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New All-Around Work/GameStation (~$4k)

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February 19, 2013 12:25:05 AM

Yo so I'm looking into building a new all-around desktop within the next few weeks for recording (For tracking bands), video editing (Adobe Premiere, etc.), gaming, and simulations/calculations. My current desktop is way outdated, and my one working monitor is barely hanging in there so I need a complete revamp (including new monitors) since I'm currently living off of my Toshiba Satellite A505-S6040. I'm willing to sink ~$4k since I do almost all of my work on my computer.

Approximate Purchase Date: Before June 2013

Budget Range: ~$4k

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Recording, audio processing, gaming, video editing, photo editing, simulations (MATLAB)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg & Amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:
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The current parts I have selected (with Newegg prices) are as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930k 6-core (3.2 GHz) [$569.99] @ newegg
Mobo: Asus Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA III ATX [$369.99] @ newegg
GPU: Asus GTX680-DC2-4GD5 Geforce GTX680 4GB PCIe3 [$569.99] @ newegg
Sound: M-Audio Delta 1010-LT PCI Digital Audio Studio System [$170.00] @ Amazon
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 2133 [$124.99] @ newegg
SSD (OS): Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSD 240GB SATA III [$259.99] @ newegg
HDD: Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM SATA III HDD [$109.99] @ newegg
PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX 850 Watt ATX Modular 80 Plus Gold [$159.99] @ newegg
Optical: Asus Black Blu-Ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST [$79.99] @ newegg
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0596 130mm Frio Advanced CPU Cooler [$56.99] @ newegg
Case: Azza Genesis 9000B Full Tower Case, Black [$159.99] @ newegg
Subtotal = $2631.90
Monitors (3): Asus VG248QE 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor (1920 x 1080) [$299.99 x 3 = $899.97] @ newegg

Extras:
nVidia 3D Vision 2 Wireless Glasses Kit [$129.99] @ newegg
Logitech C920 HD Webcam [$84.99] @ Amazon

Total = $3746.85

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No (Unless it turns out I really need to for some reason)

Additional Comments: The Delta sound card is being used for inputs in conjunction with a Mackie 1642.
And yes 6 cores vs the higher clock speed of the 3770k -- folks over at Adobe the 6 cores wins under Premiere and AE (http://forums.adobe.com/message/4727581.
Ideally, I would also like a 4th monitor with accurate color reproduction.
Not sure about the mobo, but I think it should be fine for everything I'm stickin to it...

Opinions, suggestions? I do have some concern over cooling...

- Mikhail

Edit: Reliability is the most important aspect for me and my work.

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February 19, 2013 12:42:18 AM

id get something like this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ErFH

CPU cooler. last day to get it at this price. it goes back up 20 bucks later
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=64540&vpn=NH%...

hard drive. same goes for this. pick it up today
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70854&vpn=ST1...

same for the CPU
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=64992&vpn=BX8...


now for the monitor. either you get a IPS panel which has great colour reproduction, or you get a 3d panel that sucks in colour reproduction in comparison with the IPS.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00906GBBC/?tag=pcpapi-20

the video card wise, wait for tomorrow as they will release the gtx titan. more cuda cores and more vram will help you out big time. price will still be manageable given your huge budget
February 19, 2013 1:03:28 AM

TheBigTroll said:
id get something like this
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ErFH


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CPU cooler. last day to get it at this price. it goes back up 20 bucks later
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=64540&vpn=NH%...

Is there an advantage to having that cooler? Like is the Frio Advanced not sufficient for the 3930k?

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hard drive. same goes for this. pick it up today
http://us.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=70854&vpn=ST1...

$/GB that runs nearly the same as the Toshiba in the OP, and I've had better experiences with Toshiba HDDs vs Seagate...


Guess I should have included it's $499.99 at Microcenter near where I live

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now for the monitor. either you get a IPS panel which has great colour reproduction, or you get a 3d panel that sucks in colour reproduction in comparison with the IPS.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00906GBBC/?tag=pcpapi-20

That's why I was considering running an IPS as a 4th. That IPS looks pretty nice, though I'll probably go with something larger than 23" for my needs.
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February 19, 2013 3:36:29 AM

Not sure if recording and video editing is done in a professional/business level, if it is, you should consider a lot more HDDs. One HDD dedicated to RAW footage being compressed to an H.264 format (or whatever your business does), one for media cache, one for final production videos, and a HDD dedicated to backup the footage. I agree with the notion of an IPS display especially for video editing purposes (don't want grays and whites mistaken).
February 19, 2013 9:36:15 AM

well, its too late now. the CPU cooler is much better in terms of temps and noise level. it will now cost you 80 bucks

toshiba drives are made by WD. all drives are about the same.

i dont see the point of paying more for screen area when in the end, you get a lower quality picture
February 20, 2013 10:17:30 PM

yes i know that. i tend to avoid toshiba and WD for the most part given bad experiences from them
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