My interpretation of "being top of the line for a long time" is to build a PC that compares favorably (performance-wise) to the newer gear that will come out for quite awhile. For instance, the new Haswell CPU is supposed to be 7-10% faster than the i7-3770k, so it will take several more "generations" of CPUs until the i7-3770k no longer performs comparably to the new CPU. My 6 year old Quad2Core 6600 still compares favorably to the lower end i3 and i5 cPUs as well as most of the AMD's, so even though it's "old" now, it still has some life left in it. As long as your PC will run the applications (and games) that you want, it's still a good PC. As soon as you want something your PC can't provide, you start looking at the "build versus upgrade" choice and go from there...
Last edited by azasadny; 26 Mar 2013 at 13:13.
Thanks for your advices !
Surely 3770k is a very good CPU. My choice for 3930k was more because of the quad-channel platform.I have found the i7-3770k ($229 USD) to be a particularly good CPU and the ASUS P8Z77-V Lk ($130 USD) or the Intel DZ77GAL-70K ($200 USD) to be excellent motherboards to run the CPU at it's maximum stable speed (I run mine at 4.5GHz).
The question with RAM is that the board has 4 DIMMs for quad-channel. If I install 4x4GB I'll be stuck on 16GB, by the other hand if I install 2x8GB I'll get only dual-channel.I would instead purchase 2 x 8GB sticks today, and keep 2 slots free for the future and decide later if you need it.
I'm concerned about VGA pricing here in Brazil. That's insane... I wanted a HD7990 6GB, but it costs arround US$ 1700,00 here, just like GTX690. Said that, I'm seriously wondering to get 2x HD7950(70) or 2x GTX680, but anyways the VGAs will be the last parts to be bought.I would recommend 2 x GTX680 or 2 x GTX690
Well, there's still a lot of things by the way.
I always start with an excellent power supply, quality motherboard and RAM and a CPU that performs at the "top" of it's class
(Q6600, I7-3770k, etc...) I can always upgrade hard drives, SSD's, video cards, etc... as tiime goes on but it's very difficult to justify upgrading the CPU or motherboard as to me, that constitutes a new system, not an "upgrade".
Last edited by azasadny; 27 Mar 2013 at 09:18.
My only advice I can give for your new build vrosa is make sure your case is big enough to handle your 7950 (I would recommend the 7970) GPU and if your air cooling can handle one to those big air cooling cpu coolers. I just purchased a Thermaltake Overseer RX 1 full tower, best decision I ever made was going full tower and after my rebate comes in it will have only cost me $79.99. Excellent cable management and excellent air circulation with high end parts is a must have in my book.
@PParks1:: I will admit, I didn't even realize that quad channel was even out there. That's what happens when you have a 4 year old PC at home. I still would likely go for 4 x 4GB myself and save the cash as more than 16GB of RAM really requires a specific task...but that's up to you.Right again ! As a geologist / geotechnical engineer I run several simulation softwares that are multicore optimized and very RAM hungry, and it's important to build a system that will serve me for some years, after all it's better to spend more money one time then rebuild a system every 2 years or so.@azasadny:: My interpretation of "being top of the line for a long time" is to build a PC that compares favorably (performance-wise) to the newer gear that will come out for quite awhile. For instance, the new Haswell CPU is supposed to be 7-10% faster than the i7-3770k, so it will take several more "generations" of CPUs until the i7-3770k no longer performs comparably to the new CPU.
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Last edited by vrosa; 31 Mar 2013 at 13:07.