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Thanks for checking out my thread (again if you read it before it got deleted). I am posting this thread to see what people think about the Rig I have decided to buy and if their is anything you guys would change about it? My Budget is £2,900 £3,400!, but I have only spend £2,318.77 choosing my parts, so i have plenty of money left for upgrades and changes that you guys make:)!

 

I would just like to say sorry to Overclock.net for my thread before this one as it contain some banned information that was going to be used on my new Rig! Sorry guys :(x

 

What the computer has got to do:

- Play Video Games at Highest possible settings

- Render VRays within a good amount of time

- 3D Graphic work

- Last while i'm at Uni

- And other general stuff

 

THE BUDGET HAS BEEN INCREASED TO £3,400!

 

Computer parts I have chosen!:

 Please note, I would also like you guys to make a PC worth £2900, £3,400 and post it on this thread and explain why you have picked the parts you have other the ones I have chosen:)

 

Case
- Coolermaster HAF-X
- £130

CPU
- Core i7 3820 Quad Core Socket 2011 Retail
- £229.40

- Intel CPU Core i7 3930K (C2) Enthusiast Unlocked Six Core Socket 2011 Processor

- £449

 

Motherboard
- Asus Rampage IV Extreme
- £310.98

Memory- RAM
- 16GB Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Racing Red 2133MHz
- £152.16

- GSkill Ripjaws Z Series 1600 CL 9.0 16GB
- £80.19

Graphic's Card
- (2x) EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Classified
- £424.18
 

Which 7970 should i go for? :/ Help me pick please x

I will be buying 2 of them for my system!

I have left £900 for 2 Graphics cards!

 

- 3GB MSI Radeon HD 7970 OC, 5500MHz GDDR5, 28nm, GPU 1010MHz, 2048 Cores, DP/DL DVI-I/HDMI

- £443.75

 

or

 

- 3GB Sapphire Radeon HD 7970, 5500MHz GDDR5, PCI-e 3.0 28nm, GPU 925MHz, 2048 Cores, DVI-I/HDMI/Mini DP

- £431.75


Harddrive
Harddrive 1
- Seagate 750GB MomentusXT Hybrid SATA III 32MB Cache
- £144.90

 

- 120GB Corsair Force Series GT, SATA III SSD

- £129.74

 

Harddrive 2
- 3TB WD Caviar Green WD30EZRX, SATS 6Gb/s
- £147.32

Harddrive 3
- 3TB WD Caviar Green WD30EZRX, SATS 6Gb/s
- £147.32

The reason i have picked this amount of memory is because I require this amount:)

DVD Drive
- Lite-On iHAS524-98 Internal DVD Writer
- £29.99

Blue-ray Drive
- Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP 12x Blu-Ray Combo Drive
- £53.99

Power Supply
- Corsair CMPSU-850HXUK HX 850W Modular
- £130.62

Processor Cooler
- Corsair Hydro H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
- £99.98

 

- Noctua NH-D14-2011 Dual Radiator Cooler with PWN fans

- £66.29

Sound Card
I have been looking at the Fata1ty Professional but usnsure weither to stick with the 7.1 Surrond soun on the Motherboard? What do you think?

Wireless PCI Adapter
I have also been looking at a Wireless PCI but totally unsure what to have as the Internet Box isnt in my bedroom yet, thats why I need one of these, but it will be moving to my bedroom later on in the yet as my parents are re decoranting the house


Network PCI

- Bigfoot Killer 2100 OCI-E Gigabit LAN Card- Max Gaming

- £59.40


Anti-virus Software
- ESET NOD32 Antivirus - Home Edition
- £29.99

Monitor
1st Monitor
- LG M2350D-PZ 23" HD Ready 1080P LED TV
- £193.48


- Dell U2312 23 inch Widescreen IPS Panel LCD Monitor
- £179.99

2nd Monitor
- LG M2350D-PZ 23" HD Ready 1080P LED TV
- £193.48


- Dell U2312 23 inch Widescreen IPS Panel LCD Monitor
- £179.99

Monitor Cables
- (2x) 2 Metre Gold Plated V1.4 HDMi Cables
- £8.86

Keyboard
- Razer Black Widow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming keyboard
- £108.82

Any recommendations? I have left £110 for this

Mouse
- Razer Deathadder Re-Spawn 3500 Dpi
- £52.39

Fan Controller
I would like to have a Fan controller for the 5 fans in the case but unsure what one to have! I would like one that can control 5 Fans, and has an Auto-speed mode so I dont have to pay much attend to them.

