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~$1200 Gaming/Video Editing Computer

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $~1200 After Rebates and/or Combo Deals

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing w/After Effects, Photoshop,

Parts Not Required: N/A. OS, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com & Amazon.com

Country of Origin: United States of America

Parts Preferences: I would like to use the i7-2500k/i7-2600k in the HAF 922 case for space and future scalability on a full ATX board with 8GB of ram (max of 16GB+ on mobo).

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 maximum, 1 monitor at this time

Additional Comments:
I would like a quiet PC when it is not at full load. I would prefer it to be very cool temperature wise unless under full load or rendering. I want it for gaming and video editing equally. I would prefer a SSD (for booting) if possible and a 1TB hard drive.

I am more concerned with the specific parts than price but I use the $1200 budget as a rough estimate (so if a combo deals offers very useful parts, keep it on the list even if the pricing is temporary)


Thanks in advance.
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    Assuming youre not doing really major editing/rendering etc. i think a 2500k will suffice. You could go for something like this.

    Intel Core i5-2500k
    ASUS P8P67 PRO
    2x4GB 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws X
    MSI GTX 560Ti
    ~60GB SSD
    HAF 922
    600W PSU (750W for SLI)
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+

    Pretty sure you can get that in your budget.
  2. I do render with After Effects CS4 pretty often. I game on the computer more however. Should I just step up to the 2600k because of After Effects (and thus raise my budget)
  3. http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288

    ^Check out these benchmarks and let us know if the increased performance in rendering/encoding is worth $100 to you. Then we'll be able to mock a build for you.
  4. Hmm I see your point. I realized what say is that no brand of SSD w/60GB was listed. And thanks for putting the 2600k in perspective for me nd_hunter :hello:
  5. Best answer selected by vincentcecelia.
  6. vincentcecelia said:
    Hmm I see your point. I realized what say is that no brand of SSD w/60GB was listed. And thanks for putting the 2600k in perspective for me nd_hunter :hello:

    You're welcome. Try the 80GB Intel 320.
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