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I'm looking to build my first computer, and would like some help in deciding what components to put in it. This is my first post in these forums, so I apologize if my format or question type are not appropriate/relevant! smile.gif

Here are some things about my desired system:

(Ideal) Price Range: $1200 - $1800

Uses:
  • High performance gaming
  • Program development and 3D rendering (RAM intensive)
  • High performance audio

Some Required Features:
  • SSD
  • Wireless adapter -- only mention because I'm currently using D-Link USB adapters and am not entirely satisfied with their performance
  • Supports multiple high resolution displays

I realize that this is quite a vague system description, but as I said, I am new to building my own machine and simply want a powerhouse which allows me to view high quality video, play resource demanding games, and run software like Matlab efficiently, all simultaneously.

Also, I have recently purchased 16 GB of Crucal RAM (Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0) which I will be able to transfer to this new system, so you can take that into account and let me know if you think I'll need more RAM or if that should suffice.

If you would be able to help me form a list of potential components, paired with approximate prices (for Canada) I would be very thankful.
I appreciate your help! smile.gif
-GK
post #2 of 40
I put together this cart of items, this is an australian site though so just use this as a guide. I went with x79 becasue if are going to do 3d rendering, you might want more cores later, maybe a 3930k or whatever is out at the time.. I also went with nvidia gpu for cuda and good open gl support in the drivers.
And for the high performance audio there is a xonar essence stx which is one the best sound cards you can buy.
and a nice ssd and red colout scheme.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_lists&wlcId=96146&action=wish_lists
     
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Samsung 830 64gb Seagate Barracuda 1TB WD Caviar Green 2TB Custom water cooling loop 
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That looks like a great setup! Quick question, is there an internal/on-board option for wireless network adapters I could add, since an ethernet internet connection isn't available? Also, I notice that the motherboard has 1 Optical S/PDIF output, would I be able to connect two monitors to this? (I apologize for the stupidity of my questions! tongue.gif )
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I realize after looking a little bit longer that the outputs are actually from the videocard, not the motherboard, derp. Ignore that last question!
post #5 of 40
yes, i just added a pci e wireless network adapter so now you should be fine. Also I think that optical spdif is used for audio. btw i changed the mobo i was in a hurry and selected the wrong one... you will be fine either way.
     
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NZXT Phantom Corsair Vengence m65 Steel Series QcK Asus Xonar DGx 
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Plantronics gamecom 380 headset Logitech x230 2.1 speaker system bitfenix sleeved cable extensions blue for 8pin... 
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i3 m330 2.13 Ghz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4gb oem WD Caviar Blue 320gb 
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Windows 7 Home premium 1366 x 760 LED Realtek Sh!t 
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Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung SyncMaster S24B300 Corsair Vengenc k70 MX Blue Corsair AX760 
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NZXT Phantom Corsair Vengence m65 Steel Series QcK Asus Xonar DGx 
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Plantronics gamecom 380 headset Logitech x230 2.1 speaker system bitfenix sleeved cable extensions blue for 8pin... 
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i3 m330 2.13 Ghz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 4gb oem WD Caviar Blue 320gb 
OSMonitorAudio
Windows 7 Home premium 1366 x 760 LED Realtek Sh!t 
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You can buy internal Network Adapters that are connected to the motherboard through a PCI slot. If that is what you are asking. Such as this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342
    
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Also, the build posted above needs some RAM.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sorrowfool View Post

Also, the build posted above needs some RAM.

I mentioned I have some RAM already purchased, but thanks very much for the network adapters link!
post #9 of 40
Welcome to OCN, good post, plenty detailed enough for me to start suggestions.

3770k or 3930k is a tough call though, You want a powerhouse? 3930k.. however if the 3770k can suffice,then that.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
CPU: 3930k $575
MB: ASUS P9X79 Pro $299

I can already tell the X79 setup will have you over budget. Anyway..

SO:

CPU: 3770k $325

MB: ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 $155. $120 after MIR.


GPU: GTX 670 4GB $425. $405 after MIR.

SSD: Samsung 840 Series 250GB $180

PSU: XFX 550W PRO550W $50. $40 after MIR.

DVD: LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer $55

Case: CM Storm Scout $86 Shipped. $66 after MIR.

Sound: Xonar DX $90

Monitor: ACHIEVA Shimian QH270 $329

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212+ Evo $30

HDD: WD Cav Green 2TB $120

Wireless: Rosewill RNX-N600UBE $29

$1876. $1789 after MIR.


I don't know if you need a 3D monitor, if you want a certain form factor case, need dvd writer, need as strong as a GPU as a 670 4gb

Yeah 3820 + 2011 board is good too.
Edited by jagz - 12/22/12 at 4:05pm
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post #10 of 40
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This looks great as well! Thanks for your extensive research! The one thing I might've thought differently would be a different case since the motherboard supports 2x USB 3.0 front input ports. I would have maybe picked a case which also has 3.0 front ports, though since not many devices use 3.0 yet it would be probably unnecessary. Also, do you think that the 550W supply would be sufficient? I'm still not sure how to gauge what supply would be required for a system. Thanks!!
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