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Yet another new build from a new builder - Focus on high res image and video editing

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November 8, 2013 10:06:45 AM

I've never built my own system before so I just wanted to verify that I'm not making terrible decisions into what I'm looking to buy.

Bit of background:
-My purpose for this is to make it easier to do some content creation. I handle a lot of image editing and creation at high resolutions and may potentially be doing some video recording/editing in the future (I have the equipment for it anyway).
-I like to game in my spare time but I don't need to play everything in ultra settings so as long as I can play current gen games without my p.c. exploding I'll be happy.
-My budget isn't limitless, but I'm looking to pay more to save more. I don't want this thing becoming obsolete by the next month. Somewhere under 1200$ is preferable (Sale hunting will be my newest obsession).

So here's my build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ZgmG

In regards to what I've picked:
I'm not entirely certain if my CPU cooling choice or my PSU choice are that great. I just shot in the dark and tried to find something compatible and high quality.
I'm torn on the sabertooth and the EVGA.
I've decided to probably go with the sabertooth because it seems that it will last longer, but I have no problems stepping down to Asus Z87-Plus if it isn't really worth it.
I've seen the AMD Sapphire Vapor-X 7950 recommended pretty strongly but I'm not certain if I really need it. I'm pretty content with saving the 50$ on the EVGA should the performance hit not be that dramatic.
As for the i7 4770k and the 16GB memory, I'm pretty settled on those as I want to be able to edit with the security that the tech I'm using to do it won't be going obsolete any time soon.

Thanks in advance for any help.

November 8, 2013 10:14:02 AM

A lot of good choices here, mate. What editing software do you use? That will make a difference on graphics card recommendation. I wouldn't go Rosewill PSU, stick with Corsair, XFX, SeaSonic, Antec, OCZ, and PC Cooling mostly.

EVO will work fine for cooling, but you ought to get low profile RAM so it won't present issues with CPU cooler: G.SKILL Ares, Kingston HyperX and Corsair Vengeance LP are good ways to go.
November 8, 2013 10:25:23 AM

Adobe suite primarily. I haven't fully gotten into video editing yet, I've tried some freeware alternatives to get a feel for how my system will handle it with abysmal results. Not looking to do much with that besides render 1080p recordings on screen and video I get from a camera.

Thanks for your suggestions on the PSU. Never new they were owned by Newegg lol. Kinda takes those ratings into question.

In regards to the RAM, just wanted to make sure, are you saying it's too bulky and will obstruct the cooling (air flow) in the case?
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November 8, 2013 10:37:01 AM
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Joehtosis said:
Adobe suite primarily. I haven't fully gotten into video editing yet, I've tried some freeware alternatives to get a feel for how my system will handle it with abysmal results. Not looking to do much with that besides render 1080p recordings on screen and video I get from a camera.

Thanks for your suggestions on the PSU. Never new they were owned by Newegg lol. Kinda takes those ratings into question.

In regards to the RAM, just wanted to make sure, are you saying it's too bulky and will obstruct the cooling (air flow) in the case?


Awesome, I'm an Adobe suite user as well. In that case, you definitely want to go for the single best Nvidia card you can, like you're doing. Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects, as well as Photoshop in some scenarios, all use Nvidia's CUDA cores for acceleration, and won't use AMD processors.

I'll throw out a few PSU recommendations:
http://www.microcenter.com/product/377235/ZT_Series_650... ($70 - I have the 750W version, and they're excellent units. Fully modular, 5 year replacement warranty, 140mm cooling fan, excellent craftsmanship)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($65)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite... ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($65)

In terms of the RAM, when you throw a Cooler Master EVO on your CPU, it usually, at least partially, obstructs the closest RAM modules, if they are high profile (because the heatsink/fan hang out past the CPU over the RAM slots). Lower profile won't cost you anything in performance, but will alleviate those headaches.

EDIT:
If you don't want to spend much more the graphics card department, for your usage, I'd recommend a GTX 670. More CUDA cores, and a slight step ahead of the 760. This one is the same price as the 760 you listed, $260: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 8, 2013 11:08:58 AM

This is great advice, thank you.
I'll take what you're saying into consideration and edit my choices a bit, I'm glad it wasn't a total bust though. I think I'll stick with the GPU I chose though. Only reason I considered the AMD card was quality issues, I'm happy with the price of the EVGA.

Thanks again for the help.
November 8, 2013 11:10:42 AM

Joehtosis said:
This is great advice, thank you.
I'll take what you're saying into consideration and edit my choices a bit, I'm glad it wasn't a total bust though. I think I'll stick with the GPU I chose though. Only reason I considered the AMD card was quality issues, I'm happy with the price of the EVGA.

Thanks again for the help.


Yeah, you have excellent components there. Good luck!
November 8, 2013 9:04:23 PM

After looking into this a bit further, I feel I should bring up a few points about the Rosewill power supply. I'll let these articles make the points for me.

- http://www.legitreviews.com/rosewill-tachyon-650w-power...
- http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5335/rosewill-fortress...
- http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Tachyon...
- http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Rosewill/Tachyon-750...

From the sounds of it, the Rosewill isn't too shabby. It's certainly not the brightest apple in the bunch to me at the moment but I don't think it isn't worth considering from what I've read. I think I'll be looking around a bit more for a psu at a better price point for the same quality, but I don't feel that Rosewill necessarily deserves some of the bad word it's getting.
November 8, 2013 10:49:20 PM

Good points. Admittedly I don't know much about the different units on their PSU product line, so I was speaking from a general principle. Most of their PSUs aren't high quality, but that one looks to be pretty decent, with a good warranty and good reviews.

Cheers
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