New setup for 3d work based on Intel X79 Sandybridge

19 Nov 2012
I think I might finally have configured my new PC. Any advice would be much appreciated. What are the big diferences between the Intel Core i7-3930K 3.20GHz and Intel Core i7-3820 3.60GHz except for the price :)

If you can see anything that needs to be changed please let me know.

BitFenix Shinobi USB3.0 Gaming Case - Black

Intel Core i7-3820 3.60GHz (Sandybridge-E) Socket LGA2011 Processor - Retail- [subtract £183.30]
Intel Core i7-3930K 3.20GHz (Sandybridge-E) Socket LGA2011 Processor

Overclock Option
Stage 5: MAX OC OF ENTIRE SYSTEM - (CPU, RAM Graphics all OCd to maximum 24/7 Stability) **MUST SELECT AN OPERATING SYSTEM**

Patriot Intel Extreme Masters 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 PC3-14900C10 1866MHz Quad Channel Kit

Patriot Viper "Black Mamba" Generation 3 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 1600MHz C9 Quad Channel Kit
Patriot Viper "Black Mamba" Generation 3 32GB (4X8GB) DDR3 PC3-17000C11 2133MHz Quad Channel
Corsair Dominator 32GB (4x8GB) 1600MHz C10 Quad Channel Kit- [add £41.67]

Graphics Card
KFA2 GeForce GTX 660TI EX OC 2048MB GDDR5

Hard Drive
Samsung 120GB SSD 840 SATA 6Gb/s Basic

Hard Drive 2
Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM

Power Supply
PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III Series 600W 80 Plus Bronze Modular Power Supply - White

Operating System
Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
12 Jun 2003
deffo take the 3930k if you can afford it, the two extra cores will be very usefull come rendering time.

I wouldnt be that worried about going for ram faster than 1600, for sure if you can spare the moneydo it, but take the 3930k first, the extra ram speed gains so little and if at some point you go 64gb, you may have trouble running the higher speeds anyway, this is just what i've heard, i settled on 64gb of 1600mhz ram.

Also what motherboard is this using, one thing to consider is whether it has 4 or 8 dimm slots for ram, you may want to add another 32gb at some point, so a mobo with 8 slots would be a good idea.
25 Nov 2011
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Don't get a 3820. It is essentially a sandy bridge processor built on the sandy bridge e platform. it isn't really ideal at all, as it is equal to a 2600k. A 3930k is a fantastic processor though, as it can perform as well as a 3960/3970x with some overclocking. The 3930k utilizes more cores, so it is better in that respect. It performs much better than a 3820.
3820 is intended for those that want socket 2011 on a budget, however you'd spend £200+ on it, only to need to upgrade to a 3930k later down the line. The 3930k is the pick of the bunch for value for money, performance in the socket 2011 series.
If you can afford it, get 3930k. If you can't, I'd recommend skipping 2011 for now.
Also, I like your choice of ram. But have you checked recent deals on the 7950? There is some right stonking deals on them at the moment, great cards!
good luck
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