My big budget custom PC build

By UnsungHero
Aug 12, 2013
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  1. I have decided that I need a new PC and I have no idea what custom parts to choose; I want to build it myself, I want the best high end parts possible in an Intel build that can be overclocked when I need to. The price has to include at least 3 monitors and it needs to look EPIC like with LEDs, a case with a window etc. I have £3000-£3500 to spend on it. Please help me choose the parts, if someone could find them all in one place e.g Amazon so it saves me some time. The rig is for gaming, video editing and rendering sometimes at the same time.
    Thanks guys,
    -UnsungHero
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Wait until Ivy Bridge-E comes out in early September, a 4930K with a couple of GTX 770/780's should be within your budget.

    In the meantime have a look at what monitors to get, I.e. if you want 120Hz, IPS, size, resolution, etc.
  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    That can be done. Wait for IB-E like slh said. You can probably get 2x 780s. They may struggle though while gaming on 3 monitors. You can watercool your parts if you want, but that will take a big part of the budget. If you go >2 GPUs, you have to watercool.
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    I heard rumors from a Chinese ***** that IB-E has the IHS soldered on (y) :)
    What kind of monitors were you looking at?
  5. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    The IHS is said to be soldered on, correct :D.
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    This sounds like you're more after 'WOW-FACTOR' than actual performance. It also sounds like you don't know much about building a rig from scratch.

    In that case, get this core system. Spend $100 on LED's. Watch some youtube vids on how to put it all together. Buy 3x 24inch monitors, attach some LED's to the back. Get two graphics cards instead of one. Done.
  7. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    That is a good build. He will need a second 780 if he wants to go 3 monitors.
  8. UnsungHero

    UnsungHero TechSpot Member Topic Starter

    This is what I have so far, is it all compatible? I have decided to go with 3 monitors and they haven't been chosen yet. Also I think that LEDs are something I can add later. IDEAL PC.jpg (With a total of £3,100)
  9. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    You do not need 64GB of RAM unless you do professional work like video editing or compiling lots of code. 16GB is enough. Windows will only use 8-10GB of that while you are in game. You will not run out with todays applications. I would also recommend waiting a month to see what Intel releases. They are said to release IB-E, which will replace SB-E (what you chose). For the CPU cooler, you should go with a Corsair H100i. For the GPU, you should cut back to a GTX 780 or wait for the next generation AMD GPUs (rumored to be more powerful than the Titan at a lower price). If you are planning to game on 3 monitors, you will need at least 2 GTX 780s. Finally, that PSU is way too overkill. You need 750-850W if you are SLIing 780s.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    The Corsair Carbide Series 300R looks as if it will not fit a ASRock X79 Extreme11 motherboard. The image above shows the motherboard is CEB form factor.

    Edit:
    OK, I found where the motherboard is an EATX Form Factor. And if I'm not mistaken the case doesn't support EATX.
  11. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    In addition the corsair AX series is pretty awful price wise.
    In fact, nearly everything you picked is pretty awful price/performance wise.

    Some suggestions:
    Since you're in Europe, you might be able to find a Dark Rock 2 Pro CPU cooler, which is a great cooler at a similar price.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Be-Quiet-Dark-Advanced-Cooler/dp/B004HZ88DU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1377182455&sr=8-3&keywords=dark rock pro 2

    I'm pretty sure you'll get the same performance for anything you'll do with a 4770k, so you could save a lot of money there along with a good motherboard like the Asus Maximus Vi Hero.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maximus-VI-Motherboard-Express-Extreme/dp/B00D41V69Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377182474&sr=8-1&keywords=asus maximus vi hero
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/3-50GHz-Graphics-BX80646I74770K-Generation-Technology/dp/B00CV3E3XE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1377182474&sr=8-2&keywords=asus maximus vi hero

    An aftermarket GTX780 would be a lot smarter buy than a titan, and a few hundred dollars cheaper. I'm a fan of the EVGA ACX coolers.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nvidia-GeForce-Classified-Graphics-Display/dp/B00DOJK8YC/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1377182537&sr=8-5&keywords=gtx780 evga acx

    As for the power supply, the Cooler Master V series is excellent.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cooler-Master-Vanguard-V850W-Supply/dp/B00CJ1UEKE/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1377182685&sr=8-4&keywords=coolermaster V series

    About the RAM (sorry no amazon link), Corsair Vengeance Pro 2x8GB 2400mhz.

    Note that I didn't spend any time looking around for better prices, which you should probably do.
    Oh and just personally, I like the Corsair 400R a little more.
    JC713 and slh28 like this.
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    It's only a couple of weeks before Ivy Bridge E is supposed to launch, spending that much on a CPU and motherboard right now is not a good idea.

    I also think a lot of your budget could be reallocated, e.g. downgrade mobo, RAM, PSU and upgrade the CPU cooler, get 2x 780's, Samsung 840 Pro and better case.
  13. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    The X79 platform is really only necessary if you do processor heavy work, unless you just like the luxury of having it. A 3930K is overkill for gaming. The 4770K is a better choice.

    hellokitty[hk] 32GB of RAM is overkill.
     
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    Oops! I knew that; if you click on the link it's actually just 2x8GB.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    Guys, it's clear OP has no idea what he's doing. He just wants to throw money at it so he can brag to his friends about his liquid cooled GX9C-52-GIGA-32-TERABYTE RAM stick.
    Blkfx1 and JC713 like this.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,257   +110

    Yeah that's why I linked everything hopefully it won't be too hard to just follow it but I mean, if he really wants to waste money I don't think I could convince him otherwise.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    He had better get a case that everything fits in, or he won't be building anything.
  18. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Well we all have to start from somewhere. At least he isn't throwing the £3k at an Alienware machine, as long as he takes the advice it will end up being an awesome PC.

    If he still ends up buying the £700 RAM kit and single Titan then you can start ranting...
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    I was wondering about that myself. With everything else in the build, why only a single Titan? lol
  20. UnsungHero

    UnsungHero TechSpot Member Topic Starter

    Guys the PC is mainly for bragging rights (xD) and I want to be able to game on one monitor, have a video encoding on the next screen and audacity on the 3rd monitor, I need a PC which can do that all at the same time if someone wants to run up a cart on Amazon for me with what you guys think will be the best for me. Thanks guys.
    Boilerhog146 likes this.
  21. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 116   +13

    Why don't you buy me my PC while your at it? xD with that budget your probably could buy my system and yours if you wanted to!
  22. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    Running all 3 of those at the same time will put a dent in your performance.
  23. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TechSpot Addict Posts: 866   +167

    I'll never understand why people want to do things like this. How can you even do all of those things at once. I assume he's gaming full screen, It's going to knock you out of the game anytime you switch screens. Each task will gimp the others performance. It just doesn't make sense to me.
    JC713 likes this.
  24. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,201   +229

    Video encoding, unless you limit the number of threads, can take up all the CPU you could possibly throw at it. So could audio encoding if your workflow gets demanding enough. If you are worried about being able to multi task and game at the same time you probably need two separate machines.

    Now, if you want a big budget, over-the-top gaming rig we can definitely help you with that but don't expect to be able to do those three things at the same time.
  25. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,156   +741

    Make sure you get an audio card to take the work load off of the CPU.


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