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Project Impossible ~$2800
by RandomNameThing
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Description

Uses: Gaming, video/photo editing/rendering, 2D/3D rendering.

Cable management was hard as the cables were more on the stiffer side.

Haven't got overclocking yet, will be doing so in a couple days or so.

Only problem is that my keyboard doesn't like it. Keeps shutting on/off at random periods of time.

Overall I like it. What do you guys think?

Also prices are different, as everything was bought from Memory Express.

Details
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.21Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Maybe could of gone with an i7 extreme for rendering but whatever floats your boat

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 21 months ago

I didn't think there would be that much of a difference between the 3960X and 3930k. I went overbudget on this build, and the 3960X would have put me even further in the hole.

 
 
d4rkr4in 1 point 21 months ago

There isn't. You could still set 3DMark11 scores better than the 3960X even with identical parts (mobo, gpu, etc).

It was a good choice, you RandomNameThing.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks.

 
 
d4rkr4in 1 point 21 months ago

You're welcome.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

Um... he has an i7 extreme, o.o

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

3930k is not an extreme processor. Just the highest end unlocked processor.

 
 
lutzee [4 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

Bah, I've always seen people talking about sandy-bridge-e as sandy bridge extreme, i guess that might have been a marketing ploy by Intel, either how, its still not worth the extra money.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 21 months ago

Sandy Bridge-e is Sandy Bridge Extreme. It is called extreme because it is on an extreme chipset. I forget what article says it, but "K" = unlocked in CPU terms, and in CPU and chipset terms, "X" term is extreme. X79 is an extreme chipset, 3930k is an unlocked CPU that has SB-E architecture.

 
 
synestir 1 point 21 months ago

extreme edition doesnt really help that much more, its like a 5% or less gain, its a showing off processor

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

This build made me stop and look at each part and go "Hmm Nice build" The only thing that catches my eye is the PSU. Aside from that not just a single part is overkill but that nearly everything is it sort of sorts itself out :P

Do you plan on SLI? You certainly need to OC, it should be extremely easy and you'll notice a great deal of improvement.

Enjoy your beastly machine.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Yes, I am planning on going up to 3-4 SLI.

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

It would be very hot, so you could look into a high performance cooling, you wouldn't want to lose them from over heating

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

When the time comes I will look into making sure everything works.

Thanks for the suggestion.

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

No problem, if you want to water cool, look at xoxide.com it's a website for pc modding

 
 
danielhep 1 point 21 months ago

You're not going to be able to add more GPUs with reference coolers. You'd need to probably replace your first one with a better cooler or throw a water brick on it.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I am pretty sure you can SLI with a reference cooler. Temps might not be great, but you still can.

And I am thinking of putting it under water when I get all of the upgrades.

 
 
IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

you are correct. Just need to make sure you have tons of airflow and you'll be fine ;)

 
 
Biernot [2 Builds] 1 point 21 months ago

The PSU is also my only gripe with this build. Even if he plans on going 2xSLI and OC, the AX750 would have been enough. (The GTX680 uses a little bit over 200W under load) 3-4x SLI is something i would advise against because: a) The problems with cooling (without a custom water loop, this will get loud and hot as hell) b) The benefits beyond 2x SLI decrease rapidly. c) By the time he will see a benefit in games from more than 2x GTX680, newer cards will be out that offer at least the same performance for a comparable price, but with a lot less issues (heat, micro stutter, bad driver/games support).

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 21 months ago

I am planning 3-4 SLI with this build.

The benefit may be small, but it will be there. I am also hoping to not have to buy a new machine for a while after this one.

Micro stuttering is at its worst with 2 cards. 3 or 4 there is even less then 2.

 
 
Jimmy 1 point 21 months ago

Nice build. Simply amazing. Your cable management is actually good as well. So overall, excellent job.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks.

 
 
MrWhiteMacaroon [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I agree

 
 
TheBlahMasta [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Great build. At that price range, I would of just gone with a 690 because if I'm already over budget, why not just break the bank? xD

I had a question about the fans on your H100 though, did you have to buy new/extra screws for it? I just purchased four SP120, but the screws they come with aren't compatible and I don't have anymore of the standard screws that came with the H100 laying around.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I don't have a credit card, and what I did go over with I borrowed form my parents.

What i did was use the small screws to mount 2 of the fans to the H100, using a small screwdriver to put through the screw hole, and on the mounted side I just have the long screws used.

 
 
TheBlahMasta [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I tried that and unfortunately, the screw just kept getting stopped and was trying to tear the rubber out of place. Just going to Lowe's tomorrow to see if they have the same kind that came with the H100. What I said was a joke though, hope that wasn't misinterpreted.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Oh okay, wasn't sure on that.

Good luck with your build though.

 
 
TestBuilds 1 point 21 months ago

Great build, I feel the power supply is a bit high, but for overclocks and future SLI it's great. I think an Asus Sabertooth however would have done...

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

It would have been, but the color is what made me go with it. Sounds stupid, but yeah. It was a minor reason to go with it.

Overclocking is hapopening in a day or two, and SLI is happening as soon as I repay what I owe for this and get money for the next one.

 
 
danielhep 1 point 21 months ago

I'm not sure what programs you're using, but I know programs that can use Intel Quick Sync would've benefited greatly from the integrated graphics on the i7 3770k. Quick Sync is faster than SLI 580s (680s are worse are rendering than 580s) for rendering. I know Adobe programs support it. Anyway, good build for what you're doing with it I suppose. I would've thrown in a non-reference design cooler on the 680 though.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Adobe uses CUDA, which makes the 680 best choice for gaming and editing.

