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July 5, 2013 6:10:53 AM

Hey everyone, I've been directed to this website and forums so much in the past I've decided to sign up to get some (hopefully) direct support with my problems and queries. Before you read on, please keep in mind that I am only a beginner when it comes to computer hardware. I do know that a gtx 660 is a good video card though!

This is my first post but here's my query,
I plan on buying or building (hopefully buying already built) a desktop computer during the last half of 2013 that is capable of playing most games on high settings and that is fast when using programs, specifically video and photo editing programs. I need help selecting the best components for my money.

My budget: $1500 but if I could go under $1300, even $1100 that would be great.

Purpose for machine: Gaming and video editing mostly. The games I will or want to play, just to give you an idea, are the Sims 3, Minecraft and the Arma games along with DayZ. I will be using video editing software to edit gameplays I record. Other than that, I want it to do everything a normal home computer would. I also spend majority of my spare time on the internet.



This is a list of a build I came up with as it was within the price range of what I could afford but I am after others opinions on the best computer I can get for under $1500.

Motherboard (mobo): ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX Quad SLI LGA1155 HDMI SATA 3.0 USB 3.0

Graphics Card (GPU): ASUS Nvidia GTX 660 Direct CU II (2) OC 2GB

Processor (CPU): Intel i7-3770K, Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz Max Turbo 3.9GHz

Random Access Memory (RAM): Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x 8GB) Dual Channel DDR3 1600 MHz 240 PIN RAM

Power Supply (PSU): COODMAX CD-P500W 24PIN ATX SATA 12cm fan Intel AMD

Solid State Drive (SSD): Samsung 840 120GB SSD 2.5" 7mm SATA3

Hard Drive (HDD): Seagate 2TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA 7200rpm 64MB 6GB/s

Optical Disk Drive (ODD): Samsung SH-224BB 22x DVD R RW Burner Internal
SATA writer Optical Drive Nero 9

Case: Haven't decided

Operating System (OS): Windows 7 Home Premium


Sorry if I am missing anything above but please let me know if that is a good build or not. Also, is it worth getting an i7 3770k over an i5 processor? I've heard it makes no difference in games but what about video editing and other things?



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Just as a side note, these are the specs of my current computer (laptop) and so a mid ranged computer may seem really good to me considering what I am currently used to. I am happy as long as I don't lag all the time and I can play most games on high settings while keeping nice smooth animation. (I can't even play Minecraft on all the lowest settings without it lagging).

Intel Celeron T3500
Intel GMA 4500MHD
2 GB DDR3 Memory
500GB HDD

I am not sure which is the CPU and GPU sorry. It's just what is written on the sticker stuck to my laptop. I'm not sure if these specs are considered mid ranged or bad and as I said, a mid ranged computer may seem really good to me. Thanks everyone!
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One more thing, this is my very first post on any forum and so my layout may not be the best. Any feedback and comments I will read. Thanks. :) 

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July 5, 2013 6:18:43 AM

you shoud do 4x4 ram instead. Mobo coud be quad-channel RAM which woud make it faster.
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July 5, 2013 6:22:58 AM

WAD said:
you shoud do 4x4 ram instead. Mobo coud be quad-channel RAM which woud make it faster.


Wow that was quick, I literally only posted this like 10 minutes ago. Okay I was going to go with minimum of 8gb but I am not sure what the difference is with quad channel ram.
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July 5, 2013 6:25:22 AM

TheBigTroll said:
heres what i would get instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1duzi



That looks really good. I can't believe the price though! That's cheaper than what I was expecting.
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July 5, 2013 6:25:32 AM

his statement is false. haswell only runs in dual channel configurations, never in quad
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July 5, 2013 6:27:16 AM

Michael James said:
WAD said:
you shoud do 4x4 ram instead. Mobo coud be quad-channel RAM which woud make it faster.


Wow that was quick, I literally only posted this like 10 minutes ago. Okay I was going to go with minimum of 8gb but I am not sure what the difference is with quad channel ram.


NVM it is a dual channel which makes 2x8 better than 4x4

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July 5, 2013 6:28:22 AM

WAD said:
Michael James said:
WAD said:
you shoud do 4x4 ram instead. Mobo coud be quad-channel RAM which woud make it faster.


Wow that was quick, I literally only posted this like 10 minutes ago. Okay I was going to go with minimum of 8gb but I am not sure what the difference is with quad channel ram.


