Building a PC

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Tareq Abdulla
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Apr 13, 2013

Hi again,

Well, forgetting about laptops discussions i would like to start this thread about getting a desktop PC, but i want to go with building it by myself or at least getting the parts under my choices.

Mostly i will go with i7 extreme processor, i have 3 options but i may go with the cheapest of the 3 instead going with the most expensive one if it will be overkill and i don't need to waste that much money, so this processor will not be a difficult decision anyway.

Motherboard[MoBo], not sure which one as i see there are many recommended out there, but i am thinking to go with the one that has X97 chipset or newer higher one, even with that chipset there are many options from Newegg site, just i am not good on different brands also not good in what to compare between one to another, i also will go with that mobo that support up to 64GB instead of 32GB.

RAM? I am thinking to start with 16GB so i can save very few bucks as starts, i will put most budget for processor and motherboard and the graphics card.

HDD? I have Samsung 840 series 128GB, i bought it to use on my very very very old desktop PC, but that desktop is dead [i smell a bad something like a burning wire], so i will not risk to use that computer and maybe it will explode or burn suddenly, then SSD is available already, i even have WD 500GB blue 7200 HDD 3.5" to use in that new desktop, i can buy another HDD to go along with SSD if needed.

Graphic card? Here i am not sure which one, i saw that Nvidia GTX 690 model, it is very very expensive to start with, so i was thinking to start with something cheaper and then upgrade to latest better one later, what about going with 2 GPU that are not very expensive instead of one very expensive one? i am open here for all opinions.

Power supply, anything that is good review and recommended i will go with, it is important for sure but it is not a big issue which one to go with, one computer shop seller in my area told me to go with something that has minimum of 1000W, Really? many here going with something 700-900W, but who knows what is a better choice here you can tell me.

Sound? Which one you recommend?

Cooling system? I don't know which, so please enlighten me.

Case, i will see which one but i really want that one that has blue lines or blue light, i don't like red ad warm colors, so blue/green will be my choice.

What else i need to think about? Monitor i have already

Welcome to all opinions/suggestions, i am not in rush and i can take my time on building one sooner or later.

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Why do you need that much DRAM? I would avoid to add too much DRAM unless your application use them. Otherwise, it just sitting there and slowing down the refresh rate.

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What are you planning to use it for? Will it be on 24/7?

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Why do you need that much DRAM? I would avoid to add too much DRAM unless your application use them. Otherwise, it just sitting there and slowing down the refresh rate.

I see, so having more RAM doesn't mean you have faster machine response or processing, i thought the more you go the better you be, and i said start with 16GB, i don't feel it is too mch and it is not too less as well, many machine go go up to 32GB and even 64GB or even more if possible, so do you see that 16GB is too much?

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What are you planning to use it for? Will it be on 24/7?

As a PC desktop, no i don't think i will keep it for 24/7, but with that high performances parts i may use it for most extreme work either in games or for Photography editing or post processing, i even was thinking to add video as a hard work on that planning machine, so i am not sure yet what i will use this machine for, at beginning i will say only games, but i know if the machine is good enough then i will fill it with apps and games and many things, that is why i have to be sure that my computer will be capable to handle the works for long time, i am a big downloader guy and also i am a big photography processing guy, i may go to play with my Hasselblad 60MP files to do panos and also i have scanning films up to 4x5, and you all know how much it will take scanning 4x5 at maximum possible resolution[dpi] the scanner can give, easily over 300MB up to 1GB and more.

I said that because i am not a short term user, maybe for first week or first month i play with simple apps/games, but then i will go with those very big games and play with high profiles and big sizes photos, and i didn't mention videos yet too.

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:
i am a big downloader guy and also i am a big photography processing guy, i may go to play with my Hasselblad 60MP files to do panos and also i have scanning films up to 4x5, and you all know how much it will take scanning 4x5 at maximum possible resolution[dpi] the scanner can give, easily over 300MB up to 1GB and more.

For big pano's, stitching many pictures together in rows and columns, working in layers with these files, thinking of e.g. editing video (most today new SLR's have video possibilities), I think 16Gb RAM is (far) adequate as a start. I should not choose for less as some users suggest.

