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post #1 of 5
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Hi team smile.gif I can remember that my brother received loads of help from you all in the past so I've come to seek a little help with my new-build.
I looked at the "where do I post" thread, but please let me know if I'm using the forum wrong and I'll course-correct immediately.

Ok! I don't want to do info-overkill so I'll start simple and expand as needed:

I'm thinking about building a desktop with an overclocked i7 and 16 or 32gb of top-spec ram that I want to split into a 8 or 16gb ramdrive using softperfect ramdisk.
I'm thinking Samsung 840 SSD for primary drive and with a Seagate 7200 as secondary.
It's not for gaming so I'm going to stick with my 8800GTS and 7700 GTX for my 4 monitors.

The software I use does make use of multiple cores for some things but for some major tasks can only use 1 core hence the desire for a powerful overclocked CPU (my current setup struggles and the GPU's can't do anything to share the load as far as I can see).

The goal is basically for a superfast desktop pc that can seriously crunch numbers and write data fast.

Does my proposed idea sound ok or am I making some huge misjudgements? Should I consider a different CPU and are my ram related plans a good idea?

Any and all suggestions or criticism is welcomed!!!

Thanks in advance,
J
post #2 of 5
First of all welcome to overclock.net!I remember when I first made a new thread here. Ahh the nostalgic.There is so much useful information in this forum which is way better and less biased as compared to mainstream review websites. I'll try my best to help you and keep it short and brief.

Q:What is your budget?

No Budget Senario - aka Blowing Money Fast biggrin.gif
- Look at the i7 3930K, since you said you wont be gaming but you want to overclock and your work involves some multi-threading.
- Go for the 32GB RAM if you have the money, but my opinion is that its overkill, 16GB RAM is way more that you will need.depending on your applications you use.
- For SSD information, check out this thread below, Sean Webster has the down low on which SSD you should go for...that thread is so informative, its such a good read;

http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread/#user_SeansrecommendedSSDs

- You got the graphics part covered so i'm not going to say anything there.
- Make sure your you have a decent PSU, overclocking draws a lot of power..you don't want to fry your motherboard because your PSU was crappy...that's money down the drain for nothing.Again lurk the forum and you will find your answer.Original Sin has the PSU recommends covered;

http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies/0_100

- Watercooling or Air Cooling? - Again lurk the Cooling Sub forums, answers are there if you look.;

http://www.overclock.net/f/76/cooling

Budget Senario - aka Scrimping biggrin.gif
- 4670k(Not a Haswell fan BTW) or 3570k and overclock the heck out of it...but this choice is merely up to you and where your budget stands.This is just my recommendations
- 8GB is more than enough if your money is tight.
- Most of the information I stated above(No Budget Part) should help you make your decisions.So I won't dwell anymore on topics

Search the forum, some questions you may have may have already been asked.

I hope this helps
Edited by computerjunkie - 6/14/13 at 3:57am
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the info!! Much appreciated.

Regarding budget I don't want to spend more than a grand as an absolute max but hoping to come in a couple of hundred under that if I can.

Based on that I think the 3930k is out of my reach. My current potential shoppinglist (which is constantly changing) is:

CPU i7-3770k
MOBO Z77A-GD65
COOLING Corsair H60
GPU My existing 2 GeForce cards (8800GTS and 7800 GTX)
RAM G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10Q-32GTX - 32gb (4x8gb)
PSU Corsair HX650
Drive 1 Samsung 840 SDD - 250gb
Drive 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200 - 250gb (already have this in a drawer somewhere)

But I don't have much conviction in any of my decisions because I'm not very knowledgeable in this area. If something seems like a weird/poor decision then please let me know.

I hear what you're saying about overkill with the 32gb, i'm going for size to leave room for the ramdisk. Not sure about my current ram choice and power supply. Is getting 32gb of ram and splitting it into a 16gb ramdisk something that people frequently do? I realise I'm already going to have a SSD but I really want to get as much read/write speed as possible.

Plus I don't know if I could be getting a cheaper ram option that will deliver almost exactly the same results for me (because I don't really understand what it appropriate for this setup).

Any thoughts pls?
post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by Jaybles View Post

Thanks so much for the info!! Much appreciated.

Regarding budget I don't want to spend more than a grand as an absolute max but hoping to come in a couple of hundred under that if I can.

Based on that I think the 3930k is out of my reach. My current potential shoppinglist (which is constantly changing) is:

CPU i7-3770k
MOBO Z77A-GD65
COOLING Corsair H60
GPU My existing 2 GeForce cards (8800GTS and 7800 GTX)
RAM G.Skill TridentX F3-2400C10Q-32GTX - 32gb (4x8gb)
PSU Corsair HX650
Drive 1 Samsung 840 SDD - 250gb
Drive 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200 - 250gb (already have this in a drawer somewhere)

But I don't have much conviction in any of my decisions because I'm not very knowledgeable in this area. If something seems like a weird/poor decision then please let me know.

I hear what you're saying about overkill with the 32gb, i'm going for size to leave room for the ramdisk. Not sure about my current ram choice and power supply. Is getting 32gb of ram and splitting it into a 16gb ramdisk something that people frequently do? I realise I'm already going to have a SSD but I really want to get as much read/write speed as possible.

Plus I don't know if I could be getting a cheaper ram option that will deliver almost exactly the same results for me (because I don't really understand what it appropriate for this setup).

Any thoughts pls?

sorry for the late reply. That RAM question you will have to ask in the Intel RAM forum,I would be lying to you if I said anything about which RAM is faster.At the end of the day it all depends with your budget.Use this site below to calculate your prices for all your components
http://pcpartpicker.com/
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by computerjunkie View Post

sorry for the late reply. That RAM question you will have to ask in the Intel RAM forum,I would be lying to you if I said anything about which RAM is faster.At the end of the day it all depends with your budget.Use this site below to calculate your prices for all your components
http://pcpartpicker.com/

Ok cool will do, thanks! That site is going to be very handy, much appreciated.
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