5960x X99 Build for Rendering/Editing/Compositing and Gaming $3.5k - $4k

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Need help with choosing between the RipJaw DDR4 3200 vs 3300 as there is a $250 difference.
Need help with finding some cooling for the M.2 SSD as they are said to run HOT.

- New Build -

Intel Core i7-5960X Haswell-E 8-Core 3.0GHz LGA 2011-v3 140W Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$1,049.99

ASUS RAMPAGE V EXTREME LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$498.99

EVGA 03G-P4-2884-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti Superclocked 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$599.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3300 (PC4-26400) Desktop Memory Model F4-3300C16Q-16GRKD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$799.99

SAMSUNG XP941 MZHPU256HCGL-00000 M.2 256GB PCI Express MLC Enterprise Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$249.00

CORSAIR Hydro Series H110 Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 280mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$114.99

CORSAIR AX series AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

TOTAL: $3,500.00

Not including a Case(CoolMaster most likely), Blu-Ray Burner


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I've been waiting a long time for an 8-core as I'm sure most of you have. I'm looking to build an x99s platform with DDR4 32GB ram. Most likely an Nvidia 760 as i think the 980s are a bit pricey and I do not game as much anymore. I'd consider a Quattro card but know very little about them.

I have a quad-core build currently that ran on an ASUS motherboard which has been the biggest nightmare mobo I've ever purchased. Double posting, freezing, no recognistion of SSD drive, BSOD, Restarting, bla bla bla.

So I'm hesitant to buy a first generation mobo that supposedly supports the new i7s with x99 build. I have an MSI gaming laptop thats been great, but ive read some nasty reviews on Newegg regarding their Mobos. Dont know anything about AsRock or Gigabyte.

So amongst all my ramble. I'm excited and fearful. I want power and performance for rendering first before I go with gaming perks. However I do enjoy many of the popular games out now and play some competitive FPS, MMO, RPG games.

I use the Adobe suite, After Effects and Cinema4D as my bread and butter. Dual Monitor is a must!

Can you guys recommend me a good build?

i7 - 5960x
Nvidia - 760 or higher
DDR4 32 GB ram
A Fast SSD
Liquid Cooling Corsair Heat Sync
Mastercool case
Would most likely stick with Win7. Dont know much about the Ultimate, currently sporting the 7 Pro and 8.1 on the laptop which I'm not fond of.

$3.5k Budget more or less is fine.

Thanks guys!
 

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what about this

PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kZBTjX) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kZBTjX/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-5960X 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80648i75960x) | $1039.99 @ SuperBiiz
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h100i) | $97.16 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-X99-GAMING 5 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gax99gaming5) | $264.60 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f42666c15q32grr) | $599.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f42666c15q32grr) | $599.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 840 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7te1t0bw) | $440.78 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx9804gd5) | $565.91 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-ax760i) | $177.98 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1stblkbas) | $19.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-glc01844) | $197.97 @ OutletPC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $4004.35
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-11 16:44 EDT-0400 |
oh damm i didnt see the 3.5k derp
 

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Hmm. I do like the RAM. It is slower than I want, but would that make much of a difference. The MOBO has less options of upgrading compared to the ASUS I have on my list. The GPU looks good though. I'm pretty interested in the M.2 boot drive TBH

I feel maybe I could up my GPU and the RAM, but other than that I don't think I'd spring for that build. Dont see much improvement between that and mine.
 
This would be the most overkill I'd go with 750$ left for a monitor and peripherals:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5930K 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($589.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($74.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus X99-A ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($262.35 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($349.78 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($211.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card ($614.78 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($148.38 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($143.08 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($63.57 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($105.98 @ NCIX US)
Total: $2747.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 17:53 EDT-0400
I'll explain:
1, The 5960X is overkill, the 5930K is only a bit slower while saving 500$
2, CLC kits are often noisy, the Noctua cooler in my build will cool equally or better while being quieter
3, The X99-A is a very good board, no need for the bells and whistles of a 500$ board
4, DDR4-2800 would be the farthest I'd go as prices climb steeply the faster you go (and the difference is negligible, unless you want fast RAM to show off to your friends that your computer is faster than theirs in benchmarks:))
5, Plenty of storage for all of your projects
6, The 980 is better than the 780 as it's on Maxwell, it's newer and lots of other stuff.
7. The PSU is a Tier 1 unit, so you shouldn't have problems powering the build. SLI is also possible (maybe not 3-way, though).
8, I would suggest Windows 8.1 as it offers better features compared to Windows 7

