New high-performance workstation/gaming PC, Opinions?
Just thought I'd post my build that I'll be working on in a few months here. I'd like to see what people think.
And if you think I should change something, voice it!
What It'll be used for:
Heavy HD video editing and rendering.
3D Work (Animation and modeling/rendering).
Playing/Recording games at 1080p.
Large amounts of multitasking.
Photo editing (Photoshop CS6).
Programming various little mods for games, etc.
My budget: ~$2,500 USD ($3,000 including peripherals).
Haven't got to buy anything yet.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H -- After a lot of research, it has everything I want:
- 2 Way SLI support.
- Intel LAN controller.
- Realtek ALC898 audio.
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770k -- Great CPU, Nearly X79 performance without the X79 price, can't beat it!
- Corsair H100i (Because I'm really interested in overclocking, but not immediatly after I get it +good temp
- 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 (Thanks to Rollergold for recommending) for the H100i.
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr GTX 680 -- Chose for:
- High recommendation of MSI
- Nice stock OC.
- Dual fan.
- MSI exclusive features.
RAM: 32GB (4x8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws X blue. -- 1600mhz, 9-9-9-24 Timings
- All the RAM I'll ever need (I can verify that I can and will use more than 16GB)
- Good speed.
- Great CAS latency for the price.
1x Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD -- OS, games, and a select few important programs.
- Thanks great_big_abyss for recommending getting a 256GB.
1x Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB -- Other games, Programs, etc.
1x Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB -- Temporary workspaces, Backups.
1x Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB -- Ubuntu drive (Because I can't live without good old Linux.
PSU: Corsair HX850 -- Highly recommended to me.
- 850w, So plenty of room for expansion.
- 80+ Gold.
Optical Drives: ASUS 24x DVD burner -- Nothing special.
Case: NZXT Switch 810 SE Matte Black-- Beast. No one will change my mind on this.
- Full Tower.
- Plenty of space.
- Amazing cable management.
- Looks great + has a side window.
- + NZXT Hue RGB LED controller
Monitors: Dual Asus VE228H LED monitors.
Keyboard: CM Storm Trigger (With Cherry MX brown) -- Perfect keyboard.
- Mechanical (CMX Brown switches, The exact switch I want.)
- Full numpad.
- Cheaper than my other options.
Mouse: SteelSeries Sensei -- It changes colours.
- High DPI.
- Not too big, or too small.
Microphone: Blue Yeti Silver Edition -- Highly recommended studio quality microphone.
- Under $100.
- + Nady MPF-6 Pop Filter.
- + On Stage Stands MS7701 mic stand/boom.
Camera: Logitech C920 -- Since I won't have the luxury of my laptop's integrated webcam anymore
- Good features
- I do a lot of skyping, and I'd like to be able to make 1080p youtube videos.
I know that some will argue that the peripherals are not part of the build. They are to me.
But yeah.. Remember that $2,500 USD budget?
Current total price: ~$2,975 (Including peripherals) USD
Everything looks good but I have a few suggestions though.
As for the gentle typhoons, the grey/black is perfect in terms of colour. Noctua.. not so much, I have a nice window in my case to show off the nice..clean..lit-up..colour matched interior...
I'll switch to the gentle typhoons, They push ~the same amount of air, apparently, thanks!
The ASUS monitor.. at my main supplier is a bit more expensive, too much so to warrant the choice.
And newegg (My go-to "The other place doesn't have it" store), the model number doesn't bring up a result.
Thanks for all the input! ~edit~ The gentle typhoons are cheaper too! :thumb:
Considering the ammount of editing, I'd be looking at at least one ips panel for the vast improvement on colour.
1: I easily notice difference between colour across two monitors, so when I'm using both monitors as a workspace it would bother me.
2: Since I do a lot of gaming IPS panels aren't that good since the high response time
3: Having perfect colour for editing isn't a big deal for me as I don't do it professionally, It's more of a hobby than anything, And having dealt with a 2008 laptop monitor for quite some time (Still using it, right now) I'm sure even the TN panel on the Dell monitors I'm getting will be a major difference.
Go for a 256GB SSD. You'll find that 128GB fills up very quickly. My 128GB SSD is currently filled with my OS and a bunch of games, and I'm starting to look at upgrading to a 256GB. It didn't take long to fill. Less than 6 months.
Other than that, this looks like a fantastic high end build.
I'll look into the 256GB version of it, depends on how much more it costs, money is at a premium right now since I'm already over-budget.
Thanks for the input!
I looked into it a bit farther and it seems the dell is a bit better.
It seems like the more I think I have a solid plan the more I change. lol.
So many changes have gone into this PC, seriously.
And I've added a few things that weren't in the setup to start with, (mic, mic stand/boom, pop filter, Webcam, etc).
Biggest change I've made is switching to Blue G.Skill Ripjaws, they're way more recommended, have better reviews, and have better timings. I just wish they came in black lol. (And I've looked at G.Skill Sniper, I prefer the ripjaws).
Everything is coming together nicely.. But the total cost shows it.. haha!
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