NVM it is a dual channel which makes 2x8 better than 4x4



Okay thanks
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July 5, 2013 6:30:22 AM

yes get an i7 if your editing :p 
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July 5, 2013 6:31:29 AM

You were much detailed , no worries :)  Anyways , here's a rig -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:29 EDT-0400)

The GTX 660 = Good GPU , then the GTX770 = A BEAST!!!!! Also your PSU is something I would prefer if you are planning to explode your PC. You could rather buy fireworks. You can still save money buy dropping down the SSD and the CPU to an i5-3570K. Its a solid CPU but the lack of HT will make it a bad choice compared to the i7-3770K in video editing. So the i7 was my pick. Also you can OC if you upgrade the CPU cooler to something better. Thats all.
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July 5, 2013 6:36:16 AM

^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.
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July 5, 2013 6:37:54 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
You were much detailed , no worries :)  Anyways , here's a rig -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:29 EDT-0400)

The GTX 660 = Good GPU , then the GTX770 = A BEAST!!!!! Also your PSU is something I would prefer if you are planning to explode your PC. You could rather buy fireworks. You can still save money buy dropping down the SSD and the CPU to an i5-3570K. Its a solid CPU but the lack of HT will make it a bad choice compared to the i7-3770K in video editing. So the i7 was my pick. Also you can OC if you upgrade the CPU cooler to something better. Thats all.


Thanks. I don't plan on overclocking, hopefully ever. I've actually only owned one desktop in my life as I've always been with laptops. But I wanted to get into gaming (more into gaming) and I needed something powerful anyway for my programs. So the i7 does make a difference with video editing and I can save money by dropping the ssd. I wanted the ssd as I've heard it makes so much difference when booting up your system. And since I am not going to be overclocking does that mean I don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler?
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July 5, 2013 6:39:23 AM

TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I currently use 2gb of ram and I edit videos okay with it. Are you sure I will need more than 8gb considering I'm getting a very good cpu and gpu?
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July 5, 2013 6:39:44 AM

TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I am not a girl to get fancy looking RAM ( God , what will girls even do on this forum ) Also the MX4 has been given as a back up if he's not interested in stock , and the Hyper 212 EVO doesn't have good quality thermal compound at all.
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July 5, 2013 6:41:34 AM

Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I currently use 2gb of ram and I edit videos okay with it. Are you sure I will need more than 8gb considering I'm getting a very good cpu and gpu?


if you use windows movie maker, 8gb of ram is almost overkill. if you were to use the adobe suite, 16gb is almost a necessity
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July 5, 2013 6:41:50 AM

Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I currently use 2gb of ram and I edit videos okay with it. Are you sure I will need more than 8gb considering I'm getting a very good cpu and gpu?


Agreed , I use various video and photo editing apps lag free on 4GB of RAM. And I believe 8 GB is just fine for it. But the CPU and GPU has nothing to do with RAM.
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July 5, 2013 6:42:48 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I am not a girl to get fancy looking RAM ( God , what will girls even do on this forum ) Also the MX4 has been given as a back up if he's not interested in stock , and the Hyper 212 EVO doesn't have good quality thermal compound at all.


if you were not to pick out fancy looking ram, you can easily save 20 bucks

i tried both. they perform within 2 to 3ish degrees anyways
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July 5, 2013 6:45:37 AM

Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
You were much detailed , no worries :)  Anyways , here's a rig -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:29 EDT-0400)

The GTX 660 = Good GPU , then the GTX770 = A BEAST!!!!! Also your PSU is something I would prefer if you are planning to explode your PC. You could rather buy fireworks. You can still save money buy dropping down the SSD and the CPU to an i5-3570K. Its a solid CPU but the lack of HT will make it a bad choice compared to the i7-3770K in video editing. So the i7 was my pick. Also you can OC if you upgrade the CPU cooler to something better. Thats all.


Thanks. I don't plan on overclocking, hopefully ever. I've actually only owned one desktop in my life as I've always been with laptops. But I wanted to get into gaming (more into gaming) and I needed something powerful anyway for my programs. So the i7 does make a difference with video editing and I can save money by dropping the ssd. I wanted the ssd as I've heard it makes so much difference when booting up your system. And since I am not going to be overclocking does that mean I don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler?


