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December 11, 2013 7:10:36 PM

Hey everyone,

I've decided to finally build my own computer. I started out a PC gamer, switched to consoles for years, and now I'm back and want to build a system than can run all of today's AAA titles on maxed-out settings--with some video and music editing sprinkled in, as well.

My primary focus will be gaming, but I want a system that is as future proof as it can get (I understand that technology is ever evoloving, but I want something that will run Battlefield 6 and Crysis 5 without having to overhaul my system, if you know what I mean). As for video and music editing, I would primarily be editing short films with Adobe and music with something like Garage Band (or similar products). Gaming = 85%, editing = 15%.

I've done some research, and this is what I have come up with so far:

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-I (already purchased)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS P9X79 WS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...
Cooler: Corsair H100i
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W0...
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit OEM

As for RAM, PSU, and other essentials, I'm not quite sure what I need. For my budget, I'm willing to pay whatever it takes to get a top-of-the-line system for my needs, but--if possible--I would like to keep it reasonable.

Now, I've heard of using dual GPUs to achieve the same, if not more, heavy-duty graphics as a top-of-the-line, single GPU, but I really don't know--that's why I'm here. :)  Also, I've noticed PC builds that utilize both SSD and HDD. What are the benefits of doing that? The reason I want a 1TB SSD is for speed--would I even need an HDD? I already own an external 2TB HDD.

Again, to summarize, I want a top-of-the-line system capable of running AAA games at maxed-out settings (with no hiccups), and a system that is still fast enough for video and music editing. I appreciate all the help and advice I can get.

Thanks everyone!

Nodnarb247

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December 11, 2013 8:31:00 PM

For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.
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December 12, 2013 4:18:54 PM

Nuclear101 said:
For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.


Thanks for the recommendations!

What makes you recommend the GTX 780 over the 780 Ti?
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December 12, 2013 4:23:33 PM

Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.


Thanks for the recommendations!

What makes you recommend the GTX 780 over the 780 Ti?


Well the GTX 780Ti is just overpriced. It gives about 1-3 FPS MAX. difference in games, even on ultra and on multiple monitors. If you're gaming on one monitor, even the GTX 780 is too much, the GTX 770 is really all that you need for one monitor and ultra settings. The 780Ti's small gaming boost does is not a good reason for increasing the price tag by over 100 USD. I use a GTX 780Ti because I do 60% gaming and 40% video editing, but that involves a lot of Adobe on three and sometimes four monitors on multiple projects, so I need the extra 1Gb of RAM to do so.
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December 12, 2013 4:35:26 PM

Nuclear101 said:
Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.


Thanks for the recommendations!

What makes you recommend the GTX 780 over the 780 Ti?


Well the GTX 780Ti is just overpriced. It gives about 1-3 FPS MAX. difference in games, even on ultra and on multiple monitors. If you're gaming on one monitor, even the GTX 780 is too much, the GTX 770 is really all that you need for one monitor and ultra settings. The 780Ti's small gaming boost does is not a good reason for increasing the price tag by over 100 USD. I use a GTX 780Ti because I do 60% gaming and 40% video editing, but that involves a lot of Adobe on three and sometimes four monitors on multiple projects, so I need the extra 1Gb of RAM to do so.

That's good to know. Based on your recommendations and some more researching, I'm going to go for the Haswell system. I do have a question about your choice of RAM: why 1866 over 1600?
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December 12, 2013 4:38:36 PM

Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.


Thanks for the recommendations!

What makes you recommend the GTX 780 over the 780 Ti?


Well the GTX 780Ti is just overpriced. It gives about 1-3 FPS MAX. difference in games, even on ultra and on multiple monitors. If you're gaming on one monitor, even the GTX 780 is too much, the GTX 770 is really all that you need for one monitor and ultra settings. The 780Ti's small gaming boost does is not a good reason for increasing the price tag by over 100 USD. I use a GTX 780Ti because I do 60% gaming and 40% video editing, but that involves a lot of Adobe on three and sometimes four monitors on multiple projects, so I need the extra 1Gb of RAM to do so.

That's good to know. Based on your recommendations and some more researching, I'm going to go for the Haswell system. I do have a question about your choice of RAM: why 1866 over 1600?


DDR3-1866 gives about 5-10 FPS in games and is about a 10 dollar upgrade.
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December 12, 2013 4:44:56 PM

Nuclear101 said:
Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
Nodnarb247 said:
Nuclear101 said:
For the RAM, I recommend Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3-1866MHz CAS 9 16Gb (2x8Gb).
For the PSU, I recommend Corsair RM 850 Watt.

This is what I recommend changing: your CPU to an i7-4770k (No games use past 4 cores and i7 extreme editions are only for dedicated workstations), Asus Maximus VI Hero (CPU Switch), GTX 780 (There is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for SLI with gaming unless you are using 3 or more monitors) even video editing does not really need SLI). You can save ~$500 USD this way by not spending on un-necessary parts.


Thanks for the recommendations!

What makes you recommend the GTX 780 over the 780 Ti?


Well the GTX 780Ti is just overpriced. It gives about 1-3 FPS MAX. difference in games, even on ultra and on multiple monitors. If you're gaming on one monitor, even the GTX 780 is too much, the GTX 770 is really all that you need for one monitor and ultra settings. The 780Ti's small gaming boost does is not a good reason for increasing the price tag by over 100 USD. I use a GTX 780Ti because I do 60% gaming and 40% video editing, but that involves a lot of Adobe on three and sometimes four monitors on multiple projects, so I need the extra 1Gb of RAM to do so.

That's good to know. Based on your recommendations and some more researching, I'm going to go for the Haswell system. I do have a question about your choice of RAM: why 1866 over 1600?


DDR3-1866 gives about 5-10 FPS in games and is about a 10 dollar upgrade.

Aside from the SSD/HDD question, you've solved all my problems. :)  Thanks again--I feel significantly more knowledgeable.

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