The one I have looked at is:
- NZXT Sentry 2
- £21.32

Thermal Paste
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)
- £9

- Innovation Cooling Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound - 1.5g
- £6.98

I am changing the stock fans and replacing them with RED LED fans to match the front fan on the case!
Top Fan
- Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Case fan
- £11.46

2nd Top Fan
- Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Case fan
- £11.46

Side Fan
- Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Case fan
- £11.46

Fan Filters
- DEMCiflex Cooler Master HAF-X Magnetic Dust / Fan Filter Set
- £70

Total Costing = £2,318.77 (Still need Graphics Card, Keyboard)

My total budget is £2,900, £3,400 like I said before, this is for you guys to make improvemnts to the Rig I am going to buy!

Thanks, Guw94 x


Edited by Guw94 - 3/16/12 at 8:42am
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With a $2800 budget, having a $200 cpu is VERY awkward, especially since you're planning to have your mobo cost 1.5x more than the CPU. With that sort of a budget, you should be able to afford a 3960X. Reconfigure some things per below, and you should be able to afford a much better CPU.

@optical - Why do you need an internal drive and a BD drive? BD drives can read CDs.

@grease - Dump Arctic Silver in favor of IC Diamond.

@monitors - If you're going to do serious video editing, you'll want an S-IPS monitor. You can get Dell U2312s for similar price (according to amazon.co.uk)

@air filters - $70 on filters? Are they made of gold or something?

@GPU - For same $400 budget, you can get a Radeon 7970, which is better than both 2x 560s or a 580.

@HD - what's the reason for getting Seagate 750? It's smaller than your storage drives, so I can assume it's going to be an OS drive. For an OS drive, you'll want an SSD. Crucial M4 128GB is in the most popular choice of most new builders. It's a terrific performer, and has high reliability.

@NIC - you're not gonna need a network card. It wont add any functionality to your PC.

@cooler - Are you planning to overclock very much? if you're not, you should just get a good mid-range cooler,like hyper212+ and it will be more than enough. If you are, I'd recommend a high quality air cooler, like NH-D14 or Silverarrow, simply because it sounds like you're relatively new to this. Air coolers have less risks and require less maintenance.

@Antivirus - ESET Nod32 is terrific if you don't mind paying the cash. Otherwise, you can run Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes for free, and they're excellent together.

@keyboard - Razer mechanical keyboards are not of good quality. That's a popular opinion, and I've personally went through a couple that broke down a year into their life. Check this thread for better options.

@sound - you can stick with onboard sound, but since you're spending this much money, I'd recommend getting a stand alone card. Asus Xonar is a great card for a low price.
    
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With a $2800 budget, having a $200 cpu is VERY awkward, especially since you're planning to have your mobo cost 1.5x more than the CPU. With that sort of a budget, you should be able to afford a 3960X. Reconfigure some things per below, and you should be able to afford a much better CPU.
@optical - Why do you need an internal drive and a BD drive? BD drives can read CDs.
@grease - Dump Arctic Silver in favor of IC Diamond.
@monitors - If you're going to do serious video editing, you'll want an S-IPS monitor. You can get Dell U2312s for similar price (according to amazon.co.uk)
@air filters - $70 on filters? Are they made of gold or something?
@GPU - For same $400 budget, you can get a Radeon 7970, which is better than both 2x 560s or a 580.
@HD - what's the reason for getting Seagate 750? It's smaller than your storage drives, so I can assume it's going to be an OS drive. For an OS drive, you'll want an SSD. Crucial M4 128GB is in the most popular choice of most new builders. It's a terrific performer, and has high reliability.
@NIC - you're not gonna need a network card. It wont add any functionality to your PC.
@cooler - Are you planning to overclock very much? if you're not, you should just get a good mid-range cooler,like hyper212+ and it will be more than enough. If you are, I'd recommend a high quality air cooler, like NH-D14 or Silverarrow, simply because it sounds like you're relatively new to this. Air coolers have less risks and require less maintenance.
@Antivirus - ESET Nod32 is terrific if you don't mind paying the cash. Otherwise, you can run Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes for free, and they're excellent together.
@keyboard - Razer mechanical keyboards are not of good quality. That's a popular opinion, and I've personally went through a couple that broke down a year into their life. Check this thread for better options.
@sound - you can stick with onboard sound, but since you're spending this much money, I'd recommend getting a stand alone card. Asus Xonar is a great card for a low price.

+1, that CPU is a horrible choice given your budget.
Get a 3930k + a Asus x79 pro instead imo, also iirc in an article by anandtech, the differences between 1600mhz ram and 2133 mhz wasn't great enough to warrant the cost.

If you swap those components around you'll end up with the same price roughly.
Edited by Kai` - 3/15/12 at 9:05am
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Do not get two mid-range GPU's for SLI with a budget that big.

The AMD Radeon 7970 will be faster and you won't have to deal with SLI headaches.

Also get an SSD for your boot drive, the M4 128gb is a great one.

Also I would *not* get an HAF X. Get something better looking, my next case is going to be the NXZT Switch 810. You could look into that but there are a ton of other better-looking choices then the HAF X that offer the same air-cooling performance.
    
