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Old 03-27-2013
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Default Beto's 2013 new Performance PC build

Greetings folks,


Iíve been searching the hardware market for some time now for all the necessary Components & Accessories for my 2013 new Performance PC build. I have specific purposes and many ideas for this Performance PC. Itís been a long road, but finally here it is!

Of course, first the mandatory Q&A section:

1. What will YOUR PC be used for; meaning what types of tasks you'll be performing?
A: It would mainly perform 2 tasks:
ē Workstation: Programming, Visual & Network design, Encoding, Video editing, File server, etc.;
ē High end Gaming: FPS (BF3), RTS (SCII), Driving & Flight Simulators (NFS:MW / Lock On Platinum), RPG (Deus Ex: HR), etc.

Talking more in detail, High Quality & Performance and Compatibility without compromise is the name of the game here:
ē Load times and Copy/write times must be kept to a minimum;
ē Multitasking is a must, say 5 to 7 tasks: Compiling a program, Encoding a Video, Copying files, Gaming, Burning a DVD or Blu-Ray, etc.;
ē Visually stunning.

2. How much is YOUR budget? A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread.
A: Total available budget:
ē $3,800.00 (USD), Hardware;
ē Up to $250.00 (USD), Shipping fees.

Iíve chosen a Standard warranty for all components.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from?
A: Iíll be purchasing most components from:
ē United States of America @ Amazon.com;
ē Honduras: the UPS and the DVD+/-RW drive will be purchased @ a local PC Hardware store (ACOSA http://www.acosaonline.com/estore/de...ws?category=09).

NOTE: Perhaps you may ask, Why only Amazon.com? Answer: No other hardware site would accept my Credit card, Iíve been purchasing there since Q1 2008 and I have free shipping with Amazon PRIME.

4. Do YOU have a brand preference?
A: Yes, I do favor some brands due to my experience using their products. To mention a few:
ē Intel (CPUs & Motherboards);
ē Corsair (DDR Memory);
ē Zalman (CPU coolers);
ē EVGA (GPU);
ē Western Digital (HDD);
ē Thermaltake (PSU);
ē NZXT (PC Chassis);
ē Cooler Master (Chassis Fans);
ē Creative Labs (Headsets);
ē Logitech (Mice).

Nevertheless, Iím willing to try new brands if a particular product proves its worth.

5. Do YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, which are those parts?
A: No. Itís a new build, so all parts will be brand new; except my Saitek keyboard and my copy of Win7 x64 Ultimate (system builder).

6. Do YOU have searched and/or read similar threads?
A: If by this youíre asking if I have taken my time to do my homework, then YES. Iíve researched every single component, starting with the CPU which determined the Motherboard and everything else, to finally the Logistics. I went through dozens of online Site reviews / Video reviews, hundreds of Customer reviews @ Newegg, TigerDirect & Amazon, and many Forum posts. I even called the manufacturers.

I mean itís my hard earned money Iíll be spending. I must first know everything I can about a product: Performance, compatibility, quality & the Peopleís (customers) approval, and then compare it to similar products to make an informed decision. Purchasing a product without first doing a proper research would be like walking blindfold; I donít recommend it (unless youíre Riddick or have a bottomless budget).

7. Do YOU plan on overclocking or runnning the system at default speeds?
A: The System would remain at Default speeds on the first 3 months for system monitoring purposes, and then I would gradually Overclock it up to the highest point where thermals, acoustics and general System stability are not compromised. According to my research, a 25% to 40% Overclock itís within the possibilities.

My overclocking experience level itís just theoretical from my research, since Iíve only slightly overclocked a GPU once many years ago. This new overclocking experience should prove very interesting and beneficial to my general PC Hardware knowledge.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
A: If all components are available for immediate purchase and Logistics are on time, Iíve scheduled for it to be assembled on Saturday, April the 27th or May the 4th, 2013. Iíve asked a friend for assistance.

Iíve already purchased some components like the GPU, PSU, Monitor & Wireless Router. The rest of the components could be bought next week (1st week of April) since it would take them approximately 3 weeks to arrive.

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
A: Iím used to play all games with all video settings @ max including AA.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
A: Iíll just mention a few:
ē Hyper threading, RAM disk, SSD & Hybrid (SATA III), USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SLI, PhysX, 3D Vision, Dolby 7.1 Surround sound, WiFi, Hardware level monitoring & control, Silent Performance air cooling, etc.

Iím not really interested in:
ē All-in-one memory Card readers, water cooling, eyfinity, audio card, etc.

Talking about other details:

I. Do you need to purchase any software to go with the system, such as Windows or Blu Ray playback software?
A: No.

II. What are YOUR priorities for your build?
A: In order:
a) Quality;
b) Compatibility;
c) High Performance;
d) Ease of Maintenance;
e) Upgradeability.

III. Whatís your Noise & Power consumption expectancy?
A: Itís important for this PC to be as silent as possible and power consumption should be kept within reasonable parameters.

IV. Is this your 1st build ever?
A: No, this is my 2nd time researching the hardware market for a performance build; my 1st build was in Q1, 2008 (the PC Iím currently using).

