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How to best spend $300 - $400 in my new rig.

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January 23, 2013 2:23:26 PM

Hello,
I am having a hard time deciding how to build my new rig. I know that any config I use will work fine. Here is the issue. I have @ $2000 to spend but can prb scounge up $2100 if it makes sense.

I know I want the Asus Sabertooth Mobo.

Now it comes down to the chip and graphics card/cards and SSD.

I like the 3930k but the 3820 is @ $300 less.
I like the HD 7970 but the 7870 x2 crossfire costs the same.


If i go with the 3820 no ssd and I can nearly afford 7970x2 in my budget. @ $2100-2200

The 3930 with 7870 x2 or 7970 single and SSD I hit the budget right on.


Is it better to spend the $300 on the 3930k or should i put it into a second graphics card ie 7970x2. I am currently running eyefinity on a 5770. My goal is to attain max to near max graphics running eyefinity @ 5040x1080 resoution.

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January 23, 2013 3:29:31 PM

It is better to spend on 2x hd 7950.
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January 23, 2013 3:34:40 PM

Say no to X79 altogether, it's pointless for gaming.
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January 23, 2013 3:40:53 PM

Thanks for that. I appreciate the quick response.

I am seeing about a $200 savings using the 7950

Now does it make a big difference if I use the 3820 for gaming or the 3930k. Or will i see no real difference.
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January 23, 2013 3:43:01 PM

FinneousPJ what do you mean bye that. Should i be using a different chip?
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January 23, 2013 3:46:30 PM

Asus Sabertooth is a great motherboard and gives good support to the AMD crossfire

- Those SSD are great for a build like that so don't exclude them
- Radeon HD 7870 X 2 sounds more bang for bucks
- Stick with 3930 its really good

Have a nice built
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January 23, 2013 3:52:41 PM

sanilmahambre said:
Asus Sabertooth is a great motherboard and gives good support to the AMD crossfire

- Those SSD are great for a build like that so don't exclude them
- Radeon HD 7870 X 2 sounds more bang for bucks
- Stick with 3930 its really good

Have a nice built



Tanks for that. Is there a big loss going to the 3820 over the 3930k. I would think that i would realy not see that much of an issue because the poster before you mentioned the 7950x2 and I was kind of liking that idea.
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January 23, 2013 4:14:31 PM

X79 chipsets offer no benefit for gaming over the cheaper Z77.
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January 23, 2013 5:13:19 PM

The 3930K will not benefit you in any way in gaming compared to the 3820 simply because they are both already very powerfull.
Even if you need more power, you can always overclock the 3820 by a GHZ and there you go.
If the PC is purely for gaming and you don't need a good upgrade path, save your money and step down to a Core i5 3570K and a good Z77 motherboard.
You will achieve the exact same FPS as with the 3930K.


And by the way i don't know who is building your PC, but you can fit EVERYTHING you want in that 2200 dolar budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 600T (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 950W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2127.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 14:12 EST-0500)
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January 24, 2013 4:39:14 AM

knw6593 said:
Tanks for that. Is there a big loss going to the 3820 over the 3930k. I would think that i would realy not see that much of an issue because the poster before you mentioned the 7950x2 and I was kind of liking that idea.

The difference between 3930k and 3820k is like difference between a six core and a quad core processor

=> 3930k is Intels most powerful sandy bridge processor out there
=> 6 core allows great flexibility in multi tasking
=> overclocking is the piece of cake
=> For a $1200 built 3930k is a must


Secondly 7870 is generations best price to performance card

=> Difference between 7950 and 7870 is negligible
=> spending $300 for a 7950 is not worthy decision
=> 7870 will give you the actual pleasure of gaming
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January 24, 2013 10:19:07 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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