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October 28, 2013 7:14:23 PM

Building my first PC with its main focus being on video editing. I think I have everything nailed down, but there's a lot of conflicting info out there about the need of video cards for a editing PC, but since I plan on using CS6, which can utilize GPU, I figured I'd get one.

Is there anything I should change, or, my main concern, anywhere where I'm wasting money? Thanks!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TMGilroy/saved/2Glt
October 28, 2013 7:24:30 PM

In my opinion, this build looks beautiful. The only thing that I would change if you are doing pretty heavy editing is throw an identical 1tb on top for memory (or just in case you needed performance/stability over size and just needed 1tb in the end, you could run RAID) :) 

I may also suggest to look into better CPU coolers. for about 20-50 bucks more, you could get a closed-circuit liquid cooler, which is miles quieter and cooler.

You'll also want a few extra case fans (10 bucks or so each) If you can afford it to help that whole setup stay cool.

These are just my suggestions, but as far as i can tell they are good ones! ;)  Cheers
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October 28, 2013 7:44:32 PM

nebrethar said:
In my opinion, this build looks beautiful. The only thing that I would change if you are doing pretty heavy editing is throw an identical 1tb on top for memory (or just in case you needed performance/stability over size and just needed 1tb in the end, you could run RAID) :) 

I may also suggest to look into better CPU coolers. for about 20-50 bucks more, you could get a closed-circuit liquid cooler, which is miles quieter and cooler.

You'll also want a few extra case fans (10 bucks or so each) If you can afford it to help that whole setup stay cool.

These are just my suggestions, but as far as i can tell they are good ones! ;)  Cheers


Thanks so much! Threw in a Fractal case fan per your recommendation. Maybe a few years down the road if I decide to get in to overclocking, I'll look more in to liquid cooling! But for now, I don't mind a little noise, (honestly, my laptop now is so loud, anything decent would be a major improvement. I've just been wearing headphones every time I use it. Haha) and hopefully it stays cool enough with the additional case fan.
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October 28, 2013 8:06:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.75 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BK 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($98.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($96.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($13.49 @ B&H)
Total: $1327.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-28 23:02 EDT-0400)

-Cheaper board. It should be fine for your needs.
-Better cpu cooler. Allows you to overclock better.
-INSANE RAM PRICE. 16gb for the price of 8gb! Get this fast before it runs out!
-Ever since the 840 EVO came out, there was no point for the PRO. In the real world, their speed is about the same but the EVO is cheaper.
-Better gpu. The R9-270X is a rebranded 7870 ghz edition. The 7870 XT is stronger than a 7870 ghz edition. Stronger and cheaper.
-Upgraded the case.
-Bigger psu. Allows for future crossfire. i would say to get this psu right now. It's on a great sale that ends today.
-IPS monitor for better image quality.

I wouldn't get a closed loop cooler. They are not miles quieter and cooler than a high end heatsink. The popular Corsair H100i is louder than the Phanteks cooler due to its pump. Also, it only cools a bit better but also more expensive. There's also a chance that it may leak, which just isn't worth the risk considering what you'll be getting.
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October 28, 2013 8:19:26 PM


-Cheaper board. It should be fine for your needs.
-Better cpu cooler. Allows you to overclock better.
-INSANE RAM PRICE. 16gb for the price of 8gb! Get this fast before it runs out!
-Ever since the 840 EVO came out, there was no point for the PRO. In the real world, their speed is about the same but the EVO is cheaper.
-Better gpu. The R9-270X is a rebranded 7870 ghz edition. The 7870 XT is stronger than a 7870 ghz edition. Stronger and cheaper.
-Upgraded the case.
-Bigger psu. Allows for future crossfire. i would say to get this psu right now. It's on a great sale that ends today.
-IPS monitor for better image quality.
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-Cheaper board. It should be fine for your needs.
-Better cpu cooler. Allows you to overclock better.
-INSANE RAM PRICE. 16gb for the price of 8gb! Get this fast before it runs out!
-Ever since the 840 EVO came out, there was no point for the PRO. In the real world, their speed is about the same but the EVO is cheaper.
-Better gpu. The R9-270X is a rebranded 7870 ghz edition. The 7870 XT is stronger than a 7870 ghz edition. Stronger and cheaper.
-Upgraded the case.
-Bigger psu. Allows for future crossfire. i would say to get this psu right now. It's on a great sale that ends today.
-IPS monitor for better image quality.


Wow, insanely helpful. Thank you. And you're right about the RAM price! Unfortunately, just in the time it took me to check this thread, I think it sold out. I don't see it for that price anywhere. Still, major improvement. I did manage to grab the PSU on sale though. Yeah, the motherboard and GPU were the two things that were just way over my head. Glad you had some insight there. Thanks!
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October 28, 2013 8:56:02 PM

realchaos said:
Ouch sucks on the ram. Haven't seen them so cheap in ages.
You might want to consider this:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-pv316g213c1...

The 2133mhz will help you in video editing.


Yeah, I've added RAM to a couple computers, and I can never quite seem to catch one during a big price drop. Ah well. Thanks for the back up recommendation!
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October 28, 2013 10:17:57 PM

realchaos said:
There's another sale!
http://www.amazon.com/Patriot-Series-1600MHz-Memory-PV3...

This one is a bit more expensive, but still great price.


Damn me! I think I missed it again. I've decided to go ahead and buy everything except the RAM, and set up a price alert for it to see if I can get a good deal in the next few days. Thanks for all your help!
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