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Old February 29, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Question $5400 System Build - Need Some Ideas

Hello forum, my wife and I are working on build but have most of the core components already. We want to make the most prepared and wise decision when going through with the process.

There are the core items we already have, they are;
- Intel® Core™ i7-3960X "Unlocked" (ARV US$1,050.00)
- Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI (ARV US$280.00)
- Intel® 510 Series 250 GB SATA Version 3 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive (ARV US$682.00)
- Intel® Thermal Solution RTS2011LC (ARV US$110.00)

Other Components necessary to build the PC provided by Newegg.com, not to exceed US$3,300.00. The total Component value will not exceed US$5,422.00.

1. The PC Will be used for Professional Video Editing and Graphics Design (Adobe CS5.5 Premier/After Effects/Encore/Photoshop/ 3ds Max etc.) Gaming (Assassins Creed/Diablo 3/Call of Duty/ Need For Speed/Skyrim etc) Media Center use, Tech Supporting family and Friends and the usual daily tasks.

2. The budget is as described above, and we can't go over $3,300.00 in additional items.

3. All the products have to be from Newegg.com

4.We don't really have a brand preference, just a performance preference, we want everything to run well and do so for years to come.

5. I don't want to incorporate any old parts I have into this build but will be willing to go a little into my tax refund to fill in any lower priced components, but we're trying to stick with the budget because the adobe production suite is going to be a pretty penny for us to buy for this system.

6.One preference I do have is the new Coolmaster Cosmos S2 case because of its portability when we plan to do live multi-camera video productions at different sites maybe 3 to 4 times a year. The db of the case fans wont be a bother as long as the cubic feet they push in and out the system is very efficient.

7.I would like to safely overclock in a fashion that will allow the components to last for a very long lifespan but also allow video rendering and gaming processes to go through as breezily as possible.

8.I'm waiting to schedule when to make the build so preferably I'd like to see examples of builds based on current tech on the market and also 2nd quarter tech that will be coming out.

9.My wife definitely prefers as close to life resolution, contrast, etc when she does her work, but those monitors tend to be rather pricy and demolishes our budget so we're aiming for at least 1080p and multi monitors would definitely be a plus for multitasking but not absolutely necessary I had even considered two Acer H274HLbmd 27"'s

We'll eagerly await your feedback and thank you for the assistance.

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Old March 3, 2012, 05:44 PM
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I don't have time to go in- depth at the moment but I'll recommend IPS panel monitors to you right away for starters.
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Old March 3, 2012, 06:24 PM
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im gonna suggest not buying the 3960x, there is barely any performance over the 3930k at damn near half the price.
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Old March 3, 2012, 06:51 PM
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This is a 4k$ build, which is overkill for the application you have in mind.

Revodrive 240Gb for OS and all apps.
Dual Dell U2410s.
Dual 60Gb SSDs in Raid 0 as a scratch disk.
Dual 1TB HDDs in Raid 1 for storage (if the board is capable of dual Raid setups)
GTX570 for Adobe's Mercury Engine.
32Gb of ram.
The Cosmos 2.
Corsair H100 HSF.
i7-3820 + Gigabyte X79 board.
Corsair HX750 PSU.

And with all that, I still can't break the bank...
COOLER MASTER COSMOS II RC-1200-KKN1 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
2 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
2 Dell UltraSharp U2410 (464-7346) Black 24" 6ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ...
2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD3 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
2 Patriot Pyro PP120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
OCZ RevoDrive 3 series RVD3-FHPX4-240G PCI-E 240GB PCI-Express 2.0 x4 MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Subtotal: $4,119.85
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Old March 3, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Well actually my wife and I won the:
- Intel® Core™ i7-3960X "Unlocked" (ARV US$1,050.00)
- Intel® Desktop Board DX79SI (ARV US$280.00)
- Intel® 510 Series 250 GB SATA Version 3 2.5-Inch Solid-State Drive (ARV US$682.00)
- Intel® Thermal Solution RTS2011LC (ARV US$110.00)
and the $3,300 is also part of the prize to choose the rest of the build and we have to use it for this particular build, I was really wondering about the Adobe mercury engines myself. Am I not going to be able to go anywhere with the 7970's? I really wish the 600 series was out. Here's another concept of additional items I came up with, what do you think? I was thinking of using my tax return money to buy this monitor out of pocket... the DELL U2711
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Old March 4, 2012, 07:15 AM
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No added value with the 7970
PSU is overkill
Ram is too fast
120Gb SSD for OS is not enough with CS
You need scratch disks
Blacks are great, but not for storing data

With your 3300$ budget, you could easily fit in 2 U2711.
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No real need for the 120 SSD, since you are already getting a 250 SSD in the package parts that you won to use as a OS and apps drive. I would tone down the power supply to a Corsair HX850. I would change the memory to this. Then you can add a 27" Monitor and still stay with in your 3300 budget. And if you tone down the video cards a tiny bit you could get a second 27" monitor. Just something to think about.
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Old March 4, 2012, 12:30 PM
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No added value with the 7970
PSU is overkill
Ram is too fast
120Gb SSD for OS is not enough with CS
You need scratch disks
Blacks are great, but not for storing data

With your 3300$ budget, you could easily fit in 2 U2711.
I made some adjustments leaving $325 headroom, would you recommend i'm guessing a solid state for a scratch disk or something else? (keep in mind I already have the 250gb intel 510 ssd for the operating system) I also can't see how to fit the monitor in here.

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Old March 4, 2012, 12:49 PM
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No real need for the 120 SSD, since you are already getting a 250 SSD in the package parts that you won to use as a OS and apps drive. I would tone down the power supply to a Corsair HX850. I would change the memory to this. Then you can add a 27" Monitor and still stay with in your 3300 budget. And if you tone down the video cards a tiny bit you could get a second 27" monitor. Just something to think about.
I toned it down a bit with some of your specifications. I heard its hard for the lower generation cards to produce 2560 x 1600 res so that's what I find it challenging to downgrade them at this point. When it came to the concern for my ram of choice originally, is it because it wouldn't be "noticeably" different or it wouldn't perform differently at all?
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I would switch the OCZ PSU to something more reliable. XFX, Corsair, Seasonic are the most reliable brands.
Do you REALLY need the ULTIMATE version of Windows 7? I suggest the Professional version.
Did you check the CFM ratings on those fans? Noise levels? Anything 20db and lower is quiet. Anything higher is....questionably noisy. ( depends on your ears and environment I guess )
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