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Originally Posted by j0zef View Post

With a $2800 budget, having a $200 cpu is VERY awkward, especially since you're planning to have your mobo cost 1.5x more than the CPU. With that sort of a budget, you should be able to afford a 3960X. Reconfigure some things per below, and you should be able to afford a much better CPU.

@optical - Why do you need an internal drive and a BD drive? BD drives can read CDs.
-I burn alot of Disc's while playing a Game etc, so this is the reason for this!smile.gif

@grease - Dump Arctic Silver in favor of IC Diamond.
-Thanks, I swap this on the list!

@monitors - If you're going to do serious video editing, you'll want an S-IPS monitor. You can get Dell U2312s for similar price (according to amazon.co.uk)
-Thanks Ill swap put these on the list!smile.gif

@air filters - $70 on filters? Are they made of gold or something?
-I know but their most recommened by HAF-x users and their really random shapes on the HAF-x frown.gif Think I should buy them still?

@GPU - For same $400 budget, you can get a Radeon 7970, which is better than both 2x 560s or a 580.
-Like I said i havent had a real look at Radeon but I think i will now:)

@HD - what's the reason for getting Seagate 750? It's smaller than your storage drives, so I can assume it's going to be an OS drive. For an OS drive, you'll want an SSD. Crucial M4 128GB is in the most popular choice of most new builders. It's a terrific performer, and has high reliability.
-I have a 8GB Solid State drive built into it, this is for quick booting etc. It acts like Cache for the harddrive and performs better than some Solid State Drives! (But do you think I should get a Proper Soild State Drive?)

@NIC - you're not gonna need a network card. It wont add any functionality to your PC.
-Ill just scrap that then!

@cooler - Are you planning to overclock very much? if you're not, you should just get a good mid-range cooler,like hyper212+ and it will be more than enough. If you are, I'd recommend a high quality air cooler, like NH-D14 or Silverarrow, simply because it sounds like you're relatively new to this. Air coolers have less risks and require less maintenance.
-I think I might do some overclocking but not to sure yet? Do you think I should?

@Antivirus - ESET Nod32 is terrific if you don't mind paying the cash. Otherwise, you can run Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes for free, and they're excellent together.
-I happy to buy Antivirus! I heard this was good, have you got it?

@keyboard - Razer mechanical keyboards are not of good quality. That's a popular opinion, and I've personally went through a couple that broke down a year into their life. Check this thread for better options.
- Do you recommened one?

@sound - you can stick with onboard sound, but since you're spending this much money, I'd recommend getting a stand alone card. Asus Xonar is a great card for a low price.
-Ill Have a look thanks:)
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i'll sell you mine for that price wink.gif
     
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Do not get two mid-range GPU's for SLI with a budget that big.
The AMD Radeon 7970 will be faster and you won't have to deal with SLI headaches.
Also get an SSD for your boot drive, the M4 128gb is a great one.
Also I would *not* get an HAF X. Get something better looking, my next case is going to be the NXZT Switch 810. You could look into that but there are a ton of other better-looking choices then the HAF X that offer the same air-cooling performance.

I think if he choosed the HAF X it's because he likes it's look. The case is the owner choice.
As for the SLI, you want at least 2Gb GPU's. I went for 560 Ti's 2 GB for the simple fact that BF3 eat around 1.6gb of Vram.
7970 are good if you play 1080p.
SLI 560 Ti 2GB will beat the 7970 @ >1440p.
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Go for Gigabyte G1 Assassin 2 x79 mobo

then no need to buy sound card & NPU..

It have in-built "Creative CA20K2" X-Fi sound card & "Bigfoot Killer E2100" NPU..thumb.gif

Secondly,Go for EVGA GTX 560 Ti 2Win ..it is more than 50% faster than GTX 580..tongue.gif
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I think if he choosed the HAF X it's because he likes it's look. The case is the owner choice.
As for the SLI, you want at least 2Gb GPU's. I went for 560 Ti's 2 GB for the simple fact that BF3 eat around 1.6gb of Vram.
7970 are good if you play 1080p.
SLI 560 Ti 2GB will beat the 7970 @ >1440p.

Do not listen to this guy and go with two mid-range cards. Your games will stutter and there is no upgrade path. 1 high end card now means you get around the same performance of his setup without microstutter and the option in the future to add a second.
    
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Do not listen to this guy and go with two mid-range cards. Your games will stutter and there is no upgrade path. 1 high end card now means you get around the same performance of his setup without microstutter and the option in the future to add a second.

Your games won't stutter, it will if you go cheap route : 1Gb Vram models.
1 Higher end card is better, yet the only better thing you can get is a 7970, other than that 2x560 kills a 580.
Either wait for next gen or get a 7970.

As for future proofing, the cards still worth money, you can always resell them at small loss and use the cash to buy better/higher end later.
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