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February 13, 2013 2:28:16 AM

Approximate Purchase Date- asap, as soon as I finalize the parts I will place the order
Budget Range: preferrably, around 1500 but I will push it if needed
 System Usage from most to least : 3D modeling/animation/rendering, video editing,digital painting, gaming, sound editing
Are you buying a monitor: No  
Parts to Upgrade: the whole computer
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com as I have a preferred acct. with them, but will consider others if prices are better
Location: Houston, Tx, USA
 Parts Preferences: Intel Cpu i7 , nvidia gpu , 16 gigs memory
Overclocking: not sure what this asks,,I won't be doing any overclocking that's for sure but dont mind having it factory overclocked.
 SLI or Crossfire: Yes , at least in the future, if not now
 Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 at least
Additional Comments: used for 3ds max, Maya, Z Brush, Photoshop, Unity, UDK
Why Are You Upgrading: my old pc sucks and broke

Hello everyone, need some advice. I had a build in mind from cyberpower, though some people keep trying to sway me against it. Ive heard some horror stories but at the same time ive had 2 good friends of mine buy from them with no problems. Truth is,I'd be willing to shell out an extra 200, if I can get a build from them with the components I want and avoid me messing something up on building my own. Ive had my eye on an i7 3930k, I hear the hyperthreading is really handy especially for rendering. I would like to hear more opinions on this as I'm not too clear on the technical stuff. Same with the gpu,I'm nit quite sure with what to go. Nvidia that's for sure. But 660 ti 2gb x2? 670 2gb x2? One 670 4gb? A single 680 4gb??? Or dual??? Man so many choices!!!! Keep in mind depending on the gpu i might only purchase 1 for themoment. Also, are there any advantages in going 3way Sli?? Ideally, I'd like to purchase 1 card now and then in the next few weeks buy another or even a third unless there's no reason for it, which means I'd also like for mobo and psu to be compatible with said future build.thanks in advance, sorry for the runons and grammar/spelling...I'm posting this from my phone.

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February 13, 2013 3:36:24 AM

You dont really need a 'K' series processor if ur not going to OC your PC, as for GPU, the Vram is important as ur doing a lot of 3D rendering work... so i will suggest you to go for single 4GB GPU...

CPU : i7-3770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB : Asrock H77 Pro4/MVP
http://www.outletpc.com/ky3268-asrock-h77-pro4mvp-intel...

RAM : Corsair 2x8GB 1600MHz
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M0TF3W/?tag=pcpapi-20

Storage : WD Blue 500GB & Samsung 840Pro 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.adorama.com/SSG7PD128BW.html?utm_term=Other&...

GPU : Galaxy GTX680 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Chasis : Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD : Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
http://www.outletpc.com/c5740.html?utm_source=c5740&utm...

Total = $1441.88

you can still get the 3930K if you wanted to and get a Z77 mobo for that...
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February 13, 2013 3:58:44 AM

TimeLass said:
You dont really need a 'K' series processor if ur not going to OC your PC, as for GPU, the Vram is important as ur doing a lot of 3D rendering work... so i will suggest you to go for single 4GB GPU...

CPU : i7-3770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB : Asrock H77 Pro4/MVP
http://www.outletpc.com/ky3268-asrock-h77-pro4mvp-intel...

RAM : Corsair 2x8GB 1600MHz
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009M0TF3W/?tag=pcpapi-20

Storage : WD Blue 500GB & Samsung 840Pro 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.adorama.com/SSG7PD128BW.html?utm_term=Other&...

GPU : Galaxy GTX680 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Chasis : Rosewill THOR V2-W ATX Full Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD : Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
http://www.outletpc.com/c5740.html?utm_source=c5740&utm...

Total = $1441.88

you can still get the 3930K if you wanted to and get a Z77 mobo for that...


The 3930k is socket 2011, while the z77 mobo supports 1155. You would need to buy an x79 mobo for a 3930k. At the op's budget of $1500, the i7 3930k is a great buy and the op can get a 670 instead of a 680 as the 670 has 95% the performance of a 680.
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February 13, 2013 4:10:28 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dedn This build is everything you need. You can salvage the optical drive from your old computer, so that is why I didn't include it. You can also SLI 670's in the future if you want. Add more storage in the future when you need it.
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February 13, 2013 4:26:14 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Del2
This build is good too as you get an SSD boot drive, a cooler for the CPU, a Power Supply suited for future SLI, and a larger case for better airflow. However, the CPU will not perform as good. This is better as a more well rounded system capable of future SLI, while the previous build will perform better in CPU intensive programs.

Since you are not overclocking, you can skip the CPU cooler if you wish, although a CPU cooler will keep temps down and may provide greater longevity for your PC.
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February 13, 2013 4:51:58 AM
February 13, 2013 12:51:57 PM

Awesome, thanks for the replies. I think I am leaning toward the 3930k, 6physical cores + HT seems to be a big boost in the applications I'd be using.From what ive been reading around these forums spending a bit more seems to be worth it.Now where I'm left scratching my head is the gpu. If the 670 is almost as good as a 680, and a 660ti is almost if not better than a 670, then why even have the 670 n 680?
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February 14, 2013 5:31:37 AM

look at the gpu chips the cards uses some times there not the same kepler chips. with nvidia they came out with the
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_600_Series
680 chip first...the 670 were 680 chips that failed qa testing and were re lables. the 660ti loks to be the same gpu chip and spec as the 670 just on a 192 bit bus where the 670 is a 256 wide bus.
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February 18, 2013 5:28:06 AM

Best answer selected by xsageonex.
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March 2, 2013 12:39:51 AM

Went ahead and purchased a 670 4gb. Will purchase another next paycheck to sli
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