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$700 PC Build Advice

So I've decided to build a PC to handle my video editing/gaming needs, my budget was $700 and this is what I came up with:

AMD Phenom II x6 1090t BE- $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

GIGABYTE GA-990-FXA-UD3 AM3Plus Motherboard- $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128514

HIS IceQ X Turbo HD Radeon 6850- $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161363

G-Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 Memory- $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Raidmax Hybrid 2 630W Crossfire Ready PSU- $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152035

Rosewill Challenger ATX Mid Tower- $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive- $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

ASUS 24x DVD Burner- $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

So, what do you think? If you notice any issues, have any suggestions, or see anyway I can get the same performance for a lower price (I love saving money), please let me know. I'd hate to screw this up on my first try..
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  1. $700 could be spent on a i5 2500k + GTX560Ti, but with only 4GB of RAM (check my sig). I figure you will need more RAM for your video editing, so dropping down to a GTX560 would give you the allowance you need.
  2. gonna have to say intel is better for video editing.
  3. Best answer
    Your build is pretty good. If you're interested, this is about what an i5-2500K build would look like in that price range (I just used the same gpu that you listed):

    Intel i5-2500K - $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

    Biostar TZ68A - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138319

    HIS IceQ X Turbo 1GB Radeon 6850 - $175
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161363

    G. Skill Ripjaw 4GB 1600 RAM - $33
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    Rosewill 600W - $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182039

    ASUS DVD burner - $21
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Rosewill Challenger - $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Total: $709 before mir and shipping

    As a side note, even with you're build you'll want to go with the Hard Drive I recommended. The Spinpoint is very quiet and the platter size on a 1TB drive along with the 32mb cache will perform better.

    Some quick upgrades to the above machine if you can afford them would be:

    ASRock Z68 gen3 extreme3 - additional $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

    Corsair Vengance 8GB 1600 RAM - additional $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196

    Antec Earthwatts 650W - additional $10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044
  4. Sorry about the thread lag, I had a few morning lectures to go to. I just realised I forgot to explain my decisions! I put this together to last as long as possible, since the new line of processors is pretty close and GPUs come out pretty often. I chose AMD because realistically, I'm much more likely to upgrade to the new Bulldozer than the new Ivy Bridge; and AMD is definitely more affordable. The mobo I picked out leaves me room for CrossfireX in the future and will be Bulldozer compatible. Also, 6 Cores at 3.4Gh is pretty impressive (to me, anyway).

    danraies said:
    Your build is pretty good. If you're interested, this is about what an i5-2500K build would look like in that price range (I just used the same gpu that you listed): snip

    As a side note, even with you're build you'll want to go with the Hard Drive I recommended. The Spinpoint is very quiet and the platter size on a 1TB drive along with the 32mb cache will perform better.

    Some quick upgrades to the above:
    Corsair Vengance 8GB 1600 RAM - additional $20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233196
    Antec Earthwatts 650W - additional $10
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044


    I definitely agree on the Spinpoint! I wasn't too excited about the WD, and this one has more space and a larger cache for only $15 more!

    Additional Questions:
    What's the difference between the 8GB G-Skill RAM and the 8GB Corsair RAM?
    The specs on the Challenger case say USB 2.0, but the mobo says USB 3.0. Is this a problem?
    While putting this together I completely forgot I'll need an OS. I'm thinking Windows 7 Pro, where can I get it without paying through the nose?
  5. There is no difference between the ram you picked and the ram I picked - they're both fine. Mine is just a bit cheaper. I have G. Skill myself and I like it.

    Your mobo has USB 2.0 headers on it so you'll be able to run the front ports on the Challenger to those headers. The mobo has USB 3.0 but only in the port cluster - there are no USB 3.0 headers on the mobo (that I can see). Basically there will be a cable that runs from the top of your case to the motherboard.

    Your amd build is perfectly fine. I'm partial to intel and ivy bridge over and bulldozer myself, but you'll like the hex core.

    The best you're going to do on Windows is an OEM copy of Home Premium for $100.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    If you also need to fit that into your $700 budget then that will change the build.
  6. why is everyone including a gaming graphics card in a video editing computer?
    You definitely dont need that , and wont get any benefit from doing so .

    Also checking here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Cinebench-11.5-Multi-threaded,2407.html
    Shows a reasonable lead of the Phenom X6 over the 2500k
    But the OP needs to be sure that his applications are similar, and multithread


    Id go back to the first build
    change the graphics card to
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125360

    Ditch the raidmax psu , and replace it with a good quality seasonic 4- 500 watt unit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074

    and since the motherboard is a gamer unit with potential to run in sli or crossfire that will never be needed he can save another $20 with
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131757
  7. I guess we've run into a question of which is more important to this build: video editing or gaming.

    Outlander_04 said:
    why is everyone including a gaming graphics card in a video editing computer?


    "So I've decided to build a PC to handle my video editing/gaming needs." The 5670 is a good mid-range card but it's pretty low on the gaming totem pole.

    Outlander_04 said:
    Also checking here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Cinebench-11.5-Multi-threaded,2407.html
    Shows a reasonable lead of the Phenom X6 over the 2500k


    The Phenom X6 beats the 2500K in video editing and other multithreaded applications, but the 2500K wins in gaming.
  8. Outlander_04 said:
    why is everyone including a gaming graphics card in a video editing computer?
    You definitely dont need that , and wont get any benefit from doing so .

    Also checking here
    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Cinebench-11.5-Multi-threaded,2407.html
    Shows a reasonable lead of the Phenom X6 over the 2500k
    But the OP needs to be sure that his applications are similar, and multithread


    Id go back to the first build
    change the graphics card to
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125360

    Ditch the raidmax psu , and replace it with a good quality seasonic 4- 500 watt unit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074

    and since the motherboard is a gamer unit with potential to run in sli or crossfire that will never be needed he can save another $20 with
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131757


    Actually, I will be gaming just as much as I'll be editing, and I will definitely use Crossfire when the time comes. And why the SeaSonic over the Raidmax?
  9. I missed the gaming bit of the question ...damn

    Ok Back to the 6850
    But he still wont need more than a 500 watt psu unless you crossfire
  10. If you're willing to give up on future crossfire you can save a little money on your psu and mobo...help defer the cost of Win7.

    Outlander_04 said:
    But he still wont need more than a 500 watt psu unless you crossfire
  11. So I wont need more than 500 watts? Newegg's PSU Calculator clocked me at 573, and that's supposed to be "minimum". I suppose I could get a 630 Watt just to stay on the safe side, or would that raise some other issues?

    And future Crossfire's pretty important here, I think I'll just bite the bullet on Windows 7..
  12. 1298ty said:
    So I wont need more than 500 watts? Newegg's PSU Calculator clocked me at 573, and that's supposed to be "minimum". I suppose I could get a 630 Watt just to stay on the safe side, or would that raise some other issues?

    And future Crossfire's pretty important here, I think I'll just bite the bullet on Windows 7..


    If you can afford it there's no problem with using more watts than you need.
  13. Best answer selected by 1298ty.
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