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Is this a good PC build for at least $2200 or less?

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May 7, 2013 5:47:54 AM

Hello,
I'm new at building computers but I have a solid understanding how to build one. The problem is I'm not sure if I have the correct fit. I'm mostly going to use my PC for games and editing and rendering videos. Here's my fit (I'm going to put links next to it)

WARNING THIS POST HAS LOTS OF LINKS AND THERE ARE 2 SEPARATES PARTS FOR IT 1. PC 2. OTHER ITEMS


Maximum budget for a PC is $2300

Case- NZXT Phantom Series - Black PHAN-001BK
Case-Thermaltake Level 10 GT Case (Going for this looks)
GPU- EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB FTW (I'll think about AMD 7970)
MOBO- ASUS Maximus V Formula Assassins Creed 3 Edition
CPU- Intel Core i7 3770K
PSU- CoolerMaster Silent Pro Gold 800W
Power Supply-Corsair AX860 Platinum Power Supply
SSD- Samsung 250GB SSD 840 Series
HDD- Western Digital 1TB SATA3 Caviar Black
RAM- Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz
CPU Cooler- Corsair Hydro Series H100i CPU Cooler
OS-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
DVD Reader- LG H24NS70/90/95 SATA 24X+- Super Multi DVDR Black
In Total For PC= $2131 AUD (Before was $2300+)

***Other Items (MUST NEED OR NOT)***:
Mouse- Razer OUROBOROS elite (Going to change the mouse)
Mouse Pad-Razer Vespula Dual-Sided Gaming Mouse Mat
Keyboard- SteelSeries Apex (Not RAW, going to wait for the APEX to be release) Or Corsair Vengeance K90
Monitor- Benq XL2420T 24"
Another monitor for video editing and Photoshop- ASUS MX239H 23in AH-IPS Widescreen LED Monitor

In total the PC cost at least $2300 excluding other items, luxury items and shipping.

Thank you, I hope you guys/girls can help me out :) 

(Sorry if my English isn't good) :p 

Extras- What would be a good gaming keyboard? I have trouble finding a good gaming keyboard.

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May 7, 2013 6:09:58 AM

You're... jeezsus.

You're spending way, way too much money, and not getting any more performance out of it. You could spend $1500 on the computer and $500 on the extras and get the EXACT same performance.

If you want to blow that much money, then yes, that computer will WORK. However, you could spend a lot less money to get the same performance.
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May 7, 2013 6:14:12 AM

Well thanks for the quick reply DarkSable

To answer your question, I know I'm spending too much on the PC, but I just don't know what bits to pull out or lower it down. Do you have any suggestions?
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May 7, 2013 6:17:45 AM

Not going to click on all those links one by one to evaluate your config. You provide the parts in a convenient list as a courtesy to us, and we’ll offer advice as a courtesy to you.


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i7 3770K OC @ 4.2Ghz / ASRock Extreme 4 Z77 / evga FTW 670 2X-SLI / Creative SB Audigy SE PCI Sound Card / 32 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 / 128 GB OCZ Vertex 4 / 2 TB WD Caviar Black / 2 TB Seagate Barracuda / Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System / LG 14X Blu-ray R/W / Corsair 1000w PSU / AzzA Genesis 9000 full tower / Windows 7 Professional 64 / 144hz 1ms 24-inch Asus monitor
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May 7, 2013 6:17:57 AM

Unless you have money to burn, you are paying WAY too much than you need to on the power supply, case, and mouse. For example, you can buy a Gold power supply that provides about the same amount of power for $100 less than the Platinum one you are considering.

Are you ambidextrous? Because if you are not, that $125 mouse is completely unnecessary. A $50-75 mouse will suite you just fine...

You are paying ~$100 extra for your case's design, not effectiveness.

Cut back another ~$100 on your build in places where you REALLY do not NEED to pay the extra amount, and you can get an extra graphics card for the same amount of money that you are currently considering spending. Now with THAT you WILL see a tangible performance increase. ;) 
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May 7, 2013 6:20:25 AM

Also, your link to the graphics card does not work.
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May 7, 2013 6:23:17 AM

Hey MrHaythem,

There are a lot of parts you could replace to maintain the same quality! to name a few, you could swap the i7- 3770k for an i5-3570k. You won't notice the difference unless you plan on doing lots of editing. Also, sound cards aren't always necessary. Most motherboards come with perfectly fine audio. Yours has SupremeFX IV audio which is very good and it has an integrated amplifier which is not too common. Those are just two things that IMO don't make a difference in a gaming PC. You could probably trim a lot more off if you wanted:) 
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May 7, 2013 6:41:49 AM

Hello ZippyPeanut,
Yes I'm sorry about me putting the links up since most people won't look it up. I have fixed most of the bits up and I hope that helps. I'm deeply sorry if I did the smae for the rest of the people. But thanks for seeing that up.

Hello Intervenator,
Hmm...Yes, you are right about the power supply, what power supply do you recommend it to me. The other thing is, I'm going to add another graphics card so I could run 4 monitors 3 for gaming and 1 for video editing. The other thing is well I'm a bit of a ambidextrous but I'll think of other mouse, what mouse do you recommend? And lastly, some what I'll be thinking about changing some components down, but I'm still going to keep the case since it looks sexy. Thank you so much helping me improving and lowering the price of the PC.

