Description

I have needed a new rig for game development and gaming for a while, and so decided to save up £4000 towards one that I could rely on for developing, gaming, and everything else I threw at it.

I use this rig for: 3DS Max, Unreal Development Kit, Photoshop, Mudbox mainly, sometimes all at the very same time, and it is yet to choke on anything. The name Cassie used to stand for something, but the meaning got lost, so now it's just there as a name!


A little about some specific parts:

PROCESSOR (3930K) I was originally going to go for the Ivy 3770k, however I decided the extra 2 cores in the 3930k would be quite useful in some applications. It is a monster of a processor (if a little on the expensive side). So far I have overclocked to 4.2GHz with no issue. I will be overclocking to 4.5GHz today hopefully.


MONITORS (DELL U2713HM) Deciding on monitors was a royal pain the backside. I wanted a pair of 2560 x 1440 monitors, but while there is a much narrower choice compared to 1080 monitors, there was never a clear winner for monitor comparisons, every monitor that I was looking at within budget had a flaw or niggle of some sort. In this case, the U2713hm is infamous for bad quality control issues, among others. Happily I can report back that these monitors have been perfect. The piocture is perfect, and I have none of the quality control issues (massive backlight bleeding, crosshatching, etc.).


GRAPHICS CARDS (DUAL GTX 780S) These are monsters! When I was originally choosing GPUs, I was being quite picky: it needed to have PhysX support (so Nvidia cards), it needed to perform well in games, and it needed as good a compute performance as possible. The card that immediately came to mind was the GTX Titan. I did not like this choice though as it is a very expensive card, and while it had good compute performance, it's gaming performance was lacking for the price. Fortunately the GTX 780 released, and it made my choice a lot easier, so I got 2 of these! It plays anything I throw at it at full settings 2560 x 1440.


MEMORY (32GB VENGEANCE) How much memory is too much? Decided the more the better, especially with the amount of applications I have open at once!


Overall I am exceptionally happy with this build. It may have been overkill if it were just for games, but for other programs like UDK, the extra power is exceptionally helpful. I highly recommend nearly all the parts in this build to anyone who is wanting to build a similar spec rig. The only downsides I have really come across is the Wireless card was very slow at first (I thought it was defect and got as far as filling in an RMA before it suddenly sped up again!); and the Blu Ray drive can be quite noisy.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 30 points

.1 off a perfect index score. Windows, you troll.

  • 74 months ago
  • 12 points

Typical eh?

  • 74 months ago
  • 9 points

It was that wimpy processor that let you down. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 6 points

Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have gone for such a low budget processor, I figured it wouldn't matter :P

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

I've gotten the same score for i5-3570k before overclocking.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Hmm interesting, I guess it really hates giving out the top 7.9 score then :P

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

Well this is just spectacular, champion saver and you end up with this beast. Hope it does everything you want it to and glad you got your WiFi card working.

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

Cheers man :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

hot damn

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

HAHAHAHA I have the Same wifi card and I know exactly what you mean man. When I read that I had to laugh. I had to manually configure my wifi Card to get it to preform optimally. I think ASUS has a patch out now though so It should work fine. Cool build though man. I probably would have gone with a slightly faster processor but that 3930 should be perfect. I just have to nitpick :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh good, not just me then! haha well yeah it's been completely fine since sorted it, fastest wireless I have ever used in fact!

And sadly the budget wouldn't quite extend far enough to get any better CPU, I figured the 3930 would be sufficient :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya you will probably not need anything more for a while. I love the wifi card. It works perfect with my ASUS RT-N66U router. Plus that AiCloud feature is cool

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, it's a good setup :) . I'll probably look into that router.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, looks like a nice build. Enjoy!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I spent a long time saving for this!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

And your 860W PSU is enough for your SLI'd 780s and overclocked CPU? Do you plan on overclocking your 780s at all?

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

It's easily enough of a power supply :) , I do intend on OC'ing the 780s a little yes, though voltages will remain the same.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What would you recommend if I was just starting out on UDK, Blender and Maya. Was thinking about ivy i5 3570k with a 760 (CUDA + PhysX).

