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Old 12-23-13, 01:59 AM   #1
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It's been over four years since I upgraded my desktop PC and I'm ordering the following parts from Newegg for a major upgrade:
  • Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E 3.7GHz Quad-Core CPU ($324.99)
  • Gigabyte X79-UP4 Motherboard ($239.99)
  • CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 SDRAM ($219.99)
  • Intel 335 Series 180GB SATA III SSD ($154.99)
  • WD BLACK 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache HDD ($156.99)
  • ASUS Black 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner ($89.99)
All the parts have been ordered and should be here sometime next week. I'm really looking forward to putting this system together and see how it performs with my new EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti ($699.99).

I'll keep you updated on my progress.

Here's a review of the Gigabyte X79-UP4 at The TechReport:
http://techreport.com/review/25583/h...x79a-gd45-plus

Upgrade Notes

I originally ordered the ASUS P9X79 LE motherboard, but encountered two problems that warranted a return. The first issue was that the CPU fan header was not powering the CPU fan. I was able to power the CPU fan from a chassis fan header though. The second problem was that the BIOS only detected 1 8GB stick of memory instead of the two that were installed. However, I installed Windows 7 and used the system for a week without any other problems arising.

I had a problem installing Windows 7 on the GIGABYTE X79-UP4 motherboard. When the list of available hard drives to install Windows on appeared, all of them brought up the following error message when selected:

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Windows cannnot be installed on this disk. The selected disk has an MBR partition table. On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks.
After about 15 minutes of Internet research using my laptop, the situation was remedied by changing the boot order to a non-UEFI drive.

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Old 12-23-13, 05:22 PM   #2
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It's been over two years since I upgraded my desktop PC and I'm ordering the following parts from Newegg for a major upgrade:
  • Intel Core i7-4820K Ivy Bridge-E 3.7GHz Quad-Core CPU ($324.99)
  • Gigabyte X79-UP4 Motherboard ($239.99)
  • CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 2133MHz DDR3 SDRAM ($219.99)
  • Intel 335 Series 180GB SATA III SSD ($154.99)
  • WD BLACK 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache HDD ($156.99)
  • ASUS Black 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner ($89.99)

All the parts have been ordered and should be here sometime next week. I'm really looking forward to putting this system together and see how it performs with my new EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti!

I'll keep you updated on my progress.
I'm looking to do the same after I get situated with my budget for my wedding and new house.

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Old 12-24-13, 07:13 AM   #3
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Nice rig Mike, post some pics when you get it going.
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Old 12-25-13, 09:29 AM   #4
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I almost went ivb-e with my upgrade. Could afford four sticks of ram in my budget.
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Old 12-31-13, 08:45 PM   #5
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You got that thing put together yet, Mike? Lets see some pics!

Got my MSI MPower mobo - i7 4770k up and running last night. A nice boost from the old i5 2500k.

Putting a CNPS9900 on that motherboard was absolutely ridiculous
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Old 01-11-14, 02:34 PM   #6
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I finally put my new system together and so far it's running great.

First off here is a link to PassMark high-end CPU benchmark results to give you a general idea of where the 4820K stands:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

Here are screenshots from various monitoring and utility programs:











The maximum idle temperature for the GeForce GTX 780 Ti was 40C.



The maximum load temperature while running Unigine Heaven was 83C.



Windows 7 Professional Experience Index



Here are the system results from PassMark:
http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8...id=18447435198



Results from the PassMark memory test:



Results from the PassMark disk test:







Here are some gaming and synthetic benchmarks:

Just Cause 2

2560x1600 - 8x AA = 82 fps
2560x1600 - 16xQ CSAA = 77 fps

Hitman Absolution - Ultra Quality

2560x1600 - No AA = 62 fps
2560x1600 - 4x AA = 48 fps

Metro Last Light - Very High Quality

1920x1200 = 39 fps
2560x1600 = 26 fps

Bioshock Infinite - Ultra Quality

2560x1600 = 91 fps

Sleeping Dogs - Extreme Quality

2560x1600 = 41 fps

Batman Arkham Origins

2560x1600 - 4x AA = 56
2560x1600 - 8x AA = 40

Company of Heroes 2

2560x1600 - Low Antialiasing = 49
2560x1600 - Medium Antialiasing = 36
2560x1600 - High Antialiasing = 26

