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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #15 on: May23-2015, 08:52:04 »
See red inline for my comments.

Combined, the setup you have will last you for quite some time, and also pretty future proof; USB 3.1, Turbo M.2, lots of SLIs, DDR4, and whatever you name it. Note that technology is moving so fast, every few months you will see an upgrade of something. I guess what I'm trying to get at is there is only so much future proofing you can do, and the more future proofing it is, it also mean you are paying for something that you may not be using right now. I can see you are trying to balance between bleeding edge and a good value proposition. That's good. Just keep that in mind and you will be ok.

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117402 Good choice and a good value proposition between price and speed/performance
Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130840 Again good choice too, I was going to comment that the MSI X99 gaming board you selected originally was very high end. This one will equally serve your work, hobby and gaming needs but $200 cheaper.
RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231799 Now, for me if I'm getting a new X99 series DDR4, I wouldn't skimp on the ram. I'll go minimum of 32gb or if I have the dough, I'll go 64gb. But that's your call.
GPU x2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487089 GTX 980, you won't go wrong. SLI? Even better. This is very high end, might as well get a 4k monitor to go with it. ;)
SSD x2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147372 Samsung had some poor track record recently with their 840 series SSDs. However, if that doesn't deter you, these are very good SSDs. The alternative is the Sandisk Extreme Pro.
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438019 Modular, gold certified, 5 yrs warranty, what's not to like?

Cooler and case remain the same, overall price difference is negligible.  SSDs in RAID 0 and dual GTX 980s would be formidable.

I really hope this is the last time I'll update this thread until I place the order.
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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #16 on: May23-2015, 14:37:59 »
This is the machine I was originally intending to build, but got sidetracked when I started looking at $400+ motherboards.  I don't think I need the added candy features that many of those boards have, just fast reliability.

The second graphics card is definitely a splurge just because I've got the cash and my monitor is 1920x1200.  I wanted to get a matching MSI mobo and graphics cards, but the EVGAs have a coupon code that knocks $40 off of each one and they are nearly identical specs to the MSI.

The RAM and CPU are part of a combo, I would like more but I can easily pick up another 16GB down the road.
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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #17 on: May23-2015, 16:12:24 »
99% sure I'm going to place the order today, I'm worried that the free game offer from Nvidia is about to expire.  Final decision is to get one GTX980 with this order, but go ahead and double up on the RAM and get 32GB.  I'll play it safe and see how things go with the single graphics card, and then if I'm not satisfied I'll order the second one in a couple of weeks.

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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #18 on: May24-2015, 05:25:38 »
I did it.  Money is spent, there's no going back.  I'm anticipating delivery next Friday.
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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #19 on: May24-2015, 12:22:42 »
Grats and good choice!

I knew there was a reason why you went for specific brands like EVGA, just couldn't figure out why at that time. Lol!

Agree, if you feel the single GTX 980 doesn't cut it, you can go SLI.

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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #20 on: May24-2015, 15:37:54 »
Thanks again Spri for all your help!


Thoughts for anyone about to buy an X99 motherboard:

Be extremely cautious if you eventually want to upgrade to M.2 drives.  Some M.2's share their bandwidth with the SATA Express ports (MSI), others share their bandwidth with the PCIe bus and will disable an entire PCIe slot when installed (ASUS).  Also make sure the M.2 slot can handle 32Gbps transfer speeds, as there are some X99 boards that currently only have 10 Mbps M.2's (Gigabyte).

Don't worry if your SLI is not PCIe x16-x16.   x16-x8 is not going to bottleneck your system, yet.

If you want on board WiFi, you're going to spend a shit load for that.


I found this video to be very helpful:

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Re: Time to build a new PC.
« Reply #21 on: May26-2015, 20:04:13 »
Shipped today, 3 days to go.

Also received the free game codes for Witcher 3 and Batman: Arkham Knight.  Witcher 3 requires you to redeem through GOG.com, but it's DRM free so that's a plus.  Batman is redeemable through Steam.  I saw on Newegg that the promotion will last until June 1, so if anyone's on the fence about a gtx970 or gtx980 now is the time. 

Does anyone use GOG?  I've known about it, but never used it before.