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Gaming/Media Editing Rig Replacement $600-$1000? (New Machine, Old Parts Available)

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August 17, 2013 10:32:26 PM

Hey guys,
So my current gaming rig is dying a slow death. As such, I'm looking for a new rig. Some of the current parts are available for the new machine; otherwise I would just follow one of the other $1000 rigs. Rest of the details are below, any help is appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally within a week (the 18th - today - would be awesome, but not required)

Budget Range: Ideal range of $600-$800, but requirement of less than $1000; preferably including shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
  • Gaming - 1080p @ 30-60fps ideal, able to record at those speeds preferable but not required
  • Media editing (photo, video, and audio)
  • General web browsing - webcomics and YouTube
  • Moderate personal software development

  • Are you buying a monitor: No (have 2 - Dell S2209W primary; Dell 2007WFP secondary)

    Parts to Upgrade: All except those noted at end (those noted will carry over, I intend for this to be a new machine)

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Win 7 Home Premium preferred) - current install is an OEM

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts (In Order): Newegg, TigerDirect, Amazon (shipped and sold by if possible)

    Location: Central Minnesota (US) - within 40 minutes of the twin cities

    Parts Preferences: Slight lean towards EVGA for their customer support, but ultimately flexible.
    Open to a solid state drive, but the Velociraptor has treated me well thus far.

    Overclocking: Prefer no.

    SLI or Crossfire: Open to it, not required.

    Your Monitor Resolution:
    • Primary: 1920x1080
    • Secondary: 1680x1050

  • Additional Comments:
    Current Software: Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Audition, etc.), Visual Studio,
    Games: Borderlands 2, Kerbal, Minecraft, Source-based games, GTA IV, Saints Row IV and a bunch of others (PM for Steam profile link if needed)

    And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I had upgraded from an ATI Radeon 3850 HD to a GTX 570, but encountered occasional bouts of 3d applications freezing (ran through the whole tech support cycle to no avail). Rolled back to the ATI, but there's an undesirable quality drop and my nic started acting up as well.

    Parts that I will carry over/use with the new system (I tried to create a parts list, but many items weren't at pcpartpicker):
    • 2ea Western Digital Caviar Black 1Tb HDDs
    • 1ea Western Digital Velociraptor 150Gb HDD
    • 1ea CD/DVD burner (SATA, don't know the model off-hand)
    • 1ea Logitech G510s Keyboard
    • 1ea Logitech G700 Mouse
    • Monitors mentioned above
    • 1ea Wacom Intuos 4

  • Parts that can carry over if recommended/reasonable:
    • Thermaltake TR2-RX PSU
    • EVGA GTX 570 1.25Gb Gfx Card
    • Zalman CNPS9500A CPU Cooler
    a b 4 Gaming
    August 17, 2013 10:43:30 PM

    do you want amd based cpu or intel?
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    a b 4 Gaming
    August 17, 2013 10:43:54 PM

    also your case?
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    August 17, 2013 10:51:24 PM

    No preference on either. I haven't kept up on which manufacturer is ahead at the moment, but I've had good experiences with both.
    For case size reference, a Dell XPS 410 fits in the desk area with a ~1 inch width and 3 inches height to spare. Looking cool is a bonus, but I'm more concerned with functionality.
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    a b 4 Gaming
    August 17, 2013 11:06:44 PM

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfKe
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfKe/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfKe/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($223.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.26 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $782.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 02:06 EDT-0400)
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    a b 4 Gaming
    August 17, 2013 11:07:07 PM

    Try this out then we can work from there, we can always do an intel approach too.
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    August 18, 2013 11:41:35 AM

    I ran through everything I could think of and I think that should be good.
    Thanks for the help.
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