As today electronic parts, GPU and CPU do use less energy as the previous generation, and all kind of EPU settings are active, that e.g. CPU and GPU runs at a lower speed if in idle mode, there is far less heat production. So a big CPU cooler it should be not necessary for these photographic tasks at all.
BUT, as you seems to be a (big) gamer to, these applications do eat far more power. CPU + GPU is running under full load for far longer times. For that it is better to have a more heavy cooled CPU and GPU.
As for GPU, it is mentioned els-were, the Nvidea GTX 660 OC is a good choice, power/price.
See for the proper thread here.
Plus the message with more information + link to shop.
It is also a very good card in combination for GPU usage within Photoshop CS6
See a test using different GPU's in combination to CS6
As for the power supply. Asus do have a handy on-line calculator which minimum Wattage to use.
About 500-600 Watt is about what you need. Do get a good power supply from a good brand. Stability is important for longest lasting of all electronic parts.

As for processor, I guess the Intel i7 3770K is a good choice as it comes to power versus price.

For backing-up easy, in my desktop I have fit two tray-less hard-disk bays to shift bare hard-disks in and out. Internal it is connected at two SATA II ports (300Mb/s). This is fast enough, as mechanical drives never exceed these speeds. (I tested at SATA III - 600Mb/s ports, but no difference at all).

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Motherboard[MoBo], not sure which one as i see there are many recommended out there, but i am thinking to go with the one that has X97 chipset or newer higher one, even with that chipset there are many options from Newegg site, just i am not good on different brands also not good in what to compare between one to another, i also will go with that mobo that support up to 64GB instead of 32GB.

64GB is a good choice if you are likely to be processing satellite imagine for NASA.

RAM? I am thinking to start with 16GB so i can save very few bucks as starts, i will put most budget for processor and motherboard and the graphics card.

With only 16GB you will be limited to producing Hollywood movies instead.

HDD? I have Samsung 840 series 128GB, i bought it to use on my very very very old desktop PC, but that desktop is dead [i smell a bad something like a burning wire], so i will not risk to use that computer and maybe it will explode or burn suddenly, then SSD is available already, i even have WD 500GB blue 7200 HDD 3.5" to use in that new desktop, i can buy another HDD to go along with SSD if needed.

But you'd need a larger hard drive for Hollywood.

Graphic card? Here i am not sure which one, i saw that Nvidia GTX 690 model, it is very very expensive to start with, so i was thinking to start with something cheaper and then upgrade to latest better one later, what about going with 2 GPU that are not very expensive instead of one very expensive one? i am open here for all opinions.

Either of these choices should set you up for a career as a pro gamer. You can make a lot of money in Korea.

Power supply, anything that is good review and recommended i will go with, it is important for sure but it is not a big issue which one to go with, one computer shop seller in my area told me to go with something that has minimum of 1000W, Really? many here going with something 700-900W, but who knows what is a better choice here you can tell me.

A 1000W power supply gives the extra heat which can really help you get through the winter. Not so useful in Korea but if you want to move to a higher latitude.

> What else i need to think about? Monitor i have already

How about: what you want to do in life and what you want to do with your computer?

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Motherboard[MoBo], not sure which one as i see there are many recommended out there, but i am thinking to go with the one that has X97 chipset or newer higher one, even with that chipset there are many options from Newegg site, just i am not good on different brands also not good in what to compare between one to another, i also will go with that mobo that support up to 64GB instead of 32GB.

64GB is a good choice if you are likely to be processing satellite imagine for NASA.

RAM? I am thinking to start with 16GB so i can save very few bucks as starts, i will put most budget for processor and motherboard and the graphics card.

With only 16GB you will be limited to producing Hollywood movies instead.

HDD? I have Samsung 840 series 128GB, i bought it to use on my very very very old desktop PC, but that desktop is dead [i smell a bad something like a burning wire], so i will not risk to use that computer and maybe it will explode or burn suddenly, then SSD is available already, i even have WD 500GB blue 7200 HDD 3.5" to use in that new desktop, i can buy another HDD to go along with SSD if needed.

But you'd need a larger hard drive for Hollywood.

Graphic card? Here i am not sure which one, i saw that Nvidia GTX 690 model, it is very very expensive to start with, so i was thinking to start with something cheaper and then upgrade to latest better one later, what about going with 2 GPU that are not very expensive instead of one very expensive one? i am open here for all opinions.

Either of these choices should set you up for a career as a pro gamer. You can make a lot of money in Korea.

Power supply, anything that is good review and recommended i will go with, it is important for sure but it is not a big issue which one to go with, one computer shop seller in my area told me to go with something that has minimum of 1000W, Really? many here going with something 700-900W, but who knows what is a better choice here you can tell me.

