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November 5, 2013 10:46:23 AM

Hi guys. Long time reader, first time poster. I come to you guys with some questions that may have been asked before but as you all know all builds and bugets are different. I'm building a new pc which is going to be used for gaming, photoshop & video editing (Sony Vegas). Here's what I have.

PSU - PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III Silencer 850W
Mobo - ASRock Z77 Extreme4
CPU - i5 3570K
HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1TB x2

For the RAM I have GEIL 2GB PC3 10660 x4 that I'm going to use untill I can buy something better.

Now here are the questions.
For this kind of build, which type/brand/model would you recomend? I want to get two 8gb cards so that in the future I can upgrade to 32gb in the future.

I know I need a GPU, which one would you guys recomend for my needs? I was tempted by the GTX 670.

As for the case im using a simple mid tower I have which I know im going to upgrade in the future. I really dont know anything about overclocking, should I look into this?

As for a budget, each part will be purchaed individually so a $300 -$400 for each part (ram x4 counting as one) is ok.

Thanks in advance for every and all the advice I get.

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November 5, 2013 7:42:53 PM
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For RAM, G.Skill and Mushkin are the most recommended brands, a 2x8gb DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws would be an excellent choice.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl10d...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9d16g...

In regards to the video card might as well go with a GTX 760 (only slightly weaker than a 670), or you can step up to a GTX 770 or the AMD equivalent 7970/280x.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr928...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n770tf2gd5o...

Your CPU and Mobo make it possible to overclock, a nice CPU cooler like the Xigmatek Gaia/Hyper 212 EVO or maybe even a liquid cooling solution would help regarding temperatures when overclocking.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc12...
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-gaiasd...
November 6, 2013 1:10:09 PM

I was looking at the cpu coolers linked but reading about them in combination with the board it turns out that it will not fit well with 4 ram cards (I haven't decided about upgrading to 32 gb). As an option I was thinking about the Corsair H100i. Would anyone recommend this type of cpu cooler?

About the ram cards. If I decide to overclock the pc, would the G.Skill Ripjaws X Series recommended work with and without overclocking?

Looking at the gpu I saw a lot of diferent brands with thw GTX 770. ASUS, EVGA, MSI, ZOTAC, Galaxy to name a few. Are they all the same or do they differ? Should I get 2 for better results?
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