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January 28, 2013 9:22:26 PM

Hey everyone!

I have a ultimatum, buy the new iMac fully loaded or build a PC, I picked to ditch apple and build my own for less money and greater statistics.

I will be using this computer for heavy graphics editing including 3D renders, 100mb photo files(Nikon D800 RAW), Adobe Creative Suite, Gaming and other generic things.

This is going to be my first build and I have a $3,000 limit (I can go over if the expense is justifiable)

Here is what I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($569.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 650D ATX Mid Tower Case ($149.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($135.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2566.77
(Note: DeathAdder is for my Mac(I have a Mamba))

Also, I cant decide if I will Raid 0 the SSD's or buy a third and Raid 3 them to have a backup incase of a failure.

I want a 3 monitor display that is preferably 24" and good for graphic editing and gaming.
Any help is good help and if you can advise me on better items or alternatives to what I have, im all ears.
Est. build time: one or two months from now

Cheers, and thank you!

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January 28, 2013 9:47:34 PM

first of all buy the 4 piece memory set instead
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January 28, 2013 9:50:56 PM

and go for a sly/crossfire option on that budget range
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January 28, 2013 10:23:16 PM

balistic said:
first of all buy the 4 piece memory set instead

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That work well? and I still need 3 high quality monitors too. (that is where the budget is flexible)
I dont think i need another graphics card.
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January 28, 2013 10:28:35 PM

Putting SSDs in RAID mode is likely to lead to them failing. Better to run the drives independent of each other. I'm not sure what the second SSD is for though. You could probably drop that and save money there.

If you want to do an X79 setup right here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2310.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 19:27 EST-0500)

I'm not entirely sure about spending $200 on a keyboard and mouse but do what you want.
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January 28, 2013 10:47:48 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AaL2
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AaL2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AaL2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AaL2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2475.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 19:46 EST-0500)

Added another HDD(for space) and SLI.
Go for an IPS LCD Monitor. I've heard good things about the AOC I2757fh, but it was too expensive for me (269.99 at best buy).
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January 28, 2013 10:57:43 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Putting SSDs in RAID mode is likely to lead to them failing. Better to run the drives independent of each other. I'm not sure what the second SSD is for though. You could probably drop that and save money there.

If you want to do an X79 setup right here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2310.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 19:27 EST-0500)

I'm not entirely sure about spending $200 on a keyboard and mouse but do what you want.


Im using one SSD for windows and another for a different operating system.
Would you say Noctuna make better CPU Fans?
Why the 670 2gb? is it close to the 680 4gb?
I have used the Razer mouse and keyboard setup (Mamba and BWU) and I absolutely love it! Razer makes a great quality product IMHO.

Thanks for your input!
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