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Looking for photo/video editing, and gaming build. Budget $1000-$1500. First Time.

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  • Video Editing
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Last response: in Systems
May 18, 2014 8:13:08 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly this week or next.

Budget Range: If I could build it for $1000 that would be great, but I'm willing to spend up to $1500 (After rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo Editing, Gaming, Video editing, Movie Watching, Web Surfing. I am a freelance photographer/ hobbiest. I also do some freelance video work. I also play video games and want it to play games like Watch_Dogs, Skyrim, Mass Effect, and other such games at High or Max settings.

Parts Not Required: I have a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card from my brother and a Samsung CB24WS 24" Monitor. (And/or a 23" Samsung TV)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site is fine. I have Amazon Prime if that matters. I also have a Microcenter and Fry's nearby that I can drive to to buy parts.

Country: United States, near Chicago.

Parts Preferences: I have no preference in parts. I was thinking a mid size tower. Something cool looking I guess.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is, so no?

Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is 1920x1080, but I may want to go higher down the line.

Additional Comments: I need a decent amount of space for my photos and videos, and I was thinking of doing a RAID setup so I can have a duplicate backup drive for all of my photos and videos. Maybe 2 2TB drives? Or possibly 3TB? I'm open to suggestions. I would also like a SSD for the OS, Games, and Applications. Maybe 256GB. This is my first build and I am very open to suggestions. Thanks!

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a c 790 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 8:34:12 PM

For editing you need -
cpu - as many and as good cores as possible. At least an i7 4770k.
ram - as much and as fast as you can afford
gpu - as many cuda cores/stream processors as possible
hdd - as much as possible. SSD's if you're really serious.

For gaming, you need less than that - i5 4670k, 8gb 1866 ram

SLI/XFire is multiple Graphics cards

You should get a better graphics card for gaming - say a r9 290 or gtx780

For that sort of money you could get -

i7 4770k, 2 x gtx 780's $2300

You'd probably want 2 x 4TB Seagate Barracuda HDD's in raid instead of the 1 x 2TB

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a c 287 4 Gaming
May 18, 2014 10:09:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($294.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.84 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($459.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1482.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-19 01:09 EDT-0400)

-i7 and 16gb of ram for editing.
-Locked processor and H97 chipset motherboard since you're not overclocking/SLI.
-250gb SSD for your most used programs and a 3tb HDD for storage purposes.
-GTX 780 max out anything at 1080p.
-NZXT Phantom 410 is a high quality ATX mid tower.
-Good psu and semi-modular for better cable management.