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[Build] High-end PC Build for gaming and music/movie editing and producing?

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November 10, 2013 7:57:18 PM

So I wanted to build my own PC for a while now and I think I've gotten down to what I want. I have a max budget of $3000 so if any suggestions are made, that's the price point.

Heres my PCpartpicker for all the parts I've chosen:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($312.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($232.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($379.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ B&H)
Speakers: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 40W 2ch Speakers ($163.81 @ Mac Mall)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2588.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 22:56 EST-0500)

I'm mainly going to use the PC for gaming, editing videos, and recording/editing music. What do you guys think?
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November 10, 2013 8:03:47 PM

Well for gaming, at least for me, a single 2560 x 1440 monitor would be a better choice. Maybe you should consider that. Anyway, all else looks pretty solid. And if you jump the 2560x1440 (which should be around 500/550$ for a descent one) you can use your last 200 to up your 770 into a GTX 780.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 8:08:35 PM

I have a very similar build except I have the GTX670. Excellent machine, games play at max which is 1920X1200. Good job, enjoy...
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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 8:13:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($146.30 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ B&H)
Speakers: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 40W 2ch Speakers ($163.81 @ Mac Mall)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2595.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:13 EST-0500)

Haswell I7 over Ivy Bridge. Excellant Asus motherboard, faster Ram for less money too. Added the 780 instead of a 770, and changed out the Psu to a cheaper one that will still provide enough wattage for two 780's in SLI plus a Cpu overclock.

Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro for cost savings while not sacrificing much performance(seriously, read the reviews). I did change the monitors because I think making the jump to an IPS monitor with a 5ms response time is better than a non-ips with a 2ms response time.

Also changed the cooler because on this one, Cooler Master partnered with Swiftech and made one hell of a nice unit that allows you to open it up and add parts to it, by design.
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November 10, 2013 8:22:47 PM

Shneiky said:
Well for gaming, at least for me, a single 2560 x 1440 monitor would be a better choice. Maybe you should consider that. Anyway, all else looks pretty solid. And if you jump the 2560x1440 (which should be around 500/550$ for a descent one) you can use your last 200 to up your 770 into a GTX 780.


I was considering getting a higher resolution monitor but I liked the idea of having two monitors to assist with multitasking better.
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November 10, 2013 8:29:23 PM

Swordkd said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($146.30 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ B&H)
Speakers: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 40W 2ch Speakers ($163.81 @ Mac Mall)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2595.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:13 EST-0500)

Haswell I7 over Ivy Bridge. Excellant Asus motherboard, faster Ram for less money too. Added the 780 instead of a 770, and changed out the Psu to a cheaper one that will still provide enough wattage for two 780's in SLI plus a Cpu overclock.

Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro for cost savings while not sacrificing much performance(seriously, read the reviews). I did change the monitors because I think making the jump to an IPS monitor with a 5ms response time is better than a non-ips with a 2ms response time.

Also changed the cooler because on this one, Cooler Master partnered with Swiftech and made one hell of a nice unit that allows you to open it up and add parts to it, by design.



That does look very good.
However i read somewhere thag different mhz for RAM is vetter for video processing and gaming than others. Is this accurate?
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a c 554 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 8:30:05 PM

Swordkd said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.75 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($146.30 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($131.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($52.99 @ B&H)
Speakers: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 40W 2ch Speakers ($163.81 @ Mac Mall)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones ($149.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $2595.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:13 EST-0500)

Haswell I7 over Ivy Bridge. Excellant Asus motherboard, faster Ram for less money too. Added the 780 instead of a 770, and changed out the Psu to a cheaper one that will still provide enough wattage for two 780's in SLI plus a Cpu overclock.

Samsung 840 Evo instead of the Pro for cost savings while not sacrificing much performance(seriously, read the reviews). I did change the monitors because I think making the jump to an IPS monitor with a 5ms response time is better than a non-ips with a 2ms response time.

Also changed the cooler because on this one, Cooler Master partnered with Swiftech and made one hell of a nice unit that allows you to open it up and add parts to it, by design.

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+1 Better for video and gaming ;) 
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