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$4K Budget Rev2:: Z68/1155 vs X79/2011 (Sandy Bridge vs Sandy Bridge-E)

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  Quote scotts87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: $4K Budget Rev2:: Z68/1155 vs X79/2011 (Sandy Bridge vs Sandy Bridge-E)
    Posted: 29 Feb 2012 at 11:39pm
OK, after tons of research, several phone calls, and going back and forth, I have 2 systems which are almost identical with the exception of the Motherboard / CPU combo.

One thing I am very keen on is future expandability. I am not so patient that I am willing to wait for Ivy Bridge to come out. I am wanting a HIGH QUALITY gaming system, with overclock ability (even though I am not an extreme overclocker)....a system that will last me many years, operate nice and cool, and eventually allow me the flexibility to upgrade major components (graphics card, motherboard, CPU, etc). With the money I am putting into this system, I expect it to still be powerful for MANY years to come!!

Here are my two almost identical systems. I have applied red font to the CPU and Motherboard that set both systems apart:
Core™ i5 / i7 Z68 3-way SLI® / CrossFireX™ Custom Gaming System: $3331
  • INTEL, Core™ i7-2700K Quad-Core 3.5 - 3.9GHz TB, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT VT-x XD, Retail
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  • COOLER MASTER, Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum
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  • ASUS, Maximus IV Extreme-Z, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /1+2*, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /8, HDA, BT, GbLAN /2, FW /2, ATX, Retail
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  • KINGSTON, 8GB (4 x 2GB) XMP HyperX PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz CL7 (7-7-7) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
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  • XFX, Radeon™ HD 7970 1000MHz, 3GB GDDR5 5700MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI + HDMI + 2x mini-DP, Retail
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  • CRUCIAL, 128GB M4 SSD w/ Data Transfer Kit, MLC Marvell 88SS9174, 500/175 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
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  • SEAGATE, 3TB Barracuda® XT, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
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  • RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
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  • SABRENT, CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB
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  • LG ELECTRONICS, WH12LS30 Black 12x/16x/48x BD/DVD/CD Blu-ray Disc™ Burner, SATA, w/ Software, OEM
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  • D-LINK, DWA-556 Xtreme N™ Adapter, Draft 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile
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  • THERMALTAKE, Level 10 GT Black Full-Tower Case, EATX, 8 slots, No PSU, Steel/Plastic
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  • CASE FAN, LED Fans Maximum Package, UV
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  • AEROCOOL, Touch 2000 Black Controller Panel, 4-Channels Fan / Temperature, Touch Screen LCD, 2 x 5.25" Bay
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  • CUSTOM WIRING, Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down
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  • LOGISYS, 12" Single Cold Cathode Case Light Kit, Red
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  • SEASONIC, Platinum-1000 Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Platinum, 1000W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, Retail
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  • MICROSOFT, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
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  • ACCESSORY, AVADirect System Documentation and Media Binder
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  • THERMALTAKE, Tt eSports Challenger Pro Wired Black Keyboard w/ Cooling Fan, 256 LED Illuminations, 14 Function Keys, 2x USB, Retail
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  • GAMING PC, Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)
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  • SERVICE, Freight Courier Delivery (Package is double-boxed and shipped on a pallet)

