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January 21, 2013 6:17:17 AM

Will this build be good for Gaming and Working? i'm going to be playing games like Starcraft II and BF3, I will also be using programs like Adobe After Effects and Cinema 4d.

please don't mention anything about the 64GB of RAM... other people that use AAE will understand. I would like to keep a Motherboard that has 4-way SLI compatibility so I can upgrade later.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yJBQ

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.34 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang - XPower II XL ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($375.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($165.59 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($165.59 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($426.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($426.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Lightning 1300W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2879.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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January 21, 2013 6:25:11 AM

Didn't you already make a thread about this....
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January 21, 2013 6:57:18 AM

yes :D  I just want to be totally sure before I spend $2800. you know what i mean?
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January 21, 2013 7:35:00 AM

Needs moar RAM :p 
Iv used After Effects, I highly doubt you need 64GB.

A build like this deserves better than a $100 case. Where is your pride!

Do you have the monitor setup to take advantage of dual 670's and their 4GB of VRAM? Talking at least three 1080p screens which you will be playing across.
Also a HD7970 Ghz is a better option when your playing on a huge resolution. 13% better performance at 2560x1600, which is ~1/2 the resolution of triple 1080p monitors.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But nah, the builds fine.
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January 21, 2013 7:57:12 AM

Double post stop that.
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January 21, 2013 7:57:56 AM

I know case is subjective but why not have a look at the Antec P280. It may not cool as well as the Thor V2 though because it's more silence optimized.
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January 21, 2013 9:11:42 AM

Hi,
1) The Noctua NH-D14 has 3-pin fans that use VOLTAGE control. Most motherboards now support PWM only. I advise you to verify that you can control your fan speed (BIOS and Software).

You may wish to consider water cooling such as an H100/H110/H90 and compatible Corsair case.

2) 2xSLI will cause micro-stutter in games (single and 3xSLI have minimal micro-stutter). Many people will tell you it's very minor but it is actually a big deal (people are confused on this because it's not just the obvious stutter but also appears as a "sluggishness"). You can easily Google the Tomshardware information on this.

3) Windows 8 64-bit OEM (and Stardock's Start8) is my recommend.
Start8's latest version (1.1) can make it feel exactly like Windows 7 now but Windows 8 is superior for boot times, security, Windows Explorer and other minor ways. (again, Start8 can remove all links now to the Start Screen environment, but if LATER you want this once support picks up at least it's an option of you have Windows 8.)

4) Other video card points:
a) I assume you've research whether NVidia's cards are better than AMD's for your purposes.

b) You may wish to consider a single GTX680 such as the ASUS GTX680 DC2T (3-slot) card. It plays MOST games at full quality or close to it (and won't suffer from micro-stutter much like a 2xSLI setup).

SUMMARY:
- CPU HSF with PWM fans
- avoid 2xSLI (get single or 3xSLI to avoid micro-stutter)
- Windows 8 Pro x64 (+ Start8)
- confirm NVidia CUDA vs AMD's GPGPU as best GPU solution
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January 21, 2013 9:21:58 AM

Monitor:
I noticed you didn't mention a monitor. Just in case you're interested, having a 27", 2560x1440 monitor is truly awesome. (I game at 1920x1080 most of the time as the performance hit is about 30% to go up to 2560x1440 but the visual experience is nearly identical). I set the NVidia Control Panel to:
a) scale on GPU, and
b) Aspect

I game at 2560x1440 for a few games though like Diablo 3 as I can hit 60FPS and the very small text/HUD elements look better at the highest resolution.

Recommended monitor:
a) DellTM UltraSharp U2713H or
b) DellTM UltraSharp U2713HM

They cost $850 and $700 with the U2713H being the slightly better monitor. It has a 3-year, zero-dead-pixel, zero cost, one-day replacement warranty.

I could NEVER go back to gaming on a 22" screen, and I far prefer one of these to a 3xmonitor setup with smaller, lower-res screens.

One of these are the PERFECT monitor for StarCraft 2.

*Other 3xmonitor setup:
- 1x27"@2560x1440 and 2x22"@1920x1080 (27" in the middle)
- He only GAMES on the high-res monitor
- other people I know have a similar setup but with the two smaller monitors VERTICAL (depends on software you use)
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January 21, 2013 2:17:15 PM

Thank you all for the information... I never got some of it in my other post.

I decided to move over to the GTX690 instead of 2-way SLI.

I'm going to be using a 3xmonitor setup that I already have... but later i'm going to be going to get some monitors that are going to be the same resolution
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January 21, 2013 2:33:43 PM

I was just gonna suggest the 690 instead of dual 670 sli. :D 

Normally people would go for the dual 670s but if you have a 3000 dollar budget so why not go for
Nvidia's quality flagship? It's still SLI but I have a feeling you will microstutter less on a single, dual gpu card.

I was also thinking about the Quadros but they are terrible for gaming and the price too high.

And I definitely do not think you need 64GB. 32 gigs should be good.
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January 24, 2013 10:10:19 PM

TheCheeseling said:
Thank you all for the information... I never got some of it in my other post.

I decided to move over to the GTX690 instead of 2-way SLI.

I'm going to be using a 3xmonitor setup that I already have... but later i'm going to be going to get some monitors that are going to be the same resolution


*As long as you are aware that 2GB of VRAM will cause severe bottenecks at times for triple-monitor gaming.

A GTX690 is nearly identical to a 2x(GTX670 2GB) setup. The GTX690 has 4GB of RAM but it's actually 2GB usable (VRAM is CLONED in SLI).
2GB as a video framebuffer is going to be your main bottleneck in many scenarios. The GTX690 is a great card but it's designed with a single screen in mind.

The MAIN REASON that AMD uses 3GB VRAM in their high-end cards is for Crossfire, not because it benefits users with just one card.

So to be CLEAR on the usable VIDEO BUFFER:

1) GTX690-> 2GB
2) HD7970-> 3GB
3) 2x(GTX670 2GB)-> 2GB
4) 2x(GTX670 4GB)-> 4GB
5) 3x(GTX670 4GB)-> 4GB

*The ultimate choice is #5. The 4GB of usable Video RAM prevents bottleneckes, you get the needed processing power for triple-monitor gaming, and you get MINIMAL micro-stutter with a 3xSLI setup. Obviously it costs more and is more difficult to setup.
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January 25, 2013 2:40:26 AM

Well, remember those driver headaches.

I read somewhere that the GTX 680 has very minimal stutter in SLI configurations. So would a 4GB 680 be viable?

I know someone's going to shoot back with a quick "670 is just as good as a 680, save money" but then remember that the OP has a 3k budget.
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