Now on to the fun part, hereís the full list of the Components Iíve researched and chosen for my 2013 new Performance PC build, with Part # & Price (@ Amazon.com, 03/26/2013):

1. Intelģ Coreô i7-3930K [BX80619I73930K] | $565.70;
2. ASUS Sabertooth X79 | $339.00;
3. G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) [F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH] | $148.99;
4. Noctua NH-D14 [SE2011] | $79.24;
5. Intelģ SSD 520 240GB [SSDSC2CW240A3K5] | $254.98;
6. Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid Drive [STBD750100] | $139.95;
7. EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW Edition [02G-P4-2678-KR] | $431.99;
8. CORSAIR Professional Seriesô AX1200i 1200 Watt [CP-9020008-NA] | $279.99;
9. NZXT Phantom 820 Gunmetal [CA-PH820-G1] | $247.99;
10. Acer HN274Hbmiiid 27" 3D [HN274H BMIIID] | $444.99;
11. Headset:
ē Logitech G930 Wireless 7.1 Surround [981-000257] | $99.99;
or
ē Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D and Omega Wireless (Bundle) [GH0200] | $219.02;
12. Logitech G700 Wireless Laser [910-001436] | $70.94;
13. APC SMC1500 Smart-UPS [SMC1500] | @ Local hardware store: $445.00 (free shipping);
14. ASUS RT-N66U Dark Knight Dual-Band Wireless-N900 [RT-N66U] | $169.99;
15. Linksys Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Adapter [AE3000] | $47.91;
16. Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Drive [IHAS124-04] | $17.99.
Accessories and misc hardware list:
a) Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound with ArctiClean [ARTICOMBO] | $12.89;
b) 12" SATA 6GBPS Extension Cable [GC12ARMF] | $5.10;
c) EVGA GTX 680 FTW Backplate [M021-00-00009] | $19.99;
d) NZXT Premium Cables Starter Kit [AC-CBSTR-O1] | $22.29;
e) ULTRA Silicone Anti-vibration PSU gasket [ULT40450] | $4.50;
f) Silverstone Tek Four-in-One SATA Power Connectors [CP06] (Cable management) | $10.99;
g) Noctua 140mm Premium Fan [NF-A14 FLX] (used as Pivot fan) | $19.99;
h) Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Fan [R4-MFJR-07FK-R1] (used as top Exhaust fan) | $18.35;
i) Velcro Reusable Self-Gripping Ties, 50 pack [90924] (Cable management) | $3.78;
j) C2G Releasable/Reusable Cable Ties [43221] (Cable management) | $5.99;
k) KingWin Anti-Static Wrist Strap [ATS-W24] | $4.76;
l) OP/TECH USA Large Work Mat [3611242] | $11.51;
m) Corsair Vengeance MM600 Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat [CH-9000017-WW] | $39.99;
n) Sennheiser HH 10 Headphone Holder [510615] | $25.01;
o) Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0 [DTSE9H/16GBZ] | $9.99;
p) Philips LCD, LED and Plasma Screen Cleaner [SVC1116F/27] | $8.99;
q) C2G Cat6 Patch Cable 2mt. [27152] | $4.55;
r) Antec USB-Powered Notebook Wireless Router Cooler | $29.99.
Your expert advice, suggestions and comments regarding my project will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Best regards,

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That's most definitely quite a detailed post!

The build looks good, but I can't help to notice your choices on storage. Why are you buying a hybrid SSD/HDD drive when you are already buying an SSD anyway? There are no advantages to this if it will not be your OS/program drive, which I presume are going onto the SSD anyway.

Intel's 520 SSD is no longer the best pick. It's also incredibly expensive for what it offers these days. The Samsung 840 Pro is generally regarded as the best SSD on the market in terms of performance and reliability. And it's still cheaper than Intel's 520 (which itself offers much lower performance) Link

I would recommending changing the Momentus XT to a regular HDD and putting the money into a larger capacity model. But if for some reason you absolutely must buy a hybrid drive, Seagate has already replaced the Momentus XT with its "SSHD" brand of drives. These use 5200RPM drives at the core, so performance would be worse than a regular basic 7200RPM HDD when used for large file copying & storage. It's best to just use a good SSD plus a large capacity HDD storage drive for a desktop build!

Regarding the GPU, you are paying a big premium for that FTW model. A normal 670 is priced around $375, in fact Newegg sells the same FTW model for $370 after 20 rebate.

There are two ways to go with this. The 660 Ti+ performs nearly identically to the original 670's. I would suggest going with this EVGA 660 Ti FTW @ $310 for the best bang for your buck. But if you insist on the best performance then instead of paying such a high premium for the 670 FTW, you should just consider a full-blown EVGA 680 SC which start around $475, or $40 more than what ya were looking at.
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Default SSD Hybrid, audio and upgrades.

Hello there, thanks for your comments, advice and the Dollars saved here.

An SSD Hybrid? Good question. My little brotherís Laptop is slow, so I want to help him with this upgrade.

As for me, a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB should be fine for storage. It would be purchased a couple of months after the built is completed.

Regarding Audio, as you might have noticed from my 2 options, Iím looking for a Dolby 7.1 Surround sound Wireless headset. Yes, I said Wireless; Iím tired of tangling cables. I searched the market and there arenít many options out there and no possibilities to try them out simply 'cause none of them are available locally.

Talking about upgrades, I would add another EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW Edition down the road for SLI fun or even go the 3-way SLI route.
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Time is running out and I need to order soon the PC Components and Parts in order to fulfill the planned schedule. Any other thoughts regarding my Performance PC build?
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Old 04-20-2013
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Nevertheless, youíve helped me save a couple hundred Dollars and shared your experience & knowledge which I really appreciate. Thank you very much!

Ok then, finally I would like to ask your expert advice regarding tips for during assembling the PC and after the build is complete; DOs and DONíTs, testing, etc. Please have in mind that Iíve asked a friend for assistance.

Iíll await your valuable comments.

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Old 05-27-2013
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Default System assembly & acknowledgement.

No advice? OK then.

Taking into account all of the above, I have proceeded to assembly the X79 system and will be testing / benchmarking it.

I extend to all of you my gratitude for all your kind help; I really appreciate it.


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