Not at all. You still need a CPU cooler as that stock cooler is crap. You may hit 70-90 degrees at times especially when editing or rendering. So yeah , get a Hyper 212 EVO. And if you don't want to OC , get the i7-3770.
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July 5, 2013 6:47:17 AM

TheBigTroll said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
TheBigTroll said:
^ if this is to edit videos, 8gb of fancy looking ram wont squat. also note, from what i know, the hyper 212 evo came with something along the lines of mx-4 in the box.


I am not a girl to get fancy looking RAM ( God , what will girls even do on this forum ) Also the MX4 has been given as a back up if he's not interested in stock , and the Hyper 212 EVO doesn't have good quality thermal compound at all.


if you were not to pick out fancy looking ram, you can easily save 20 bucks

i tried both. they perform within 2 to 3ish degrees anyways


The Vengeance Pro has no clearance issues in most cases , have better IC's and better cooling compared to most other RAM's. Please try to understand things before saying anything.
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July 5, 2013 6:47:59 AM

Okay I know the CPU and GPU has nothing to do with RAM, but a better CPU, for example the i7 over the i5, will be faster won't it? 8GB of RAM with an i7 is better than 8GB of RAM with my current CPU an Intel Celeron T3500. Or something like that.
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July 5, 2013 6:49:28 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
You were much detailed , no worries :)  Anyways , here's a rig -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:29 EDT-0400)

The GTX 660 = Good GPU , then the GTX770 = A BEAST!!!!! Also your PSU is something I would prefer if you are planning to explode your PC. You could rather buy fireworks. You can still save money buy dropping down the SSD and the CPU to an i5-3570K. Its a solid CPU but the lack of HT will make it a bad choice compared to the i7-3770K in video editing. So the i7 was my pick. Also you can OC if you upgrade the CPU cooler to something better. Thats all.


Thanks. I don't plan on overclocking, hopefully ever. I've actually only owned one desktop in my life as I've always been with laptops. But I wanted to get into gaming (more into gaming) and I needed something powerful anyway for my programs. So the i7 does make a difference with video editing and I can save money by dropping the ssd. I wanted the ssd as I've heard it makes so much difference when booting up your system. And since I am not going to be overclocking does that mean I don't need an aftermarket CPU cooler?


Not at all. You still need a CPU cooler as that stock cooler is crap. You may hit 70-90 degrees at times especially when editing or rendering. So yeah , get a Hyper 212 EVO. And if you don't want to OC , get the i7-3770.


Oh okay I didn't know it could get so hot.
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July 5, 2013 6:51:24 AM

11098619,0,1354678 said:
Okay I know the CPU and GPU has nothing to do with RAM, but a better CPU, for example the i7 over the i5, will be faster won't it? 8GB of RAM with an i7 is better than 8GB of RAM with my current CPU an Intel Celeron T3500. Or something like that.

Okay I agree , but I meant that CPU and GPU in this case don't make difference. Agreed that you must have parts that can keep up with the others. Else bottleneck or throw them.
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July 5, 2013 6:51:33 AM

better iCs? sure. but when both cant overclock anyways, your ICs arent going to do anything

cooling? ddr3 ram doesnt need cooling. i can run it without heatsinks
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July 5, 2013 6:54:02 AM

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO CORSA Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1484.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:53 EDT-0400)
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July 5, 2013 6:54:57 AM

Okay everyone, let's just say I wanted to go with the build I had organised already. Will it all work together REALLY good with no bottlenecking? I may yet decide on a different build, or even just buy a pre-built one from the store. This is my first time so I'm considering many things.
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July 5, 2013 6:57:56 AM

TheBigTroll said:
better iCs? sure. but when both cant overclock anyways, your ICs arent going to do anything

cooling? ddr3 ram doesnt need cooling. i can run it without heatsinks


Sure , both cant OC , but do you differentiate between IC's by OCing capabilities ? What about long life , and higher stability under loads. My friend with 8GB of Vengeance , had them dead after full loads for only 5 months. That made me lose faith in Vengeance. And he simply went for Vengeance Pro. Also DDR3 RAM's under full load needs cooling , else temps can cause damage to IC's leading to RAM being damaged or even dead.
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July 5, 2013 6:58:43 AM

