Thoughts on this system ?

First build here. Here is the rundown.




Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$179.99

2xWestern Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Driv


$209.98
$199.98
($99.99 each)

2xAsus VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers


$349.98
($174.99 each)




Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 Dual Tuner Digital CableCARD Receiver

$129.99
$99.99

MSI N680GTX Twin Frozr 4GD5/OC GeForce GTX 680 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

$529.99

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

$109.99

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A2400C10


$169.99

ASUS P9X79 LE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS


$239.99

Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

$569.99



Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version)

$99.99



COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+
$34.99


SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


$139.99

Subtotal: $2,724.86

Thoughts ? Upgrades ? Changes?

Thanks in advance.
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  1. What is this build going to be used for? 3D animation, video editing? It's certainly overkill for a gaming build...
  2. Yeah I'm confused too. If it's gaming you won't see any benefit from going X79. If you're doing video editing or rendering then you will.
  3. doing both gaming and video editing.
  4. I'm not entirely sure that you would benefit from going X79. It would probably be better to invest in a stronger GPU setup. Try something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($383.98 @ 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 ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $2080.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 16:42 EST-0500)
  5. I see. What if I just kept it the same but just went beastmode and got two gt 690s' ? My friend is the one helping me build it he said its just an overall solid system.
  6. If you do alot of video editing, your original build would probably be your best bet, it will be insanely fast...If you can afford it, I would say go for it! One thing I should point out, is that if you play any FPS games, your crosshairs will be right i the middle, which doesn't work when you have 2 monitors.. For gaming, it's best to have 1 large monitor or 3 smaller ones. Also, I would definitely recommend getting an IPS monitor, they look alot better and you can even get a 21.5" IPS monitor from Asus for $20 cheaper than the one you selected. Again, if you don't do ALOT of video editing, ALL THE TIME, if it's just kind of a hobby and you won't ever make any money from it, then I would go with an Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 system. If you are very serious about the video editing, then I would upgrade the RAM.. If you can't afford 32GB right away, at least get 2 8GB sticks to allow fo more RAM down the road.. One of the only reasons to choose X79 over Z77 is that it allows for much more RAM...

    Monitor:Asus 21.5" IPS Monitor($149.99 @ Newegg)

    Memory:Corsair Vengeance 2*8GB DDR3 -2133($174.99 @ Newegg)
  7. I definitely will be doing a lot of video editing. Good point about the 3 monitors. I am gonna have to look for a new ones now. I thought about upgrading the ram. Thanks. Also I need to start looking into video editing software. Any recommendations ?
  8. If you're thinking about 2 690's, that tells me you have a pretty much unlimited budget, and aren't worried about price/performance. Go with your original X79 build, just make sure you go with the 8GB Ram sticks. That build is much more futureproof, since Ivy Bridge-E will come out on the X79 platfrom n the next few months, while there will be no new CPUs on the LGA 1155 platfrom. Don't get 2 690s, that is just a waste of money for bragging rights...Go with the original GTX 680 4GB, it will be just fine.
  9. I'd say the most popular video editing software would be Adobe Premiere and After Effects, or Sony Vegas.. I would do some research into both and figure out which best suits your needs.
  10. Thank you sir ! :)
  11. No problem!
  12. dns7950 said:
    If you're thinking about 2 690's, that tells me you have a pretty much unlimited budget, and aren't worried about price/performance. Go with your original X79 build, just make sure you go with the 8GB Ram sticks. That build is much more futureproof, since Ivy Bridge-E will come out on the X79 platfrom n the next few months, while there will be no new CPUs on the LGA 1155 platfrom. Don't get 2 690s, that is just a waste of money for bragging rights...Go with the original GTX 680 4GB, it will be just fine.


    There's no such thing as future proofing, I can't stress that enough. No matter what CPU you go with - whether it's X79 or Z77 you have to realize that something better is always going to come down the pike.
  13. g-unit1111 said:
    There's no such thing as future proofing, I can't stress that enough. No matter what CPU you go with - whether it's X79 or Z77 you have to realize that something better is always going to come down the pike.

    Yeah, i know that. Which is why I stressed NOT to spend a couple thousand on graphics cards, because in a couple years a 500 dollar card will beat them... But I didn't say this build will be completely futureproof, I didn't say there won't be anything better... I said this build will be MORE futureproof, since the X79 will be getting IB-E in the next few months... While LGA 1155 is already going to be phased out, and Haswell will use LGA 1150... Since he does alot of video editing, it is worth it to get an X79, with more memory and a hexa-core processor.. Once again, I never said X79 will last forever, I said it will last longer.. No doubt about it.. Saying there is no such thing as futureproofing is just ridiculous, that implies that no build can be upgraded.. Fact is, a six core Sandy Bridge-E X79 platform is already much better for video editing than an Ivy Bridge Z77, and can also be upgraded to ivy Bridge-E in the future...
  14. dns7950 said:
    Yeah, i know that. Which is why I stressed NOT to spend a couple thousand on graphics cards, because in a couple years a 500 dollar card will beat them... But I didn't say this build will be completely futureproof, I didn't say there won't be anything better... I said this build will be MORE futureproof, since the X79 will be getting IB-E in the next few months... While LGA 1155 is already going to be phased out, and Haswell will use LGA 1150... Since he does alot of video editing, it is worth it to get an X79, with more memory and a hexa-core processor.. Once again, I never said X79 will last forever, I said it will last longer.. No doubt about it..


    OK yeah I know about IB-E and I don't think it's going to be significantly faster than Haswell is going to be. I know for a fact that a six core CPU is handier in video editing than a quad core is. So point taken there.

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    Saying there is no such thing as futureproofing is just ridiculous, that implies that no build can be upgraded.. Fact is, a six core Sandy Bridge-E X79 platform is already much better for video editing than an Ivy Bridge Z77, and can also be upgraded to ivy Bridge-E in the future...


    But not everyone can afford to plunk down $600 on a new CPU every year. If you upgrade every two years then yeah there's no such thing as future proofing when you run on that cycle, you'll get a new motherboard and CPU every two years, and things will drastically change in that length of time. I bought an LGA 1366 system and then by the time I was ready to upgrade, P55, Sandy and Ivy had all come along.
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