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$1100 - Video Editing/Gaming Build

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November 18, 2010 6:16:11 PM

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Approximate Purchase Date: Christmas 2010

Budget Range: $1100 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Editing (hobby, home video stuff), Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I've listed some initial choices below, but I am flexible based on advice!

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC! (and low power consumption in as many components as possible)

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Hi all, so this will be my first build. The computer will be used primarily for everyday activities (including editing HD videos of my kid). I will play a game or two each year, but I'm not a hardcore gamer. Therefore I'm spending a little less on the GPU compared to the CPU and RAM. Here's what I've got so far (looking to spend about $1100). I need help with the RAM and Mobo.

I'm not interested in overclocking and the only potential upgrade I could foresee in the next few years would be adding an SLI card.

I like quiet and low power consumption over all else!


Theoretical build so far:

CPU: i7-950 ($294)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: geforce 460 (EVGA 768mb version) ($169)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial c300 64gb ($129)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: WD Green 2tb ($99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner: LG 22x Lightscribe ($18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CPU Fan: ? (Do I need one?).
Motherboard: ?
Power Supply: ?
Case: ?
Memory: ? (I want 8gb, but won't upgrade this so it can take up as many slots on the mobo as needed)


Thanks!
November 19, 2010 5:12:08 PM

i7 950 + ASUS x58 Sabertooth

HD's over 1tb have higher fail rates, over 1tb it kinda just goes down from there. Get the 1tb Samsung spinpoint f3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $70

case: Antec 300 ($60) with blue LED is antec 300 illusion ($70)

Memory: G.Skill or Mushkin. Cas 8 or 7 DDR3 1333 is fine,

Powersupply: 750W or 650W antec, XFX, Seasonic or Corsair.

and you don't need a CPU Cooler if your going to run stock, but if you want heres a good one thats $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 19, 2010 5:24:31 PM

Thank you, vindictive! I was just about to bump this thread since it sort of got lost in the onslaught of new build threads yesterday. But since then I'd done a lot of research and landed on a few choices. I will have to compare to what you picked. What do you think of the memory and power supply?


Memory: G.Skill 6gb, ddr3 1600, cas 9 - it's cas9 but runs at 1600 and is lower voltage than most.

Power supply: Antec earthwatts 650 - Good psu? My only concern is this might not power my rig if I added another 460 down the line.

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November 19, 2010 5:59:13 PM

http://www.overclock.net/nvidia/850846-psu-sli-460-gtx-...
650W seems fine according to people on this site (good site).
Nvidia states at least 450W for 1 gtx 460.

options: your psu, XFX Black Edition 650W modular PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (this thing is overkill on the pci-e connectors it has buts thats a good thing). or Corsair 650HX Modular http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory: Tighter timings is better than higher frequencies because you can buy DDR3 1333 and OC it to 1600 fairly easy. and the difference from 1333 to 1600 is minimal but Cas 9 just isn't very good for gaming.
November 19, 2010 6:12:12 PM

vindictive said:
i7 950 + ASUS x58 Sabertooth

HD's over 1tb have higher fail rates, over 1tb it kinda just goes down from there. Get the 1tb Samsung spinpoint f3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $70

case: Antec 300 ($60) with blue LED is antec 300 illusion ($70)

Memory: G.Skill or Mushkin. Cas 8 or 7 DDR3 1333 is fine,

Powersupply: 750W or 650W antec, XFX, Seasonic or Corsair.

and you don't need a CPU Cooler if your going to run stock, but if you want heres a good one thats $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


^ +1. I love the Sabertooth, so far it has caused me no problems. I would personally go with 750W Corsair.
November 19, 2010 6:26:29 PM

i'd personally go with the xfx black edition 750 modular silver certfied for $130. got a 10 on performance on jonnguru.com which only 4 psu's have achieved.
November 19, 2010 6:31:13 PM

^^ Okay, from my experience XFX psu have failed me. But if it got a 10 on johnyguru then go for it. its 20 dollars more then a Corsair 750W but its modular. Good find.
November 19, 2010 6:34:00 PM

Does a 750w PSU waste energy if I'm only using, say 500-600w at any given time? I'm ok with futureproofing with a bigger power supply, but I don't want my electric bill to suffer for 2 years before I would even need that much power.

Also, any recommendations for mice/keyboard/speakers? I'm not including those in my $1100 budget, but it would be nice to have some ideas.
November 19, 2010 6:34:26 PM

yea it had a $20 MIR for a month until 2 days ago! pissed me off since I'm doing my build in Dec.
November 19, 2010 6:35:45 PM

nah. + its silver certified.

Razer Deathadder for the mouse! its amazing :o 
don't ever buy the razer lachesis.
November 19, 2010 6:35:56 PM

^ Why don't you wait untill Sandy Bridge release on Jan 11? I know you must want to get your computer as soon as possible, but I think the performance gain would justify the wait.
November 19, 2010 6:39:34 PM

I assume that Sandybridge will cost a pretty penny when it arrives, with no options in the $250-300 range like the 950. That plus a more expensive mobo most likely required. My plan, though, is to order all the parts with the exception of the CPU and GPU. I'll order those in January (when I really need to finish the build) to take advantage of price differences (including what I assume will be a sizable drop for the 950 once sandybridge arrives).
November 19, 2010 9:59:54 PM

i'd get the Cas 7 at your budget.
November 19, 2010 10:04:52 PM

Yeah, the timing would not be that much of a diffrence.
November 23, 2010 1:10:20 AM

Do you have any good 650w PSU recommendations cheaper than the XFX Black Edition 650W modular PSU at $99? I liked everything about the Antec Earthwatts 650w, but it only has 2 pci-e connectors. I'm not sure if that would cover me if I bought a second 460 down the line.
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