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd personally get a 3770k, and OC to at least 4ghz. Make sure you get enough RAM though. And a 760 will be fine.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

But i'm still starting out, i would need to practice, a LOT. Maybe 3-4 hrs everyday after school. Is the jump to a 3770k really worth the extra price tag? 'cause here in NZ, there's a 150% difference between i5 and i7 Ivy. not to mention i5 ivy starts at 300$

Thinking of 16gb of ram if I can stretch my budget and it will be on sale. I'll be going to media design school in 2 yrs time, so I need that head start.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Well, since you live in NZ, maybe go with the i5 for now, and maybe upgrade to i7 later down the line. i5 will still give you great performance, an i7 would just do it a bit better. I'd definitely go with 16 gigs, even if it's out of your budget for a 3D rendering machine, you NEED all the ram you can get. Also, try to get it in a 2x8 configuration, so you could upgrade to 32 gigs later.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Pretty sound advice that. i7 is preferable, but if the cost difference is large, i5 is still a beast. I am definitely finding having 32GB of RAM a massive plus for the rendering and having many applications open at once.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, always glad to help another graphic designer :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

New Zealand FTW!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice..would kill for those monitors...i have their 21 inch cousins and they are great ... speakers are a bit phallic for my taste but to each his own :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the speakers visual aesthetics are... questionable, but the sound quality more than makes up for it.

The monitors are amazing, I highly recommend them.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Those.... "Suggestive"... Speakers really creep me out...

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I forget they are there most of the time, but yeah at first they creeped me out.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang dem monitors!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

They are sweet :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Gives a whole new meaning to "Silent, but deadly."

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful Cable management! Did you purchase those cables individually wrapped in blue like that, or did you have to do that yourself? If you purchased them, WHERE CAN I FIND SOME? I would love some red cables like that.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

I bought them, Corsair make them themselves for their PSU's. They are quite expensive (I think £60 for the full set) but worth it. I bought mine from scan.co.uk, they had an excellent service, well recommended.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Jealous of the 780's :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

They are pretty cracking :) . To be fair though, you still have a 4GB GTX 680, that can't be a slouch!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice. Im entering college around this year. Im gonna game dev and 3d animation. Already delivered my parts.

Considering my budget is around 1400$.

Question.

Does some game dev apps requires cuda ? Or not?

My mistake that i bought amd radeon 7970 :|

Might buy nvidia in the future.

And can you give ne some tips on choosing pc hardware for Game Dev.

Great Build btw. Get the 800d for more spacious case :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Good question about the Cuda, maybe someone else can answer that. I don't think CUDA specifically can be made use of by most game development software, I think iRay renderer and some others can use it in 3DS Max, but not enough to base purchase off that alone, no need to replace the 7970, that's still a beast and has excellent compute performance (from memory), which is very useful for rendering.

Depends what exactly you will be doing in dev. I am no expert, but for what I needed (a lot of 3D work), I needed as much RAM as I could get hold of, and a solid processor, and I had the added bonus of amazing monitors and graphics cards.

The 800D is a more spacious case, but is just too big for my liking! My last build had an Antec 1200 as the case, which was great, but it was just too big and heavy to reasonably transport anywhere!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was like at first. I might go 3d animation. Then i realize Game Dev also teaches 3d Animation. Well i just need to upgrade my ram them :D and my cpu in the future (i5-4670k currently).

And i check some sites about cuda thing for game dev. I might just get in the future.

Kudos on your Game Dev. And maybe some people can test your game when you release it. :D

How about the CM Trooper or Stryker. Those cases are light and has wide expandability :D

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Also nice cases, that would do you very well. I'm very much a fanboy of Corsair right now though, so would probably recommend a Corsair case :P

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

650d? Air 540?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I recommend the 550D, or 650D, or if you don't hasve the budget, then the 300R is a good choice

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Im in the Philippines btw. Philippine Gaming Industry is expanding there knowledge and training students for Gaming Industry. And Im interested in joining in the Gaming Dev. And i need advice from you :D

Wish you could help me :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Your best bet is to try a bit of everything with Game dev and see what you are most passionate about, and then going from there.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Love all those RAM modules

