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December 14, 2011 1:10:40 PM

I am building for mostly a downloading/uploading, media streaming, video editing system. I am using some existing components, they are...

(2) 1TB Harddrives
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
CD/DVD Writer

I will be purchasing...

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT Case
Intel i5-2500K
MSI Z68A-G43
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 PSU
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 HSF
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G SSD

Any thoughts on this setup would be appreciated.

Thank You

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December 14, 2011 1:18:28 PM

The HD 5750 is a bit unbalanced with an overclocked 2500k, but I don't see you are doing much gaming so it won't matter.

MB - I would go with the Gigabyte below before the MSI, but that is more personal preference over functionality. Same price...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Not sure if you are debating on upgrading components down the road, but the XFX PRO850W is $5 more than the TX650w. Both good units...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Swap the 212+ for the newer 212 EVO...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 14, 2011 4:05:01 PM

The Gigabyte MB doesn't have USB 3 so that was a deciding factor.

The PSU is actually costing me $94.99 so the one you suggested is actually $25 more.

I swapped your suggested HSF for my original one.

Thanks.



Anyone have any other opinions? Probably will purchase in a few hours, once my latest New Egg Payment hits.
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December 14, 2011 4:27:06 PM

cparker5 said:
I am building for mostly a downloading/uploading, media streaming, video editing system. I am using some existing components, they are...

(2) 1TB Harddrives
XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
CD/DVD Writer

I will be purchasing...

NZXT Phantom PHAN-001WT Case
Intel i5-2500K
MSI Z68A-G43
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 PSU
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 HSF
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G SSD

Any thoughts on this setup would be appreciated.

Thank You


I know your a video editer so you like flashy stuff but that case for 125 you could get one for 50 and then upgrade your PSU and possibly graphics card to help your editing.
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December 14, 2011 4:29:13 PM

MB - With USB 3.0 other options would be with the ASUS P8Z68 ($125) or ASRock Z68M/USB3 ($90).
ASUS => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASROCK => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - The XFX PRO850W has a $30 rebate bringing the price down to $90. Either would be fine. For the sake of another option, the XFX PRO650w is $60 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Enjoy that rig!
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December 14, 2011 4:39:37 PM

phipps05 said:
I know your a video editer so you like flashy stuff but that case for 125 you could get one for 50 and then upgrade your PSU and possibly graphics card to help your editing.

Well if I went that route I would need to upgrade the PSU first, as most likely a better GPU would require more power.

However, I did initially have a $60 case in my build but I kept coming back to the fact this is what I have to look at all the time, so I felt something nice looking was worth it. I wouldn't be opposed to seeing some alternatives, but I really would want a decent looking case.

I don't mind even adding in another $200ish to the build if it makes sense. If you think I need to update my GPU for the purpose I want to use this system for please feel free to give me a couple choices.

Or also, if I had another $200 to spend on this system, how would you improve it?
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December 14, 2011 4:47:13 PM

sadams04 said:
MB - With USB 3.0 other options would be with the ASUS P8Z68 ($125) or ASRock Z68M/USB3 ($90).
ASUS => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASROCK => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - The XFX PRO850W has a $30 rebate bringing the price down to $90. Either would be fine. For the sake of another option, the XFX PRO650w is $60 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Enjoy that rig!

I wouldn't want that ASROCK because of the lack of UEFI as well as I am questionable on ASROCK as a brand, however I do like the additional SATA III device and Turbo Boost, so I will seriously consider adding that to the mix.

The XFX PRO850W seems like a really good deal and I will read more about it but that will probably make the final cut!
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December 14, 2011 4:55:37 PM

For an additional $200 it is all about the GPU as the other components are fine. A quality 650w PSU has plenty of power to handle that system plus a gaming GPU. Nvidia GPUs have higher CUDA cores which will benefit you while doing video editing. Maybe add a GTX 460 or 560...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 15, 2011 12:42:46 AM

Best answer selected by cparker5.
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