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September 9, 2011 3:37:51 AM

I'm building my first gaming pc and I need help deciding whether or not the parts are worth the price. I'll use this pc for gaming and video editing. Because of this, I've chosen an i7 processor. Please help me decide if I should change anything or not.

Processor: ($315) Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

Motherboard: ($200) ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard

Power: ($105) Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-750TXV2

Graphics Card: ($265) Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

Hard Drive: ($135) Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX

Sound Card: ($185) ASUS Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

RAM: ($90) Kingston HyperX 12GB Kit (3x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory (KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX)

Case: ($140) Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Optical Drive: ($150) Lite-On iHBS212-08 12X Internal Blu-Ray Writer - BD-R SL 12X, BD-R DL 8X, BD-RE SL/DL 2X, DVD±R 16X, DVD-RAM 12X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R/RW 48X, LightScribe, Black

The whole thing comes to about $1,575 without shipping.

I plan on upgrading the RAM to 16GB (2x8GB) in a couple months. Are there any recommendations on how to get any of the same products for less money? Or any recommendations as to compatibility issues, product issues, etc.? This is my first build, so I'm hoping those components are good. Thanks! :D 
September 9, 2011 4:03:53 AM

Are you not satisfied with on-board sound? Usually you can get away with that. And 16 GB of RAM is quite a bit. I'm not sure how much is needed for video editing, but 8 GB is usually enough for everything. I could be wrong, but it sounds like overkill to me.

The good thing about the 6950 2GB is that it can be unlocked to a 6970 rather easily and overclocked as well.

Otherwise, the build looks great!
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September 9, 2011 4:19:34 AM

don't get triple channel memory and 8Gb is enough
unless we talking about professional video editing .. then u need Nvidia Quadro GPU
and 6950 apparently cannot be unlocked to 6970 no more .. overclocked easily .. sure .. by much not really
there r cheaper mobos with better feature .. check the Z68 line especially if u do lot's of video encoding
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September 9, 2011 4:58:15 AM

invinciblegamer1 said:
I'm building my first gaming pc and I need help deciding whether or not the parts are worth the price. I'll use this pc for gaming and video editing. Because of this, I've chosen an i7 processor. Please help me decide if I should change anything or not.

Processor: ($315) Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155

Motherboard: ($200) ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 1800 ATX Motherboard

Power: ($105) Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-750TXV2

Graphics Card: ($265) Sapphire DIRT 3 EDITION Radeon HD 6950 2 GB DDR5 DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/DP PCI-Express Graphics Card 100312-3SR

Hard Drive: ($135) Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX

Sound Card: ($185) ASUS Xonar Essence ST 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card

RAM: ($90) Kingston HyperX 12GB Kit (3x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory (KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX)

Case: ($140) Cooler Master RC-932-KKN5-GP HAF 932 Advance Full Tower Case - ATX, Black, SuperSpeed USB 3.0

Optical Drive: ($150) Lite-On iHBS212-08 12X Internal Blu-Ray Writer - BD-R SL 12X, BD-R DL 8X, BD-RE SL/DL 2X, DVD±R 16X, DVD-RAM 12X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, CD-R/RW 48X, LightScribe, Black

The whole thing comes to about $1,575 without shipping.

I plan on upgrading the RAM to 16GB (2x8GB) in a couple months. Are there any recommendations on how to get any of the same products for less money? Or any recommendations as to compatibility issues, product issues, etc.? This is my first build, so I'm hoping those components are good. Thanks! :D 

You want a Z68 board if you plan on editing video.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <---- Please copy and paste this on here.
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September 9, 2011 7:51:36 AM

yeah that's what I said .. quit trolling
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