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April 17, 2014 9:32:48 AM

I will NOT be overclocking - will be using system for equal amounts of gaming, business applications and video editing though no extreme uses of any of these. I want this system to be able to be good for the next several years & possibly upgraded for future builds. Cosmetics do not matter to me so color schemes or side panel viewing on case are not an issue. Brand names for the sake of brand names are also not important (though I know in some cases, brand names DO make a difference). If possible, I would like to shave some money off this build without sacrificing much so I put rounded off dollar amounts. That being said, my tentative build is:

Intel i5 4670 3.4 Ghz $205
AS Rock ZH87 Pro ATX $92
Corsair Vengence 16 GB RAM (2x8) DDR3 1600 $150
Corsair Force GT 240 GB SSD $225
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 7200 rpm $57
Cooler Master VSM 550 W 80+ gold $70
LiteOn DVD Combo drive/writer $20
Cougar Solution (black) ATX Mid Tower Case $37
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bit OEM $95

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4 GB video $375 (will add on later)
I have a 120 GB harddrive that I might add for no particular reason
I also have an Antec 3 speed fan I could throw in to build as well

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April 17, 2014 10:29:44 AM

I'd go with 8gb of ram as a good compromise. It's the most you'd need for gaming, and still good enough for video editing. Also look at the xfx 550w psu or the rosewill capstone/hive models for the PSU. Also unless you are doing multiple monitors a Gtx 770 with 2 gb of VRAM is just fine and will save you some money too.
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April 17, 2014 11:18:38 AM

I was also thinking maybe my RAM was more than I needed - any thoughts on which type to get? Also, is there a less expensive option than the GTX770 2 GB VRAM that may serve well? Looking to get the most bang-for-my-buck (like everyone). Keep in mind that I am probably going to delay the GPU purchase for a bit so are there changes coming in the next several months that may affect which card to get? Finally, not sure how much the psu recommendations affect anything - all a few dollars more or less than the one I speced and not sure what those add to the equation. Finally, any thoughts on the case I selected? I want to make sure I can work in there without problems / can house all I need in logical places.
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April 17, 2014 1:59:59 PM

Intel i5 4670 3.4 Ghz $205
AS Rock H87 Pro ATX $92
Corsair Vengence 8 GB RAM (2x4) DDR3 1600 $77
Corsair Force GT 240 GB SSD $225
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 7200 rpm $57
Cooler Master VSM 550 W 80+ gold $70
LiteOn DVD Combo drive/writer $20
Cougar Solution (black) ATX Mid Tower Case $37
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 bit OEM $95

GPU - debating between R9 270x vs GTX 750Ti vs GTX760 - thoughts?

I have a 120 GB harddrive that I might add for no particular reason
I also have an Antec 3 speed fan I could throw in to build as well

so now the big question is GPU (which I probably won't get for a few months perhaps years end anyway) - since I am going Intel i5 would sticking with the GTX be a better option in general terms?
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April 17, 2014 9:26:27 PM

The psu is important because if you get one that is unreliable it can mess up your whole system. Also why not save some money when you can?

As for the GPU, the cost depends on what type of performance you are trying to achieve. The 770 can basically max most games at 1080p with high settings. Anything lower will mean lower settings or lower fps. The lowest I would recommend is a r7 260x which can play most games at low-med settings 1080p with good frames.
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