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November 18, 2013 10:45:09 PM

Hi all, I'm new here and was looking for a place to give me advice. I am going to be building my first PC, and need all the help I can get picking parts. As stated in the title, there is no limit to the budget, although below $10,000 would be appreciated.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/OniCiel/saved/2RCY

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid
Motherboard: Asus X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866
Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" SSD
Seagate 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower or Corsair 900D
Power Supply: XFX 1250W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit)

EDIT: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card


Approximate Purchase Date: Between November 29th and December 19th. Preferably parts would come in before the 10th.

Budget Range: None (below 10,000 appreciated)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D modeling, heavy-duty gaming (capable of playing games at maximum settings four years in the future)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (I come from a Bootcamped MacBook Pro)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

The parts would be going to LA, California.

Parts Preferences: I would prefer going with Intel for my parts. SSD is a must.

Overclocking: Probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, as this is my first PC build I do intend to not make it too difficult on myself.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I will be using programs like 3DS Studio Max, Photoshop CS6, Corel Painter 12, ZBrush, and possibly Modo. I intend for this to be a workhorse and gaming PC, so the best of both world is preferable. I also do not intend to buy a HAF X for a case.

Any help appreciated, especially as there will most likely be errors in my choices!
November 19, 2013 4:07:20 AM

In your gaming pc build you forgot to include the most important part, the GPU or graphics processing unit. This is the most important component in any gaming machine. For a super high end build with "no budget" you could quad SLI titans very easily. However I will recommend 2 gtx 780ti's from Evga or Asus. More than enough power. Also, you should invest in a 1440p monitor to take advantage of those cards power. For the case I recommend the corsair 900D. Also, this is a lot for a pc. May I inquire what your job is?
November 19, 2013 5:59:17 AM

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November 19, 2013 6:03:02 AM

TheIronDUke said:
In your gaming pc build you forgot to include the most important part, the GPU or graphics processing unit. This is the most important component in any gaming machine. For a super high end build with "no budget" you could quad SLI titans very easily. However I will recommend 2 gtx 780ti's from Evga or Asus. More than enough power. Also, you should invest in a 1440p monitor to take advantage of those cards power. For the case I recommend the corsair 900D. Also, this is a lot for a pc. May I inquire what your job is?


Definitely get a 1440p monitor or even a 1600p monitor for dual 780ti cards. At 1080p that amount of graphical POWAAA will most likely just end up bottlenecking and you wont get that great of a performance.

November 19, 2013 1:15:59 PM

I'm sorry, I forgot to include the graphics card in my haste. I was thinking of just using a GTX 780 Ti that came out, but it seems like two would fit the bill. Any recommendations on what monitor specifically I should get? I'd rather not mention what my job is, but based on the programs I listed I'm sure you can guess! ;) 

My next question is, are these parts the most efficient combination possible? What changes should be made? Thank you for all the responses!
November 19, 2013 1:25:13 PM

Am I the only person wishing I was you? :p 
November 19, 2013 1:41:56 PM

@Barney6262: Heh, you still have to remember that this will be the first time I build a PC, so it is a rather daunting task without specific budget constraints!
November 19, 2013 1:51:38 PM

i'll try putting some useful input in now :p 

Well. this is one hell of a build...
just to start off with. you said you don't really want to overclock. at this sort of specs overclocking wont make a noticeable difference at the moment, but might in later games. in which case it might be an idea getting unlocked parts.

next. with that budget you should be seriously considering a custom watercooling loop. I would go as far to say watercool the cpu, gpus and maybe ram if you really want to splash out lol. this will not only make thermal issues a thing of the past but also make your build quiet as you should not need as many high performance fans. Tell me what you think of this and if you think its an option i'll find some guides for you.

Im assuming with this budget you want THE fastest parts in existence? in that case you will be looking at the 780 ti (as stated) or the 7990. I suggest 2 way sli for those. and watercool both lol

just another thing, are you going for looks aswell or do you not care?
November 19, 2013 2:33:48 PM

I would love to go for looks, but all I've seen in my search for cases is that the best ones look rather boring, like the Corsair 900D. I understand that it's a very good case, but plain boxes don't really excite me! I'm a bit loathe on watercooling, as I've never done so before and I'd rather do that at a later date, perhaps if I build something for my sister in the future. It just seems very complicated for someone new to all of this.

Which parts are not unlockable in my build? Please recommend other parts if you believe I should have an overclocking option, as the need to overclock may present itself at some point.

