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Help with a new build. i7 4770k or i7 3930k?

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Below are the hardware that I plan to use. I want to know if these will work together. This will be my first time building my computer. I have been youtubing and reading a lot about building my own computer and I am still learning.

This build will mostly be used to do video editing and gaming but mostly editing. So, I want to know if I should go with the 3930k for the extra cores or would I just be happy with the 4770k? Also, another thing I wanted to know is that I plan to get two 8gb sticks of ram for now to get me started and get another two 8gb stick of ram later for a total of 32gb ram. Will this work or do I have to use all four ram slots?

Well here is my list that I plan to get just to start out with to get me started. I plan to get larger hardrives, ssd, and more ram.

This is the 3930k list. The 4770k list will be the same as I will just swap out the cpu and motherboard for the 4770k/Sabertooth 787 LGA 1150. let me know what you guys think. Thank you.



1 Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Military Green Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811139015
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card11-139-015
$139.99

1 Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$94.99

1 ASUS GTX780-3GD5 GeForce GTX 780 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814121769
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$659.99

1 CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817139011
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$30.00 Instant
$189.99

$159.99
1 CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1866C9
Item #: N82E16820233281
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$144.99

1 ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131801
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
$324.99

1 Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K
Item #: N82E16819116492
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$569.99

1 LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive SATA Model UH12NS29 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136252
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

1 SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820147192
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$149.99

Subtotal: $2,294.91
post #2 of 9
If you have the money, the 3930k is definitely worth it in comparison to the 4770k. It's an enthusiast level processor vs. consumer grade.
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If you have the money the 3930k is well worth the difference. However since the board supports quad channel ram I would definitely invest in that. Good luck with your build thumb.gif
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Do you need highly threaded applications/games to be run? And do you want higher scores on synthetic benchmarks? If so, then the i7-3930k is going to be the better of the two


Are you planning on playing very few highly threaded games, and using very few highly threaded professional applications? And do you not care about benchmarking? And do you want to save around $200 on average (not including motherboard costs, SB-e is going to be more costly)? If so, then the i7-3770k/4770k is a better choice for you.
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3930k if your mainly going to be editing without a doubt
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As for cost the 3770k is better and for performance on multi threaded applications the 3930k is better. If it were my choice I would get the 3930k.

You don't need to use 4 ram slots but i would get a set of 4x4 quad channel ram for a 3930k since the cpu can use quad channel.

For editing I think either would work fine, just the 3930k would be a bit better and not run as hot without delidding when overclocked.
Edited by john1016 - 6/9/13 at 6:41pm
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($248.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M5P Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Constellation CS ISE 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.27 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($648.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair C70 Military Green (Green) ATX Mid Tower Case ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: OCZ Z Series Gold 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-207MBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2257.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-09 21:27 EDT-0400)

Came up with this for a bit cheaper than what you had. Included a 2TB storage drive which you'll want when doing video editing, a cheaper but pretty much the same speed as the Samsung 840 Pro SSD. And the Sabertooth X79 is about the biggest waste of $100 that you could ever put into your machine.

Also included 32gb of RAM to boot (because of the savings of not getting the Sabertooth).


Also, knock off around $80 to boot if you have a Microcenter near you to pick the 3930k up.
post #8 of 9
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thanks Kinaesthetic, I might just go that route.

I plan to use this computer for after effects, premiere pro, and cinema 4d. as for the games, I plan to play games like call of duty, battlefield, sims, and elder scrolls.

what low cost 1080p monitor do u recommend and what are some good resources on overclocking a 3930k? again I'm new at this and I need something that teaches u step by step to overclock the cpu. with that in mind I almost forgot about the cooler. will the corsair h100 be ok? thanks again
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I just put together a very very similar build for the same reason as your stating. Heres what I came up with after doing alot of research.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1399279/just-put-together-a-new-build-for-a-customer-maybe-some-feedback

Seems we are both on the same page lol.
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