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Wife said build a new computer...why disobey? Request your thoughts on compatibility or substitutions.

Hi All,

EDITED:

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $2000 before rebates & after shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movie Editing, Photo Editing, Basic Office Tasks
Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: See proposal (below)
Do you need to buy an OS: Maybe. I can use my existing W7 but am amenable to W8.1
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tiger Direct
Location: United States
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU; other parts from well-known manufacturers i.e. AMD/Nvidia/Thermaltake
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 2048x1152
Additional Comments: Case must be less than 23” high to fit in designated space; quieter parts are better; I am inexperience w/liquid cooling and am hesitant to use liquid in my build
Why Are You Upgrading: Wife said so!!!

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Here's the proposal:

CASE: Coolermaster Cosmos SE
CPU: Intel 4770K
CPU Cooling: Need some suggestions
MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z5S
OS: W7...or should I go 8?
PSU: PC Power & Cooling ZX 1250W (Modular)
HDD: Samsung 840 Evo Series along w/my other HDDs
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 GPU: Use my existing HD 7970
AUDIO: I have an old SB Fatality I may use

TIA!

Herkdrvr
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  1. A budget would be nice. It would also be nice to know what country you live in so we can make good suggestions. Please edit your post to include all the information in the *How to Ask for New Build or Upgrade Advice* sticky at the top of the forum.

    Some initial observations are that the CPU is nice, the PSU is MAJOR overkill unless you are also planning on powering a small country, and Corsair Vengeance RAM is overpriced for their specs.
  2. Here are some initial suggestions until you include more information.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1050.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 13:32 EST-0500)
  3. cooler - I am fond of the Corsair H series water coolers H50 or H60

    You likely do not need the K cpu or even the i7... Save $100 and get the comparable i5

    Audio - onboard will be fine, and/or use the HDMI out from the GPU into a stereo unit (I am, it is awesome sound!)
  4. Best answer
    I would stick with the i7 especially since video editing is high on the list of uses. My recommendations don't change a whole lot after seeing your budget and the uses for the system. I can understand why you would be hesitant to use liquid cooling, but the AIO liquid coolers are very safe. They are sealed systems so there is no maintenance and no filling required. They work well with the hot Haswell chips. Here is my updated build recommendation. I added more RAM for video editing, a bigger SSD, and an 850W PSU to allow for the possibility of crossfire in the future.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($156.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($148.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1272.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 15:15 EST-0500)
  5. Thank you to all! I will definitely be doing some additional research! [Will return to select 'solution' once I make the final purchase]
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