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Sick of buying custom built pc's, time to build my own! First build plans, would love input. 3930k, Titan, etc

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Well my first post here been reading for a bit now trying to learn as much as possible. For the longest time I've been kind of an idiot when it comes to hardware but for once I'm trying to figure out some stuff on my own for once. (yet I'm here...) My last 2 pc's have been ordered from online boutiques, my first from IBuyPower and my last from Cyberpower. Both of these have been rush purchases when my last pc took a dump so I never did my research and picked what I probably should have, and also was on a budget. My current PC is running a Intel i7-2600K with a GTX560ti. It's running fine but I want more.

Every pc I've bought before was just ok or above average for the current games but now my goal is to build something that will work great for a few years from now, maybe not totally future proof but close enough. Now I'm still learning but so far this is what I've come up with.

*updated* 4.4.13 12:54am cst
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CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($4.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Formula ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($178.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($324.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1005.91 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($264.78 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.97 @ Outlet PC)

Cooling will be provided by a Swiftech 220 and the case will be a Corsair 900D

Also when it comes to motherboard I'm kind of at a lost. I was going after the Asus X79 Sabertooth but I've been reading about issues when it comes to memory speed and some other things. One thing that really interests me is the mouse driven bios that they have, not sure if other models use that or not or if it even matters. So I'm really looking forward to motherboard input.

As for my case I'm planning on getting a Corsair 900D when its available, overkill yes but I just like the idea of having lots of room now, and in the future.

Down the road I might pick up another Titan and I know a lot of people aren't fans of it due to the price but thats not a real issue for me. I've looked into it a lot and really like some of its features so I'm stuck in stone when it comes to the Titan. Btw I'm not going an SLI route out of the box or a 690 because one the games I plan to use it on doesn't benefit at all with a dual gpu setup.

Would love everyones opinion, does something not make sense? Alternatives? Am I clueless?

Also, any reason at all to go with 32gb of memory? And 4 sticks of 4gb is better then 2 8gb? (still kinda dumb when it comes to hardware)

Thanks in advance guys.
Edited by SoloTwo - 4/3/13 at 10:56pm
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Looks pretty good! Welcome to OCN!

The 1000W PSU is still a little overkill, unless you are going to sli titans in the future. It is usually recommended that you have less sticks of ram than more, but have the same capacity. This is for overclocking reasons only though, so if you wont OC then stick with 4 sticks ram.
The sabertooth boards are awesome.
16GB of RAM is a ton, save money and stick with 16GB.
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yes everything looks good, . that's a good board, my next build will be sabertooth x79, and the onboard sound on the sabertooth x79 is very good if you want to save money and skip the add in sound card. at the moment I am still on my x58 sabertooth.
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I think you've got a solid build so far, man! All that I could really recommend is possibly getting the H100i, or the Swiftech 220. Those are newer models than the H100. The Swiftech 220 is nice because you can disassemble it and use it in a full watercooling loop!
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Originally Posted by SoloTwo View Post

Well my first post here been reading for a bit now trying to learn as much as possible. For the longest time I've been kind of an idiot when it comes to hardware but for once I'm trying to figure out some stuff on my own for once. (yet I'm here...) My last 2 pc's have been ordered from online boutiques, my first from IBuyPower and my last from Cyberpower. Both of these have been rush purchases when my last pc took a dump so I never did my research and picked what I probably should have, and also was on a budget. My current PC is running a Intel i7-2600K with a GTX560ti. It's running fine but I want more.

Every pc I've bought before was just ok or above average for the current games but now my goal is to build something that will work great for a few years from now, maybe not totally future proof but close enough. Now I'm still learning but so far this is what I've come up with.

Here's my pc builder link... http://pcpartpicker.com/user/SoloTwo/saved/1q5M

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Newegg)
  • Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($178.98 @ Amazon)
  • Storage: Samsung 830 Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($449.99 @ Newegg) (Go for the 840 Pro)
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($1005.91 @ Newegg)
  • Sound Card: Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($81.24 @ NCIX US)
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 1200W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($264.78 @ Newegg)
  • Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon) (Do you really need a drive?)
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US) (No windows 8?)