A 1000W power supply gives the extra heat which can really help you get through the winter. Not so useful in Korea but if you want to move to a higher latitude.

> What else i need to think about? Monitor i have already

How about: what you want to do in life and what you want to do with your computer?

Thank you very much for your answers, i feel sorry to start this thread to get this kind of answers, maybe you think i am just have too much money to waste/through so i think you mean my questions here for this thread is useless and i better delete this thread.

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Mostly i will go with i7 extreme processor, i have 3 options but i may go with the cheapest of the 3 instead going with the most expensive one if it will be overkill and i don't need to waste that much money, so this processor will not be a difficult decision anyway.

The i7 Extreme Edition (6-core i7) is by far the most expensive Core i7 CPU, so when you say that you may go with the "cheapest" one because you don't need to waste money, you're kind of contradicting yourself here.  If your priority is saving money and you do not know how much the Extreme Edition would be better, you should be going with a quad-core CPU.

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Mostly i will go with i7 extreme processor, i have 3 options but i may go with the cheapest of the 3 instead going with the most expensive one if it will be overkill and i don't need to waste that much money, so this processor will not be a difficult decision anyway.

The i7 Extreme Edition (6-core i7) is by far the most expensive Core i7 CPU, so when you say that you may go with the "cheapest" one because you don't need to waste money, you're kind of contradicting yourself here.  If your priority is saving money and you do not know how much the Extreme Edition would be better, you should be going with a quad-core CPU.

Ok, the 3 options are:

i7-3930k

i7-3960

i7-3970

The first one is about $570, so it is sure expensive, but the last 2 are over $1000 slightly, so it is like 3930 model is around the half price, this is the cheaper of the three anyway.

i7-3770K is around $330, that is about $240 cheaper than i7-3930K, for many it is a huge differnce or savings, but for me it is not a big deal, if that i7-3770K is much better than i7-3930K then i will forget i7-39xx model and go with i7-3770K, but why those i7-39xx model too much overpriced? What is the reason of that high price?

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If you go with the i7-3900 series (LGA2011), it will give you 3 Channels DDR (or 6 DIMM slots). You could start with single rank 4GB, one per slot which give you 24GB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBacS4x-Wjo

or dual rank 8GB which give you 48GB.

You can find 16GB DIMM but they come in as quad rank single channel. You cannot populate all 6 slots with 16GB. It won't work. If it does, the speed will go down greatly.

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DVT80111 wrote:

If you go with the i7-3900 series (LGA2011), it will give you 3 Channels DDR (or 6 DIMM slots). You could start with single rank 4GB, one per slot which give you 24GB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBacS4x-Wjo

or dual rank 8GB which give you 48GB.

You can find 16GB DIMM but they come in as quad rank single channel. You cannot populate all 6 slots with 16GB. It won't work. If it does, the speed will go down greatly.

I see, thank you very much for telling me this, then i have to think to go with 24GB then.

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Leon Obers wrote:

Tareq Abdulla wrote:
i am a big downloader guy and also i am a big photography processing guy, i may go to play with my Hasselblad 60MP files to do panos and also i have scanning films up to 4x5, and you all know how much it will take scanning 4x5 at maximum possible resolution[dpi] the scanner can give, easily over 300MB up to 1GB and more.

For big pano's, stitching many pictures together in rows and columns, working in layers with these files, thinking of e.g. editing video (most today new SLR's have video possibilities), I think 16Gb RAM is (far) adequate as a start. I should not choose for less as some users suggest.

As today electronic parts, GPU and CPU do use less energy as the previous generation, and all kind of EPU settings are active, that e.g. CPU and GPU runs at a lower speed if in idle mode, there is far less heat production. So a big CPU cooler it should be not necessary for these photographic tasks at all.
BUT, as you seems to be a (big) gamer to, these applications do eat far more power. CPU + GPU is running under full load for far longer times. For that it is better to have a more heavy cooled CPU and GPU.
As for GPU, it is mentioned els-were, the Nvidea GTX 660 OC is a good choice, power/price.
See for the proper thread here.
Plus the message with more information + link to shop.
It is also a very good card in combination for GPU usage within Photoshop CS6
See a test using different GPU's in combination to CS6
As for the power supply. Asus do have a handy on-line calculator which minimum Wattage to use.
About 500-600 Watt is about what you need. Do get a good power supply from a good brand. Stability is important for longest lasting of all electronic parts.

As for processor, I guess the Intel i7 3770K is a good choice as it comes to power versus price.

