First time builder seeking advice

Hello! First time poster here as well. Building a pc from scratch, need absolutely everything. Going for an ultra max settings gaming pc with video editing and music production capabilities. Plan to purchase everything at once by the end of the week

After 2 weeks of research I have come up with what seems to be my dream computer

My main concerns are as follows...

1. Is the ram good enough? They are 1.35v (I thought 1.5v was the magic number)

2. A little worried 2gb vram isn't enough...

Please feel free to address anything else I may have missed, your input is highly valued
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  1. well you're thinking the cpu is the most needed but it's not, the gpu is.
    get a i5 4670k and get a cpu cooler.
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    Same price, much better gaming machine.

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus H97-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($108.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($203.29 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($469.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($92.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($127.58 @ Newegg)
    Keyboard: Razer DeathStalker Wired Gaming Keyboard ($68.99 @ Amazon)
    Mouse: Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse ($57.42 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1699.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 01:48 EDT-0400)
  3. 1) Lower voltage RAM is better. 1.5v is standard. 1.35v allows more room for overclocking and less stress on the component.
    2) 2GB is fine for current games, but isn't future proof. 3-4GB is used for higher resolutions (2560x1440+). If you're going all out I would get a 780 with 3GB.

    Because you are doing video editing, I would stick with the i7. i5 is better performance/$ in terms of gaming, however editing is why you buy the i7s. You will be just fine with an i5, however the i7 will add a bit more power to you work.

    I recommend a 24 inch or bigger monitor. It's a personal preference, but generally it will be easier on the eyes when doing picture/video editing. Although you are still fitting the same amount of stuff on the screen due to the resolution, everything will be slightly larger than a 21.5 inch. It just adds the extra wow factor. Not something important, just a personal thing. I run a 27 inch and wish I got a 32, while others don't dare to go larger than 24. 24 tends to be the sweet spot for gaming.

    21.5 vs 24,5-inch-16x9

    21.5 vs 27,5-inch-16x9
  4. Thank you CTurbo, that is exactly what I'm going to get (with a 24 inch monitor tho :)

    Just wondering why you left out the cpu cooler. Stock cpu cooler and stock case fans are enough?
  5. The stock cooler is perfectly sufficient at stock speeds. Add an aftermarket cooler later if you want, but it is not necessary.
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