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The Ultimate Novice First Computer Build - Recommendation and Advise

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February 6, 2013 6:38:19 AM

Hello everyone and thank you so much for your input:

I have never built a PC before so please bear with my ignorance, however, I am familiar with electronics, repair radios, TV’s and so on.

For this build I’ll be running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (owned). I won’t be playing video games (not a gamer); however I am going to be running some heavy weight resource hog. I will be running multiple instances or task of these programs: SQL Server 2012 Enterprise 64, Visual Studio Ultimate 2012, Dreamweaver CS6, Photoshop CS6, Multiple Instances of Virtual PC/XP Mode, Sony Vegas Pro, Camtasia and Sony Sound Forge.
The main idea is to assemble a System I can expand for the future, I assumed this starts with a Motherboard but as I mentioned I am a novice.

For timeline I would like to get this completed by Feb 16th 2013. Budget Range is about $1400.00
I need to be able to use Dual Monitors HDMI X2 (May need a video adapter for second HDMI), Resolution 1920x1080.

I will be utilizing Newegg and Micro Center.
Here is a list of the Main Parts I need help with, please provide any input advice. I need all I can get.

Motherboard: Approx: $380.00

Preferred this one (But scary reviews about bad support on Newegg):
Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS SABERTOOTH X79 Socket 2011 X79 ATX Intel Motherboard
2. http://www.microcenter.com/product/378996/SABERTOOTH_X7...

Intel DX79SI Extreme LGA 2011 X79 ATX Intel Motherboard
3. http://www.microcenter.com/product/389666/DX79SI_Extrem...

ASUS P9X79 WS Socket 2011 X79 CEB Intel Server Motherboard
4. http://www.microcenter.com/product/385894/P9X79_WS_Sock...

Gigabyte GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI Socket 2011C606 eATX Intel Motherboard
5. http://www.microcenter.com/product/403817/GA-X79S-UP5-W...

Processor/Chipset:
Intel Core i7 3820 3.6GHz LGA 2011 Boxed Processor
1. http://www.microcenter.com/product/383144/Core_i7_3820_...

Video Card: $299.99
EVGA 03G-P4-3663-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked+ 3072MB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
1. http://www.microcenter.com/product/399050/03G-P4-3663-K...

MSI R7950 TF 3GD5/OC AMD Radeon HD 7950 Twin Frozr III Overclocked 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
2. http://www.microcenter.com/product/403013/R7950_TF_3GD5...

GV-R795WF3-3GD AMD Radeon HD 7950 3072MB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card
3. http://www.microcenter.com/product/384118/GV-R795WF3-3G...

PSU:
Corsair CX Series CX750M 750 Watt ATX Modular Power Supply
1. http://www.microcenter.com/product/406089/CX_Series_CX7...

Please note: I have not included all the parts because the above are the only parts I need help with.


Thanks again!
February 6, 2013 8:54:29 AM

All X79 chip set motherboards will perform near enough identically .
But I would tend to avoid the intel branded models . I know they are better now but in the past they have had very restrictive BIOSes .
Unless you plan to heavily overclock there is no reason to spend on a premium model .

For this generation of software you have better support for hardware acceleration using an nVidia card .
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February 7, 2013 5:59:07 AM

Hello my friends and thanks for Responding.

So here is one area that confuses me. Is the graphics card going to be faster based on the Memory of the Card? Example: I see a card that says 3GB does that mean it is faster? EVGA 03G-P4-3663-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Superclocked+ 3072MB PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card. Here is another example: GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

I am also very concern about driver support.

Thanks everyone!
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February 7, 2013 9:24:07 AM

The memory quantity on the card makes very little difference for most people . A few fps at most

The pci-e x 16 3.0 is the speed it can connect to the motherboard . Since no current graphics card /pc/game actually communicates at speeds near pci-e x16 2.0 standard the 3.0 standard is just a sign of it being the latest model not that its currently superior . Maybe in a year or two . Maybe some time after it obsolete , too .

Both nVidia and AMD have excellent drivers for their graphics cards , and both are constantly developing them
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February 7, 2013 6:30:35 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The memory quantity on the card makes very little difference for most people . A few fps at most

The pci-e x 16 3.0 is the speed it can connect to the motherboard . Since no current graphics card /pc/game actually communicates at speeds near pci-e x16 2.0 standard the 3.0 standard is just a sign of it being the latest model not that its currently superior . Maybe in a year or two . Maybe some time after it obsolete , too .

Both nVidia and AMD have excellent drivers for their graphics cards , and both are constantly developing them


Yes that is definitely true about the drivers. However for a video editing rig you will benefit greatly from going with a professional card (Fire Pro V5800 for instance) or NVIDIA for CUDA hardware acceleration.

You could cut costs on the motherboard by getting something less expensive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 7, 2013 6:47:34 PM

Yes G-unit I tend to agree that a quadro is a better option for builds used for renders
But That doesnt seem to be the focus of the pc so a gaming card can still be of benefit
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February 7, 2013 7:41:11 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Yes G-unit I tend to agree that a quadro is a better option for builds used for renders
But That doesnt seem to be the focus of the pc so a gaming card can still be of benefit


Oh yeah that's true that if gaming is the primary use then go with a gaming card. Go with NVIDIA though for the hardware acceleration.
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