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Building My First PC for Gaming, Video Editing, and Recording Music

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August 20, 2013 11:48:29 AM

So I'm new here and am building my first PC that'll be used for gaming, editing VFX videos and recording music in Pro Tools.. I'll also be recording gameplay.

I'm having a friend of mine pick out the parts for the build and was wondering if this stuff is good or if there's better parts I should get...

My budget is $1,500 just for the computer itself, excluding monitor, keybaord, and mouse..

Here are the parts he suggested;

cpu $175 amd fx 8320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo $180 ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram $65 Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu $500 MSI R7970 LIGHTNING BE Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD $180 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD $95 Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU $150 CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case $140 Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler $115 CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Let me know if these are the best for my money or if I should get something different.. Here's there monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

This is the monitor

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

Keyboard

http://www.corsair.com/gaming-peripherals/gaming-keyboa...

Mouse

http://www.corsair.com/us/gaming-peripherals/gaming-mic...
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August 20, 2013 11:56:44 AM

Not bad but I see a lot of places that can be improved with a lower cost.
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August 20, 2013 12:06:35 PM

RazerZ said:
Not bad but I see a lot of places that can be improved with a lower cost.


What do you have in mind?
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August 20, 2013 12:07:13 PM

kirilmatthew said:
Check out this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
It will perform better in every way then the build you selected. I hope you like it!


Thanks! I'll send that to my friend and have him check it out.. I'm clueless about this stuff.
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August 20, 2013 12:08:23 PM

chasemgm said:
kirilmatthew said:
Check out this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2bcc
It will perform better in every way then the build you selected. I hope you like it!


Thanks! I'll send that to my friend and have him check it out.. I'm clueless about this stuff.


Sure, let me know what he thinks!
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August 20, 2013 12:18:05 PM

chasemgm said:
RazerZ said:
Not bad but I see a lot of places that can be improved with a lower cost.


What do you have in mind?


This build is quite solid and should work perfectly for gaming/video editing.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER H2O 920 110.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($77.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($58.65 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($85.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Evolution ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $1167.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 15:16 EDT-0400)
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