Dirt Showdown

2560x1600 - 4x AA = 80 fps
2560x1600 - 8x AA = 75 fps

Total War Rome 2 - Ultra Quality

2560x1600 = 63 fps

Unigine Heaven - High Quality

2560x1600 - No AA = 61 fps
2560x1600 - 4x AA = 50 fps

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Old 01-12-14, 03:15 AM   #7
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I was wondering, why does like hwinfo64 show your video cards running at pci-e 3.0 x16 (8gb/sec) at pci-e x16 (2.5gb) which is wrong. Pci-e 3.0 x16 should show (16gb/sec) period. I notice this in gpu-z also where it shows pci-e 3.0 x16 running at 1.1. Especially on a x79 mb. I know that both of your cards (gtx 780 ti) can and should run at full x16 speeds due to having 40 pci-e 3.0 lanes unless you one or two more x8 cards in there somewhere. The only thing I can think of is that you may have one of your cards in the x8 slots slowing down the bandwidth between them. Read below and check your manual on which slots are which:

(this is the layout of the x79-up4 mb)
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
* The PCIEX8_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When the PCIEX8_2 slot is populated, the PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

2 x PCI Express x1 slots
(All PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

1 x PCI slot

which leaves me with the question: do you have something in the x8 slots or do you have just two gtx 780 ti's on the mb?
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Old 01-12-14, 03:22 AM   #8
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BTW, if you really want to flex the muscle of the WEI. Install windows 8.1 and then install this:
http://win-experience-index.chris-pc.com/

Windows 8 vs. 8.1 for a wei are somewhat different. Windows 8 is much more strict on it's wei giving a gtx 680 and a gtx 760 the same score of 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a loosened quite much where a gtx 760 now scores 8.3 by itself.

for Windows 8.1 on the chris pc wei (which just takes the dos like text based scores still kept by windows although no longer graphically shown) I get the following on the haswell system in my sig:

cpu 8.3
memory 8.3
gpu 8.3
hard drive 7.7

and if your worried about start menu's, install this (it skips the metro poop and goes directly to desktop giving back the windows 7 feel that everyone enjoys):
http://www.iobit.com/iobitstartmenu8.php

to compare, this is what ivb (my brothers system gives on a windows 8 wei)

cpu 8.0
ram 8.0
gpu 8.1
hard drive 7.9
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I was wondering, why does like hwinfo64 show your video cards running at pci-e 3.0 x16 (8gb/sec) at pci-e x16 (2.5gb) which is wrong. Pci-e 3.0 x16 should show (16gb/sec) period. I notice this in gpu-z also where it shows pci-e 3.0 x16 running at 1.1. Especially on a x79 mb. I know that both of your cards (gtx 780 ti) can and should run at full x16 speeds due to having 40 pci-e 3.0 lanes unless you one or two more x8 cards in there somewhere. The only thing I can think of is that you may have one of your cards in the x8 slots slowing down the bandwidth between them. Read below and check your manual on which slots are which:

(this is the layout of the x79-up4 mb)
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
* For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
* The PCIEX8_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16_2 slot. When the PCIEX8_2 slot is populated, the PCIEX16_2 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.
(All PCI Express x16 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

2 x PCI Express x1 slots
(All PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

1 x PCI slot

which leaves me with the question: do you have something in the x8 slots or do you have just two gtx 780 ti's on the mb?
No, there's nothing in the x8 slots, but I see your point in regards to hwinfo64 and gpu-z.

I also only have a single gtx 780 ti, which is installed in the topmost PCI Express x16 slot. The motherboard manual didn't include labels for the PCI Express slots.
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your graphics are on par at 8.8. But your cpu should eat mine for breakfast. I get a 8.4 with my 4790.
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