Approximate Purchase Date: In one or two weeks.

Budget Range: €3000 - 3500 ($4000 - 4500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Architectural Visualisation & Modeling / Ultra Resolution Gaming / Everyday Internet Usage

Are you buying a monitor: No, i own a Apple LED Cinema Display 24'' with Mini-Displayport which I would like to keep using.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo, RAM, GPU, Coolers, HDD, SSD, PSU. Everything but the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Do you need to buy OS: Depends. If you think Windows 8 Pro will do the job I can use mine, if not I'll have to buy a Windows 7 (which version?).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Since I'm from Portugal, it's http://www.moddingworld.pt/loja/ or http://alientech.pt/. But I'll try to use and post from newegg.com for the discussion. Prices in EUR are a bit higher.. :/

Location: Braga, Portugal - Parts will be assembled in Alientech.pt on Porto city.

Parts Preferences: I tried to select some parts but none of them are final decisions. Check them on the bottom of the post.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC cause it's on the living room. The software I will likely use more are 3D Studio Max with Vray and Vray RT (not as much GPU rendering, more CPU), AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, Mudbox, Photoshop and After Effects. As for games I'm looking at Crysis 3, Farcry 3 and Battlefield 3.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm starting to get some freelance 3D visualisations works and need some horsepower for the renderings. As Dual XEON are really expensive I'll go for the X79 and I would like to be able to play the latest games aswell, at very high resolutions.


ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 150W Six-Core Desktop Processor


CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model

Kingston HyperX Beast 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model


ASUS GTX690-4GD5 GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
For best gaming and for easy use of the Mini-Displayport only connection of my monitor..
I know the GTX series 5 are better for V-Ray RT (GPU rendering) but I believe that with the comming drivers and software updates kepler will do much better then what it does at the moment. Anyway i don't plan to use alot of GPU rendering.

EVGA 04G-P4-3688-KR GeForce GTX 680 Classified 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Don't know if the 4GB will do much difference for working with 3D Max since I don't use much GPU rendering nor very big scenes. Apart of that it looks good for a future SLI configuration of 2X EVGA GTX680 CLASSIFIED 4GB versus GTX 690.
The problem then will be how to connect my monitor to this video card? Whats the best way? Mini-Displayport FEMALE to Displayport MALE adaptor?


2x Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

2x Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

For RAID 1 or any recomendation of RAID?

SSD: (for OS and/or maybe ASUS SSD CACHING)

OCZ Vertex 3 - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


SeaSonic X-SERIES X-1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W Digital ATX12V v2.31 and EPS 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler


Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

It's alot of information but I hope you guys can give me some good advices to help me choose between all this stuff or recommend other! :) My first BIG build..

Best regards.
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  1. Is it just me or the Thread Name isn't there? I can't see it. :/
  2. The thread name is not there... you must have skipped over it on accident when you made the thread :P

    I double clicked the area where your thread title should have been, and it did open up and let me come in here. But that is weird.

    EDIT: Your build and usage of the build seems to be very similar to mine. If you don't mind reading a little bit, you can see how the though process evolved in my build to where I currently stand (Last post): http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/377755-31-building-high-gaming

    I do plan on extreme visual gaming, but also double the rig as a workstation for 3D modeling and rendering for construction.
  3. I did wrote the thread name but I believe there's some kind of error because I started with the EUR currency sign. But now it won't let me change it.
    Should be something like "3000EUR (arround $4000) Work and Game Build."

    And I was just doing that.. found your thread 10 mins ago and it has quite good info too. Saving if for reference too. :)

    Hope to see peoples opinion about some of my choices.
  4. Please someone delete this Thread since it had some Thread name problems. I posted a duplicaded one now without that problem.
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