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post #1 of 10
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So I will be building my first computer soon. I've tinkered with computer parts for years, but never really put a computer together. Feedback will be greatly appreciated!


Here are the specs I want the computer to be:

CPU:
Intel Core i7 3930K (Socket 2011)

Motherboard:
AsRock X79 Extreme6 (Socket 2011)

HDD:
Intel 120GB SSD (520) 550Mb Read / 500Mb Write

Memory:
G.Skill 4x4 PC-19200 (2400Mhz)

Case:
BitFenix Colossus White (No PSU)

PSU:
Thermaltake Smart Power 550W

CPU Fan:
Noctua NH-U12P-SE


Note:
My GPU will be the one I use now (Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti).
I'll also be using my current sound card on the new build (Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer)
Same for my blu ray writer & two of my hard drives.


My questions would be, Can my cpu fan & heatsink fit in that case with the ram etc?
And is 550W enough for this? I wont be overclocking anything.

Any suggestions are very welcome!
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post #2 of 10

Oh, the PSU is way more than enough and it's a recommended unit too.

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post #3 of 10
No need.for i7. Try the i5

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post #4 of 10
What do you plan on using the computer for?
post #5 of 10
if it's only for gaming.. the CPU is OVERKILL... get an i7 3770k or even an i5 and 3570k use the extra money and get a 7970 and you won't regret it smile.gif
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post #6 of 10
Yeah, the 3930K is only worth it if you're playing the latest games that are very heavily threaded. Even then the $500+ price tag is pushing it, as about $200 of it could be put into the GPU.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your replies, everyone!

It'll be a multi-purpose computer. I will be using it for gaming, but it will be mostly used for graphic design work - Photoshop (very high resolution poster artwork with many layers etc). I'll also be using it to do 1080p video editing. I'll also be using it for streaming both gaming and Photoshop. so I'll be running a lot of high demanding apps at once. My goal is to make a computer that'll last as long as possible without the need to upgrade.

The last major artwork project I worked on was a 1.12gb PSD which took about 5 minutes every time i needed to save lol wackosmiley.gif
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post #8 of 10
CPU is overkill imo.

but its you're system you know smile.gif

if i was you i'd love to get an Intel Core i7 3930K (Socket 2011) *haswell comes*
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post #9 of 10
Your going to do graphical work, spend tons of money on a completely overkill cpu and then you say you have a 560 Ti? Get a cheaper cpu and a better GPU that way you can play those games too...

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post #10 of 10
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Thanks for your feedback! smile.gif

I've been thinking about it, and it does sound better to get the 3770K.

Hypothetically, If I did own a 3770K, would that still be considered powerful in 4-6 years from now? It sounds like CPU's today have longer lifespans than they did 5 years ago.
And If I were to get the 3770K, I'd need a socket 1155 motherboard. 16gb sounds like a lot of ram today, but wouldn't a 1155 motherboard inhibit me from being able to upgrade to more ram in the future? I know Socket 2011 MB's have up to 8 slots and 64gb capacity.

The reason I decided to go with the 3930K was that I like to prioritize my builds with CPU and Ram first - to ensure a longer life of the PC. But thank you for all your suggestions, I wasn't aware that CPUs were so powerful! haha biggrin.gif

Oh, and about the video card - What would be a good video card to replace the 560 Ti? I only bought that a few months ago because my last card burnt out for some reason :|
I'm pretty happy with the 560 Ti, it gets pretty loud during gameplay, but it's decent enough to keep in my opinion. Although please feel free to share your thoughts tongue.gif

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
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