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May 28, 2014 2:33:43 PM

Hi guys! So deciding to do a complete system upgrade, giving away my current system build to my little brother. So, I wouldn't say I'm a big PC gamer anymore, but wouldn't put it pass me to play a game here and there once in a while. :)  I mainly want to just have a PC that can handle video editing and be gaming ready.

This is what I have picked out so far.

Computer Case: Cooler Master HAF X
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H105
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO-Series 500GB
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 6GB SC with ACX Cooler
PSU: Corsair Professional Series AX760i

Not so sure on what I should get for Memory (RAM), I really have never paid much attention so kind of lost on that on that. So I REALLY need help on what I should get, to complete my build. Thinking 16GB or 32GB.

Also would the Corsair AX760i be more than enough for all of this?

Overall, would this be a pretty good system for my needs? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :) 

All links are from Amazon, but will def be shopping around online for the best prices and visit my local MicroCenter for the best deals. :-)



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May 28, 2014 4:32:28 PM

it looks like you have a pretty good idea about what you want.

just a few minor comments...

-i'd suggest the corsair 750d or nzxt phantom 630 case.
-you could get away with a cheaper motherboard if you wanted (something around only $120). one of the lower tier models is fine.
-i would go with the asus version of the gpu with the direct cu ii cooler.

a 760w psu is fine.

i would say that 16gb ram and 32 may be too much but that all depends on the kind of editing you do. you can get a good buy on gskill ripjaws x on newegg for about $140. if video editing is only a hobby you do once in awhile then you could even get by on 8.

is 500gb really going to be enough for video editing? thats going to be about 370gb after the 80% capacity ssd rule and 30gb for os. i would think having a ssd for boot and programs and a hdd (1tb) for storage might be better. also, i've heard that having multiple drives (one for read, one for write) gives better speed to some editing.

overall though... looks like you have a good start.
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May 30, 2014 10:31:25 AM

Thanks ssddx for the suggestions, after much thought and more researching, my final system build will probably be the below.

Computer Case: NZXT SWITCH 810 White
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H110
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1
Memory (RAM): Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB)
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO-Series 500GB
Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti 3GB Classified
PSU: Corsair Professional Series AX760i

I will eventually add on 1TB hard drive, I will primarily use the SSD for boot and programs, I have a couple of externals I currently use for storage and the like. :) 

For Memory, I've decided on the Mushkin Enhanced Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) - suggestion I got somewhere else, and I am going to end up editing video quite often, but it'll def be a hobby kind of thing, but rather be safe. :) 

The Corsair 750D looks nice, but I think I am in love with the design of the white NZXT SWITCH 810.

As for graphics card, I've decided I might as well go for the EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti 3GB Classified and OC that thing.

As for the Motherboard, I don't know, I love my ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 and all it's features, and it looks so amazing! So, just for the vanity I am going to stick with the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1. :) 
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May 30, 2014 12:51:34 PM

your choice. looks fine to me.

i've never been a fan of the sabertooth series since the plastic covering is a dust magnet. i do like the ROG series and the maximus hereo is right in your price range it seems. just my own preferences but what you have will work fine.

i have some mushkin redline in my current computer. love it. its certainly nowhere even close to being cheap though. i prefer the low profile design better but thats just me.

if you like white pc cases... just a few others...

corsair 600t white


nzxt phantom 820 white


coolermaster storm trooper white


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May 31, 2014 12:31:07 AM

I've decided not to go with either the Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO, or SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1. And go with the Asus Z97-DELUXE. :)  The below is my finished build. Thanks ssddx for all your input. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Micro Center)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Z97-DELUXE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($275.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($244.99 @ Micro Center)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card ($739.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($139.99 @ Newegg)
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May 31, 2014 7:14:21 AM

actually i'm impressed by the new asus non-rog motherboards. they arent completely butt ugly anymore but solidblack. now i can recommend them more often for people with case windows :lol: 

i still say the asus direc-cu ii 780ti would be a better choice. it has a good cooler on it. the evga model is only so-so in terms of performance. however, evga has rock solid customer service. your choice, just my suggestion.

good luck. remember all the assembly rules when building (especially about ESD)
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June 1, 2014 11:51:09 AM

I lied, I did go with the SABERTOOTH Z97 MARK1, it was on a combo bundle with the Intel i7-4770k. The Samsung 840 EVO SSD was also on sale, buying any motherboard/cpu combo netted me a 20 dollars saving.

Thanks again for all the help ssddx, I'll def be sure to remember all the assembly rules. Don't want any new shiny part to go to waste. I would be sad. lol.

The below is finished build, and just waiting for Amazon and Newegg to drop off the parts I bought from them, and I'm good to start building. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $279.44)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (Purchased For $111.26)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z97 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $217.34)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (Purchased For $203.29)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $232.86)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Dual Classified ACX Video Card (Purchased For $813.18)
Case: Corsair 760T Black ATX Full Tower Case (Purchased For $165.59)
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $139.71)
Total: $2162.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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June 1, 2014 3:26:24 PM

when those boxes of goodies arrive it feels just like christmas....
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