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need help deciding what Upgrades i should get for High end gaming/video compressing PC

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August 7, 2013 10:45:35 AM

i have a http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/acer-aspire-m3450-ur10...
i already upgraded some thing such as
The CPU to a amd fx-8120
the ram to 16 GB x 4 GB
psu from stock 300 w to 980 w
now it is decent but i need to compress 7.3 TB of video files and 10 GB takes about 8-12 hours
also would like to be able to play games like battlefield 3 on max setting with very min to no lag fps wise i would like better sound with optical to hook to my home theater system
more cooling
my spending limit is max 1000$ would like to keep it around $600 but if not that is fine
heres what i found

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Performance Boost
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is good for High End gaming/video compressing and are there parts better then these that you would recommend if you can help that be great
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August 7, 2013 10:51:06 AM

I have some questions before I can accurately answer this. First, what video card are you using? Second, do you have an SSD for your system drive or a standard hard drive? Third, What case do you have (so I can think about size limitations)? Fourth, What motherboard do you have? And fifth, what is your current cooling hardware, just the stock heatsink and fan that came with the CPU?
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August 7, 2013 10:51:31 AM

allegedsin said:
i have a http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/acer-aspire-m3450-ur10...
i already upgraded some thing such as
The CPU to a amd fx-8120
the ram to 16 GB x 4 GB
psu from stock 300 w to 980 w
now it is decent but i need to compress 7.3 TB of video files and 10 GB takes about 8-12 hours
also would like to be able to play games like battlefield 3 on max setting with very min to no lag fps wise i would like better sound with optical to hook to my home theater system
more cooling
my spending limit is max 1000$ would like to keep it around $600 but if not that is fine


You would be better off building a new rig. What are some of the specs on the parts you've purchased? Exact I mean.
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August 7, 2013 10:56:55 AM

video card amd radeon hd 7350
yes i have ssd have not setup yet tho and cant figure out how to setup for desktop was in my old laptop
and no i have a after market heat sink Deep Cool Frostwin Twin Tower mother board is stock acer m3450
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August 7, 2013 10:59:15 AM

heres some specs from cpu-z
AMD FX-8120
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit SP1 (Build 7601)
CPU Arch : 1 CPU - 8 Cores - 8 Threads
CPU PSN : AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core Processor
CPU EXT : MMX(+), SSE (1, 2, 3, 3S, 4.1, 4.2, 4A), x86-64, AMD-V, AES, AVX, XOP, FMA4
CPUID : F.1.2 / Extended : 15.1
CPU Cache : L1 : 4 x 64 / 8 x 16 KB - L2 : 4 x 2048 KB
CPU Cache : L3 : 8192 KB
Core : Zambezi (32 nm) / Stepping : OR-B2
Freq : 3391.41 MHz (199.49 * 17)
MB Brand : Acer
MB Model : Aspire M3450
NB : AMD 880G rev 00
SB : AMD SB850 rev 40
GPU Type : AMD Radeon HD 7350
DirectX Version : 11.0
RAM : 16384 MB DDR3 Dual Channel
RAM Speed : 798 MHz (1:4) @ 11-11-11-28
Slot 1 : 4096MB (12800)
Slot 1 Manufacturer : Kingston
Slot 2 : 4096MB (12800)
Slot 2 Manufacturer : Kingston
Slot 3 : 4096MB (12800)
Slot 3 Manufacturer : Kingston
Slot 4 : 4096MB (12800)
Slot 4 Manufacturer : Kingston
if this helps
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August 7, 2013 11:02:01 AM

simply put everything is stock (acer aspire m3450-ur10p)
except
The cpu
cpu fan
and ram
that is all i upgraded
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August 7, 2013 12:07:21 PM

Ok, so the parts you added to your original post are what you're considering buying then? I'll take a look at all of them and let you know ASAP, but it may be a bit...I'm just about to leave work and have some errands to run on the way home.
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August 7, 2013 12:36:02 PM

no rush
and yes those are parts i picked after like 3 hours on new egg lol
thanks for looking much apreciated
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August 7, 2013 3:29:43 PM

Ok, here are some thoughts on the parts you picked out, and my recommendations for a few things you might do differently.