For backing-up easy, in my desktop I have fit two tray-less hard-disk bays to shift bare hard-disks in and out. Internal it is connected at two SATA II ports (300Mb/s). This is fast enough, as mechanical drives never exceed these speeds. (I tested at SATA III - 600Mb/s ports, but no difference at all).

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Ok, thank you very much!

Then i will go with Nvidia 660 OC and choose something like 600-700 Watt as a power supply.

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Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Tom_N wrote:

Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Mostly i will go with i7 extreme processor, i have 3 options but i may go with the cheapest of the 3 instead going with the most expensive one if it will be overkill and i don't need to waste that much money, so this processor will not be a difficult decision anyway.

The i7 Extreme Edition (6-core i7) is by far the most expensive Core i7 CPU, so when you say that you may go with the "cheapest" one because you don't need to waste money, you're kind of contradicting yourself here.  If your priority is saving money and you do not know how much the Extreme Edition would be better, you should be going with a quad-core CPU.

Ok, the 3 options are:

i7-3930k

i7-3960

i7-3970

The first one is about $570, so it is sure expensive, but the last 2 are over $1000 slightly, so it is like 3930 model is around the half price, this is the cheaper of the three anyway.

i7-3770K is around $330, that is about $240 cheaper than i7-3930K, for many it is a huge differnce or savings, but for me it is not a big deal, if that i7-3770K is much better than i7-3930K then i will forget i7-39xx model and go with i7-3770K, but why those i7-39xx model too much overpriced? What is the reason of that high price?

Tareq, it is quite easy to do research on the Web that will explain the differences between these processors. It comes down to (1) number of cores; (2) amount of L3 Cache (on-chip memory); (3) I/O channels. If you want even more of all of these features, look at the Intel Xeon processors. You can spend several thousand dollars on one of those.

None of this is "better" (a word you are using a lot). More power is not necessarily better (in life as well as in computers). Get what you need. In my opinion, the i7-39xx processors are way overkill for you. They are designed for multi-tasking workstations and servers. Get an i7-37xx.

What is "better" however is a good power supply (80 Plus Gold, Platinum or Titanium), sized to your load and no more (avoid 80 Plus and 80 Plus Bronze which are the lowest grades). Otherwise you will just generate a lot of useless heat that ages all the components and you will have to put in a cooling system. I have an i7-3770 system with 16 GB RAM, SSD and HDD. It is wicked fast and the whole thing dissipates less than 100W off an 80 Plus Gold 250W power supply. There is one tiny processor fan and one small enclosure fan that never run up enough to be audible. Sometimes, smaller is better.

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Actually I was wrong. The i7-3970 series has 4 Channel DDR, not 3.

So if you populate all 8 slots with 4GB single rank per DIMM, you would have 32GB.

Unless you run complex simulation, I can't see why you need more than 32GB.

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DVT80111 wrote:

Actually I was wrong. The i7-3970 series has 4 Channel DDR, not 3.

So if you populate all 8 slots with 4GB single rank per DIMM, you would have 32GB.

Unless you run complex simulation, I can't see why you need more than 32GB.

I planned to start with 16GB only, and your post due to that model showing that i should go with 32GB if 4 channels or 24GB if 3 channels, so in both cases i will go with more than what i was going to start with, so then why i want to go higher than 32GB anyway, 32GB was the most or maximum i was planning to do if i needed, i am happy with 16GB in my laptop, and i am sure even 8GB will do the job great enough, now i will start as 32GB with RAM means i am done with RAM and CPU.

Thanks again for clarify this point about the RAM.

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Chris Noble wrote:

Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Tom_N wrote:

Tareq Abdulla wrote:

Mostly i will go with i7 extreme processor, i have 3 options but i may go with the cheapest of the 3 instead going with the most expensive one if it will be overkill and i don't need to waste that much money, so this processor will not be a difficult decision anyway.

The i7 Extreme Edition (6-core i7) is by far the most expensive Core i7 CPU, so when you say that you may go with the "cheapest" one because you don't need to waste money, you're kind of contradicting yourself here.  If your priority is saving money and you do not know how much the Extreme Edition would be better, you should be going with a quad-core CPU.

Ok, the 3 options are:

i7-3930k

i7-3960

i7-3970

The first one is about $570, so it is sure expensive, but the last 2 are over $1000 slightly, so it is like 3930 model is around the half price, this is the cheaper of the three anyway.

i7-3770K is around $330, that is about $240 cheaper than i7-3930K, for many it is a huge differnce or savings, but for me it is not a big deal, if that i7-3770K is much better than i7-3930K then i will forget i7-39xx model and go with i7-3770K, but why those i7-39xx model too much overpriced? What is the reason of that high price?

