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August 21, 2011 10:48:42 PM

Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help me out. I am building a new gaming/ video editing PC and was wondering if you could look over it before I pull the trigger. I'm basically looking for something that will run BF3 at max specs and edit HD video smoothly. Future proof for a few years would also be nice. Here are the parts I have gathered. My budget is about $1,000 - $1,200 minus monitor.

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

2x XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

2x CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


All together that comes out to about $1,300, but rebates should take it down to around $1,200.
Does it look good? Should anything change? I'm new to all this, so I spent some time researching, but I could have made a noob mistake :D 

One thing I wasn't sure of was the PSU - apparently for 10 bucks more I could have Crossfire? However, I don't really know what that is, but is it worth it for the 10 extra bucks? It could even be on the one I have - I'm not sure. Again - I = noob.

Thanks for your help! It means a lot!

-B-Win
August 21, 2011 11:00:13 PM

that PSU is plenty for twin 6870s. You could step down to a 650W and still be fine

Unless you will be doing a TON of photoshop/3D Studio/Film editing level number crunching, you can probably get away with a 2500K instead of 2600K

try to get a kit of dual-channel ram instead of individual 4 GB packs.
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August 21, 2011 11:09:46 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
that PSU is plenty for twin 6870s. You could step down to a 650W and still be fine

Unless you will be doing a TON of photoshop/3D Studio/Film editing level number crunching, you can probably get away with a 2500K instead of 2600K

try to get a kit of dual-channel ram instead of individual 4 GB packs.


Is there a benefit at all to having the 750 or would it just be dead weight to have that with what I'm running?
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August 21, 2011 11:18:53 PM

It won't hurt anything to have teh 750W, just that a 650W will do it just as well for $15-25 less, depending on brand.
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August 21, 2011 11:33:36 PM

^ To that, I suggest this.
A little bit cheaper, IMO a better deal, especially after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better ram kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper HDD, but still performs the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper motherboard but also to take advantage of the Quick Sync just in case. It'll perform about the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 21, 2011 11:48:22 PM

aznshinobi said:
^ To that, I suggest this.
A little bit cheaper, IMO a better deal, especially after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you want modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better ram kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper HDD, but still performs the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheaper motherboard but also to take advantage of the Quick Sync just in case. It'll perform about the same.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Awesome, thanks! I decided to switch around some stuff based on your suggestions.
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