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About to buy parts $1000 build Music,Video,Gaming - Feedback?

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November 27, 2011 10:41:45 PM

Hey guys,

I've been researching for a while on a good computer build.

from most to least important: Music Production, Video Editing, Gaming

I'm Pretty sure on these parts, But would love to get any impute if there should be any changes or better options, before I buy the parts.

My budget is $1000

The Parts I have decided on:

Motherboard:ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Intel-Core-i5-2500K-3-3-GHz...

Ram & Power Supply: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB, COOLER MASTER GX Series RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Video Card: GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disk: Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB Internal Serial ATA
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+Caviar+Bl...

also:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R1 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I haven't picked an optical drive, or a case yet.

any recommendations?

I will probably go over budget a little, if it means a cooler case

Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks
George T.








November 27, 2011 10:59:24 PM

I know you chose a combo with the ram and psu but Cooler Master is not known for good psu's , the video card is sort of on the low side but if you don't expect to do any heavy gaming or play at anything more than medium settings then you could be ok.

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Continuous Power Supply
$79.99 and a $25 rebate for $54.99.

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

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9B $51.99.

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

This is a better combo and it is $3 cheaper.
November 27, 2011 11:06:42 PM

I think i'll make the switch with the power supply and ram. Thanks

What would you recommend as a step up for the video card ?
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November 27, 2011 11:08:51 PM

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$239.99 and a $20 rebate.

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

This would be a much better card if you could manage to get it into your budget.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $79.99 and a $20 rebate for $59.99.

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

This is a nice case.
November 27, 2011 11:09:53 PM

Make sure you buy a power cord. The PSU doesn't come with one.
November 27, 2011 11:42:38 PM

Cool thanks
November 27, 2011 11:43:14 PM

I'm not sure about the hard disk I chose. Any better options?
November 28, 2011 12:22:02 AM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7502AAEX 750GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $179.99

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

I don't know what you didn't like about the hdd you chose but to me it was a sata2 hdd with a 32mb cache. This hdd is more , since as we all know that hdd prices have gone up quite a bit so the drives are more expensive , this one is a sata3 hdd with a 64mb cache.
November 28, 2011 8:36:47 AM

What audio interface are you planning on using? If you're doing a lot of music work, you're going to need an ASIO-compatible audio interface. Unless CReative has changed, they disabled ASIO functionality in 64-bit windows. If you're planning on using a firewire audio interface, you're going to need a Texas Instruments- chipset based firewire card.
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