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Gaming, Photoshop, and Video Editing Rig ($2500 Budget) But can squeeze a few extra bucks if it makes a huge difference.

Hey everyone I have been out of the PC building loop for quite some time but my old desktop is on the verge of dying and i am looking to upgrade for around 2500 USD. If it comes with a monitor that is fantastic due to my old monitor having some wear and tear. I want to have something made that will last me at least 5 or more years with what i need it to do. I would prefer the extra speed for video/3d rendering (16GB). Also need a good idea of a place i can go to to have it built means I am not terribly good at putting the rigs together on my own behalf. I am more of a software guy but not very much of a hardware guy. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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  1. 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 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($113.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.49 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2443.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 02:26 EDT-0400)

    The 4770K is the best for editing.

    CM 212 EVO is the best value in cooling.

    Gigabyte Z87 UD3H is a good motherboard.

    16GB memory on just two non-heat spreader sticks. This will allow you to install any CPU cooler.

    The Samsung 840 EVO is the best value out there now in SSD.

    1TB HDD. Get a larger one if needed.

    GTX 780 Video card is very high performance and 3GB ram. You need it for your high resolution monitor.

    Great looking case with good cooling and a nifty handle on top.

    Excellent quality power supply.

    Windows 8 is your best bet. Fast booting, best in virus protection and the new 8.1 version will fix the interface issue.

    Nice, large high resolution display for your viewing pleasure.

    As far as building it, you can view some youtube videos or else contact a nearby PC store. They will assemble it for probably 50-100 bucks.
  2. babernet_1 said:
    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 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($113.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($182.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($659.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
    Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.49 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($549.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $2443.75
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 02:26 EDT-0400)

    The 4770K is the best for editing.

    CM 212 EVO is the best value in cooling.

    Gigabyte Z87 UD3H is a good motherboard.

    16GB memory on just two non-heat spreader sticks. This will allow you to install any CPU cooler.

    The Samsung 840 EVO is the best value out there now in SSD.

    1TB HDD. Get a larger one if needed.

    GTX 780 Video card is very high performance and 3GB ram. You need it for your high resolution monitor.

    Great looking case with good cooling and a nifty handle on top.

    Excellent quality power supply.

    Windows 8 is your best bet. Fast booting, best in virus protection and the new 8.1 version will fix the interface issue.

    Nice, large high resolution display for your viewing pleasure.

    As far as building it, you can view some youtube videos or else contact a nearby PC store. They will assemble it for probably 50-100 bucks.


    Very Nice Recommendations. Any recommendations as far as a Audio Card goes? If it helps tweaks things at all 24 inches is a good comfort zone for me. If I got too much bigger than that I might have to invest in a whole new desk setup as well. Seems like outside of that all it will really come down to is finding a decent place close to me that can put it together. Something of this price range I don't want to screw up with my amateur building skills.
  3. Best answer
    jmotuck said:


    Very Nice Recommendations. Any recommendations as far as a Audio Card goes? If it helps tweaks things at all 24 inches is a good comfort zone for me. If I got too much bigger than that I might have to invest in a whole new desk setup as well. Seems like outside of that all it will really come down to is finding a decent place close to me that can put it together. Something of this price range I don't want to screw up with my amateur building skills.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

    1920X1200 24 inch is really nice if you have to go down there. With your budget, you could stick with the GTX 780 or step down to the GTX 770, but for future proofing, go GTX780.
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