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too! Well I was originally going to just get 4 modules of 8GB, but 8GB modules are pretty expensive compared to 2x 4GB modules of the same speed, so I just decided to get 8 modules of 4GB!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Love the blue color power cables. Where did you find them?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair's sells them. Check on newegg or somewhat even Betfenix and NZXT has one too

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I like them too. They are made by Corsair for their own PSUs. I found mine on Scan.co.uk, on the Modding - PC section. They can also be ordered off the official Corsair website I believe. Just make sure to get the cables for your specific PSU!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

you have no leg room!!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG ENTIRE BUILD RUINED BY THAT SLI BRIDGE! JK, nice build, but seriously, get a black one or paint it! Then you get 10/10!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an awful colour isn't it? I pay £250 for a motherboard and they throw in an awful brown SLI that doesn't go with the rest of the system! Any idea where I can get an SLI bridge for it? (of right size)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Just search the internet. Here is an official Asus ROG one: http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=4813

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

There is an adequate amount of Corsair in this build.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like Corsair!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

super beastly build. Its at freak of nature level

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wondering, what are you doing with UDK?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What games are you developing? cuz this build is beasting!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You! :-)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Your welcome!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I am going to do something similar.

Quick question about the fans - is it the AF140 in the back, SP120x2 on the cooler and sp120x2 in the front?

Does this case fit AF140 fans in the front?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. And my configuration is: AF140 on the back (air fans) 2x AF120 on the front (air fans) 2x SP120 on the top (water cooler fans)

All are the quiet edition. 140mm fans will fit at the back and I believe the top, however I don't think there is the space to mount fans as big as this on the front. Hope this helps.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. How was the build in this case? I am really interested in it because I wanted something similar to the fractal r4 but would rather go with a Corsair case.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

The case was perfect for the job. Comes with all needed, was not too large so cables were of right length, and not too small that anything was a struggle to fit in. I couldn't have asked for a better case for the job.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

So in love with this dream build and the blue sleeves.. cleanest build ever, by far! I'm preparing to order the (white) sleeves myself from corsair, however there are quite a few choices and I'm not sure which I need.. care to lend a hand?! :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure I can do, what's your Power Supply model?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I really want a fully modular PSU, least amount of wires the better, since being my first build I'm gonna give 110% on cable management.. been seeing some real inspiring stuff haha. Looking at either Corsair HX850 or AX860.. but haven't decided yet and not even sure if either are compatible with the four builds I've got in "saved parts list" just can't make up my mind/get opinions on best/futureproof/gaming system. All help/comments appreciated, thank you!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You seem to work a different way to me then! My first build had no cable management whatsoever!

The Corsair AX series are good and definitely have custom cables for, but can be quite expensive depending on your budget. I don't know enough about the HX series, but I would presume Corsair have made some coloured cables for them too.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright good sir, I'm getting the Corsair AX760.. I know the 760i supports Corsair link I believe? I'm just not sure if it's worth the extra $30. :c

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

AX760 should be good. Yes the 760i supports Corsair Link: Pros: - useful for monitoring temperatures/voltages inside your case - can adjust fan speed of PSU

Cons: - 30$ more expensive (20$ on NewEgg, just looked, I'm assuming it's USD for you). - some people don't like the noise. By this I don't mean it's loud, more that it's not consistent noise. The PSU fan does not even spin when the pc is idling, but then it will randomly start spinning and then slow to a stop again depending on what you are doing on your pc. This can be distracting hearing it, but I personally have only heard it when I am literally doing nothing else but with the pc on.

Up to you if it's worth it. I can't say I have had much use out of Corsair Link yet, but who knows, maybe I'll find it more useful as time goes on.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome,

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

i will seems probably retarded but why wired or wirless wi-fi adapter? do i need one i have the maximus v formula with the mPCie combo do i need to change that or something please help me im new in da computer world lol

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

in my opinion you should oc your processor a bit more and get a better score for the index score

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be a good plan that, I will be OCing it a little more along with the GPUs.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great built, congratz !

Before I saw your built, I was thinking to do the same, but with just one 780, and now I realize that's too much for just gaming and CAD applications (like solidworks, Catia, etc.), I'm gonna review my plans to save some money hehe

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you ever OC to 4.5? I've got a virtually identical build and I'm stuck at 4.2 before it fails OCCT and Prime95.