Hello TIMMAAAAAAY,
Yeah, i've been thinking about that a lot lately, but just don't know what. I'm going to keep the CPU since I use Photoshop and video editing alot. Well yeah, the sound card is no needed, but its a luxury thing so its not like i'm going to have it with the PC when first built. Thanks a lot for replying!
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May 7, 2013 7:03:43 AM

I would lower the cost of the case (there are plenty of good cases for $90-$120)

MoBo lower it down to a $120-$150 range (ASRock Extreme4)

If your not planning to SLI/CF lower PSU to a 550W

I would switch the 670 to a 7970 GHz Edition

Mouse pad is a waste of money if it cost a lot one from walmart would work just as fine



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May 7, 2013 7:28:44 AM

I also suggest swapping the 670 for the 7970 GHz Edition if you want the best of the best.

As for power supply, check out the Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold series. They're extremely quiet, and high quality.

Keep the 3770K for the hyper-threading if you plan on doing video editing.

Finally, for the mouse: Check out the Mionix Naos 5000. It is the most comfortable, high quality mouse I have ever used, and it looks really sharp.
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May 7, 2013 5:27:58 PM

Hello Emelth,
I would love to lower the cost of the case but don't know what other case to choose since I need a case that supports E-ATX. I think I will keep the MoBo price well above $200, do you think the Asus Sabertooh Z77 MoBo good? I'm planning to SLI so I'll still keep the PSU. Why AMD, I know it may have better performance but I trust Nvidia products. And yes, the mouse pad is a waste of money, I'll be thinking about other mouse pads. Thanks for the tip

Hello Intervenator,
First, why the AMD, like I said to Emelth. And the PSU, you brought me to the right product, thank you. And the mouse, yes the mouse looks good and sure thing I think I'll get it rather than Razer. Thanks for the tip :) 

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May 8, 2013 3:47:20 AM

Alright with the 7970 not only will it out perform the 670 as is but it also keeps up with the 680 in certain areas, then add the OC capabilities and bam you got yourself a fine ass GPU (and even think about CF down the road it will still be amazing)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/768?vs=772

I still dont understand why you need such an expensive motherboard, can you tell us why you want/need it?
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May 8, 2013 4:09:08 AM

Emelth said:
Alright with the 7970 not only will it out perform the 670 as is but it also keeps up with the 680 in certain areas, then add the OC capabilities and bam you got yourself a fine ass GPU (and even think about CF down the road it will still be amazing)

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/768?vs=772

I still dont understand why you need such an expensive motherboard, can you tell us why you want/need it?


Hello Emelth,
Thank you for telling me why AMD 7970 is better than GTX 670 and even GTX680. It is really technical and helped me out lot. So a big thumbs up for you!

Well I choose Asus ROG Maximus Formula AC Edition because to what I know, ROG mobo last long and has cool features to it. The looks of the board is fantastic and really looks cool (but not sure if it would match my blue themed case). It also included 6 games which out of all I estimate it to be at least $150 or less. But I do wish I want a cheaper board that is better than ROG Mobo or something (It would be best if it is blue) I don't want any cheap Mobo's Do you know any good Mobo's that is not cheap but yet not too expensive.
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May 8, 2013 4:20:52 AM

Are they cool features of things that you are going to actually use though, thats the biggest question you need to ask yourself.

A blue themed build....

Even I wouldnt pay that much for this one but hey here ya go much better than wasting $289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 8, 2013 4:29:02 AM

Emelth said:
Are they cool features of things that you are going to actually use though, thats the biggest question you need to ask yourself.

A blue themed build....

Even I wouldnt pay that much for this one but hey here ya go much better than wasting $289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hello Emelth,
Thanks for your fast reply! Well I am going to use all the features of the board especially that Supreme FX for my 7.1 surround system set up.

Thanks for showing me the MoBo, just to let you know, for future build I am going to add at least 2 or 3 GPUs onto the board, But it was really kind of you showing me that board, I love the blue themed Mobo, thanks :D 
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May 8, 2013 4:34:43 AM

No problem build the shit out of your Rig and I cant wait to see pictures of when it completed, have fun!
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May 8, 2013 4:48:21 AM

Yeah, good luck! Hopefully you get no DOA products...
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May 8, 2013 4:53:25 AM

Thank you, thank you too everyone else who helped me saving my money on PC components especially "Intervenator and or course Emelth" You guys and everybody else who helped me, I would love to give a big thumbs up and I just don't know what to repay back. You guys have saved me hundreds and hope so to continue on going down (not way down).

THANK YOU ESPECIALLY EMELTH AND INTERVENATOR!
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May 8, 2013 4:54:55 AM

Why did you change the PSU from the AX? It's a Tier 1 PSU one of the best high quality builds.

Proud to help you out and thank you
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May 8, 2013 8:51:35 AM

Do you really think the advantages that it brings over, say, a Corsair HX 750, is justified knowing it is ~$100 more?
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May 8, 2013 2:07:32 PM

That CM Silent is a huge downgrade in quality which is something I wouldnt advise for this build. the CM PSU is a Tier 3, they are fully capable to handle the job but for the price he is paying I would want a higher quality PSU.
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