Thoughts on this system


Nov 23, 2012
I don't game. I do video editing, computational heavy programming, and want to start to do gpgpu programming.

I am looking to build my own standalone desktop system. The computer will also be used as a whole house media server, and as such will be based on windows platform, although may dual boot it with linux.

This is what I have thought so far. Do people have any suggestions? The gigabyte motherboard does support xeon processor, so may go that route. I was at one point considering going for a dual socket opteron 6272 solution or dual socket xeon solution, but that basically was too expensive for me.

Some of the parts below are redundant, just because I thought that they were good deals and could use the parts on an old computer, such as one of the SSD drives and the mobo comes with 8gb ram "free," so i can reuse it on an older computer or sell it on ebay. The games come free, so maybe I'll check them out.

1 x ($499.99) Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K $499.99
1 x ($469.99) EVGA 02G-P4-2685-KR GeForce GTX 680 SC Signature+ w/Backplate 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $469.99
1 x ($329.99) GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI LGA 2011 Intel C606 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard $329.99
2 x ($139.99) Intel 330 Series SSDSC2CT240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $279.98
4 x ($54.99) G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB $219.96
1 x ($139.99) COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Hybrid RS-850-SPHA-D3 850W Intel ATX 12V V2.3 & SSI EPS 12V V2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Panel Power Supply with Fan Control $139.99
1 x ($139.99) Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $139.99
1 x ($99.99) NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B1 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99
1 x ($89.99) Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM $89.99
1 x ($74.99) ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS $74.99
1 x ($49.99) NVIDIA Gift PC Game Assassin's Creed 3 $49.99
1 x ($49.99) NVIDIA Gift Game Borderlands 2 $49.99
1 x ($39.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $39.99
1 x ($14.99) Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate $14.99
1 x ($9.99) Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM - OEM $9.99
1 x ($-20.00) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODE$-20.00
1 x ($-39.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #68578$-39.99
1 x ($-99.98) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #68166$-99.98
Subtotal: $2349.84
Tax: $170.36
Shipping and Handling: $14.67
Total Amount: $2534.87


Nov 23, 2012
When I configure the system on Newegg, there are "free" games that come with the components. It is no cost to me to "buy" these games. They are on the list, because Newegg generates them automatically.

Would you care to elaborate on the problems.

This system is just parts from Newegg. So not sure how I could build this system for less. If you have any recs regarding changing the components for other ones let me know.



Sep 14, 2012
- even the 3930k is a sandy bridge but i still give it the superiority in programming and multitasking.
- you can get the 7970 as gpu very good gpu specially for its price.
- samsung 830 series or ocz vertex 4 are much faster than intel 330 SSD.
- as you going for a quality build , throw this cooler master psu and get seasonic , xfx , or a corsair.
- why you have 2x8 and then i found another pair 2x4 , you just need 16gb will do just fine.
- you have a thermal paste and overclockable cpu but you don't have aftermarket cooler , if you want to overclock you must buy one , if not the stock fan have already thermal paste pre-applied but the stock fan cant handle overclocking.

hope to get my point ;)
have a nice day


Apr 5, 2012
Check which of your programs support CUDA or OpenCL, if its OpenCL then take the 7970, if CUDA 670, if neither or both then 7970(just has much more power)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XM (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1844.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 21:55 EST-0500)

if changing to AMD, get this card and this PSU instead

also sense you are using a Blu ray burner i will be expecting you to be using it a lot, if not swap it down to a $15-$20 Optical drive to install drivers.

Also it is not ideal to have a 410 with something you will use a lot for the 5 1/4 external bays just because you would have to keep opening and closing the panel