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March 10, 2011 2:10:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 Weeks

Budget Range: $1,000-$1,200 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Headset

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel (Sandy Bridge?), Nvidia, and was thinking maybe Coolmaster 232HAF as a Case

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: SLI in the near future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Looking for something that has enough power to both game and video edit. Was thinking 8GB DDR3, 2500K SB, Coolmaster Case (maybe some extra fans?), 1 TB HD (for now), and possibly a CPU cooler for overclocking?

Here is what I have so far. I'm not sure if I need a cooler as big as the V8, if anyone knows of any good ones please let me know! If you see anywhere I can save some money that would be great. Hopefully I have everything!



ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$18.99


COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119225
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
$199.99
$189.99


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148433
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant
$69.99
$64.99


GIGABYTE Super Overclock Series GV-N560SO-1GI-950 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready ...
Item #: N82E16814125369
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
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$259.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$109.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231311
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$84.99


GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128475
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$139.99


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
Item #: N82E16819115072
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$219.99


COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler Intel Core i7 compatible
Item #: N82E16835103055
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$59.99
Subtotal: $1,148.91
March 10, 2011 3:16:57 PM

A handful of questions for some more detail.

1) What software do you use for the video?
2) Is it HD?
3) What is the ultimate use of this video? (meaning what level of quality does it demand... and do you get paid for that or is it simply your own stuff).
4) Do you publish the videos online or do you need to burn stuff to DVD / Blue-Ray?
5) Can you give us some specific game titles so we're familiar w/ the types of applications used.
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March 10, 2011 4:26:56 PM

1. I have been using my college's computers w/ Final Cut Pro. I will be buying a copy of Sony Vegas when I get the money (hopefully this summer :p )
2. Yes, I use a Canon T2i and my school's XH-A1.
3. Mainly Personal and School work. Eventually I may be using it for more professional work.
4. I do a bit of both. But I would like to have a CD/DVD Burner (pref. Black).
5. I play some Left 4 Dead 2, CS:S, would love to play Skyrim when it comes out.. Basically I want a computer that will be able to handle the games I have (which aren't extremely graphically demanding) and also be able to handle future games (such as Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Diablo 3, etc..)

I am currently using a computer that is about 5 years old w/ a P4 3.2, 2gb ram, 7800 GTX. Anything is an upgrade for me right now :lol: 
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March 10, 2011 7:24:07 PM

Ok, a couple other questions to start, and then some recommendations.

-When you said "Here's what I have so far"... did you mean here's what you have on your shopping list, or did you mean you already bought some stuff (I know what I think you meant, but I've been wrong on that before).

-You didn't list any operating system. Do you need that? Where you go to school, do you have any sort of discount for that?
If you need windows go here to see if you can get the $65 student deal.
http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/d...

- Do you live near any of the 23 MicroCenter locations across the US? From time to time they beat NewEgg prices.
http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

My recommendations so far:
1) You're paying extra for the 'K' series CPU to get the unlocked overclocking features, but that motherboard is an "H67" chipset. That doesn't allow for overclocking of the CPU itself, just the GPU component of it. That may be what you're intending to do, but I wasn't sure. I would change one or the other, I'd say go for a different motherboard, one with the "P67" chipset. Ideally, if you could wait until May or so I would say you're a prime candidate for the ""Z68" chipset which should allow overclocking of both portions of the CPU.

2) I think $190 is too much to pay for a case in this build. I would try to get some money back out of the case and put it back into something that improves performance (more RAM, a second drive in RAID 0, or moving up to I7-2600).






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March 10, 2011 7:29:50 PM

Hmm, lotta weird stuff in that build.

Ok
1. CPU- for video editing, you'll want hyperthreading, so i7-2600k is your best bet

2. Mobo- choice won't work for sli. Need 2 x8 PCIE slots for SLi. You'll have to wait a little for the non overpriced ones to come out.

3. Case CM 690II, HAF 922 or antec 902 are all much cheaper and functionally equivalent.

4. RAM- I'd spend a little more for DDR3 1333 Cas 7 RAM. Makes a decent diff for video editing. Ex. $105 for 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

5. GPU- is Vegas GPU accelerated? CUDA accelerated? ( I use CS5 so no idea). If so, 560 is a fine choice. If not, 560 still is a fine choice, though you can cut it to a 4601gb if you need extra money to fit in other stuff.

6. HD- Spinpoint F3 1tb is same price and better for storage drive. I'd recommend throwing in an ssd for the build, since using one as a scratchdrive is so nice. An intel x25-M 80gb will be enough for your apps, and scratch, though probably not enough to games as well. $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

7. HSF- don't need a v8, it's huge and doesn't perform too well. SB is very cool running, so I'd say just grab a Cm hyper 212 plus $30. Even combo's w/ the i7-2600k for $10 off.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

8. PSU- an xfx 650w is enough since you don't plan on SLI. For 460's also fine for SLI. If you want to use 560 though, should prob grab the 750 one.
$65 xfx 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 10, 2011 7:41:54 PM

Thanks for the input guys. I'll make a new list up and see what it comes up at (price wise).
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March 10, 2011 7:56:18 PM

banthracis said:

5. GPU- is Vegas GPU accelerated? CUDA accelerated?


I haven't used Vegas, but I did stay in a holiday in express. That plus some reading around the internets has led me to conclude that Vegas added CUDA processing in the latest version (v 10).
I'm still trying to confirm that.


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