Tareq, it is quite easy to do research on the Web that will explain the differences between these processors. It comes down to (1) number of cores; (2) amount of L3 Cache (on-chip memory); (3) I/O channels. If you want even more of all of these features, look at the Intel Xeon processors. You can spend several thousand dollars on one of those.

None of this is "better" (a word you are using a lot). More power is not necessarily better (in life as well as in computers). Get what you need. In my opinion, the i7-39xx processors are way overkill for you. They are designed for multi-tasking workstations and servers. Get an i7-37xx.

What is "better" however is a good power supply (80 Plus Gold, Platinum or Titanium), sized to your load and no more (avoid 80 Plus and 80 Plus Bronze which are the lowest grades). Otherwise you will just generate a lot of useless heat that ages all the components and you will have to put in a cooling system. I have an i7-3770 system with 16 GB RAM, SSD and HDD. It is wicked fast and the whole thing dissipates less than 100W off an 80 Plus Gold 250W power supply. There is one tiny processor fan and one small enclosure fan that never run up enough to be audible. Sometimes, smaller is better.

I am really worry it is the issue of budget, because many many don't go with expensive choice even if they dream about it, same with cameras and lenses and something else.

I am that kind of guy who want to spend once even too much or expensive than put something and keep updating later on again and again, i did buy many Canon cameras until i find myself that i only use 1 or 2 Top of the line cameras of Canon, so if i went with top line from beginning then i may save more than buying several bodies from entry level to advanced and finally pro level, so i don't want to spend on say best value/price choices to build a PC and later on when i have huge or extensive load of apps and works with any different kind of files then i need to upgrade this and that, and also my point is if i have an overkill tools of anything is making my life much easier and i never look back to a tool that is amazing until 80% and after that i must choose something else or spend again to extend and increase the limitation of the tool i have, i know saving money is always a nice thing people want to do, but i also look for very long term time on the things i have, who knows after 3-5 years what else will be there that will make i7-3770K going from overkill or adequate to a normal average processor and then i have to go with more powerful one, so if feel if i have 3 options of choices i try to go with either first or second choice mostly so it will last much longer with cheaper or third choice even if that third choice will do the job for a while, i have my 1D mk3 did a job first time i bought it, but now after 3 years, all my friends who are working in the press and shooting everyday with it complaining that it is a bad camera, later 1D4 camera and then 1DX now, i was lucky to go with 1DX and didn't upgrade my 1D3 to 1D4 earlier when it was available, now with 1DX i can be shooting for next 5-6 years without thinking to upgrade very soon in 1-2 years with new Canon flashguns they will produce soon.

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Re: Building a PC
In reply to Tareq Abdulla, Apr 15, 2013

It all depends on your use and budget.  I need the fastest machine I can build and do use huge amounts of RAM (mostly for Gigapans built from 100+ 36MP NEFs per composite). Here is a new build I just completed this week (I am loading and testing it right now):

  • Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Series Trooper (a step up from my wonderful CM HAF 932)
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme 64GB
  • CPU: Core i7-3930K SandyBridge E  - I currently have it OCed at 4.6GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR3 2400 Quad Channel 1.65v 10-12-12-31
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i modular (will be supporting a Firepro V7900's  - maybe 2 in X-Fire)
  • Cooler: Corsair H100i Hydro
  • DVD BR: Two LG Blue Ray 14x Rewriters
  • SSDs: Pair of Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 with TRIM (OS/Apps/Scratch)
  • DATA HDDs: 6GB - Quad Seagate 3TB Sata III Baracuda HDDs in RAID 10
  • CF/SD/SDXC Internal Reader: Uspeed USB3.0 3.5" multi card reader
  • Display Card: 2GB Sapphire Toxic HD 5850 (Reusing existing 5850 for now - temporary)
  • OS: Win 8 64-bit Professional with Classic Shell (auto boots into Windows Classic)
  • Display: Temp using a 24" - waiting for a Dell U3014 30" 30-bit IPS to arrive
  • Keyboard/Mouse: MS Wireless 3000

I've quickly easily OCed the i7-3930 to 4.6GHz within a few minutes of the first POST using a turbo multi of 46 at 1.325 Vcore holding rock solid at 70c under stress testing but shooting for 5Ghz shortly if I can keep the temps under 75c.  I should get it to at least 4.8GHz.  The dual Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 are benching sequential read at over 1GB/s with sequential write at just under 1GB/s.

