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First build: ~$1000 budget (for gaming and video editing)

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June 14, 2011 4:15:02 PM

Hi, there! I'm new to PC building but have been doing some research and lurking the forums for some good builds that fit my needs and is within my budget. So far, I found one that caught my interest, but have one small question about it, which I will address further down this post. Right now, I'll just include all the information below in case.

Approximate Purchase Date: This month
Budget Range: $1000 before rebates (can add $75 more IF needed)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video recording/editing, photoshop, light programming, everything else
Games it should run: BFBC2, SC2, L4D2/other Source games, and future titles.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg and amazon (tigerdirect as a seller is fine if I can buy from them through amazon)
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: I would like an Intel processor and a geforce video card
Overclocking: maybe
SLI or Crossfire: maybe
Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050, but I will probably switch to 1920x1080 if I ever get a new monitor
Additional Comments: Quietness is definitely good, but complete silence is not an absolute necessity

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Okay, so the build I mentioned earlier is striker410's "Gamer's Delight" build taken from this thread:

I do a good amount of video recording/editing and photoshopping, so should I increase the RAM to 8GB? If so, do I need to change anything else to accommodate it? Is there anything I need to change regardless? Other than that, this looks like an awesome build for me.

8GB RAM I'm looking at (same brand, really), which is $36 more:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

OS (I'll be getting the student discount for Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, $30):
http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/d...

That'll be around $1060 using the $994 from the quote, which is absolutely okay.

If you have any suggestions or other builds you want to recommend, definitely post them! I want to make sure the final build I choose is the perfect one for me.

Much appreciated, guys!

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June 14, 2011 5:10:03 PM

Not a bad build build any means.

If you intend to use 3 GPUs the listed mobo will do well.

If you want only dual GPUs for SLI I'd look at this mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $130

If you intend to stick to a single GPU this is the one I'd look at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $120

If you are going to stick to a single GPU then you can save a little with this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... @ $75

But the build is very good as is. Quality & power.
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June 14, 2011 9:20:57 PM

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