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Looking to build a Music Production/Video Editing/Decent Gaming PC - $1500 budget

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May 16, 2013 3:58:37 PM

Hey guys,
I'm a composer/video enthusiast/gamer, looking to build a solid system with the main focus on music production. I record live instruments (guitar, cajon, vocals, etc) and use Orchestral VSTs with Reaper DAW 64-bit.

On top of music production, I definitely would like to be able to edit video and play games. For video editing software, I'm currently just running Corel Videostudio Pro x6. Maybe in the future, I'll move to Adobe Premier or Sony Vegas. As for gaming, I'd like to be ready for Elder Scrolls Online =]

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks
Budget Range: $1,500 max
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music/Video/Game
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: Yes, preferably Windows 7 64-bit
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Doesn't matter
Location: San Jose, Califorina
Parts Preferences: Intel and Nvidia
Overclocking: Never tried, but open to it
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 24 inch and I'm not sure whether to go with an IPS or TN. I've read that color is bad on TN panels, but IPS doesn't have nearly as good refresh rates and response times.
Additional Comments: My condenser mics pick up a ton of subtle noise, so the quieter the better. Also, USB 3.0 slots would be excellent.
Why Are You Upgrading: My 4 year old laptop can't cut it anymore, ahaha.

I've been out of the computer hardware loop for a while (my last build had a 6800 when it was just released) so I appreciate all your help =]
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May 16, 2013 4:14:59 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($290.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1404.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-16 19:14 EDT-0400)
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May 16, 2013 8:38:12 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($290.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1404.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-16 19:14 EDT-0400)

Thank you so much! Quick response =)

Regarding monitors, would you recommend an IPS or TN?
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