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June 10, 2013 12:58:17 AM

So I want to build a computer that will primarily be used for post-production work. I need to run the CS6 suite smoothly along with other video editing and special effects applications.

I've done a fair amount of research and have watched tons of videos on the subject. I just don't want to go and spend what I consider ALOT of money without some reassurance from someone that knows what they are doing.

I went on new egg and picked a bunch of parts for my computer. I don't know if they will be compatible with each other or if I will need anything else such as data cables and other little things like that. I know I need thermal paste so I added that haha. I have a strict budget of $3000, I am currently at around $2900.

Approximate Purchase Date: Withing a month

Budget Range: No more than $3300.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Special Effects, Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I need 2.

Parts to Upgrade: Full Build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No Preference.

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Parts Preferences: No Preference.

Overclocking: Yes. Still need to learn how.

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: At least 1920x1080.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: 2011 Mac Book Pro cannot handle the large render loads. Need something efficient.

Here is what I have picked out so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: EVGA 04G-P4-3687-KR GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ w/Backplate 4GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL9Q2-32GBZH

HDD: TOSHIBA DT01ACA300 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SSD: SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-240G-G25 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Optical Drive: ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

Cooling: NZXT Kraken X60 RL-KRX60-01 280mm Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case:Fractal Design Define XL R2 FD-CA-DEF-XL-R2-BL Black Pearl Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Thermal Paste: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks for your time. I truly appreciate it.

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June 10, 2013 2:36:10 AM

I take it you'll be OC'ing then. I also don't know if you've got a monitor and such.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($354.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($163.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($646.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($32.19 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: LG IPS237L-BN 23.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $2902.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 05:34 EDT-0400)

Not perfect, but I need more information from you. We have a form somewhere around here that

people usually fill out when they're needing these things.

Here it is:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/353572-31-build-upg...
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June 10, 2013 10:27:54 AM

Thanks for your quick response! I have updated my initial post with more information.

So you think that I will benefit more from downgrading my CPU from a Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) to a Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor and getting a better graphics card? Also why 2 optical drives? I don't really plan on burning much. I have upped my budget to $3200 but this needs to include 2 monitors.

THANKS AGAIN! =)


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June 10, 2013 10:41:04 AM


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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($399.99 @ Amazon)


Definitely NO on that $400 motherboard for a single GPU solution. That's an absolute waste of money.

Maswillden said:
Thanks for your quick response! I have updated my initial post with more information.

So you think that I will benefit more from downgrading my CPU from a Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) to a Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor and getting a better graphics card? Also why 2 optical drives? I don't really plan on burning much. I have upped my budget to $3200 but this needs to include 2 monitors.

THANKS AGAIN! =)


Yeah that's exactly what I would suggest, and then use the difference and upgrade your displays to 1440P, that will be far more beneficial for video editing and multimedia authoring. Yeah you don't need 2 optical drives either. Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($349.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($415.66 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($415.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2080.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 13:40 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2013 11:42:52 AM

I didn't mean to put in two optical drives haha. Usually partpicker substitutes them, instead of

just adding another... But G, why not the H100i? Superior OC'ing powerz!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($128.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($409.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($132.69 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG IPS237L-BN 23.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Adorama)
Monitor: LG IPS237L-BN 23.0" Monitor ($229.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $2470.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 14:41 EDT-0400)

There's two screens. I'd say they're decent at the very least. But you could go for some with much higher resolutions.

G I'm unsure about that PSU. I also added a separate HDD, because he's bound to be saving a lot of stuff.

Yet I don't want to put everything on 1 HDD. It feels more secure spreading things out.
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June 10, 2013 11:54:47 AM

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just adding another... But G, why not the H100i? Superior OC'ing powerz!


Swiftech Edge H220 is a far better liquid loop, and unlike most closed liquid loops, can offer connectivity to other hardware like GPUs, much like a real liquid radiator can.

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There's two screens. I'd say they're decent at the very least. But you could go for some with much higher resolutions.


On a $3300 budget you could easily upgrade to 1440P, no reason to use 1080P screens, especially for a rendering and authoring build.

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G I'm unsure about that PSU. I also added a separate HDD, because he's bound to be saving a lot of stuff.


Hale 90s are made by Super Flower, which is an OEM that's just as good if not better than Seasonic.

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Yet I don't want to put everything on 1 HDD. It feels more secure spreading things out.


Storage needs vary greatly from user to user, and most cases any more make it real easy to add or remove drives as needed. Of course if you went with a case like the Obsidian 800D, you can hot swap hard drives for even more storage.
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June 10, 2013 6:46:38 PM

So I am planning to order this on Saturday. I went to the local NCIX and talked to an employee about parts, and together we came up with this. How is it? It is pretty much the same as the build above with a few minor tweaks. But does this look alright?

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($135.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.64 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.64 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($419.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($152.47 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2197.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 21:31 EDT-0400)

Then I chose to get these for monitors:
Nixeus WQHD 27" S-IPS Ultra High Resolution 2560x1440 PC/MAC Monitor NX-VUE27 ($524.99)

and

BenQ GL950 18.5IN LED 1366X768 D-Sub DVI VGA Senseye 3 LCD Monitor Glossy Black ($99.99)

Thanks again for the help.
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June 10, 2013 8:07:48 PM

Maswillden said:
Then I chose to get these for monitors:
Nixeus WQHD 27" S-IPS Ultra High Resolution 2560x1440 PC/MAC Monitor NX-VUE27 ($524.99)

and

BenQ GL950 18.5IN LED 1366X768 D-Sub DVI VGA Senseye 3 LCD Monitor Glossy Black ($99.99)

Thanks again for the help.


Why the 3 $100 displays? Why not get 1 27" and 2 24"?
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