priced 2TB drives right now, Seagate has a much cheaper 2TB drive thats just as good.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Much cheaper, lower profile and more upgradable RAM.
G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get the Quiet edition fans over the Performance fans, airflow isn't going to be an issue with this build. Also dont bother replacing the Noctua fans, no doubt in my mind they are better than the Corsairs.
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January 15, 2013 2:57:56 AM

If you're waiting for around March anyway, might as well wait for the 4th generation of Intel CPUs, and LGA1150 boards.

I personally don't see much reason to get the i7-3820, it's not much different from the 3770K other than it's on a different socket with more expensive motherboards.
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January 15, 2013 2:59:09 AM

manshiny said:
So, I'm looking at creating a new build over the next few weeks, well before March.
It's for Gaming, editing, programming, and everything else, plus Uni (I'm a computer science student)
I was dead set on the 3930K + the Asus Ramage IV Formula, however in the past forum, it seems the Deluxe is the better X79 board, and I thought the 3820 would be the better CPU for bang for the buck, just a bit concerned with overclocking, but I may save some money to invest in IB-E.
However, I started wondering if 1155 might be the way to go, I'm just concerned with that generation having finished, and Haswell coming out soon. Do you think Haswell would be worth it? in which case I can go for a cheaper, i5 build and invest in a high end Haswell build when the time comes.

Also, I'm able to get a couple of GTX680 +4gb for about $250 each through a deal my friend got with a store, and I'm thinking I'll just go with those.
Here's what I have, and It may be my final decision, I just wanted some opinions and possible changes :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($81.51 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($357.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($112.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($187.85 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.55 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2268.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-14 19:18 EST-0500)

Note: I'll be adding 8 Corsair SP High Performance fans to the system. 2 for the CPU cooler, 6 for the case, for maximum airflow. And I'll add a Corsair Sentry 2. I do not want an internal optical drive as I will invest in an external blu-ray optical.





i would prefer
graphic card=gtx 690(better performance than 2 670 4gb sli plus less power and space requirements)
ssd=840pro 256gb(five year warranty and much better in performance)
ram=2x8gb(if you go with 3770k), otherwise it is right.
either choose 3930k six cores or go for 3770k (3770k is almost equal in performance with 3960x extreme in threading applications and much better in gaming)



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January 15, 2013 3:00:18 AM

I agree with excella. I would only get the 3820 if the PCI-e lanes were necessary or if I planned to upgrade the CPU later on.
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January 15, 2013 3:09:51 AM

sunnyday731 said:
i would prefer
graphic card=gtx 690(better performance than 2 670 4gb sli plus less power and space requirements)

He's getting x2 680 for $250 each amounting to $500 compared to the 690's ~$1k; and no, an SLI 670/680 would perform pretty much on par(if not better) than a 690.
Not to mention, that 4gb VRAM on the 690 is a scam. The card is basically an underclocked 680 2gb in SLI, so there's only actually 2gb of VRAM usable.
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January 15, 2013 4:21:54 AM

I'd wait till march, but knowing manufacturers, they may end up releasing april or even may, and I'd need to wait another 2 or 3 months for the full selection of Graphic cards. I really need a new PC within the next month or two. I was thinking of going with the 3820 for now, and grabbing a new IB-E CPU when those come out.
OTherwise, good advice. I'll take it all into consideration.

Any other opinions?
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January 15, 2013 4:25:20 AM

manofchalk said:
Dont bother with the i7-3820, actually performs worse than a 3770k and cant fully overclock. For an X79 build you want to go the full ante and get a 3930k.

The PSU seems a bit under-powered and overkill at the same time. I question whether the Platinum efficiency is worth it.
For a build like this, I would recommend an 850W PSU.
Seasonic-X 850W, 80+ Gold fully modular. $170 ($20 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD doesnt have any well priced 2TB drives right now, Seagate has a much cheaper 2TB drive thats just as good.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Much cheaper, lower profile and more upgradable RAM.
G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get the Quiet edition fans over the Performance fans, airflow isn't going to be an issue with this build. Also dont bother replacing the Noctua fans, no doubt in my mind they are better than the Corsairs.


I was thinking the same thing with the Power supply. Are the new premium class worth it? I was thinking if I'm going high end, migh as well throw in the best.
I chose the WD HDD cause I'm a WD fanboy, but I'll look into the Seagate ones :) 
Also, I'm not huge on G.Skill ram. Mushkin or Corsair seem like respectable choices, but I shall keep looking around :) 

I wanted to choose the High Performance to get maximum airflow into my PC, and I head the Corsair SP series is on par with the noctua fans, plus I absolutely hate how the noctua ones look.
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January 15, 2013 4:28:04 AM

excella1221 said:
He's getting x2 680 for $250 each amounting to $500 compared to the 690's ~$1k; and no, an SLI 670/680 would perform pretty much on par(if not better) than a 690.
Not to mention, that 4gb VRAM on the 690 is a scam. The card is basically an underclocked 680 2gb in SLI, so there's only actually 2gb of VRAM usable.


I was thinking the exact same thing, I'd never invest in the 690, it looks over priced.
Also, I was thinking similar with the new CPU's and GPU's coming out apparently in march, but I don't trust their dates, and they could release later than expected, plus I'd need to wait awhile for their full range of CPUs and GPUs.

I'm quite keen on the GTX780 though, apparently it's twice as powerful as a 580.
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January 15, 2013 4:40:17 AM

You'v got a case with no side window, does it matter how the fans look? :lol: 

Premium class?
Also Seasonic is the best you can get, the reason why Corsair and XFX are recommended is because they are mostly just re-branded Seasonic designs and workmanship.

If you want to stick with Corsair RAM.
Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2x8GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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