Originally Posted by islandgam3r
Sorry for the color text it was an accident. Reason I wanted PCie 3.0 is just to use the PCie 3.0 cards to their full potential. I am trying to build a really high end rig that is future proof, for benching and gaming. I already have my mind set on the video card I want, the RAM, PSU, cooling system and case. See below:
1) MSi 7970 Lightning (x2)
2) 16-32gb GSkill Sniper or Crucial Ballistix Tactical
3) Rosewill Lightning 1300W 80 plus Gold
4) Cooler Master 240MM Seidon Liquid Cooler
5) Adata XPG SX900 or Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSDs in Raid 0
6) WD Intellipower 1TB 64MB Sata for storage
7) MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming mobo or ASUS P9X79
8)Corsair Obsidian 900D
9) Intel i7 3770k or i7 3930k
10) LG 27" IPS Slim Monitor
What do u guys think???
I would consider going with the i7-3820 if you're building in the very near future or wait until later this year since IB-E will be coming out this fall, then buy the IB-E mid-range CPU as it will almost certainly be much better than the 3930K. You'll want to go with the LGA 2011 socket though as that will give you a better upgrade path. The 3770K is the end of the LGA 1155 socket line, so it would kill your long term upgrade potential. IB-E and at least Haswell-E are going to be LGA 2011, so that socket will be the better one with at least 3-4 years of relevant life left in it. As far as the GPUs, it plays better in your favor to wait and see the HD 9000 series is like. I would take an ASUS/Gigabyte/ASRock board over MSI any day of the week. MSI has a reputation being very hit or miss with the quality of their boards... not that they miss too often, but when they miss, they often like to fry themselves and other components in spectacular fashion. At least more so than any of the other major board makers... not worth the risk if we're talking about building a rig in the $3,000+ ball park, lol. As far as the SSD, go with a single 256GB for now, as opposed to putting them in a RAID. They generally perform faster in a single configurations and 256GB is all you would really need for now. Set up about a 60GB partition for Windows and the rest for your games with the longest load times on your SSD, run everything else off of the HDD. You might run out of space in a year or two and want another larger SSD, the larger capacity SSDs (480GB+) will be much faster, more reliable, and their prices will have dropped considerably by then, opening the door to eliminate mechanical HDDs for good which will help lower you ambient temps and power consumption considerably. Also, the 1300W is overkill, go with an 1000W and save the money for now. By the time you're ready to go larger/more GPUs, the prices of the larger power supplies will be significantly cheaper as well. Also, for now I would only go with the 16gb of RAM as the odds of DDR4 ram becoming a reality in the next 12-18 months a pretty solid probability.
A lot of people seem to want to try to future proof for 3-5 years with a build which simply will never work anymore. The technology is improving at far too fast of an exponential rate. So at this point you really shouldn't go high end with the new generations of CPUs and GPUs right around the corner. The time to go all out on a top dollar build should be, IMHO, about 18-24 months from now. Haswell-E will be coming out around then, and we should see the Excavator in that time frame as well (and possibly an Enthusiast class chip from AMD by then). We'll also see the HD 9000 series and GTX 800 series both hitting their full maturity and from all indications the 20nm process GPUs should absolutely destroy the current top shelf GPUs... we are talking about 512 bit bandwidth GPUs with integrated CPUs to accelerate the physics and rendering... If people think a cranked up 7970 or 780 is beautiful with maxed out eye candy, I think we'll all be drooling over the quality of the next gen of GPUs. So in the meantime I suggest getting your chassis and the core components sooner and getting your high-end CPU and GPU no earlier than the end of this year or later next year.Edited by SpacemanSpliff - 7/14/13 at 2:24pm