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what is most important to look for in building a budget video ediiting/gaming pc?

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April 13, 2014 9:13:20 AM

Have 800$ to spend on a PC that specializes in video editing(fraps) and gaming. With a budget like that things can get very tight(budget wise). So I wanted to explore a little more and find out what I should be looking for so I can get great game performance without the cost of the video editing side screwing me over.

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a b G Storage
April 13, 2014 9:39:00 PM

Everything's relative. You MIGHT be able to get "great gaming performance" on an $800 budget, it all depends on what your definition of "great" is. But being able to do both that and good video editing is, well, not so likely. Again, it all depends on your definition of "great". Can you provide any specifics of what "great" gaming means to you? How many frames per second in a specific game title? Otherwise just get the best system you can for $800, but you'll have to make a trade-off between CPU power (video editing) vs. GPU (gaming).
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April 13, 2014 11:56:38 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
Everything's relative. You MIGHT be able to get "great gaming performance" on an $800 budget, it all depends on what your definition of "great" is. But being able to do both that and good video editing is, well, not so likely. Again, it all depends on your definition of "great". Can you provide any specifics of what "great" gaming means to you? How many frames per second in a specific game title? Otherwise just get the best system you can for $800, but you'll have to make a trade-off between CPU power (video editing) vs. GPU (gaming).


Great gaming to me would be recording with fraps at ultra settings with 50 fps on a game like dayz, crisis 3, battlefield 4 etc etc. And looking at what I just wrote down and thinking I could fit that on a 800$ budget makes me sound like I'm smoking crack. Ok so suppose I stretched my budget to 1200 maybe even 1300, what should I look for in this build. I've seen that the intel Xeon e3 are good at multitasking and could even be compared to the i7, should I consider these cpus.
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a b G Storage
April 14, 2014 6:55:11 AM

I'm not an expert on Xeons, but I think you can get the same performance for the same or less money from i7s, and the motherboards should cost less. If you're mainly going to be recording video, a quad-core should be fine, but if you're going to be re-encoding it, with something like Handbrake, then a hyper-threaded quad-core (eight logical cores) is the way to go. So either an i5-4430 (4C/4T, $189), or an i7-4770 (4C/8T, $300).

Then put a lot of money into a good video card, such as nVidia GTX 760 ($250), a GTX 770 ($340), or a Radeon R9 290 ($480). According to Tom's Video Charts,

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/16-B...

Battlefield 4 at 1080p will get 48.6 fps with a GTX 760, a GTX 770 will get 66 fps, and an R9 290 will get 74 fps.

Regarding the CPUs, you might want to ask your question in the CPU or motherboard forum for a better answer.
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April 18, 2014 9:52:53 AM

mbreslin1954 said:
I'm not an expert on Xeons, but I think you can get the same performance for the same or less money from i7s, and the motherboards should cost less. If you're mainly going to be recording video, a quad-core should be fine, but if you're going to be re-encoding it, with something like Handbrake, then a hyper-threaded quad-core (eight logical cores) is the way to go. So either an i5-4430 (4C/4T, $189), or an i7-4770 (4C/8T, $300).

Then put a lot of money into a good video card, such as nVidia GTX 760 ($250), a GTX 770 ($340), or a Radeon R9 290 ($480). According to Tom's Video Charts,

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2014-vga-charts/16-B...

Battlefield 4 at 1080p will get 48.6 fps with a GTX 760, a GTX 770 will get 66 fps, and an R9 290 will get 74 fps.

Regarding the CPUs, you might want to ask your question in the CPU or motherboard forum for a better answer.


The GTX 770 will get 66 fps on ultra settings at 1080p?! So it's a good card then? Would using one 1080p monitor make a GTX 780 a waste of money? Sorry for asking a question on someone else's question.
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a b G Storage
April 18, 2014 11:24:40 AM

I don't think the GTX 780 is necessarily a waste of money for 1080p gaming. It would help you handle two monitors if you wanted that, or it would "future proof" your video card for a number of years down the road, so that the latest games two or three years from now would run well on it.

But if you haven't bought it and price is an issue, you don't really need it for 1080 gaming.
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April 18, 2014 1:51:59 PM

mbreslin1954 said:
I don't think the GTX 780 is necessarily a waste of money for 1080p gaming. It would help you handle two monitors if you wanted that, or it would "future proof" your video card for a number of years down the road, so that the latest games two or three years from now would run well on it.

But if you haven't bought it and price is an issue, you don't really need it for 1080 gaming.


Interesting, it would be nice to have the "future proofing", I'm not sure if the money will be an issue. When I come closer to the purchase date, I will have to see if I can go with it or the 770. Thank you for the help!

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