I am also thinking of water cooling, so reference design's are better.

Also, have no idea what Intel Quick Sync is. Care to explain?

 
 
danielhep 1 point 21 months ago

The Kepler architecture (680) has much worse performance in CUDA than the Fermi architecture (580), believe it or not. Nvidia has completely nerfed the power of their computation functions in their GPUs lately to try to get people to buy their workstation cards. AMD's cards are about 3 times better than Kepler at calculations, but AMD's cards use OpenCL, not CUDA. As for the CUDA vs Intel Quick Sync, Quick Sync wins. Even SLI 580s (which is better than SLI 680s if you're going to use CUDA) will be stomped on by Intel Quick Sync. I'm not entirely clear on what exactly quick sync is, but to put it short, it's like Intel's integrated graphics' computation function. Currently it's the single thing their integrated graphics are good for, and they are certainly amazing at it. Adobe programs support Intel quick sync just as they support CUDA, therefore it's better to go for a CPU with integrated graphics if you're going to use a program that can utilize it. You also need a motherboard that supports Lucid Virtu GPU technology so that you can use the integrated graphics for rendering and switch easily to your discrete card for gaming and whatnot.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

But this build is mostly used for gaming, so this was more focused on that. I have seen some results where the 680 had performed just as well as a 580 in CUDA performance. I will not be able to provide a link because I don't have it.

I am not switching anything now that I have got it, except for adding more RAM/Video Cards/Storage. Except for the fans, which I have heard are bad for removing(not sure if right word) heat.

 
 
halogod35 1 point 21 months ago

Dude, I noticed you're using AF for your rads. You should be using SP fans for them. Use the AF fans you have already for the case itself.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, I've been told. Looking into changing those soon.

 
 
DaveProductions 1 point 21 months ago

In my opinion, 3-4 way SLI is not worth it, might as well go Quadro.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

What is the benefit of Quadro? I thought that you lose performance in games with them.

 
 
DaveProductions 1 point 21 months ago

As your doing 2D/3D rendering, Quadro will benefit alot. But you may lose some performance in games though.

But stiil, since you already have a GTX 680, you can go 3-4 way SLI.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

Gaming was the top priority in this, so 680 was best choice.

Just cause I said I am doing 2D/3D rendering doesn't mean that this build is geared for it.

 
 
DaveProductions 1 point 21 months ago

I forgot to add, if your gonna SLI the video card memory has to be the same.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

I'm not an idiot...

And why would I get the 4GB version of the 680?

 
 
DaveProductions 1 point 21 months ago

4GB version is good for multimonitor, more video card memory.

I never implied you were an idiot, just letting you know.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

What I meant was I know how to SLI, or else I wouldn't have made the choices I did on the build.

4GB cards from the 6XX series can't use all 4GB effectively enough for it to have am effect. That is why the 7970's have a larger memory bus width, so they can use all 3GB effectively.

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Amazing build. Thanks to you I now have drool all over my keyboard. I don't get why everyone is freaking out. You might have something that doesn't match their tastes. The only thing they have the right to criticize you on is the PSU and even then they're freaking out way too much.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

What do you have to criticize about the PSU?

Thanks for liking it :)

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

The PSU is just overkill. I feel like that would add way too much noise and you would never be able to use that much power.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

As I've said before, I am planning on going to tri-SLI and perhaps watercooling, so yes, I will be using near 1200w.

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Don't know if even triple sli will use that much but it's your pc so I'm not going to complain. After all it's already been built.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

3 plus overclock on all video cards and CPU with a loop that I may add will probably use about that much, if not close.

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Oh that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying. Also may I ask why you would tri sli 680's. I know you'll be doing rendering but even then I don't know how you'd use tri sli. Unless you're putting on more monitors. Then I'd understand.

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Sorry for the very late reply. Just got a BenQ XL2420T monitor, so right now I have dual and one 120Hz monitor. Going to be upgrading so that there is absolutely 0 lag on it at all. And I still will be adding on more after that.

 
 
rhandyrhoads [5 Builds] 1 point 19 months ago

Oh I see that should help with the higher resolution the extra monitors will add

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Kofi96 1 point 18 months ago

i would be afraid to put my case so high up in the air lol

 
 
TheVanguard [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build! May take some pointers on the parts used for me own build

 
 
Randoman 1 point 17 months ago

This actually is quite similar to a build I was considering. It would appear that you have the most future proof build possible in mind. The Motherboard selected caught my eye for the X16/x16/x16/x16 SLI.

 
 
BSWG 1 point 16 months ago

does the corsair vengeance ram work good for you? Im going to be doing a lot of gaming and everyone says to go with the vengeance series or the xms3 series.

 
 
playerjoe 0 points 21 months ago

waaaaayyyyyyy overkill on the ram! at MOST you need 16gbs, and if your going to get and i7 and that video card, why do you only have a ssd? especial if your doing video editing, youl want mass storage....

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

waaaaayyyyyyy overkill on the ram! at MOST you need 16gbs

32GB RAMDISK for browser, other things I would like to have sped up.

Multitasking takes up quite a but of RAM.

why do you only have a ssd?

I actually have 2 SSDs, and a HDD, and I am probably going to be getting another SSD and enough other HDDs for a RAID5 array.

youl want mass storage....

I already have enough for now...

 
 
dontkikmydog [1 Build] 0 points 21 months ago

7970 is better and for $70 cheaper

 
 
RandomNameThing [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 21 months ago

is better

Not for my uses.