62 months ago
Deigned for gaming, centered around, noise, aesthetics, and quality. How is this build? Black/Ble themed, keep it like that. Change if you'd like to. Thanks!
peculiar choice of CPU... why that and not the more common i5 or i7?
Your case is on the expensive side but it does have a great look... the rest looks good
everybody loves the Fractals.
Xeon's are apparently the way to go to get something on the level of a 4970k without paying as much as they are (I believe) locked and don't have an onboard GPU
The CPU is for the gaming power of an i5 with the hyper-threading of an i7 plus the server and compute performance presented by Xeons. For $40 more, I think this beats an i5 and is basically an i7 without an iGPU.
I also changed the fractal case to the black version, with the extra $40 saved I grabbed RAM more suited for my color scheme which costs only $15 more. I didn't know what to do with the extra $25 though, so I added a Xeon E3-1240 over the Xeon E3-1230. Here's the final build:
I think the power should be more than enough, the hyper-threading will help in the future when games start to fully utilize it, not to mention that games like Crysis 3 already use it to almost full potential. It's future SLI/Crossfire ready, and I'll later fully utilize the RAM capacity as well as adding a dual 240mm rad water cooling loop to cover the CPU, GPU(s), and for the kicks, the motherboard and RAM.
But is it good? Xeons also have better durability and life span because they are server CPU's that can double for a gaming CPU. Any changes that I should make? Thanks!
2133 RAM going for about $20 less ($59.99 @ Newegg)
If you plan to SLI with 970s, you might want a 700W+ PSU. http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
If you want to fully utilize the RAM that your board supports (32 GB), then you need to use 8 GB sticks, not 4GB sticks.