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August 2, 2014 1:32:36 PM

Just want to make sure this build will all work okay so I wont have issues. This build will be primarily used for video/photo editing and then some gaming. I set my budget to $700 but was hoping for something under $600. The main programs used will be Adobe family products working on 1080p video and photos and would like to run most of modern games at Med-High settings and up with 30+ FPS. I dont plan on over-clocking or doing anything crazy. The list I came up with has a Xeon CPU and R9 270 and just wanted to make sure that is a good combo. I choose the Xeon because a lot of people said it is basically the i7 without integrated graphics for a lot cheaper since I am running a dedicated GPU. Other than that I already have a 2TB Drive,OS and peripherals to add to the build.

So, is there anything I need to add to the build or would you go a different route?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.47 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.09 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.25 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($61.93 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($151.54 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($38.38 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($22.70 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ OutletPC)
Total: $690.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 16:32 EDT-0400

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a b 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 1:38:02 PM

NitroCircus177 said:
Just want to make sure this build will all work okay so I wont have issues. This build will be primarily used for video/photo editing and then some gaming. I set my budget to $700 but was hoping for something under $600. The main programs used will be Adobe family products working on 1080p video and photos and would like to run most of modern games at Med-High settings and up with 30+ FPS. I dont plan on over-clocking or doing anything crazy. The list I came up with has a Xeon CPU and R9 270 and just wanted to make sure that is a good combo. I choose the Xeon because a lot of people said it is basically the i7 without integrated graphics for a lot cheaper since I am running a dedicated GPU. Other than that I already have a 2TB Drive,OS and peripherals to add to the build.

So, is there anything I need to add to the build or would you go a different route?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1220 V3 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($217.47 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.09 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.25 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($61.93 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($151.54 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($38.38 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($22.70 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ OutletPC)
Total: $690.35
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 16:32 EDT-0400


Ur PSU needs to be better, at least 550W... as R9 270 is a power hungry card.
What's ur budget anyway?

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August 2, 2014 1:40:20 PM

sid_90 said:


Ur PSU needs to be better, at least 550W... as R9 270 is a power hungry card.
What's ur budget anyway?



Okay I can bump that then and my budget was set to $700
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a c 423 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 1:43:29 PM

430W is enough for the build, but still wouldn't get the CX series of Corsair. The Xeon you chose is not comparable to an i7 since it doesn't have hyper threading. You'll need a Xeon 1230 V3.
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August 2, 2014 1:51:10 PM

RazerZ said:
430W is enough for the build, but still wouldn't get the CX series of Corsair. The Xeon you chose is not comparable to an i7 since it doesn't have hyper threading. You'll need a Xeon 1230 V3.


Okay, would the Xeon CPU I choose still be decent option for video editing? Or am I better off with an i5 or bumping up to the 1230 V3?
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a c 423 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 2:09:44 PM

Bump up.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($247.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $689.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 17:08 EDT-0400
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August 2, 2014 2:27:05 PM

RazerZ said:
Bump up.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($247.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($65.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $689.25
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 17:08 EDT-0400


Okay I can probably manage that. Last thing, I did forget to mention was I do need wifi. Should I go with the board you have and add wifi card or stick with what I have?
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a c 423 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 2:30:21 PM

If you need wifi stick with the board you have.
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August 2, 2014 2:55:03 PM

RazerZ said:
If you need wifi stick with the board you have.


It does show its included just not installed on a lot of the pictures.

But do I gain anything with the H97 over H81?
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a c 423 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 3:18:41 PM

Performance wise not really. The H97 has more SATA slots and has onboard USB 3.0 headers. The reason I said to keep it is because of the built in wifi adapter.

The good wireless adapters use PCI slots, and since there is only one PCI slot on these mITX boards you would need to add a USB wifi adapter if you went with the board I chose.

A decent wireless network adapter goes for around $20 so you might as well get the motherboard where it has it already built in for the same price.
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August 2, 2014 3:27:52 PM

RazerZ said:
Performance wise not really. The H97 has more SATA slots and has onboard USB 3.0 headers. The reason I said to keep it is because of the built in wifi adapter.

The good wireless adapters use PCI slots, and since there is only one PCI slot on these mITX boards you would need to add a USB wifi adapter if you went with the board I chose.

A decent wireless network adapter goes for around $20 so you might as well get the motherboard where it has it already built in for the same price.


Great! Sounds good, thanks a lot for your help
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a c 423 4 Gaming
August 2, 2014 3:32:30 PM

No problem.
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