Evona Posted August 16, 2012 Posted August 16, 2012 Hi there OCC! Long time stalker, first time poster, just wanting some advice for my first build Firstly, I will be using this rig mainly for my uni project which will involve a lot of meshing's and simulations (ie. ANSYS) but I also want the option of gaming (Diablo 3 is calling...). My budget is around $3000, I might dabble in some slight overclocking and through many hours of forum searching, I've narrowed my options to the following parts: CPU: Intel 3930k - [$600] --> I've decided on this 6-core chip mainly because when my uni switched from core duo pc's to i7's the time spend in meshing/modelling was cut substantially so 6-cores..... MOBO: ASUS P9X79 DELUXE - [managed to get this for $340!] --> can handle 64GB of RAM (see RAM point further below) and fantastic included software. COOLER: Corsair H100 - [$150] --> not real watercooling but I won't be overclocking to the extreme anyway...(see nick-nacks further down) PSU: Corsair AX850 Gold - [$240] --> Solid performer from what I've read and can handle another VGA if I decide to go SLI in the future. HDD: WD Caviar Black 2TB - [$195] --> for storage SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB - [$120] --> for OS, browser, CFD programs etc CASE: Corsair 650D - [$210] --> A nice looking case and will fit everything really well. VGA: ASUS GTX 670 Directcu II - [$500] --> Not really needed for CFD but will be handy for gaming. Also, word is the airflow in the 650D is not the best so this card should work well. RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X F3-2133C9Q-32GXH 32GB (4x8GB) - [$370] --> The RAM is the one part I'm having trouble with :/ Large amounts of RAM are used in meshing for CFD and the more the merrier, but I'm not sure if RAM speed will have a huge difference in performance when over 1600MHz... Nick-nacks --> replace the H100's stock fans with 4 x Enermax PWM Cluster 120mm white LEDs (push/pull) with case air going out. Big debate here OPTION A: bring cold outside air through the radiator (better for CPU cooling) but then the case is filled with hot air or OPTION B: bring warm case air through radiator (not as good for CPU) but better for overall case temperature. I figured I may try and replace the side window of the 650D with a mesh panel to attach more fans so more cold air can be brought into the case. Thoughts? --> cut out front mesh in front of 200mm fan of 650D for increased airflow (line cut with u-channel for prettiness). --> replace front 200mm fan with BitFenix Spectre Pro LED Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated! Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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