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May 6, 2014 10:49:55 AM

I've been building gaming computers for a while now, but I've been asked to build my own for my work. I'll be doing heavy multitasking, editing of images and videos, and would like to use at least 2 monitors.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3EVN1

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3EVN1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3EVN1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3EVN1/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($97.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg)
Other: SD Card Reader ($32.00)
Total: $832.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 13:42 EDT-0400)

It actually comes out to roughly $810 after rebates, however PCPicker doesn't recognize a couple deals.

Let me know if it's overkill, what I could get away with using, any cheaper choices, etc.

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May 6, 2014 10:52:56 AM

Looks good, but an i7-4770k build will perform better in such activities.
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May 6, 2014 10:55:02 AM

I'd like to keep it around this price though. AMD seems to have much better price/performance ratio.
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May 6, 2014 11:01:21 AM

You might want to look into your video card options. I'm not sure how useful a gaming gpu will be for what you're looking into doing. That money might be best spent elsewhere.
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May 6, 2014 11:02:53 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb... i'd rather get this psu. better quality, but a little more expensive. you could also switch the 8350 for a 8320 and overclock it to 8350 stock performance (even better price/performance rate). I know you want to keep it around that price range but a ssd would be really good.
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May 6, 2014 11:04:15 AM

2 things I would change, the case and the power supply.

Case- Raidmax is pretty bad. They are pretty much bottom of the barrel in terms of quality for all things, and probably have terrible cooling in that case (also that case seems to have some pretty bad reviews). Good case brands are NZXT, Cooler Master, Corsair, Antec, Fractal Design.

PSU- That EVGA power supply has some pretty low quality components and I would not trust my system with it. Try to find an XFX, Seasonic or Corsair PSU (The CX series is quite cheap but they use chinese capacitors, these are ok for tight budget builds but I personally would not use one if I have the choice). XFX has a 550w PSU that goes for about $60
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May 6, 2014 11:09:29 AM

For audio/video editing an i5 CPU would serve you better over an AMD, even the fx-8350.

The case/psu is kind of cheap and for the price you can do better.

The R9 270 is more video card then necessary. A r7-260x would be more then enough for photoshop and video editing, it is the cpu not the gpu that gets used up for video editing.

You will not really see any bennifit paying the premium for the ram over a normal 8gb kit.

An SSD would be a very nice addition to this build for a work pc.
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May 6, 2014 11:12:32 AM

boosted1g said:
For audio/video editing an i5 CPU would serve you better over an AMD, even the fx-8350.

The case/psu is kind of cheap and for the price you can do better.

The R9 270 is more video card then necessary. A r7-260x would be more then enough for photoshop and video editing, it is the cpu not the gpu that gets used up for video editing.

You will not really see any bennifit paying the premium for the ram over a normal 8gb kit.

An SSD would be a very nice addition to this build for a work pc.


kinda dissagree. Ram is pretty important for editing and so is a good gpu, especially for video editing.
Im not saying he needs premium Ram, but you shouldnt cut to much on it (mind the timings).
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May 6, 2014 11:23:22 AM

Here's a build using the i7-4770k

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F3sa
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F3sa/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F3sa/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($334.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: PNY XLR8 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: SD Card Reader ($32.00)
Total: $803.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 14:21 EDT-0400)

It's got 16gb of ram, which should come in handy photo editing. I dropped the GPU, since it really isn't needed for such tasks. you can add one later if you really feell the need.
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May 6, 2014 11:35:25 AM

I've never built MicroATX. What's the pros/cons of getting a smaller case?
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May 6, 2014 11:37:35 AM

Here is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list /
url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F3HL/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] /
Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($139.49 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.99 @ B&H)
Total: $857.84 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 14:33 EDT-0400)

Does not include your SD card (which FYI there is plenty of readers for less then $32 unless there is a specific one you needed), and does not include 3.5 to 2.5 ssd bracket
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May 6, 2014 11:42:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.36 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: SD Card Reader ($32.00)
Total: $767.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 14:42 EDT-0400)

Here's what I would do. An i7 and 16gb ram would be a great option for editing videos/ photos.
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May 6, 2014 11:47:50 AM

itsFar said:
I've never built MicroATX. What's the pros/cons of getting a smaller case?


They usually just have less expansion options, less available slots for ram. Things like that... However I made sure this board had...

2 ram slots, for a max of 2 8gb sticks of ram. Your OS only supports 16gb of ram.

A dvi and HDMI connection on the back, for 2 monitors

2 6gb/s sata ports (you can have 2 hdd running at max speed)

As for the case, well smaller takes up less space, however tend to have less airflow, and have less cable management options... Shouldn't be a issue since this isn't a gaming system.


It's just a idea to get you the best CPU within budget. Lol, I can't go into better detail work calls! (yea, yea, I'm at work)

**You don't need the k CPU btw, not sure what I was thinking on that one. =D So the build can be cheaper.



RazerZ build would work out great. However, if the i7 is more then you need, such as you're not doing tons of encoding all day, the i5 might be a good option here, with a "Samsung Evo Pro" SSD for your OS and programs...

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F5qS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F5qS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3F5qS/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.36 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: SD Card Reader ($32.00)
Total: $787.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 15:25 EDT-0400)

Just figured I'd toss this out, since it is super nice having a SSD for your OS and programs, and that i7 might be overkill unless you're using it heavily.
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