New System Build feedback/advice, please…

Time to build a new WorkStation. My motivation for upgrading is that I have been using a mediocore laptop (i7m, 8gb, 250gb ) from my work as my home system for the last 2 years, I am starting to get more freelance coming in and need a good desktop.


I am not so sure about my processor, mother board and video card choice. I am more interested in app usability than absolute throughput and want to maximise my dollar investment.


Purchase date: this week


Budget:  I’d like to stay close to $1000-1300, but can spend more for significant performance gains. As I do more  research, my inclinations are trending higher.


System Usage: My primary uses will include photo editing with Lightroom and Photoshop, 3D graphics using 3D studio Max, Maya and Mud Box, HD video editing using Premiere and After Affects and  Web Design. I will also use it as an HD media player and hifi audio is important. Maximizing cs6 performance in premiere & pShop is my main target. I am focused mainly on user experience while running these apps. If I need to encode hrs of video or crank out frames in max/maya, I can do it at work. I seldom run games.


Monitors: I’m running two Dell U2410’s IPS, calibrated w\Color Munki, one portrait one lanscape.


Parts to Upgrade: Full system build


O/S : Win7 Ultimate, I might play with Ubuntu/Virtualization


Vendor: Newegg unless I can save big $$ else where. I like B&H.


It needs to be an Intel machine & I have chosen lga 2011 becuase I’ll eventually go to 64gb. I’ll do some modest overclocking.


Any advice is appreciated. Thank you for your expertise.



Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820

$299 w/ship



Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

$569 w/ship


Do you have any feeling about how much I’ll gain by going to the 6 core cpu over the 4 core? Remember, for me usability in the cs6 apps is more important than marginal gains in throughput.



MSI X79A-GD45 (8D) LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

$218 w/ship




ASRock X79 Extreme6 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$240 w/ship



MSI Big Bang-XPower II LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS



I would really appreciate any feedback on mobos in regards to maximizing cs6…7…8 performance, system logiveity, and performance. Is it worth it to go for a higer end mobo? If so which one. I like the msi’s based on eventually ug to 128 gb, but are they money well spent? Any probs w/these mobo’s?



G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL



Hard Drive:

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC256B/WW 2.5″ 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)




GIGABYTE GV-N65TOC-1GI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

$160 w/ship




MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Item#: N82E16814127696



I am still a little unsure of the real world differnces that I’ll realize by doubling my video card expense, advice please?


Optical Drive:

LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back – BH14NS40




COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



Power Supply:

FX Core Edition PRO650W (P1-650S-NLB9) 650W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply



Total     $1190

or    $1760


I have picked the MSI motherboard due to its support for 128gb ram, superior audio and other high end features. The AS Rock for its rep for solid value/performance. Opinions?


Finally, I would like some advice on video cards. I prefer nVidia to ATI, but I’m not sure which chip to go for. The six fifties are cheaper, but the 660 ti provides more CUDA cores.

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