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New Build, £1500~ Budget. No Idea What I'm Doing

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May 5, 2013 4:16:49 AM

I'm looking to build a PC which will take everything it thrown at it, especially being able to record using fraps whilst playing some of the most intensive games available.

I've been told a dedicated second HD would be preferable for the recordings, along with a nvidia card for CS5 editing but i'm really none the wiser.

I've been trying to figure this out myself on a site called PCspeciaist.com which has a huge array of components and did a great job on a previous laptop build, here's what i have so far:

Case
FRACTAL DEFINE R4 BLACK PEARL QUIET MID-TOWER CASE

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache

Motherboard
ASUS® P8Z77 WS - ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6 GB/s

Memory (RAM)
32GB KINGSTON HYPERX BEAST DUAL-DDR3 2400MHz X.M.P (4 x 8GB KIT)

Graphics Card
2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680 - 2 DVI, HDMI, DP - 3D Vision Ready
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Memory - 1st Hard Disk
1TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD1002FAEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE (7200rpm)

2nd Hard Disk
2TB 3.5" SATA-III 6GB/s HDD 7200RPM 64MB CACHE

1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM

Power Supply
CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ TX650 V2-80 PLUS® BRONZE (£69)

Processor Cooling
Corsair H60 Hydro Series High Performance CPU Cooler (£59)

Any input really appreciated, have i gone over the top? or do i need even better hardware?

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May 5, 2013 4:27:04 AM

well... i'd get a video capture card. you'll take a hit in performance while gaming and recording without one... and if you don't plan to use one, you might actually be better off with an AMD (that controversial vid by "teksyndicate" which showed an FX8350 beating anything intel had, was done while streaming video... a specific test to say the least)

Setting that aside, spend some cash on a video capture card. you'll not regret it. Scale back that 680 to a 670... the 670 is about as good (within 5%) and hundreds less. or get a 7950/7970... both overclock way better then the nvidia, and outperform them as well.
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May 5, 2013 4:27:54 AM

SSD :D  64gb will be bearable for a boot drive, 128 for os partition & high priority programs + some games, 256gb or more if you're gonna be doing alot of work using cs5 on it.
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May 5, 2013 4:50:00 AM

jpoos said:
SSD :D  64gb will be bearable for a boot drive, 128 for os partition & high priority programs + some games, 256gb or more if you're gonna be doing alot of work using cs5 on it.


Why SSD? What are the benefits of SSD over conventional?

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May 5, 2013 4:55:43 AM

pitchwife said:
jpoos said:
SSD :D  64gb will be bearable for a boot drive, 128 for os partition & high priority programs + some games, 256gb or more if you're gonna be doing alot of work using cs5 on it.


Why SSD? What are the benefits of SSD over conventional?


SSDs are about 50 times faster. They're so fast you'll actually be able to use most of your CPU power. Standard HDs are so slow, they're the biggest bottleneck in most systems.
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May 5, 2013 4:56:20 AM

SSD are much faster it can boot up windows in less then 10 seconds with a regular HDD it takes around 20-30. I have a 64GB SSD in mine cause I only play one game majority of the 10 and its an MMO which makes load times so much faster its like they arent even happening.

I'd go with a 7970 as well over a 680, I would up the PSU to a 750W so that you can CF down the road.

You should build this Rig yourself dont buy from a company you will save some money and be able to put it towards better items
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May 5, 2013 5:13:26 AM

Here is what your looking at

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900ALED Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($135.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($138.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1537.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-05 08:12 EDT-0400)

Edited: Sorry not the correct pricing for your country it should still be under your price range
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