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November 15, 2011 12:01:44 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday to around Christmas time

Budget Range: $1400 After Rebates + Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D Rendering, Video Editing, Surfing the Internet, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Mouse, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Frys (Maybe Best Buy if magically cheaper?)

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Motherboard w/PCI-E 3.0

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 at the lowest

Additional Comments: Need it to be fast! Will be hoping to overclock to around 4.8GHz. Video card is the least important component right now because all I play is Minecraft...

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CPU & Motherboard Combo: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K

Case & PSU Combo: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Memory (Eventually upgrade to 16GB?): CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

HDD: Samsung 1TB Serial ATA 3.0Gbp, buffer memory 32MB- HE103UJ

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 1T2R / 5 dBi External Antenna / Up to 300Mbps Wireless Download Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP (Hex & ASCII), WPA/WPA2, WPA(TKIP with IEEE 802.1x)/WPA2(AES with IEEE 802.1x)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100328L Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card or EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Keyboard: Logitech 920-000914 Black 106 Normal Keys USB Wired Ultra-thin Illuminated Keyboard

Monitor: LED is preferred, but whatever has the largest screen size under $200.

Speakers (Optional): Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers

Total after Rebates + Shipping (No Monitor or Speakers): $1143.27 (+200 = $1343.27)
Total after Rebates + Shipping (Just No Monitor): $1198.25 (+200 = $1398.25)

Shipping on the 400R is $20. It was free earlier, so I might pick that up at Frys in store. Not sure if I should get the 2700k or 2600k. Any suggestions? Was also thinking about LGA 2011 but it might be out of my budget: ASRock X79 Extreme4 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Still not sure about my component choices. This will be my first build, so I'm not very experienced at choosing parts yet. Any advice will be greatly appreciated :) 
November 15, 2011 2:36:15 AM

Any advice guys?
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November 15, 2011 2:50:47 AM

Looks good. If you're looking at overclocking to 4.8GHz you might want to consider this as your cooler, rated one of the best air coolers:

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

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November 15, 2011 2:54:21 AM

sam_fisher said:
Looks good. If you're looking at overclocking to 4.8GHz you might want to consider this as your cooler, rated one of the best air coolers:

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


I was actually just thinking about switching the EVO for this. Would this or water cooling (ex: corsair h60) be better?
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November 15, 2011 3:08:24 AM

You'll probably want the 550ti, some video editing programs will take advantage of CUDA but Amd has nothing like it.
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November 15, 2011 3:14:00 AM

sceen311 said:
You'll probably want the 550ti, some video editing programs will take advantage of CUDA but Amd has nothing like it.


Do After Effects or Photoshop CS5 take advantage of CUDA?
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November 15, 2011 3:18:12 AM

yougotjaked said:
Do After Effects or Photoshop CS5 take advantage of CUDA?

yes after affects does, some photoshop filters will but that's pretty limited.
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November 15, 2011 3:25:55 AM

sceen311 said:
yes after affects does, some photoshop filters will but that's pretty limited.


Sweet I'll get a 550Ti then. Is the EVGA one good or is there a better model/manufacturer?
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November 15, 2011 3:25:58 AM

sam_fisher said:
Something like this would be good:

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

I have a Samsung Syncmaster 23" at home and it's massive. I do a bit of 3DS Max work and I've found 23" (or greater really) has been really handy.


Do you like your Samsung monitor? Or do you think I should get the Asus one?
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November 15, 2011 3:30:54 AM

Yeah I like it, nothing wrong with it, but I personally prefer the ASUS ones more because of their look.
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November 22, 2011 1:57:26 AM

Best answer selected by YouGotJaked.
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