Thing about this processor is it's picky about RAM, I have 1800mhz RAM but it only runs them at 1600. I was getting instability on OCCT and Prime (but no BSOD or anything) at stock, believe it or not. I was going to try to RMA the processor (even though it could be the motherboard) until I moved up the RAM voltage to 1.575 instead of 1.5. The number I have it at now is the absolute maximum that this processor is rated to accept without damage, though, so if higher CPU frequency means more RAM voltage needed, and that's what's keeping me back, then I'm stuck at 4.2.

My temps are a couple degrees better than yours with the same cooler so I should be able to run 4.5ghz, but it's a shame about the failing OCCT.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No i never got it to 4.5 in the end. I got cold boots, and I just gave up in the end, because frankly it wasn't even needed, and I needed to use my time on other things. The RAM i could happily get to advertised 2033MHz speeds, think I got them to 2133MHz, I haven''t tweaked them in a while though so cannot remember.

Best of luck if you still attempting 4.5, it should be easily doable, I just don't know how exactly :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's too bad because they do say on the internet that it's easily doable, and it should easily be doable with my temps. It's just the stability issue. Maybe we both just got less-than-average chips.

I am using mine as a workstation and would see significant gains from running at higher speeds, but it's my first time OCing too and it is really frustrating booting, waiting for a check, and figuring out which of the several factors could be an issue. In the end I was having stability problems (math errors) that most people online never had.

I think the RAM speed becomes an issue especially in tandem with overclocking, so when I was having trouble, the first thing I did was bring the RAM speeds back down. But the RAM speed issues are well-known with the 3930K, in fact that was one of the few improvements that were in the 4930K.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I use my pc for a lot of rendering, so I would benefit if I were able to overclock further.

I didn't realise the 3930k was known for such issues before buying it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to try setting the RAM at 1600 temporarily and then see if you can push past 4.2mhz. Of course a higher clock speed will benefit you more than fast RAM. (Didn't work for me but hopefully for you I just got an unusually bad chip.)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, I have tried that. Sadly it did not work :( . It's a bit off really :/

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you do to make the wires blue?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought them that way. Corsair makes them in multiple colours :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw another build in the pics

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be my old pc that this replaced :) . Old AMD hexacore with HD5870

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. Can you tell me where you got the blue cables?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Aye, I got mine from Scan.co.uk under cables > braided power cables, lots of sets for Corsair PSU's of most kinds, in various colours :-) . Really nice cables, helps the pc stand out a little.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Do yo mind telling me where you purchased the blue video card cables?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

what about the software and the operating system?

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Sexy.

  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

To make this truly ultimate you should get a nice mechanical keyboard.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll be honest, I am not a fan of mechanical keyboards, too noisy for my liking!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Even non-Cherry MX Blue switch keyboards?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

No idea about them. I do know I haven't really enjoyed typing on the 3 or 4 mechanical keyboards I have tried recently, but I do enjoy typing on the X4.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool to see a fellow game dev. I have 5 years of self taught experience with cryengine,unreal development kit, unity, hero engine and a few more I am well known for some work for shisno studios and other jobs.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Orrrrrr, he can use whatever he wants.

  • 74 months ago
  • -1 points

Just saying, if he has a high end rig he should get the high end keyboard to match.

  • 74 months ago
  • -2 points

.... Ooooorrrr, he can use whatever he wants.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

He can, but Djartifact is just making a comment about a future upgrade. You don't have to answer for the OP.

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  • 74 months ago
  • 7 points

...sigh ... ... I know :(

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

I had to take a closer look at your speakers. They would be a topic of many jokes if i had them.

  • 74 months ago
  • 5 points

They tend to be a good cause of chuckle when I have visitors... Then the jokers go silent when they hear the sound quality of them... Admittedly, doesn't stop me being tempted to put a cardboard box over both of them.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Cardboad wouldn't look/sound as good and would take up space. The sound really matters. Nice build though.

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Haha true, and the sound quality is well worth it, best 2.1 set i've ever heard on a pc. Thanks :)