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July 29, 2013 8:23:36 AM

I am building my first system. I am a photographer and do a lot of photoshop work, Just starting to work on HD Video. Have been using a old Pentium 4 for years now ready to upgrade.

I only have 2 components so far a Intel i7 4700 CPU and a Antec 900 case.

Purchased the case brand new at the goodwill store by my house unopened for 9.99 hope it will work for my build.

I am looking to purchase a motherboard today and a cooler.

Was thinking Asus Z87 Plus ?

And for the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO will it fit ? Is it good enough ?

I am not going to overclock thats why I did not but the 4700k

I plan on installing 32GB of ram

Don't know if I am going with Windows 7 pro or Windows 8 pro yet leaning towards the 8 because I might get one monitor that's a touch screen.

Any help would be awesome. I am pretty lost have read so much about the subject but its overwhelming and I am on kind of a budget. I don't really game to much but like the machine to be able to play the latest games.
a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 8:39:59 AM

Ok, first whats your budget?
and are you doing any rendering?
will this rig be used for gaming?
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July 29, 2013 9:19:23 AM

My Budget for the computer is 800-1000 not counting the cpu and case I already have.

I am processing HD video fairly large clips

Also I would like to be able to game on the computer but I am not doing it at this time.
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 9:26:47 AM

32 GB RAM is insane. One simply doesn't need more than 16GB practically. Save money!
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 9:27:01 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $947.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 12:26 EDT-0400)

Not sure about gaming, but it would make a great rendering PC :) 

or one with 16GB ram:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.06 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Total: $982.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 12:28 EDT-0400)
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July 29, 2013 9:55:21 AM

So its all about the video card

What about a good cooler Like I said I have a Antec 900 case already
What type of cooler should I use?
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 9:56:46 AM

kingidea said:
So its all about the video card

What about a good cooler Like I said I have a Antec 900 case already
What type of cooler should I use?


Forgot you already had a case, since you arent planning on overclocking, the stock cooler is great.
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July 29, 2013 10:16:06 AM

I wanted to go with Blu ray any suggestions should I get the one with the software or without I would like to have BDXL to archive my photos and videos.
Also is Windows 8 Pro ok for the build?
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 10:20:55 AM

kingidea said:
I wanted to go with Blu ray any suggestions should I get the one with the software or without I would like to have BDXL to archive my photos and videos.
Also is Windows 8 Pro ok for the build?


Heres a nice BDXL writer:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-wh14ns40

and yes Win 8 Pro is great.

Alternate parts:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($403.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $934.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 13:25 EDT-0400)
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July 29, 2013 10:41:38 AM

The 450 W power supply is enough to run multiple monitors?

Any suggestions for a touch screen monitor or 3D touchscreen monitor?

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE HELP!!!!
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 2:03:47 PM

kingidea said:
The 450 W power supply is enough to run multiple monitors?

Any suggestions for a touch screen monitor or 3D touchscreen monitor?

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE HELP!!!!


Yes, the monitors generally have their own power cables, so do not take power through the PC itself. The 450W power supply is more than enough for a system rated at consuming only 260W~ leaves pretty of room for safety.
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July 29, 2013 2:43:07 PM

The Asrock motherboard is as good as the Asus Z87 plus
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a b V Motherboard
July 29, 2013 4:31:16 PM

kingidea said:
The Asrock motherboard is as good as the Asus Z87 plus


It is, it just can't overclock which isn't a problem anyway since the CPU is non-overclockable to start with.
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August 1, 2013 10:03:03 AM

I really like z87's that you can stream video or content and control the computer with a tablet or smartphone.

Is it worth spending the extra money and if I do is the Asrock z87 extreme 4 do the same thing as Asus z87?

And is the Asrock better if it does the same thing?

Also my case has 3 Fans that does not add to the power supply wattage?

I purchased the Bluray player the Hard Drives and Windows 8 Pro.

So all I need is Motherboard, Memmory and Power Supply!

Still going to go with 32 Gig Ram it has to help with HD video Rendering.

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