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Starting my ultimate Rig, x79 or Haswell, it's tough

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Hi guys,

I have saved up enough money now to seriously begin researching and buying parts for my new PC. I was originally settled on haswell, and I have saved extra cash through working over time and doing extra hours.

I ended up getting into Computing Science at my university, where I plan to do software development. If I get the marks I am hoping for I will also try to transfer into a Computing Enineering / Software Course. Anyway, I am using a Macbook Pro currently. I miss windows, and I am looking to seriously get into gaming. I have moved to a new area, and there isn't a lot to do here. I socialise a fair bit but being a quieter town, I am left with a lot of down time after studying and cooking etc..

I want to build a rig that has primarily processing and video power, the honest truth is, as it is I do not do photo and video editing, I do music Production, Play the most demanding games and get an insane set of speakers. I have just spent a bit on my first real desk and I'm planning on getting a sick PC setup. Obviously there is the additional PCI lanes, extra cores, memory capacity to consider, and of course the price but I'm not sure what to do.

I want something that is capable of doing these things in the future, and will allow me to perform any tasks I might need to do for uni, and as Computers are one of my Hobbies ( well quickly becoming that ) I don't mind spending a little extra as I rarely spend money on things. I thought about doing an x79 build and going with a 4930K from the Ivy-E line.

I know on single threaded applications Haswell actually bests The Ivy-E processors, however I see myself doing video editing, rendering, and CAD work through uni and also for personal things. I will also be honest and say I want the machine just for the power, even if it means spending an extra $1000. I'm by no means an idiot, but I think this is definitely something I want to invest in and do right, and not have to do another build in 5 months because I've out grown the build. I'm also reading up on water cooling.

Any info you guys could share from personal experience or general wisdom would be appreciated.

Cheers
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Hi guys,

I have saved up enough money now to seriously begin researching and buying parts for my new PC. I was originally settled on haswell, and I have saved extra cash through working over time and doing extra hours.

I ended up getting into Computing Science at my university, where I plan to do software development. If I get the marks I am hoping for I will also try to transfer into a Computing Enineering / Software Course. Anyway, I am using a Macbook Pro currently. I miss windows, and I am looking to seriously get into gaming. I have moved to a new area, and there isn't a lot to do here. I socialise a fair bit but being a quieter town, I am left with a lot of down time after studying and cooking etc..

I want to build a rig that has primarily processing and video power, the honest truth is, as it is I do not do photo and video editing, I do music Production, Play the most demanding games and get an insane set of speakers. I have just spent a bit on my first real desk and I'm planning on getting a sick PC setup. Obviously there is the additional PCI lanes, extra cores, memory capacity to consider, and of course the price but I'm not sure what to do.

I want something that is capable of doing these things in the future, and will allow me to perform any tasks I might need to do for uni, and as Computers are one of my Hobbies ( well quickly becoming that ) I don't mind spending a little extra as I rarely spend money on things. I thought about doing an x79 build and going with a 4930K from the Ivy-E line.

I know on single threaded applications Haswell actually bests The Ivy-E processors, however I see myself doing video editing, rendering, and CAD work through uni and also for personal things. I will also be honest and say I want the machine just for the power, even if it means spending an extra $1000. I'm by no means an idiot, but I think this is definitely something I want to invest in and do right, and not have to do another build in 5 months because I've out grown the build. I'm also reading up on water cooling.

Any info you guys could share from personal experience or general wisdom would be appreciated.

Cheers

I think you have to ask yourself this.

A. If your going with x79 Ivy-E......are you getting one of the 6 cores

B. Will the programs you use, take advantage of those extra 2 cores

C. Assuming yes to B. will it actually be noticeably faster which actually saves you time and potentially money.

IMO, from people who know these platforms well, will probably state that for you that even though you can spend the extra money on the Ivy-E platform that your still better off with Haswell. A lot of KILLER boards based on the z87 out that have serious upgrade and future expandability potential, especially for the needs you have stated.

Examples of some Haswell mobos you might be very interested in: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Extreme9ac/index.us.asp

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Extreme11ac/index.us.asp

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20OC%20Formulaac/index.us.asp
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