How does this build look to you guys

My other thread seems to have been lost, but Im just wondering...

Here Is what I have selected for this build. Anything I should change before I start placing orders? I'm going to be doing heavy gaming and Rendering along with some 3d modeling and probably some music notation things. (Will be using Poser Debut 10 and Finale 2012, as well as Stencyl. Games include BF 3, Skyrim, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Minecraft, Total War Shogun 2, Total War Rome, WoW, SWTOR, TF2, and MANY others)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xYRg
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  1. That motherboard is socket 2011 so wont work with your 1155 processor .

    Why Pay $700 more for equal performance??

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZz4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZz4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xZz4/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($479.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1563.61
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 21:04 EST-0500)
  2. I'd get a 670 instead of a 680. The 680 is only 5% faster (3% after overclocks), but it's $100 more... that's not really worth it.

    I'd also consider getting an i5, depending on how much you render, since gaming doesn't benefit whatsoever from an i7.
    You could also get a 550w power supply and be fine, but that's no worry.

    (And going off of camo's build, do you need two blu-ray readers? That seems like a waste. Same thing for Windows 8 Professional - I'd get windows 7 home premium for $80 - there's not a big difference between the versions besides price.)
  3. if you will over clock a lot get a better cooler
  4. DarkSable said:
    I'd get a 670 instead of a 680. The 680 is only 5% faster (3% after overclocks), but it's $100 more... that's not really worth it.

    I'd also consider getting an i5, depending on how much you render, since gaming doesn't benefit whatsoever from an i7.
    You could also get a 550w power supply and be fine, but that's no worry.

    (And going off of camo's build, do you need two blu-ray readers? That seems like a waste. Same thing for Windows 8 Professional - I'd get windows 7 home premium for $80 - there's not a big difference between the versions besides price.)


    He wanted a dvd and a blu ray, might as well make it 2x blu rays for an extra $10? . Yes, and get windows 7.
  5. Hadnt noticed i used two blu rays. my bad. Plus, I will not be overclocking. Im also sort of a nub to computers, myself being 18, but I will be going to college for computer science. What does it mean, if you dont mind explaining, the socket thing with the motherboard?
  6. Your motherboard in your build was X79, correct? Thats a socket 2011 mobo. You need a Z77/H77 mobo for your build.
  7. 2 words of advise, do what camohanna said his build looks nice. windows 7 is the best operating system to date, so go with it.
  8. Ehhh... Im kind of a fan of windows 8... IVe had it on this touch screen laptop for 6 months and I sort of love it. Whats the main difference?
  9. But you will have no touch screen... It makes it difficult and some programs are having issues running on windows 8. Its totally up to you but i suggest windows 7 .
  10. I personally prefer 8, but i guess OS is really an opinion thing. I went through the pc part picker that you showed me, and here is what I built. I think its pretty much the same thing, but I changed the processor and RAM. I havnt decided on a motherboard yet.

    CPU Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core $499.99
    CPU Cooler Scythe SCSMZ-2100 55.5 CFM $29.98
    Memory Corsair Dominator 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $144.99
    Storage Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" SSD $137.98
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM $135.98
    Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM $135.98
    Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB $559.99
    Case NZXT Phantom 820 (Grey) ATX Full Tower $239.99
    Power Supply Corsair 860W ATX12V / EPS12V $235.98
    Optical Drive LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $45.98
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) $137.99
  11. No need for a 3930k lol, a 3770k will do you fine in combo with a asrock extreme4
  12. Hey I went to microcenter for a good 2 hours today and had a good long chat with some of the people there. We went over these parts and he said it would be perfect for what I want to do. Since im going to college for Graphics design and CG stuff, I will be doing heavy rendering and 3d modeling, as well as the gaming.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yc5G
  13. The 2011 socket is more future proof that the 1155 socket so that is a positive.
    The cooler may be the weakest link in that build.
  14. What would you guys recommend? Thats the cooler that the guy at Microcenter recommended.
  15. To start if you have room in the case this one is one of the best air coolers available.
    http://www.acousticpc.com/noctua_nh-d14_se2011_ultra_quiet_cpu_cooler.html

    Do as much online research as possible since Microcenter will price match New Egg Frys CompUSA/Tiger Direct.
    Microcenter will be Cheapest on CPU/MOBO with their instore and combo pricing then on other parts be higher.
    You may consider a slight variation in parts selection to maximize the deal.
    Like Corsair AX 850 VS the newer 860 on your list Just leave options open in case of favorable sale prices allow upgrade or cheaper simmular option.
  16. Microcenter will price match!?
  17. Yes they will just tell them where.
    New Egg is one they matched for me.
  18. This is a very good Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 Saves $76.00
    Better price on EVGA 680 4 gig w/ back plate http://www.frys.com/product/7234713?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG save $30.00
    Better Price on SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121 save $14.00
    Better Price on W8pro 64 http://www.frys.com/product/7336314?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG save $28.00

