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Lately I have been thinking about building a computer rig. I decided to use a forum post to do so.


1. What is the purpose of the computer? (Note: If you are planning to say multimedia, you will have to be more specific as all types of systems are capable of doing that)
Programming. - Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft Office 2012, Compiling, Graphics, Adobe Master's Collection ( Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks ). Very very little gaming will be done. This rig is not intended to be a gaming rig.

2. Are you open to alternate ideas/products giving similar better performance but offering more VFM / sellers? If not- why?
Yes

3. What is your MAX budget?
3000 dollars

4. Planning to overclock?
Maybe. I heard that overclocking on processors wear them down. Don't know if it's good to overclock.

5. Which OS are you planning to use?
Windows 7 Professional

6. How much hard drive space is needed?
2 TB.

7. What resolution will the screen run at & whats the size of the screen you want?
If you already want have one and want to use it, mention its resolution and size.
Screen resolution: 2560 x 1440 WQHD, 27 inch


8. How would you rate your hardware knowledge from the count of 1-10? (1 being the lowest, 5 being you are somewhat in sync with the current performers and 10 being the highest)
8

9. Have you ever built a desktop before or will this be done by an assembler?
Done by an assembler

10. When are you planning to buy the system?
3 weeks

11. Are you one of the types looking out for "future proof" configurations?
No

12. Are there going to be any components that you don't want to include in this new rig? If yes, do mention.
i3 and i5 processors

13. Which city do you live in and are you open to buying from shops from other city/states?
USA and want to buy parts in the USA
post #2 of 7
Ivy bridge( 1155) or Sandy Bridge/ Ivy Bridge-E(2011)? If you can hold on a bit, IB-E will be around soon. The $3000 budget is why i ask. Currently the 3930K 6 core 17 is $600. Add a nice Mobo to that and you've eaten 800-1000 out of your budget. IB-E will be slightly more.....
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Maybe. I heard that overclocking on processors wear them down. Don't know if it's good to overclock.
That's only true if you clock really high with lots of heat and volts. Proper cooling is key.
Edited by ripsaw - 3/20/13 at 4:43pm
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Ripsaw,

I have a 3000 dollar budget, but doesn't need to be that much. So tell me, for the things that I need, is an i7 overkill ? Or you would stick with i7 because it sounds like a more strong processor and will last much longer ?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yin Yang View Post

Ripsaw,

I have a 3000 dollar budget, but doesn't need to be that much. So tell me, for the things that I need, is an i7 overkill ? Or you would stick with i7 because it sounds like a more strong processor and will last much longer ?
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Compiling, Graphics, Adobe Master's Collection ( Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Fireworks )
I would say that you hyper-threading will be a plus for you, which is the difference between i5 and i7. Sounds like you'll be okay with a 1155 socket though...Do you live near a microcenter? They always have 3770k on for 220-229, but you have to pick up in store.
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post #5 of 7
For the type of programs your are wanting to run you will definitely need an i7. Why? Because of hyper-threading and the applications you are using will need hyper-threading to speed up the render times.
With a $3000 budget you can go for more of a "future-proof" computer by going with the 2011 socket.
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Originally Posted by drnilly007 View Post

For the type of programs your are wanting to run you will definitely need an i7. Why? Because of hyper-threading and the applications you are using will need hyper-threading to speed up the render times.
With a $3000 budget you can go for more of a "future-proof" computer by going with the 2011 socket.
Let's keep in mind that "future-proofing" in this case means a processor release in a few months. Just like lga1155, it's end of the line for 2011.
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OCZ Vertex 3 Hitachi Deskstar 7200 LG Blu-Ray Burner Corsair H100 
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Dynex 24" 1920x1080p TV XFX PRO 550w Fractal Design Arc Midi 
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Athlon ii x3 440 msi 785gm-p45 EVGA GTX 260 G-skill ripjaws 2x4gb ddr1600 
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are you looking at workstation class components or enthusiast class components? (xeon, registered ecc ram, quadro/firepro, etc)

that would be the 1st thing you'll have to decide.
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