Thanks Barney!
November 19, 2013 2:41:55 PM

At the moment all your parts are unlocked when needed.
The oly other thing you could get to help with overclocking is water cooling. It really isn't that difficult. For now your cooling solution will be sufficient for a modest overclock. But if you want to really push it look at custom water cooling loops. To any normal person. Would give a warning of the cost. But yeh... Lol
November 19, 2013 2:54:42 PM

Air cooling is fine for a first time builder and since he is not over clocking he really does not need water cooling.
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November 19, 2013 6:55:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus X79 DELUXE ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($345.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($570.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($258.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($699.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 P2 1000W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($194.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $4530.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-19 21:49 EST-0500)

Let this just be a sort of guide.

Fast RAM
Large SSD, possibly two if you want to do a RAID configuration.
Two 780ti's is spot on IMO.
Plantinum certified of at least 1000W.
1440p monitor with 5ms response time. If you want to do gaming also pick up a 144hz monitor.

Just my two cents, I think you are on the right track.
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November 19, 2013 7:34:27 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($409.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($259.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($570.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($258.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PQ321Q 31.5" Monitor ($3259.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $7406.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-19 22:33 EST-0500)

4K gaming and workstation in one.
November 19, 2013 8:19:04 PM

Thanks again to all who have replied. I have several questions:

@sacara: So you recommend 32 GB of RAM? I've heard there could be problems going over 16 GB (although I'm not sure what they are!). Any enlightenment on that would be much appreciated. I'm guessing that for the hard drive, having 7200 RPM is better? What's the difference between the Corsair 750D ATX and the 900D? As for the power supply, wouldn't having a 1250W-capable one be better than the 1000W you mentioned? Or is it that much better when it's platinum certified? Thanks for the recommendation for the monitor, I'll look into it!

@mastrom101: What is the main advantage of the Asus Rampage mobo versus the X79 Deluxe? I'm not too well versed in mobos, unfortunately. I'm guessing for the RAM going for 2133 is better than 1866, as supposedly that helps for overclocking? Personally I'm not a fan of the HAF designs for cases, so any other recommendations for cases would be welcome! I'm also more of a fan of 27" monitors, so any options on those would be great (my dad has a 30" monitor, and it just felt too big!).

@Barney: Thanks, how can you tell if your parts are ready for unlocking or not? Does it just say in the product description?
November 19, 2013 10:45:46 PM

32gb of ram shouldn't give any noticeable problems. You only need that because you said you want to do media creation. The speed of the ram makes a difference, but not noticeable. I don't know if it makes overclocking it better but to be honest overclocking ram won't make a massive difference

7200 rpm means faster read/write speeds.

You only need the wattage your system requires. No point in getting a more powerful psu than needed. Unless your planning on doing 4 way sli the 1000w would be sufficient.

The parts that have to be unlocked are the CPU, gpu and ram. These days any modern gpu and ram is unlocked unless its some budget stuff and it says locked. It's the CPUs that vary. As of now you want an i7-4***K the k represents that model is unlocked. Without the k you won't be able to overclock that CPU.

Pretty much you don't need t worry about it as all of your parts are unlocked.
November 20, 2013 7:19:10 PM

So based on all of your recommendations, would this be the optimal build I'm looking to make?

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($570.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($258.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.00 @ Amazon)

Any changes I should make?
November 20, 2013 10:52:02 PM

To me everything seems good.
One question I have is how do you bear windows 8?
November 21, 2013 12:03:38 AM

I'm not exactly sure what you mean. Is it a bad operating system compared to Windows 7? I've heard of some issues with the new layout and some kind of side-system to access programs, as well as a lack of functionality compared to Windows 7. I've also heard that it boots up faster than Windows 7. Can you tell me more?
November 21, 2013 10:48:47 AM

Windows 8 was designed for tablets. That's why it is terrible.
True, if offers better gaming performance and probly better boot times. But that is not noticeable unless you have the two systems next to each other. Windows 7 was designed for computers.

Windows 8 is based on the idea of touch screens. The desktop is an app for example. The home page is a bunch of squares which link to stuff like the desktop and Internet.
Unless you want to die of frustration over the utter stupidity of this operating system, buy windows 7.

Don't just take my opinion for it. Search windows 8 on the Internet and I bet 9 out of 10 results are reviews saying how stupid it is.

Buy. windows. 7.
November 21, 2013 11:07:44 AM

mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($409.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($259.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($570.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($258.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($705.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition (2-Pack) 63.5 CFM 120mm Fans ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 1250W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PQ321Q 31.5" Monitor ($3259.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $7406.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-19 22:33 EST-0500)

4K gaming and workstation in one.


Holy Christ, a 7k build :ouch: 
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