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March 15, 2014 2:28:20 PM

Need help advice on choosing parts for my first build.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 6 months

Budget Range: Not sure, trying to keep it under $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet (Firefox on a dial-up modem), watching movies, some office work, have camcorder footage to edit and burn to DVDs (for personal/home use, not professional but would like it to look decent/professional).

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, looking at Dell Ultrasharp

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, hopefully Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: Virginia - Mid-Atlantic region

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU. Would like a reliable motherboard & hard drive, have had a few failures in the past few years on a purchased computer (repaired/replaced & repaired/replaced again).

Overclocking: Maybe ? I am not interested in gaming.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe ? Do I need this for video editing?

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get)

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC.
Please also list specific software or games you're using: VLC, not decided on video editor yet

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Totally new build

Thanks for the help and advice!

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March 15, 2014 4:31:56 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($312.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($121.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($116.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($141.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $1446.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-15 19:31 EDT-0400)

Then you can add whatever monitor, keyboard, and mouse you want.
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March 20, 2014 4:49:40 PM

Thank you for your advice. Do I need an Intel processor for video editing? I was hoping to use an AMD processor.
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March 20, 2014 4:53:50 PM

piedmontva said:
Thank you for your advice. Do I need an Intel processor for video editing? I was hoping to use an AMD processor.


The hyperthreading feature in the i7 processors are gonna benefit you more in a video editing build.
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March 20, 2014 5:02:52 PM

OK, I'll consider it. But I don't do video editing professionally and don't need the "fastest" video editing computer and I'm not too impressed with hyperthreading. What would you recommend for an AMD based video editing build?
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March 20, 2014 5:06:41 PM

For AMD this can suffice.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz 8-Core Processor ($324.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($169.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($150.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1431.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 20:06 EDT-0400)
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