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Advice on a new Video Editing/Gaming computer $1200-$1500

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February 16, 2014 11:26:37 AM

Hi all,

I apologize if this is long winded. I am in the market to buy a Video Editing computer with the secondary capability for some gaming. I will have the funds within a month if not earlier!

I built the following computer using pcpartpicker and by researching multiple builds on this site this is what I have come up with.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Sm04
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Sm04/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Sm04/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1494.86

Here are a few questions and concerns that I have. If anyone can help me in any way I would be most grateful.

1. The processor I picked is able to overclock, however, it is not my intention to overclock. Though I thought it would be wise to fork over the extra few dollars to buy a processor that can overclock in case I ever decided that I would like to. My concern is if I unintentionally overclock my pc without knowing it. Is this possible or can I download a program that tells me when I am overclocking? Or can I turn on and off the ability to overclock within the settings somewhere?

2. Any thoughts on build? I'm sitting at $1500, though I would be willing to pay that much for a great computer that will last me 4+ years, however, if there are any areas that can be changed to decrease the price, that would be great!

3. Main focus is video editing; however, I would like the ability to play current games in case I decide to start playing pc games. Games I am likely to play as soon as I get the computer are Minecraft, WOW, League of Legends, and some first person shooters.

4. Is my GPU good enough?

5. Does this build have potential for upgrading in the future?

6. Case is blocking the Mobo's usb 3.0 port.

7.Thought's on Mobo?

8. Thought's on case?

9. Do I need a cpu fan or liquid cooling system?

10. Will this build last me at least four years?

11. Most used programs; Adobe Suite, especially After Effects, Premier, and Photoshop.

12. Should I buy the better i7 processor that has 6 cores rather than the i7 4770K? If so, where can I cut costs elsewhere?

Thanks for any advice!!!


a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 12:12:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($304.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($146.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1494.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 15:12 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2014 1:05:49 PM

Thanks for the response. Question about the CPU liquid cooler; is it difficult or dangerous to install? Can I use a CPU fan instead?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 16, 2014 2:42:44 PM

No the h100 is really simple to install, you need to mount the bracket, put on the cpu cooler and screw it into the case. If you want a cpu fan, I recommend these 2 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhd14 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xigmatek-cpu-cooler-darkkn... and if you want a cheaper one here you go http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...
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February 17, 2014 6:10:46 AM

Does anyone else have any suggestions or advice on my build?
Thanks.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 17, 2014 9:47:02 AM

I dont think so, I could get more people to come and respond otherwise in my opinion go with the build that I recommended. Also are you gonna get the h100i or the air cooler cpu coolers. If you want you can lower the gpu to a gtx 660 and get a water cooling kit from xspc though im not sure they are available in us.
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