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Old March 22, 2012, 11:39 AM
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I'm saving money for a pc (Ivy bridge will be out if I have the money unless I do nice to my mom LOL)
This are the components:
CPU: Intel i7 3820
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8gb 1600mhz cl9 (another question whats the difference between cl9 and cl8)
HDD: Seagate baracuda 3TB 7200rpm
GPU: 2x MSI Radeon 7770 Crossfire (Is the Crossfire bridge included?)
PSU: Corsair gaming GS800
MBD: (MOBO but all the abbreviations are 3letters lol) ASUS P9X79 (Bundled with CPU free BF3)
CSE: (Case but all the abbreviatons are 3letters lol) Corsair Carbide 400R

I use it for:
gaming (World of Warcraft, BattleField 3)
video editing
photo editing

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Old March 22, 2012, 01:32 PM
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I wouldn't recommend getting the Core i7 3820. It is a little bit harder to overclock and you will have to mess around with the BCLK instead of the locked multiplier. Regular SB may have restricted BCLK but overclocking with the multiplier is easier for some. You haven't added the missing features that a regular SB has, Intel QuickSync and the IGP which may come in handy even though you don't want to use. Plus you would have to pay more for X79 boards and all LGA2011 processors does not come bundled with a heatsink, you'll have to buy one.

I'd recommend getting something like a Core i5 2500K or Core i7 2600K with the former being sufficient for most recent titles. Add in a decent Z68 motherboard, preferably those with PCIE 3.0 support and you're good to go. It is just its CAS latency and lower is better. If you're not into overclocking much, CL8 or CL9 doesn't matter.

I'd reserve the 3TB HDD strictly for storage purposes only. Getting a SSD as a boot drive is better as the prices of HDD is still not cheap due to the floods. A 128GB SSD like the Crucial M4 128GB is more than enough for the OS and a couple of games. A SSD is FAST, faster than any HDD.

With the money you're spending on dual HD7770's, get a single but much more powerful GPU. You'll have less driver headaches, less in game issues and you get to keep one slot vacant for another GPU if needed. Lastly, you probably won't be needing a 800W PSU if you're buying mid range cards. A 600-650W is plenty, even for dual mid range cards in SLI/Crossfire.
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Given your needs I would go for Sandy Bridge or Ivy bridge if it will be out when you buy and a Z68 based motherboard (or whatever the new IB version will be). A single more powerful graphics card (I would anticipate some price drops on AMD graphics cards not that the GTX 680 has spoiled their fun).
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Old March 22, 2012, 08:12 PM
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CPU: The i7-3820 is NOT hard to overclock, and should you decide to overclock, you will only have to touch BCLK if you decide to OC beyond the ceiling multiplier of 43 (please read for details: Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E CPU Review).

I have the 3820, and have OC'ed the chip to a mild 4.01+ GHz, using only the multiplier. Mind you, if you will wait, then go for the Ivy Bridge (i.e. 3770K), unless you see the need for more PCIe lanes and more cache.

CSE: I have a 500R and I wish I have gone with the 300R. I am very disappointed with the 500R cable routing capabilities and overall quality of internal components, for the money payed. Save some money and invest it into a better HDD or SSD or a modular PSU (i.e. one of Corsair AX or HX line of PSUs or even SeaSonic PSU's).

EDIT: What do you plan on using for your CPU cooler, should you go with a 3820?

(EDIT 2:) RAM: CL8 vs CL9; you get tighter timings with CL8 (i.e. 8-8-8-24) vs. CL9 (i.e. 9-9-9-24); but unless you are into synthethic memory tests or OC'ing, don't waste your money on a CL8 unless it is a good deal.

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Old March 22, 2012, 09:11 PM
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No SSD? I use my SSD space for current projects and once I'm done I archive my work. It's a lot faster than working with a magnetic drive. This is for music production though.

Granted you may run into space issues with large video work but it's a good investment, even if you just get a small SSD for OS/Apps.

As for the 3820 I'm with these guys, the performance gain versus the price of buying X79+2011 CPU isn't worth it to me unless I wanted a nutty 6 core system.

Have you thought about waiting for Z77 boards to come out? Looks like sometime in April if rumors are true.
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CPU: The i7-3820 is NOT hard to overclock
Maybe hard was an overstatement but overclocking with multiplier is much easier to most users. As for me, I wouldn't go anything less than a Core i7 3930K on the X79 platform.
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Old March 22, 2012, 11:54 PM
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I forgot to say that I will buy the scyte mugen3 as cooler
Altough I would love to have a 3930k but I just simply can't afford it
(europe has the same prices as canada only expressed in euros so like 20% more expansive :C)
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No SSD? I use my SSD space for current projects and once I'm done I archive my work. It's a lot faster than working with a magnetic drive. This is for music production though.

Granted you may run into space issues with large video work but it's a good investment, even if you just get a small SSD for OS/Apps.

As for the 3820 I'm with these guys, the performance gain versus the price of buying X79+2011 CPU isn't worth it to me unless I wanted a nutty 6 core system.

Have you thought about waiting for Z77 boards to come out? Looks like sometime in April if rumors are true.
I will repost this after april only with another build because of ivy bridge anyway LOL
I think I'll go for the baracuda 2TB and get Kingston SSDNow V+200 60GB

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I think you guys have confused him ..
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I think you guys have confused him ..
I prefer enlightened.
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