  • Core™ i7 X79 3-way SLI® / CrossFireX™ Custom Gaming System: $3775
  • INTEL, Core i7-3930K Six-Core, 3.2 - 3.8GHz TB, LGA2011, 12MB L3 Cache, HT EM64T EIST VT XD, 32nm, 130W, Retail
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  • COOLER MASTER, Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler, Socket 2011/1155/1156/1366/775/FM1/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum
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  • ASUS, Rampage IV Extreme, LGA2011, Intel® X79, DDR3-2400 (O.C.) 64GB /8, PCIe x16 SLI CF /4+1*, SATA 6Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 3Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /8, HDA, BT, GbLAN, EATX, Retail
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  • KINGSTON, 8GB (4 x 2GB) XMP HyperX Genesis PC3-17000 DDR3 2133MHz CL11 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
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  • XFX, Radeon™ HD 7970 1000MHz, 3GB GDDR5 5700MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI + HDMI + 2x mini-DP, Retail
  •  
  • CRUCIAL, 128GB M4 SSD w/ Data Transfer Kit, MLC Marvell 88SS9174, 500/175 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, Retail
  •  
  • SEAGATE, 3TB Barracuda® XT, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
  •  
  • RAID, No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
  •  
  • SABRENT, CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB
  •  
  • LG ELECTRONICS, WH12LS30 Black 12x/16x/48x BD/DVD/CD Blu-ray Disc™ Burner, SATA, w/ Software, OEM
  •  
  • D-LINK, DWA-556 Xtreme N™ Adapter, Draft 2.0 IEEE 802.11n, PCIe x1, Full-Height/Low-Profile
  •  
  • THERMALTAKE, Level 10 GT Black Full-Tower Case, EATX, 8 slots, No PSU, Steel/Plastic
  •  
  • CASE FAN, LED Fans Maximum Package, UV
  •  
  • AEROCOOL, Touch 2000 Black Controller Panel, 4-Channels Fan / Temperature, Touch Screen LCD, 2 x 5.25" Bay
  •  
  • CUSTOM WIRING, Standard Wiring with Precision Cable Routing and Tie-Down
  •  
  • LOGISYS, 12" Single Cold Cathode Case Light Kit, Red
  •  
  • SEASONIC, Platinum-1000 Power Supply w/ Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Platinum, 1000W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, 6x 8/6-pin PCIe, Retail
  •  
  • MICROSOFT, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
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  • ACCESSORY, AVADirect System Documentation and Media Binder
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  • THERMALTAKE, Tt eSports Challenger Pro Wired Black Keyboard w/ Cooling Fan, 256 LED Illuminations, 14 Function Keys, 2x USB, Retail
  •  
  • GAMING PC, Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)
  •  
  • SERVICE, Freight Courier Delivery (Package is double-boxed and shipped on a pallet)






  • Edited by scotts87 - 01 Mar 2012 at 1:38am
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      Quote scotts87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 1:45am
    Ooops, I just noticed my RAM selections are not identical....looking to have top of the line Kingston RAM in my new system! By the way, does anyone have experience with RAM coolers? I don't doubt the case I have selected will have plenty of airflow, but this looks to be custom made just for the Kingston HyperX, and price looks reasonable. Question is, will it fit?
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002DUKPN2/ref=asc_df_B002DUKPN21919593?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B002DUKPN2

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      Quote scotts87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 2:33am
    And another "oops"....since I am not having a liquid cooled system, I should not have to spend the extra $$ for special freight shipping right? Now, what can I spend the saved $250 on?  Wink 
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      Quote Jmundy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2012 at 10:37am
    Hello scotts87,
     
     
    Considering the length of time you wish to extend the configurations life time, I recommend choosing the X79 system which fits your requirements to have expansions capabilities, overclock, and last you many years.
     
    I do have experience with RAM coolers, they do a fine job of cooling RAM sticks individually if you decide to overclock a system. Since this is something you may consider, but not to the extreme, they many not be necessary but they certainly will not hurt the cause!
     
    You are correct in your assumption of the freight shipping. Only liquid cooling systems are required to have this service, although it wouldn't hurt to use it if you want to gaguaranteehere are zero issues during transit. That's not to say that we have issues with our FedEx shipping methods, but the popossibilitieslways exist; big or small. If you want to use the $250 to upgrade something in your system, I recommend either the RAM to 16GB or 32GB. If not that, upgrade the SSD to a 256GB. Though you do take a slight performance hit, the larger SSDs tend to retain their performance from TRIM in Windows.
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      Quote scotts87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 10:40am
    Thanks for all the advice. After about a weeks worth of research, I have narrowed down all my selections, and decided on the X79 system. Ended up going with the larger SSD (I figured I would not notice any speed difference between the 256G and the 128G). Scaled back my PS just a tad, to the 860W Seasonic. Still PLENTY of headroom!!
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      Quote Jmundy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Apr 2012 at 4:16pm
    Hello scotts87,
     
     
    Agreed, you have made some choice changes to your configuration and I have absolutely no doubt that you will be satisfied with the end-result. I'm happy to see that you left yourself with plenty of headroom with the power supply!
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