-haswell needs more cooling than the hyper 212 plus can provide if you want to overclock a little further
-id get the ud3h for 10 bucks more but then the d3h is also a good deal if you dont need as many sata ports
-the plextor m5s is a better SSD
-the 4gb 770 is slower than the 2gb due to the latency added and the fact that the 770 core is never strong enough to make use of that ram
-the arc midi r2 is way better in build quality
-you are going to have a pain of a lifetime with a high wattage non-modular psu. the xfx 750 in the first place is more than enough wattage and is fully modular
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July 5, 2013 7:10:13 AM

TheBigTroll said:
-haswell needs more cooling than the hyper 212 plus can provide if you want to overclock a little further
-id get the ud3h for 10 bucks more but then the d3h is also a good deal if you dont need as many sata ports
-the plextor m5s is a better SSD
-the 4gb 770 is slower than the 2gb due to the latency added and the fact that the 770 core is never strong enough to make use of that ram
-the arc midi r2 is way better in build quality
-you are going to have a pain of a lifetime with a high wattage non-modular psu. the xfx 750 in the first place is more than enough wattage and is fully modular


So thats it ? Firstly he doesn't want to OC , so the Hyper 212 EVO is the VFM cooler , secondly the 2GB GTX 770 is the best , agreed , but the GTX 770 DOES utilize the 2GB of mem. The Arc Midi r2 is a good case , but the NZXT Phantom is a great case when it comes to looks , features and pricing as well. Its durable as well. Pain of a life time with a non modular high end PSU ? Why , even if you want to showoff , semi modularity is enough. Full modular PSU , I would spend no more than 20 bucks for one , unless it has added features. Did you know that the 840 Pro is amongst the best SSD's in the world ? Go check out benchmarks.
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July 5, 2013 7:12:42 AM

If I'm going to get an i7 it will be the i7 3770K as the non-K version is basically the same price. I am not looking into the haswell as it doesn't bother me that I keep up with the latest hardware. An i7 3770K CPU, GTX 660 GPU and a Z77 motherboard with 8GB of RAM or more is basically a good gaming and LIGHT video editing PC yes?
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July 5, 2013 7:14:23 AM

if you are only going to be lightly editing, there is practically no use for a i7 in the first place then. a i5 would be more than enough. do not get a i7 if you are going to edit once in a while
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July 5, 2013 7:17:04 AM

The GPU is crap bro , the GTX 660 will be crap sooner. Get a GTX 770 , and i7-3770K , you probably dont want something that will make you regret after 6 months -

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Orange) ATX Full Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1297.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 09:29 EDT-0400)
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July 5, 2013 7:20:27 AM

Just too tired , coming back after one-two hours.
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July 5, 2013 7:21:37 AM

TheBigTroll said:
if you are only going to be lightly editing, there is practically no use for a i7 in the first place then. a i5 would be more than enough. do not get a i7 if you are going to edit once in a while


Okay, I edit almost every day but what I meant by "light" editing is that I only use a few simple video editing tools like transactions between scenes, titles, audio over video and captions. That's about all I do and no I don't use big fancy software for it. I was also just thinking about the future, if I get an i7 now then that would benefit me more later on as I won't likely have to upgrade from my i5 as quickly. I've also heard games like Arma 2 are more CPU based so I just assumed that if I got an i7 it would be overall better for me.

But onto that, how well would an i5 CPU do me? If I chose an i5 instead I would save money but would I be experiencing more lag and choppy video quality, etc?
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July 5, 2013 7:25:38 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
The GPU is crap bro , the GTX 660 will be crap sooner. Get a GTX 770 , and i7-3770K , you probably dont want something that will make you regret after 6 months -

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX4 4g Thermal Paste ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
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I must be missing out on A LOT if the GTX 660 is crap... I've seen videos of it and it looked like gold to me, HD games and far distances and all. Like I mentioned at the start, I can't even play Minecraft currently on the lowest settings without it lagging. I'm assuming the 660 can at least play Minecraft on mid settings? I've not experienced all these fancy components and so your "okay" standards are probably my "really good" standards.
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July 5, 2013 7:33:36 AM

well then a i5 is more than enough. a few title screens and stitching scenes together requires very little power compared to adding 3d elements

that would actually bs because a 660 renders within 1 second of the 680 which is a slightly slower than the 770

you can play minecraft with intergrated graphics. it would be a joke if you cant max out that game
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July 5, 2013 7:47:36 AM

