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March 20, 2013 9:00:45 AM

So my names Austin and let me give you a little background. I'm currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Graphic Design/Multimedia, Concentration in Print Design, Taking some classes in photography as well as video editing. I'm an avid gamer so I want this to be a multipurpose machine but don't know about some parts, I have a school loan out for the computer so price isnt huge but would like to keep it around 3 grand. I want a triple monitor setup, so sli/crossfire/etc. is a must but also want it to be functional with a pretty quick editing computer. Just throw at me the best editing/gaming computer I can get for the price but it also needs to be stable as I will have large projects on it for school so I cant run every harddrive raid 0 type of deal. Mainly want this for my school computer but a pretty quick gaming computer would be nice too if I can integrate. This is what I'm thinking for setup? Agree, Disagree, What Choice, or Post a totally different setup, I'm open for options!

CPU: i7-3930k
- NH-D14 Cooler

Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme or Asus Sabertooth? or?

Ram: Corsair Vengeance LP 2x8GB?

Storage HDD: 2-4TB Throw at me some options

Storage SDD: Crucial M4 or Samsung 840 series? Other?

GPU: Options?

Case: Cooler Master Haf X, Others?

PSU: Seasonic X Series 850W 80 Plus Gold Cerified

Optical Drive: LG BH14NS40

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

Tell me what you would change, Do different, Or Post Different Setup!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, Schools Started

Budget Range: 3000-4000 With Screens?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic Design (PS, AI, Etc, Video Editing, Gaming, Photography)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (Spend $3,000 on computer, $1,000 on Monitors)

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Alexandria, MN

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: No, Want to keep it stable

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Your Monitor Resolution: triple monitor, open to options

Additional Comments: Needs to be stable, Gaming a big plus, throw me a sweet functional case, I wont mind (:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Schoooool

Thanks a ton Everyone!

How does this look?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L1Ef

and these monitors?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 20, 2013 12:34:30 PM

Updated selection, Any thoughts?
May 21, 2013 6:09:38 AM

IMO, I would swap the capacities of the ssd's, but, other than that, great build.
Here's something else to consider:
Later this week, nvidia is going to announce the next generation of gpus, the 700 series. Looking at early reports, if you could drop down to a 3770k (or 3770 since you're not overclocking) and a respective motherboard (such as a asus sabertooth), you could be in the market in for 780's in sli.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 6:22:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1240 V2 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($132.56 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1019.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($102.34 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U3011 60Hz 30.0" Monitor ($1099.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $3293.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 09:19 EDT-0400)

I would instead go with one large very good IPS panel. You will get superb color accuracy for design, and I went with a single GPU to power it.

Since you aren't overclocking, the XEON E3 is the way to go. If offers the same performance of the i7 but uses less power and costs a lot less.
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 7:11:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($130.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Titanium Grey) ATX Full Tower Case ($122.28 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 750W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($285.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($285.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS278Q-P 27.0" Monitor ($285.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2591.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 10:11 EDT-0400)
a c 271 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 9:15:04 AM

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Since you aren't overclocking, the XEON E3 is the way to go. If offers the same performance of the i7 but uses less power and costs a lot less.


No it isn't. There is zero need for a Xeon if scalable applications aren't going to be used, and most design applications aren't. I'd go with an i7-3930K if I had your budget. And if you're not overclocking the coolers are a wasted purchase.

Here's what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($559.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($0.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ 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 ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2314.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-21 12:13 EDT-0400)

With the difference add a couple of 1440P displays (why limit yourself to 1080?), and whatever keyboard and mouse you want.
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 9:23:46 AM

If scalable applications are not being used, then why recommend a CPU with more cores for double the price? An i5 makes more sense by that logic. And IIRC the Xeons don't come with CPU coolers.
a c 271 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 9:37:10 AM

Transmaniacon said:
If scalable applications are not being used, then why recommend a CPU with more cores for double the price? An i5 makes more sense by that logic. And IIRC the Xeons don't come with CPU coolers.


Yeah that all depends on what's actually going to be used. Adobe CS5 / CS6 will benefit from the extra cores and increased RAM (of which the X79 chipset is capable of supporting). Especially when you get into some hardcore Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere.
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 9:47:43 AM

Yeah if he can take advantage of a hexacore then go for it, otherwise the XEON provides the most value.
a b 4 Gaming
May 21, 2013 10:16:40 AM

heres what i would get
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YQlG

you could pick a 1440p panel off of ebay for much less. only problem i have with them is the sketchy monitor stand
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