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Would you say this is a good configuration for me (college student) (gaming, publishing, video editing)

I use my computer mostly for work but sometimes I play 'normal' (more than casual but less than hardcore) games and I make lots of videos.

Intel® Core™
i7-4770

Asus
H81M Plus motherboard

Gigabite 660 oc 2 gb (I AM NOT SURE IF THIS GPU IS APPROPRIATE)

W.D.
10EZEX
1TB

Kingston
8GB 1600 CL11

Corsair graphite 230t

Cooler Master
GX2 Pro 550W
80Plus Bronze
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  1. It's a nice little spec, just a quick piece of info

    Get the Xeon 1230 V3(it's as fast as i7 4770 and has the same hyperthreading but hasn't got an integrated GPU) It's a fair bit less, use the money saved to get a higher quality power supply such as an XFX 550W.

    Budget for your system?
  2. AshyCFC said:
    It's a nice little spec, just a quick piece of info

    Get the Xeon 1230 V3(it's as fast as i7 4770 and has the same hyperthreading but hasn't got an integrated GPU) It's a fair bit less, use the money saved to get a higher quality power supply such as an XFX 550W.

    Budget for your system?


    There is no reason for me to use a xeon processor if i am not making a server.
  3. What??!?!?!?

    The E3 Xeon 1230 v3 is cheaper than the i7 4770 and works just as good!

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz

    it also fits on all the same motherboards, you're very narrow minded to think xeon's are only good as servers.

    Once again, how much are you spending on your system?
  4. AshyCFC said:
    What??!?!?!?

    The E3 Xeon 1230 v3 is cheaper than the i7 4770 and works just as good!

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1230+v3+%40+3.30GHz

    it also fits on all the same motherboards, you're very narrow minded to think xeon's are only good as servers.

    Once again, how much are you spending on your system?


    I'm spending around 1200 usd.
  5. ok, you willing to use various retailers to get the best value?
  6. AshyCFC said:
    ok, you willing to use various retailers to get the best value?



    Yes, but I live in Asia (i am using currency converter). By the way, the idea of the Intel Xeon processor is pretty good, it is significantly cheaper in my country.
  7. Best answer
    Oh right! How much in your local currency?

    Also glad you have seen the light about the xeon, I have seen many times people on this forum say "XEON IS FOR SERVER"

    The E5 xeons(business ones) are largely server focused but the E3 xeons(home use/small business) are perfectly good.

    I'll be happy to look at local sites for you.
  8. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dcb5
    The Xeon is a great budget cpu... Everything on here is very balanced and the 660 is not a very good choice for a gpu. I put low latency ram in there and a 770 as we'll.
  9. Potatoes I am confused, you just threw a ton of expensive parts together for no reason

    Xeon's can't overclock, why such a COSTLY mobo/cooler
  10. AshyCFC said:
    Oh right! How much in your local currency?

    Also glad you have seen the light about the xeon, I have seen many times people on this forum say "XEON IS FOR SERVER"

    The E5 xeons(business ones) are largely server focused but the E3 xeons(home use/small business) are perfectly good.

    I'll be happy to look at local sites for you.


    the i7 4770 is around HK$2359 approx. 304 usd and the E3 xeon ivy bridge is around hk$1830 which roughly translates to 235 usd. by the way how do u undo the best solution thing because i accidentally clicked it (I am a new user of tomshardware.com)
  11. click it and click "Unselect as solution" by the way, do you only have ivy bridge xeons?

    I was talking about the E3 Xeon 1230 V3(Haswell) the E3 Xeon 1230 V2(Ivy Bridge) would require an alternative motherboard.

    What sites are you buying off? I'll have a look around.
    Here's a build what I'd look for, edited off of the early build posted by potatoes with $100 to spare(this is because parts will probably cost more in hong kong)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1092.61
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 11:32 EDT-0400)
  12. DaPotatoes said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dcb5
    The Xeon is a great budget cpu... Everything on here is very balanced and the 660 is not a very good choice for a gpu. I put low latency ram in there and a 770 as we'll.


    There is not much of a reason for that.. its waaay to expensive for me anyways
  13. AshyCFC said:
    click it and click "Unselect as solution" by the way, do you only have ivy bridge xeons?

    I was talking about the E3 Xeon 1230 V3(Haswell) the E3 Xeon 1230 V2(Ivy Bridge) would require an alternative motherboard.

    What sites are you buying off? I'll have a look around.
    Here's a build what I'd look for, edited off of the early build posted by potatoes with $100 to spare(this is because parts will probably cost more in hong kong)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.68 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1092.61
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 11:32 EDT-0400)


    This is the best local site but it is in chinese (i live in Hong Kong) http://www.centralfield.com/
  14. It's fine that it's in chinese, google chrome will translate for me.

    If not, I will guess.

    This was the xeon I was talking about: Intel,XEON,E3-1230v3,3.3GHz,~3.7GHz,5GT/s,Ivy Bridge,4,8,FCLGA1150,80W,8MB,,,22nm,BX80646E31230V3, $1990

    It is incorrectly labelled(or poorly translated by google probably)

    The V3 editions will fit on your mobo no trouble.

    By the way, this GPU is same price as the 660 and superior:

    ASUS, AMD, R9 270X Direct CU II, 2GB GDDR5 $1699
  15. AshyCFC said:
    It's fine that it's in chinese, google chrome will translate for me.

    If not, I will guess.



    Thank you very much, im not removing the best answer tag :D
  16. I'll post a full list of suggested parts now, what's full budget in hong kong dollars?

    Around $9000?
  17. Ashy cfc, I think the parts I suggested wold cost around 7000 hkd in total, I'm looking for something like that. By the way I want a mid sized tower
  18. AshyCFC said:
    Potatoes I am confused, you just threw a ton of expensive parts together for no reason

    Xeon's can't overclock, why such a COSTLY mobo/cooler

    The haswell Xeons can't oc? I haven't been up to date on my tech information lately... Anyway I would still suggest a aftermarket cpu cooler because intel stock coolers are complete garbage. I was also aiming for quality to with most of the parts.
  19. No haswell xeons can't OC.

    also the stock one on these xeons are pretty decent though a tx3 or 212 is better.
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