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Originally Posted by Shimme View Post

How about this 3820+ AsRock x79 Extreme 4 with all the extras (2*8 GB of 1866 RAM was actually the cheapest non 1333 tongue.gif) For a total of $720, plus $350 for a FirePro W700 with that coupon. Throw in a case and you're good to go (admittedly you'll be pushing "really" close to the $1100 max budget.

Edit: SMH you will need an aftermarket cooler for an x79 Rig, throw in one of the CM Hyper 212/whatever variant for $30 and you're good.

You're probably going to be slightly over budget with this build, but you're getting and X79 rig with some nice odds and ends.

Now that is a good deal. The 3820 is slightly better. If it fits in the budget; I'd go with it.
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Not overkill at all, looking at the software and knowing what that entails, 2011 would be the way to go, especially for a work machine; if its just hobby I'd go with Z77.

I read your post as put 64 Gb of RAM in now with a single 3820 haha. Which would be somewhat overkill. I'd still go with a prebuilt with support if it is for a business though. I fear 2011 is likely to be coming to an end here before long. One refresh of the Xeon line up with Haswell and then the Haswell-E series and then it will be gone. No different than any other Intel socket though.

I should mention I am probably one of the kings of overkill when it comes to these particular applications. I put together a distributed computing platform for 3DS Max, Matlab, and some custom hydro models we developed just because I could (wasn't even for a business). rolleyes.gif
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Thered be an upgrade path with a 3820 vs 3770k however tongue.gif

If she already had a decent rig, say a 920 or something, Id just upgrade that(say no more than $300-$400) and wait out till Haswell-E. 2011 wuld get more mileage; idk if I'd bother with a prebuilt tho.
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Good suggestions so far guys. I like that we can do a 2011 rig for the same price. Hard to want more than a 3820 and a W7000 for $1100 + case (she's being picky and wants a pink case, so I'm trying to source a pink phantom). I really like the thought that she can upgrade to Ivy-E, provided Ivy is a worthwhile upgrade vs side-and-slightly-up-grade. I'm gonna look at different motherboards though to see if I can find one both decent quality and inexpensive that allows more than 32GB RAM.

There is no machine currently. This is a start fresh from ground zero project and it will be for working from home. July-September is the timeframe to buy, it looks like.
    
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Good luck with the pink phantoms, I think they were discontinued a long time ago :/
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