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~$1200 Gaming/Editing PC. Is my build any good?

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May 6, 2014 5:43:13 PM

I have used PCPartPicker to design what I think to be a pretty decent Gaming and Editing Rig for around $1200. I will not have the money to upgrade my current rig for months to come, but I figured I should at least get a general idea of what kinds of parts I would want to use. Anyway, there are a few things, however, that need explaining.

-Win7 Pro was chosen since I will eventually upgrade the RAM, and Win7 HP only supports up to 16GB
-I plan to CF/SLI whatever card I purchase down the line. I have no issue with buying a bigger PSU and another GPU to gain more performance, and noise/heat won't bother me, nor will power consumption
-I already own a usable HDD, so I only picked an SSD in this design idea.
-I am open to a different PSU, if the one chosen is not good enough for whatever reason. This also stands for Motherboard and GPU. I am sticking with an AMD CPU and G.Skill RAM because they have never failed me in the past and perform as well as I need them to. Even if Intel gives better performance, I would prefer suggestions based around AMD.
-The case chosen mostly due to aesthetic appeal. If there is any other chassis you know of that is white and looks pretty modern/different, then suggest it to me. I would really like front panel USB 3.0 as well as expansion space for the CF/SLI I plan on doing later
-I plan to OC to at least 4.5GHz on the CPU. If getting an FX 8350 is a better idea, tell me why. As I said, AMD has always worked for me, I am confident with Team Red. Also, any cooling solution you recommend will be considered. I am not a fan of liquid cooling (paranoid) but I'll consider it if a good enough reason is given.
-I have a budding YouTube channel, and with my current build can record 1080P 60FPS with Fraps. That's fine, but rendering videos takes forEVER and I usually just end up using Movie Maker to save time. Not to mention my slow HDD will lag sometimes, so I need an SSD for a better write speed. I will likely buy a 1440P or 4K monitor when I have the money, so recording at at least Medium settings at 30 FPS would be nice, if not High at 1080P

If you sincerely believe that an Intel build is going to be better, go ahead and recommend it. Even though I prefer AMD, I will look at any and all suggestions that are $1000-$1400 in price. I am not a huge nVidia fan, I see them as being overpriced (AMD offers better performance when not inflated due to mining, in exchange for ever so slightly higher heat output. Not worth the premium to choose nVidia, and I have never ONCE had any driver issues. Don't pull the Driver thing with me, I'm not new to PC building :p ) Anyway, thank you all in advance.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S 55.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($55.28 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1225.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 20:42 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2014 5:54:25 PM

get something like this, its cheaper. Also, I am so with you on the GPU sid eof things. Nvidia is like apple and AMD is like Samsung. Also, intel is reccomended for gaming so that's why this rig has that. Also, I do not think you will need windows 7 pro. Get windows 8 regular. It's cheaper and I don't think you'll notice a difference if you set it to boot directly to desktop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1211.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 20:54 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2014 6:05:23 PM

mamamia13 said:
get something like this, its cheaper. Also, I am so with you on the GPU sid eof things. Nvidia is like apple and AMD is like Samsung. Also, intel is reccomended for gaming so that's why this rig has that. Also, I do not think you will need windows 7 pro. Get windows 8 regular. It's cheaper and I don't think you'll notice a difference if you set it to boot directly to desktop.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81 Pro BTC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($134.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($325.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($83.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1211.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 20:54 EDT-0400)


the h81 motherboard isn't going to work with the 4670k, for overclocking i mean.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 6, 2014 6:07:12 PM

Well what if he wont overclock? There, edited
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May 6, 2014 6:10:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1229.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 21:10 EDT-0400)

first and formost, the xfx pro 750w gold(seasonic made) is fully modular compared to the seasonic you picked that is semi so i would for sure get the xfx for the same $100 price point. besides going with the intel option for a little more performance. feel free to go with the fx8320, and if you particularly like that white phantom case then that is purely your choice. but in your price range the 280x is the card to get.
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May 7, 2014 12:19:37 PM

nikoli707 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1229.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-06 21:10 EDT-0400)

first and formost, the xfx pro 750w gold(seasonic made) is fully modular compared to the seasonic you picked that is semi so i would for sure get the xfx for the same $100 price point. besides going with the intel option for a little more performance. feel free to go with the fx8320, and if you particularly like that white phantom case then that is purely your choice. but in your price range the 280x is the card to get.


I always hear great things about i5/i7 CPUs from Intel, but is the little bit of performance worth the extra money? I was considering the FX 8350 since it's really good for the price according to a lot of sites, and the 6300 I have currently is amazing for the $105 I paid for it. I don't feel that paying an extra $100+ for an i7 would be worth it JUST for Hyper Threading and other measly things, but an i5... I am actually willing to consider. Other than slight performance gains, why would I want the i5? Not a fanboy/biased question, an honest question is what it is.
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May 7, 2014 12:23:06 PM

mamamia13 said:
Well what if he wont overclock? There, edited


I saw TekSyndicate overclock on that chipset, so it would be fine. However, I don't like Windows 8. At all. I tried it with an open mind, boot-to-desktop and all, and I can't stand it. I'm not like most people who want Windows 8 to be Windows 7 with performance improvements, I am open to change. I just don't like the changes that happened. The whole look of Windows 8, the initial lack of a Start Button... I don't really have any faith in Windows 8. I won;'t completely ignore the possibility of 8, but 7 works and works how I like it to
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May 7, 2014 1:23:54 PM

feel free to go with the amd fx 8 coreā€¦ although the 8320 is just an under clocked 8350 and with the hyper 212 you can get a good overclock out of the 8320. also going the amd fx route nets you a much faster r9-290 video card for the same price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($148.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($106.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($136.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1237.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 16:22 EDT-0400)
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