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Hi, i'm looking to build a new system. My goal is to build a real powerful machine. I do some occasional gaming but I am a Software Engineer so I mess around a lot with various VM's, running multiple VM's at a time, developing applications, etc.

I build a system once every 5 - 7 years so I'm not really up on what is exactly compatible with what. So based on some research here is what I have put together:


The thing I'm unsure of is how would these match up? So here are my questions:
  1. I know that you have to match up memory latency with mobo/proc, but am unsure where to find out what the match up?
  2. Will the PowerSupply be enough?
  3. Is the video card powerful enough for the rest of hardware?
  4. Are there better SSD cards at the capacity, etc?
  5. Is there a good "very" silent fan that I can purchase for the proc?
  6. I have two 24" monitors with 2048x1152 resolutions. How can I get best performance with a video card, or are there better cards that can support this?

Edited by Tomaszewski - 2/16/13 at 8:14pm
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Hi, i'm looking to build a new system. My goal is to build a real powerful machine. I do some occasional gaming but I am a Software Engineer so I mess around a lot with various VM's, running multiple VM's at a time, developing applications, etc.

I build a system once every 5 - 7 years so I'm not really up on what is exactly compatible with what. So based on some research here is what I have put together:


The thing I'm unsure of is how would these match up? So here are my questions:
  1. I know that you have to match up memory latency with mobo/proc, but am unsure where to find out what the match up?
  2. Will the PowerSupply be enough?
  3. Is the video card powerful enough for the rest of hardware?
  4. Are there better SSD cards at the capacity, etc?
  5. Is there a good "very" silent fan that I can purchase for the proc?

That memory is fine.
that psu is way overkill, try like 500-600w.
the video card is plenty fast if you only occasionally game, it will be strong at 1920x1080 any higher and you will sacrifice frames.
not sure.
there are plenty oh very quiet fans, someone else will have to direct you to one, however.


the 3930k would be a better processor choice, save some money and put it somewhere else, like the video card.
Edited by Cannon19932006 - 2/16/13 at 8:12pm
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Thanks for the reply.
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that psu is way overkill, try like 500-600w.

Hmm... I thought you had to have plenty of juice to support the vid cards
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the video card is plenty fast if you only occasionally game, it will be strong at 1920x1080 any higher and you will sacrifice frames.
not sure.

You prompted me ask another question, I have two 24" monitors with 2048x1152 resolutions. How can I get best performance with a video card, or are there better cards that can support this?
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Based on what you doing, I'd recommend getting more RAM if ur running mutiple VMs. You can get a 7950 for better performance around the same price as the 660 Ti. Your power supply is freaking overkill so you are fine there. Why don't u get a less expensive SSD. Maybe a Samsung 830 or 840 128gb/120GB SSD for your os. Then you can get a couple of tera drives for stroage?
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Thanks for the reply.
Hmm... I thought you had to have plenty of juice to support the vid cards
You prompted me ask another question, I have two 24" monitors with 2048x1152 resolutions. How can I get best performance with a video card, or are there better cards that can support this?

With the money you save buy another 7950.
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yeah i'd guess at load that system listed would use about 350w, i said 500-600w psu so you have room to overclock, 1200w would be for if you were overclocking and adding 3/4 video cards in one setup lol.
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Here ya go.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E0TG

I agree with the above except i think he wants a larger ssd, the one he listed is 360gb.
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why are you getting a 3970x? get a 3930k instead. it's less than half the price and there is only a 3-4% performance difference between the two in benchmarks which is not noticeable at all in real world situations. with the money saved there, either build a custom water cooling loop or get an aio kit so you can OC and get even more performance out of the chip. it doesnt make sense to get a 3970x at all. it's a total waste of money
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I agree with the above except i think he wants a larger ssd, the one he listed is 360gb.

Okay, take off the tera and get this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147187

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E0YY
Edited by x8x - 2/16/13 at 8:33pm
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Wow, very interesting. Thanks so much for the replies and the guidance.
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Here ya go.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/E0TG

x8x, great site, I wish I knew about it before. So I have some question in regards to this build:

  1. I dislike both AMD and ATI. I used to like ATI, but I like that Intel and Nvidia are both American companies and so I'd prefer to buy Nvidia. That being said, what would be a competing Nvidia card?
  2. As for the processor, you elected to not pick the highest one, understandable since you get diminishing returns at some price points, however you are loosing 3MB of CACHE memory which to me "seems" important as that will be your fastest memory swapps, followed by RAM
  3. I may have overstated the VM issue. I maybe run two at a time a maximum, it would be extremely rare to run three or more. Would this mean that the 32GB of RAM is slightly overkill?
  4. Over the last couple of years, I've noticed Samsung decrease quality in a lot of their products (both cell phone and dvd player I had), and maybe this is just me, but judging the fact that their price level is far lower than any of the competitors, would it make more sense to spend an additional $200 for quality?

I use my computer mostly for work stuff, so it will pay itself off on the first project I use it on, so I'm not afraid to shell out an additional $500 if I need to.
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