    A few ways to save $148.00 USD
  19. Well thanks man! Quickly becoming my new favorite person lol.
  20. Glad to help and good luck with the build.
  21. Well heres what I did. Im matching prices with what I can get at microcenter.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ykXs
  22. Does the Microcenter in your area have any other 2011 Mother boards to pick from.
    Reviews on that Intel board are not great. And it only has 2 sata 6 ports.
  23. It does. I believe the Microcenter in my area is one of the larger stores around, but im not sure if they are all the same :/ its just pretty big. http://www.microcenter.com/site/stores/columbus.aspx

    But that point aside, here is one I was looking at while I was there the other day.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/385894/P9X79_WS_Socket_2011_X79_CEB_Intel_Server_Motherboard
  24. That is a server board and I am not sure you want that.
    one of these 2 would be good http://www.microcenter.com/product/403766/GA-X79-UP4_LGA_2011_X79_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/378996/SABERTOOTH_X79_Socket_2011_X79_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
    I am partial to Gigabyte but that is like the Ford vs Chevy argument.
  25. Maybe it wasnt that board, The one he showed me was an Asus Workstation, but Im not sure which one.
  26. The Gigabyte in the link would be a good choice to use and plenty of room for future upgrades. TOM'S Hardware Recomended also.
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4288#ov
  27. The build I made last with the intel DX79SI Board, from microcenter, that whole build (changing the PC cooler to a Cooler Master 212 Evo, It has great reviews... and getting vengeance ram instead as well as a different ODD) Its about 2500, minus 100 since I got a quote on the processor that I was guarenteed a price, so its 2417.
  28. Will you be getting them to match prices with any other vendor?
    The power supply you picked is only 2-3% more efficient that the AX850 Gold and costs $76.00 more than the AX850 is they match new egg
  29. If I can get them to price match, yeah.
  30. Also, I was thinking of switching the cpu cooler (Cooler master 212 evo) to the Corsair H100i water cooler. Now Im going to admit this, but Ive stated it before in other threads. Im a computer newbie. Im 17, almost 18 (1 month to go :D ) but I will be going to college for computer science (minor) and majoring in Graphics design and maybe a little bit of systems engineering or something like that, but my point is, even though im a nub now, I will be going into things like this so I want to learn as much as I can, but anyway, here goes.) I wanted to ask, and this is probobly anyones first question when it comes to water cooling. What are the real chances of the cooler leaking? Im scared of sinking 2400 into my pc and this leaking everywhere over my components...
  31. I ran a H100 and before that H80 and the biggest issue I had was the fan noise.
    Performance wise the Noctua cooler will be quieter nearly the same TEMPs and no chance of leaking. The CM 212 has rave reviews but is not on par with the noctua and you are cooling a 130 watt chip.
  32. Noise is not a factor for me, it will not matter. But I changed my mind with the cooler. The only problem is Microcenter does not sell Noctua, and Id prefer to not have to wait for shipped parts to come. The guy I spoke to also said Zalman coolers were pretty good. Any input on that?
  33. Read here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/LGA-2011-i7-3960X-Air-Overclocking,3130-19.html
    And here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h100i-elc240-seidon-240m-lq320,3380-14.html
    It seems that they do not carry the Best cooling air coolers but the CM 212 does give great value since you pay to play in cooling. If you buy what is on hand the 212 with an extra fan is the best bet.

    I went through several Closed Loop corsairs and wound up here.

  34. Also, motherboard wise, what would you guys say about the Gigabyte Assassin?
  35. Go with a 7970 it is the price of the 670 with better performance than a 680
  36. No sorry. I hate AMD and everything about them.
  37. Im sorry i meant The Gigabyte g1 Assassin 2 not 1.
  38. Does Microcenter carry that board in stock? do you need the wifi built in?
  39. Wifi built in is nice, but I figured I could order the board from MC online.
  40. I am picky about color myself and like a black PCB.
    I also like to avoid special orders where possible due to shipping issues and exchange problems in the event of a faulty or damaged product. My entire build was bought local with the exception of a few water cooling parts.
    This has WIFI and is in stock at most Microcenter locations.
    http://www.microcenter.com/product/403817/GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI_Socket_2011C606_eATX_Intel_Motherboard
  41. Personally, I think im going to go with the Assassin 2. The Bios is so much better and it offers improved graphics performance and many other things. Just one more question for you though. Even though the board says X79, will my z77 processor processor work with it?
  42. No it wont. and it is a 2011 processor and a 1155 processor. x79/z77 is the chipset.
  43. Right thanks for that.. Plus, just read a bunch of reviews... not happy... I dont know what mobo i should settle on. I want something That DOMINATES and works good for around the 250 price range...
  44. Just get an asrock extreme4. Why pay twice the price for no performance increase If you must have a 250 mobo, get the sabretooth.. its pointless really to get it over the extreme4 but....

    Extreme4 $125 after $10 rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

    Sabretooth $250 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821
  45. Well if I can get something cheaper that performs just as well, ill spring for that to. Just nothing relating to gpus :P Hate amd
  46. ThatGamerGuy said:
    Well if I can get something cheaper that performs just as well, ill spring for that to. Just nothing relating to gpus :P Hate amd


    There is nothing wrong with amd...
  47. And wont the sabertooth not work? Its an 1155
  48. The sabretooth is a socket 1155 (Z77 mobo) so it will work.
  49. The OP is buying a 3930K 2011 processor so 1155 is out.
    Sabertooth is available in socket 2011
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