No, not a cheap rig.  Some people think a 1200W PSU is overkill but the don't draw any more actual current than a smaller supply plus I al leaving room for high-end X-Fire.  The PSU is silent - the fan doesn't even come on until it draws over 350W and its the most stable PSU I've ever used for OCing; an average PSU can drive and overclocker nuts. I had to retire an old Dell tower in my studio and the new build becomes my new main post-processing system.  The old box is still a screamer based on an i7-920 OCed to 4.0GHz with dual Intel X25M-256 SSDs in RAID 0 Sata II and 24GB 1600 RAM, but the new Sandy-E i7-3930 at present spec is benching tasks about 40% faster and I've only started optimizing.

Regards,
Mike

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Re: Building a PC
In reply to Michael Firstlight, Apr 15, 2013

Michael Firstlight wrote:

It all depends on your use and budget.  I need the fastest machine I can build and do use huge amounts of RAM (mostly for Gigapans built from 100+ 36MP NEFs per composite). Here is a new build I just completed this week (I am loading and testing it right now):

  • Case: CoolerMaster CM Storm Series Trooper (a step up from my wonderful CM HAF 932)
  • Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme 64GB
  • CPU: Core i7-3930K SandyBridge E  - I currently have it OCed at 4.6GHz
  • RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB DDR3 2400 Quad Channel 1.65v 10-12-12-31
  • PSU: Corsair AX1200i modular (will be supporting a Firepro V7900's  - maybe 2 in X-Fire)
  • Cooler: Corsair H100i Hydro
  • DVD BR: Two LG Blue Ray 14x Rewriters
  • SSDs: Pair of Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 with TRIM (OS/Apps/Scratch)
  • DATA HDDs: 6GB - Quad Seagate 3TB Sata III Baracuda HDDs in RAID 10
  • CF/SD/SDXC Internal Reader: Uspeed USB3.0 3.5" multi card reader
  • Display Card: 2GB Sapphire Toxic HD 5850 (Reusing existing 5850 for now - temporary)
  • OS: Win 8 64-bit Professional with Classic Shell (auto boots into Windows Classic)
  • Display: Temp using a 24" - waiting for a Dell U3014 30" 30-bit IPS to arrive
  • Keyboard/Mouse: MS Wireless 3000

I've quickly easily OCed the i7-3930 to 4.6GHz within a few minutes of the first POST using a turbo multi of 46 at 1.325 Vcore holding rock solid at 70c under stress testing but shooting for 5Ghz shortly if I can keep the temps under 75c.  I should get it to at least 4.8GHz.  The dual Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in RAID 0 are benching sequential read at over 1GB/s with sequential write at just under 1GB/s.

No, not a cheap rig.  Some people think a 1200W PSU is overkill but the don't draw any more actual current than a smaller supply plus I al leaving room for high-end X-Fire.  The PSU is silent - the fan doesn't even come on until it draws over 350W and its the most stable PSU I've ever used for OCing; an average PSU can drive and overclocker nuts. I had to retire an old Dell tower in my studio and the new build becomes my new main post-processing system.  The old box is still a screamer based on an i7-920 OCed to 4.0GHz with dual Intel X25M-256 SSDs in RAID 0 Sata II and 24GB 1600 RAM, but the new Sandy-E i7-3930 at present spec is benching tasks about 40% faster and I've only started optimizing.

Regards,
Mike

And that is almost the same specifications that i was going to do, maybe with different PSU, so i didn't choose the most highest options, i7-3930k is a middle road between i7-3960/3970 and i7-3770k, so didn't go with the most, also the RAM 32GB if i must use all the channels is not the maximum that the mobo can hold, even PSU i was thinking about GTX 660, it is not GTX 680 or 690 which are the top notch, and still didn't choose Samsung 512 or 256GB even, i bought 128GB to use on my old machine desktop but it is dead, so i can go with this and add one more SSD if needed, so i didn't planning to spend $3000-4000 anyway, i can have a budget between $1000-2000 or even up to $2500 if needed, but not more than that.

I still have time to decide, i can also buy things one by one every month so i can build them all later after few months, it is nothing that i am so rush to have now or very soon.

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Re: Memory rank
In reply to Tareq Abdulla, Apr 15, 2013

32gb may be more than what you need unless you do video editing. Working with a single photo in Photoshop, Lightroom or similar, would needn't probably need that much ram, IMHO.

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