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December 14, 2013 9:21:54 PM

Hello! I'm trying to build my first computer ever, and I'm wondering if the following parts would all be compatible (probably a stupid question), and if they would be good enough or too much for video editing and gaming as well as recording. Also any ideas on downgrades to any parts/upgrades if anything looks unnecessary. I was really looking to get into the $1200 - 1300 range. Any help would be awesome!

case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R - $60 (should i go with 300R ($70)?)
ssd: Crucial M500 480GB - $275
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K - $320(Would 4670K ($220) be a noticeable downgrade?)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87 LGA 1150 CrossFireX - $125
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s - $175
GPU: MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB GDDR5 - $265 (No clue with this one just looking for a solid gpu with at least 2gb)
PSU: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 - $123 (No clue on this either)
Optical Drive: Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X - $21
+ Windows 7: $90

Total price: $1,454

I think I can get by with the 480gb ssd and just keep all my pictures and music on my laptop, and not sure if I need a CPU cooler. Again, thanks for the help.

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December 14, 2013 10:16:37 PM

This is a no-oc build for rendering (and gaming):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.60 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1281.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 01:16 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2013 10:25:01 PM

This is a oc build for rendering (and gaming):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.60 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1226.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 01:24 EST-0500)
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January 5, 2014 6:09:36 PM

My pc cost me a grand total of around $500. It's not quite as powerful as the one you are making, but it can play almost any game at Ultra to high settings no problem. My specs are in my profile under personal info if you want to see them. As for your build, I've reviewed all of your parts, and it looks pretty good. Here's a check list of things you should think about with this pc:

1) I suggest getting 8GB of ram at a faster speed than 1600. The reason being that in almost all cases ram speed and timing makes a bigger difference than the size. Also, no modern game requires more than 4GB anyway.

2) Keep in mind that most GPU's can't utilize more than 1GB of video ram. In this case it definately can. Just keep this in mind if you ever decide to buy a lower end card that has a flashy high amount of ram in the description.

3) You can trim the cost of windows 7 down to about $70 if you buy an online digital copy and put it on a bootable flash drive or DVD. This is a bit more hassle, but its worth it for the spare $20.

4) Lastly, this is just a suggestion, but in my experience AMD CPU's offer great performance for a fraction of the cost of Intel. Something to think about if you want to save a good bit of money (it saved me over $100).
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