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Midrange Work / Gaming Machine - Need input

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April 23, 2013 11:12:43 PM

Greetings Tom's Hardware community!

I'm looking at building a ~$2000 machine that is effective for both work and gaming. Work will include 3D rendering, some audio rendering, video editing, and compiling Unity game projects. I do not plan to overclock, but I like to have it as an option. I am going Intel / Nvidia specifically for the game.

I'd also like recommendations for a case to put this in. I'd like something with good cooling and dust prevention, but system fan noise is less of a concern.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 (and I know I would need to update the firmware ASAP if BIOS is F7 or below)

PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2

CPU: Intel i7 3820

CPU Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (it fits the tight architecture of this board while leaving ample room for memory)

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 32GB (4 x 8GB) Quad Channel

GPU: Nvidia GTX 670 (model not yet selected, probably EVGA though)

SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 2.5" 120GB (tools / games / OS)

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB (for storage and back-up, might get a bigger one)

Media: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive Model UH12NS29


Thanks in advance!
a c 343 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 12:41:53 AM

the most suitable cpu for your need is 3930K --> 3770K ---> 3570K
a c 343 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 12:57:21 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($563.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($197.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1997.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 04:02 EDT-0400)


base build for 2011 platform, you might want to consider lga 1155 platform as well with 3770K :)  the price should be 400-500 lower
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a c 343 4 Gaming
April 24, 2013 1:06:44 AM

oh here it is :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1595.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 04:06 EDT-0400)
April 24, 2013 12:25:34 PM

Thanks for the input!

After careful deliberation, I've decided that 3820 really doesn't add anything for me, and getting a 3770K is definitely the better solution, I'll use your build as an example to work from.
April 25, 2013 5:36:34 PM

Here's what I'm looking to get now. This is based on suggestions and recommendations across many sites.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($187.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($177.85 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($127.55 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1172.34
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 20:36 EDT-0400)

I am going to use an old 8800GTS until the new 700-series Nvidia cards are out next month.

Since I'm not overclocking, I'm not sure if I even need an after-market cooler.

I still need a case, one that handles temperature well and is good at mitigating dust would be preferred. Any recommendations are welcome!
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