The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.
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July 5, 2013 7:53:49 AM

how much of a benefit are you going to see when all you play is minecraft and sims. arma probably but the last time i checked it wasnt extremely demanding
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July 5, 2013 7:55:19 AM

TheBigTroll said:
well then a i5 is more than enough. a few title screens and stitching scenes together requires very little power compared to adding 3d elements

that would actually bs because a 660 renders within 1 second of the 680 which is a slightly slower than the 770

you can play minecraft with intergrated graphics. it would be a joke if you cant max out that game


Yea well I guess my laptop is a piece of junk then.
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July 5, 2013 7:55:26 AM

TheBigTroll said:
how much of a benefit are you going to see when all you play is minecraft and sims. arma probably but the last time i checked it wasnt extremely demanding


agreed , an i5 should be enough. Any Xeon E3 is another good choice , as they fall in same price range but have HT too.
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July 5, 2013 7:56:55 AM

TheBigTroll said:
how much of a benefit are you going to see when all you play is minecraft and sims. arma probably but the last time i checked it wasnt extremely demanding


Yes well this is the thing, I just don't know. I've always been a console gamer and I've never experienced HD PC gaming. ...Besides Minecraft on low settings.
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July 5, 2013 7:59:20 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused
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July 5, 2013 8:00:46 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
TheBigTroll said:
how much of a benefit are you going to see when all you play is minecraft and sims. arma probably but the last time i checked it wasnt extremely demanding


agreed , an i5 should be enough. Any Xeon E3 is another good choice , as they fall in same price range but have HT too.


Okay kool
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July 5, 2013 8:06:11 AM

Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra
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July 5, 2013 8:13:34 AM

TheBigTroll said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra


If it can play bf3 on ultra then what can something like a 770 do? I personally don't see the difference, but that's just because of lack of experience.
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July 5, 2013 8:26:00 AM

Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra


If it can play bf3 on ultra then what can something like a 770 do? I personally don't see the difference, but that's just because of lack of experience.


A GTX 770 can play BF3 on ultra with 45+ FPS while the GTX 660 can only play high on 25+ FPS. Since you are a console gamer , you are probably used to 30 and 60FPS. So the GTX 660 will not satisfy that need at all.
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July 5, 2013 8:29:10 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra


If it can play bf3 on ultra then what can something like a 770 do? I personally don't see the difference, but that's just because of lack of experience.


A GTX 770 can play BF3 on ultra with 45+ FPS while the GTX 660 can only play high on 25+ FPS. Since you are a console gamer , you are probably used to 30 and 60FPS. So the GTX 660 will not satisfy that need at all.


Oh I see now. Thanks I'll look for something better than a 660 then.
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July 5, 2013 8:31:50 AM

Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra


If it can play bf3 on ultra then what can something like a 770 do? I personally don't see the difference, but that's just because of lack of experience.


A GTX 770 can play BF3 on ultra with 45+ FPS while the GTX 660 can only play high on 25+ FPS. Since you are a console gamer , you are probably used to 30 and 60FPS. So the GTX 660 will not satisfy that need at all.


Oh I see now. Thanks I'll look for something better than a 660 then.


You might prefer a 660Ti or a HD 7970 then.
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July 5, 2013 8:46:49 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
Michael James said:
TheBigTroll said:
Michael James said:
CommentariesAnd More said:
The GTX 660 is crap for high end games , and once you game on a GTX 770 on ultra , your gold will seem like crap to your eyes. When I played Tomb Raider on ultimate on my PC , and then on a PS3 , I was like what? The console gaming made me used to crappy visuals , no more thanks to my PC.


Hmm I have read and actually seen the 660 play games on ultra but just don't have the best frame rates. I've read it plays Battlefield 3 on ultra with decent frame rates and then somewhere else I've read that it can barely play on high. I'm confused


a 660 is about as good as a 580 which for sure can play bf3 on ultra


If it can play bf3 on ultra then what can something like a 770 do? I personally don't see the difference, but that's just because of lack of experience.


A GTX 770 can play BF3 on ultra with 45+ FPS while the GTX 660 can only play high on 25+ FPS. Since you are a console gamer , you are probably used to 30 and 60FPS. So the GTX 660 will not satisfy that need at all.


Oh I see now. Thanks I'll look for something better than a 660 then.


You might prefer a 660Ti or a HD 7970 then.


Yes. Thanks for your help.
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