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Hi (wall of text incoming)

Been following this forum- and seeing and learning many interesting things- for the past year (and for which I almost payed for with my grades) and have now decided I want to build a computer after I graduate at the end of this year.

I was never much of a gamer but I did dabble in a little bit of Battlefield 3 and Dota with friends. However I've done a lot of video editing using Premiere CS5.5 for amateur video projects with roomates/church people on my mac (macbook pro, 2009, still chugging along), and I always pictured it would be easier on a desktop.

I starting saving since the beginning of this academic year and have amassed around $3000, with another $500 coming in by summer (july-august). Since I won't be applying to med school for another year, I figured I'd take the year off and pursue... other interests (and pray I don't get too much into gaming, but lets face it, I'm building a powerful computer. it MAY happen).

So far I've done some research but I'm still new as to a lot of things.

After making and remaking several builds on Tigerdirect (would Newegg be better?) I've narrowed down things I've decided on:

CPU: i7 3930k (I heard the 3960x is better, but at $400 more its not worth it)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233256) don't understand all the seriel numbers on it, I plan to buy two to get 32GB
PSU: Corsair AX1200
GPU: GTX 680s in SLI (hopefully they'll be in stock by then!)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair h80
Monitor: Dell U3011 or HP zr30w

Wasn't sure about the case, I wanted to try the Silverstone FT02, or the corsair 650d.

I've also looked into watercooling, but it seems a lot of modding/adjustments have to be made in order for watercooling to work, and so I think I'll put that off until I've actually built a computer. Then I could consider it, maybe.

Again, I will primarily be using the computer to do a lot of amatuer video editing with Premiere, After Effects, and will also be gaming on Battlefield 3, Dota 2, and maybe Diablo 3, if my friends think its any good. Fairly new to the gaming scene, but I've seen a friend playing Battlefield 3 on full settings and it made me want to melt my mac down into scrap metal to sell for a computer.

Is this build overkill for my goals? I'm not looking for a computer to show off, or to beat benchmarks. I just want it to be able to handle all these things with relative ease.

Thank you!
Edited by afreshdinosaur - 4/26/12 at 6:31pm
post #2 of 24
You've definitely got a very powerful build there and it would certainly work great. however...
1 - I have never been such a fan of corsair ram, i have found it to be less reliable than brands such as g.skill they're a bit cheaper too.
2 - I would go for 2x 7970 as they are a little cheaper and scale better giving you the same performance in games and higher compute performance, which would be helpful for PS i believe. Also if you do decide to go down the water cooling route, they are a sigle slot card once the stock cooler comes off. Having said that the 680's do draw less power.
3 - I'd go for the 27" dell, they're about half the price and all you loose is 3" and 160px not bad if you ask me.

To answer your question, "is it overkill?" Yes, but hey this is a place for over kill.

Cheers
Zane

P.S welcome to OCN :-)
Edited by novemberEcho - 4/26/12 at 6:04pm
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post #3 of 24
Definately overkill, but if you have a budget that large you'll still be under your budget and will be very happy with the results! It's addictive when you start building computers for power, not just surfing the web. If the 680's aren't in stock, the 7970's are good too in cfx and cheaper, as the above post mentions.

Don't forget to factor in a good SSD, and you probably want a good storage HDD.


Newegg is way better, no tax and generally same/better prices. Air cooling is a good start, and putting off watercooling for the future is a good plan.
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Originally Posted by steadly2004 View Post

Don't forget to factor in a good SSD, and you probably want a good storage HDD.

Totally forgot about this guiltysmiley.gif

I would really recommend an Intel 520 as they seem to be the most reliable. As for HDD's you can't really go past a good WD Black drive.

Cheers
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post #5 of 24
you don't need 1200 Watts for a PSU, 750-850 is your range. It's hard to believe that even with video work you would use 32 Gigs of RAM.
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post #6 of 24
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okay thank you for all the feedback. and so soon! Again, this build won't be taking place until summer but seriously, i've getting excited just reading build logs.
Just a couple questions then

1. 32GB does seem a lot, so I should stick with 16gb?
2. Alright they have a 850 watt version of the AX1200 as well, but to be honest I know nothing about PSUs; are there any better models? I figured PSU choice wasn't as significant except for wattage and effeciency.
3. I have definitely considered the 7970s, and will go for them if the nvidia's are out of stock.
4. Oh yes, hardrives. I was just thinking of getting a 2TB drive for a scratch disk, and a SSD for a boot drive. Is that the general configuration?

Thanks for the tip on the 27 inch! I think I'll stop by microcenter (they have one not but 10 miles from harvard) and check out the size of a u2711, if they have one. I'm used to hunching over a 15", i'm guessing I'll be blown away.

Also I'm planning on overclocking the CPU, something I've also read about (but understand almost nothing except voltage and cpu multiplier and BLCK (which even that I vaguely understand). That being said, is a basic aftermaket cooler in the price range of $70-100 enough to cover that?

Thank you!
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by afreshdinosaur View Post

I figured PSU choice wasn't as significant except for wattage and effeciency.

A lot of people on here will tell you that your PSU is the MOST important component as all the other components are tied to it. Something like this would be great, though you may find a rebranded version by XFX or Corsair for less money. Also check out the online deals section as that same PSU may be $150 at NCIX.US. There is also a great deal floating around on the PC P&C 950W Silencer if it's still in effect.

Yeah, here's that Seasonic 850W for $50 less. With your budget I would order this and call it a day for the PSU. You'll get other quality suggestions though.
Edited by BillOhio - 4/26/12 at 6:35pm
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post #8 of 24
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alright thank you! I will definetely look into that.
post #9 of 24
Just thinking out loud for a build list.

3930k w/ Asrock Extreme6 Mobo @ $805 Link
Seasonic 850W PSU @ $150 Link
EVGA 680 @ $500 Link
EVGA 680 @ $500 Link
Spinpoint F3 HDD @ $109 Link
Crucial M4 128 SSD @ $159 Link
Sony Optiarc DVD @ $20 Link
RAM 16 GB Kingston Hyper X 1600 @ $105 Link
Hyper 212 Cooler @ $30 Link (kept it simple with eventual water cooling in mind)

Win 64 Premium @ $100 Link

Corsair 650D @ $162 Link

SAMSUNG S27A850D Matt Black 27" Monitor @ $850 Link
Edited by BillOhio - 4/26/12 at 7:49pm
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i do, literally a 20 minute walk, less if i borrow a car
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