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Hi everyone,

I'm putting together a new computer for grad school work. Its mostly going to be used for programming and maybe some graphical work. It also might deal with some heavier opengl usage (but not games). OS will be Linux or provided.

I'm currently thinking of:

Case: Corsair Carbide 500R ($140 @ Newegg)
CPU: Intel i7 3770K ($330 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock z77 Extreme3 ($150 @ Newegg)
RAM: G.SKILL 32G (4x8G) 1600MHz 9-9-9 ($189 @ Newegg)
PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W ($130 @ Newegg)
SSD: Plextor M5S 128G ($130 @ Newegg)
HDD: WD Black 1TB ($110 @ Newegg)

Subtotal: $1,213.42

For graphics, I'm either going to put in an old Radeon 6970 or (1 or 2) 7970's.

I'm not too sure of the case or motherboard, and ideally I'd like to cut the cost of any component if a similar spec'ed one is available. I want to keep the option of two Radeon cards sometime in the future, so the system should be able to handle that.
I'm also thinking of an AMD builldozer build as my task are more parallel based (compiling software, etc), but I'm leaning towards Intel for their better all around performance. This is my first Intel build, so I want some feedback before I pull the trigger on it.

I can't go anymore expensive, and I have to get this build approved by my department before I can get it.

Does anyone have any comments/suggestions about this build? Note I'm in Canada (thus newegg.ca) so I need Canadian stores.


Thanks in advance!
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Get a 2500k or 2600k, and get yourself a 4.5+ ghz overclock. This will be enough CPU for a long time and will shave off $100 from your build.
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Originally Posted by anticommon View Post

Get a 2500k or 2600k, and get yourself a 4.5+ ghz overclock. This will be enough CPU for a long time and will shave off $100 from your build.

I looked into prices between a 2600k and 3770k, and they are within $10 of each other, so I don't think there is much difference there. I did a quick check with my laptop (running an Intel CPU with HT) and disabling the HT cores increased the time it took to compile the Linux kernel by 30% (from 205s to 266s).

Thanks for the suggestion anyways!
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Ahh, well if you need HT then i7 is surely the way to go! I just have my 2500k because gaming is my most cpu intensive task, so HT is not as useful. coincedentily this is also why I turned down trading my 2500k for a 2600k from a family friend who accidentally recieved two from newegg, I would have done the trade if I hadn't just put the build together and if my 2500k didn't OC so well thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by anticommon View Post

Ahh, well if you need HT then i7 is surely the way to go! I just have my 2500k because gaming is my most cpu intensive task, so HT is not as useful. coincedentily this is also why I turned down trading my 2500k for a 2600k from a family friend who accidentally recieved two from newegg, I would have done the trade if I hadn't just put the build together and if my 2500k didn't OC so well thumb.gif
Think he'd be willing to trade it for a q6600? biggrin.gif

@OP
Quick guide to shopping for pc components in Canada: Check the big stores like Newegg, NCIX, Canada Computers, DirectCanada, etc for the cheapest price and use Shopbot.ca to check if any of the smaller stores has it for any cheaper and then go over to Memory Express and get it for even cheaper after a price match, or rather, price beat. As an example I just got my 500r for $90, and a Zalman cnps20lq for $50 from Memory Express after a price beat. You should be able to shave a decent amount of money off your build just by looking at the stores I listed instead of just Newegg. Memory Express has stock issues sometimes but I think you should be good, all of those components are fairly common.

I would spend the extra money upgrading the CPU cooler to get a nice overclock, I mean might as well if you're buying a 3770k. You could price beat an h100 for like $90 at Memory Express right now.

As for the motherboard, I would personally prefer something from Gigabyte or Asus but Asrocks are cheaper without too much of a quality hit.

Not sure if you need the 32gb for your school work but that's a huge amount of ram and you could save like $130 by dropping down to 8gb. You should look into 20nm Samsung Green dimms.

The XFX core edition isn't a bad psu at all but there are better at the same price. Also, you could drop down to a 750w and still be able to sli, with a max oc on cpu, might just be limited on the gpu ocs. Here is a pretty accurate list of psus in tiers http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx I would pick out a few models within that price point and look up the reviews on Jonnyguru to compare them and find the one that is just right for you.

SSD and HDD are both top tier.

What university btw? I'm hoping to be a U of T student next year. thumb.gif
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