If you'd like to 3-way SLI in the future, this PSU would be the one I'd recommend:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($168.52 @ NCIX US)
Total: $168.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 17:59 EDT-0400
 

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Thanks for the input. I'm wanting this for rendering/compositing before anything else. Why not go with the 8-core? What are your thoughts on a 12-core setup with a xenon chip set. I've really enjoyed my CPU water cooler. Think its the H70 I currently have. Haven't had any issues.
I really enjoy the Win 7 as it is so much more fluid with my workflow, unfortunatly. Even with 8.1 its still not quite there.
Want to get 32GB ram or even 64 is the price is right. I was really excited about the M.2. for my boot and program drive.
 

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I do like your build, and knocking off a grand isnt bad. Although, I do have that money to spend. However I would like to bump up the Ram. Also I'm still pushing for the 8-core, and hell yes its expensive, but if the benchmarks arent much different then I'd go with the 6-core.
 
Here's some benchmarks for you:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i7-5960x-haswell-e-cpu,3918.html
If you're really willing to pay 1000$ for a CPU, then this would be the most overkill I'd go:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2650 V3 2.3GHz 10-Core Processor ($1271.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1271.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 08:19 EDT-0400
That 10-core beast has a crap ton of cache, including 25 MB of L3 cache!
Be prepared to pay the premium, though. It has a base price of 1199.99$ but Virginia sales tax has been applied (one of my family members live in Virginia and as I live in Canada, where prices are VERY high, I go there to pick up all of my PC stuff).
 

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Thoughts on this monster ram?
Crucial 64GB Server Memory Kit – 4 x 16GB, DDR4, 2133 MT/s (PC4-2133), CL15, DR x4 ECC, Registered DIMM, 288-Pin - CT4K16G4RFD4213
$1200

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/guidedSearch.asp?CatId=10&sel=Detail%3B30_170_37702_37702,Detail%3B30_1226_115619_115619
 
I tend to avoid all water coolers as:
1, They are costly
2, They are loud
3, The pumps/waterblock/reservoir can fail, and that is costly to replace
4, Would you like to have coolant dripping all over the place on your computer? I don't.
5, Air cooling, especially the Noctua NH-D14, are quieter and perform equally or better
6, Fans costs 5-15$, pumps and other water cooling stuff cost more to replace

I don't have an opinion on M.2 SSDs as they're not widely/commonly used i.e. they're not as omnipresent in builds like SATA right now, but maybe in a few years:)

Anything else?
 

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Asus X99-E WS SSI CEB LGA2011-3
this seems to be the only compatible asus board with that chipset.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132263&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
 

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[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LbhGdC) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LbhGdC/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Xeon E5-2650 V3 2.3GHz 10-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80644e52650v3) | $1199.99 @ Newegg
**CPU Cooler** | [Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14se2011) | $71.97 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Asus X99-E WS SSI CEB LGA2011-3 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-x99ews) | $511.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Memory** | [GeIL 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/geil-memory-gpr432gb2800c16qc) | $700.98 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-drive-ct512mx100ssd1) | $208.99 @ NCIX US
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-strixgtx980dc2oc4gd5) | $579.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Cooler Master Cosmos II (Black) ATX Full Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc1200kkn1) | $259.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20850xr) | $114.99 @ NCIX US
**Optical Drive** | [LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-wh16ns40) | $59.98 @ OutletPC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $3708.86
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-14 18:50 EDT-0400 |
 
Everything looks solid, but:
1, You can save a few hundred bucks by going with the Asus X99-A:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Motherboard: Asus X99-A ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($274.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $274.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-14 18:54 EDT-0400
If you really want to spend 500$ on a motherboard, the Rampage V Extreme would be my choice (I'm a gamer, after all) but you can stay with the WS as it's a workstation board.
2, You kinda forgot the HDD...
I would actually prefer something like the Corsair 900D as they don't impose CLC limits like other companies (cough cough Cooler Master HAF 912) but get the Cosmos if you really like it.
One tip, though. whenever you're posting a PCPartPicker build here at Tom's, use BBCode as it facilitates reading:)
 

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