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hrgiger
04-22-2013, 02:20 PM
So its that time for me to do a new build and this will only be my second time I've built the PC myself. And that was not quite 4 years ago so I'm a little out of it on the newest hardware that's out there.

Here's what I'm thinking for parts:

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225 $199.99

Mobo: ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131799 $349.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 6 Core http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492 $569.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231429 $124.99

Video Card: EVGA 03G-P4-3668-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130817 $339.99

Water Cooler: Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106190 $140.99

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011 $169.99

OS: Microsoft Windows Professional 7 64 bit OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992 $139.99

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series SSD 128 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192 $139.99

I have a 2 TB Internal drive I can use as a second hard drive for now. Grand total on this build before tax would be $1975.92. Actually a bit less since there are some instant rebates on some of the above items on Newegg right now.

Any suggestions for changes? The Sandy Bridge 6 core is a bit expensive and wasn't sure if I should go for one of the faster quad cores for a few hundred less or if the extra cores would be worth the price. I'm trying to stay around 2 grand or less. Current system is an i7 920 quad core HT at 2.67 GHz, 6GB of RAM and GeForce 285 OC so I want to make sure I'm stepping up quite a bit in performance over the current specs to justify the cost.

Thanks for any input.

Riff_Masteroff
04-22-2013, 02:56 PM
ASUS is a great mobo manufacturer. Recently, two months ago, I decided to go with the Sabertooth model (still LGA 2011 - X79). Spent some time thinking on this choice. I want my system to last for years, as do you. Sabertooth speaks to me: quality-longetivity vs extra features. Am very, very happy with my decision.

Umm, what of monitor(s)? I am now using two Dell inexpensive 6bit IPS 24" units. Wow, well worth the price IMO. What OS is your 4 year old using? Checkout my thread on monitor spanning thread on NT Forums / PC. I was using XP64 and bought into Win7x64 wtih the new 'puter. Big difference: I am still fighting the OS to configure it the way I wish to use it.

Also please let us know what you decide by posting on the BenchmarkMarbles thread.

digitaldoc
04-22-2013, 03:23 PM
The SSD might be a bit small. Try as you may to avoid it, Windows adds relentlessly to the C drive.

hrgiger
04-22-2013, 04:47 PM
ASUS is a great mobo manufacturer. Yes, I've been happy with my current ASUS mobo, I'm using the P6T Deluxe.


Umm, what of monitor(s)? I am now using two Dell inexpensive 6bit IPS 24" units. Wow, well worth the price IMO. What OS is your 4 year old using? Checkout my thread on monitor spanning thread on NT Forums / PC. I was using XP64 and bought into Win7x64 wtih the new 'puter. Big difference: I am still fighting the OS to configure it the way I wish to use it.

For now I will continue to use my 27 " Acer until I'm ready to get a new one. Or two. And I'm still running Win Vista Pro 64 which I've never had any issues with.


Also please let us know what you decide by posting on the BenchmarkMarbles thread.

I will, not sure how soon I will purchase. I've already placed my current machine benchmark on the thread which I believe was about 2 hrs and 52 minutes.

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The SSD might be a bit small. Try as you may to avoid it, Windows adds relentlessly to the C drive.

Yes, I was wondering about that. I was hoping that 128 was big enough to run the OS. I keep mine pretty lean, do you really think it will be an issue?

Rayek
04-22-2013, 04:52 PM
The SSD might be a bit small. Try as you may to avoid it, Windows adds relentlessly to the C drive.

I agee - my system has a 256gb one, and it's half full now - a 128gb one is going to be frustrating at some point. And yes, I only put the most important apps on it.

Additionally, I would get more internal memory. 16gb is sort-of on the low side, especially with more complex scenes. I would invest in more memory.
As for the choice of cpu: depends if you will be rendering heavy duty scenes a lot or not. In daily work the faster GHZ will help you most, but if rendering is your focus, more cores are preferable.

Also, on the rendering side GPU accelerated options are becoming more and more viable, which makes the choice even harder ;-)

On a side note, I also am still running an overclocked 920 - and so far I haven't really seen any single cpu from Intel that I think is worth upgrading for. Since AMD stopped being competitive Intel's upgrades have been a bit lackluster unfortunately. I'd like to upgrade to something that is at least twice as fast as my current rig, and current single cpu solutions do not seem to cut it quite yet. Hopefully Intel's next offering will be more enticing.

Lightwolf
04-22-2013, 06:31 PM
120GB on the SSD is barely enough... I've got 2.7GB free on mine at the moment (after about 18 months of using it - in a new system back then). And only the most used applications on it. 250GBs are cheap enough nowadays, especially for a system like that.

I'd also suggest 4x8GB DDR 1600 - 8 per module is the max. you can go anyhow, so you won't need to rip them out once you upgrade. And you need 4 modules since the CPU is quad channel. It runs with less... but slower.

Cheers,
Mike

hrgiger
04-22-2013, 07:40 PM
Thanks Mike. Yeah, it sounds like 256 would be a better option on the SSD.

And yeah, currently I have 4 X4GB in that memory config but you're right, it would be wasteful if I wanted to put the max 64GB in the Mobo eventually to have to just toss the 4GB sticks out.

I'm weighing if this system will be enough of a performance jump or if I should wait a little while.

Lightwolf
04-22-2013, 08:08 PM
I'm weighing if this system will be enough of a performance jump or if I should wait a little while.
It's unlikely that you'll get a big jump for the same price until at least the end of the year.

Cheers,
Mike

OFF
04-22-2013, 08:46 PM
I highly recommend taking the memory with an eye to 64 gigabytes - less than half a year of my 32 GB have been insufficient - customer requirements are growing constantly.