Case: Looks good; should have enough room to do what you want and keep everything cool.

Cooler: You're heading down the right path by going liquid cooled, but I recommend going with the Antec Kuhler H2O 920. I use it and it works great and is easy to install. The main difference is that it has a second 120mm fan so the radiator is surrounded with a push/pull configuration helping to improve the cooling. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: Looks good; ASUS makes great products and the Crossfire support will be very worth it to you for both gaming and video editing.

Video card: While that is a good card that you've selected, I think you'd get more bang for your buck by getting a second (preferably identical) 7350 and using Crossfire to essentially double your capabilities. I wasn't able to find any prices, but my guess is that it would be less expensive than the 7850 too.

SSD: I haven't used a Sandisk SSD before, but they make good products and putting your system drive on an SSD is probably one of the cheaper ways to get a big performance increase. I also recommend using this guide http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... to further increase your SSD performance and prolong the life of the drive.

Sound Card: I haven't used a sound card that wasn't built-in to a motherboard in several years, and mine have always sounded great through speakers, headphones and a stereo, but if you need better audio than what the motherboard provides then the Creative cards were always the best back when I did use them.

Hopefully this helps some; let me know if you have any other questions.
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August 7, 2013 3:59:02 PM

okay thanks man just needed another opinion on those parts i selected

also i will be going with the water cooler you recommended but are those stock fans good or should i get different ones?

now as for ssd i actually have one forgot about it was in my laptop so ill be using that its Kingston V+200 128 GB kit

and i never did two graphics cards before but would that that give more performance even though
i have only 1 monitor which is 50 inch tv lcd/led 1080p or is it just to have another input for extra monitor
besides that thank for your help much apreciated
nice BB code by the way- how is the AMD FX- 8350 i was thinking of getting it but was not sure since i have the the AMD FX-8120 would there be much of a differnce?
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August 7, 2013 6:06:52 PM

No problem.

I use the stock fans that came with it, and it works great. On my old Phenom II x4 965 it improved my temps by about 15C from the stock heatsink and fan that came with the CPU and it's working great with the 8350 so far too.

Having 2 graphics cards helps whether you have one monitor or not. Basically once you have them both installed you use the Crossfire software to use them each for different tasks. I'm not sure exactly how you do that with Crossfire as I use dual nVidia cards with SLI (same basic idea, just different names and manufacturers), but with mine the 1st card processes the graphics and displays it to my monitors, and the second is used to process the physics. In that way, each card is doing half the work allowing you to increase the quality of the output to your screen while not overtaxing the card. You essentially have 2 physical cards, but only 1 logical card as they share the workload of your game or video editing.

One thing I forgot to mention in my last post though is that if you decide to do the dual graphics cards, you will most likely need to get a more powerful power supply. Probably in the 1100-1300W range depending on your cards' requirements. If you search on Newegg, you can find several at that rating that are designed specifically for, and have been certified for, SLI and/or Crossfire.

Actually, I didn't even know you could do the BB code until I saw yours, so thanks :D  I would say that upgrading from the 8120 to the 8350 probably wouldn't be worth the $200 since you already have 8 cores. Going from the 3.1GHz to the 4.0GHz would be good in some ways, but with the Antec cooler I told you about, you should be able to overclock your processor to at least 3.5GHz or so. I think the difference would be negligible, and you'd be better off spending that money on the second video card and a new PSU. I love the 8350 so far though, but my upgrade was from a quad core 3.4GHz Phenom II so it was a pretty big jump up.
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August 8, 2013 6:02:06 AM

alright thanks for the help much appreciated
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