Couple things, power supply should be Corsair HX1050 80 Plus Gold but for whatever reason picker didn't have it.

Also when it comes to motherboard I'm kind of at a lost. I was going after the Asus X79 Sabertooth but I've been reading about issues when it comes to memory speed and some other things. One thing that really interests me is the mouse driven bios that they have, not sure if other models use that or not or if it even matters. So I'm really looking forward to motherboard input. I hated the look of my sabertooth with the armor. I have read alot of reviews on motherboards for X79 because that what I'm upgrading to. I have found all of them to be hit or miss. Overheating vrm, throttling, junk bios etc. My top choices was the UD5 and P9X79 WS. I pulled the trigger on UD5. I will let you know how it goes in couple days

As for my case I'm planning on getting a Corsair 900D when its available, overkill yes but I just like the idea of having lots of room now, and in the future. Im getting the same case when it becomes available

Down the road I might pick up another Titan and I know a lot of people aren't fans of it due to the price but thats not a real issue for me. I've looked into it a lot and really like some of its features so I'm stuck in stone when it comes to the Titan. Btw I'm not going an SLI route out of the box or a 690 because one the games I plan to use it on doesn't benefit at all with a dual gpu setup.

Would love everyones opinion, does something not make sense? Alternatives? Am I clueless?

Also, any reason at all to go with 32gb of memory? And 4 sticks of 4gb is better then 2 8gb? (still kinda dumb when it comes to hardware) You want to go with four sticks of ram because of the quad channel however you can go with two sticks, one stick etc. I would go with 8gb dimms just in case you decide to upgrade later
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Thanks in advance guys.

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Edited by m98custom1212 - 4/2/13 at 10:08pm
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If you want to have money,I would suggest getting a smaller ssd( like a 256mb) and 1tb hhd for storage.
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If you want to have money,I would suggest getting a smaller ssd( like a 256gb) and 1tb hhd for storage.

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I keep reading with the Sabertooth that people are having issues where it just reduces the ram speed to 1600 for whatever reason. Also it lists the max ram speed to 1866 so I'm not sure if would prevent me from overclocking the ram in the future.

For some of the questions, in the future I'd like to purchase another Titan (hopefully the price goes down 0.o) just for the hell of it, hence the wattage I'm looking at.

For the cooler I'm looking at the H110 from Corsair which is the newer version with the H100 if I'm not mistaken, with the larger 140mm rad. In the future I might start doing custom water cooling but this will do for now I think.

To answer your replies M98...

In regards to the optical drive. Not really sure the easiest way to install Windows without a drive, I know with a memory stick but how in the hell do I get it on memory stick, I did some googling the other day but really didn't come up with anything concrete. I also do watch dvd's once in awhile on my pc so there is that. But I did think about going without a optical drive.

Concerning Window's 8 not really a fan plus the game that I'm really gearing this build towards (FSX) has terrible compatibility issues when it comes to it.

When it comes to memory I'm still trying to get a handle on it. So getting 4 sticks would be quad channel, would there be much of a performance difference if I just 2 8gb sticks? Also I always hear about problems when you add more ram to a system with compatibility even though they are the same model.

When it comes to overclocking I DO plan to overclock my cpu probably almost right away. Also I'm trying to make this a great LOOKING pc as well and I also want to slowly start getting into more serious modding with custom water cooling down the road etc etc.
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Buy an asus Rampage IV Formula and call it a day biggrin.gif

Rampage IV Extreme UEFI Guide for Overclocking


Best guide ever for the RIVE and RIVF, read everything, take an hour and read everything


Keep the Corsair 1050 for next Titan


For the cooler. Please get the Swiftech H220 It will outperforms all other close loop coolers.

And you can also add some custom radiators in it for even better cooling.






But the custom cooling project is for when?


Edited by KaRLiToS - 4/2/13 at 10:38pm
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