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January 29, 2012 12:45:18 PM

I was thinking about going with the i7 sandybridge but think I might just stick with the i5 2500k. Here are the parts I've selected so far. I'd love to get some input from the community on if you think this is a good build or would recommend better alternative parts for around the same price. Thanks so much!

I'll be using this machine for Video Edits, usual computer work and to play some BF3. Thanks again!



CPU: i5 2500k - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 229.99

MOBO: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 121.99

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR2 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 49.99

GPU: ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Video Card with VGA/DVI/HDMI, ENGTX550 TI DC/DI/1GD5

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RJJN9Y/ref=ox_sc_a... - 129.99 (Would like to get opinions on this card)


HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - Hard drive - 250 GB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-300 - 7200 rpm - buffer: 16 MB, ST3250820AS

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-7200-10-interna... - 64.00

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms - CMPSU-650TXV2

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LB5AZY/ref=ox_sc_a... - 89.98

CASE: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior (SGC-1000-KWN1)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WK3KKQ/ref=ox_sc_a... -

89.64

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

99.99

SYSTEM BUILD TOTAL: $872.96
January 29, 2012 12:51:03 PM

Since you are video editing, I recommend the i7-2600k. Hyper-threading is really useful in video editing.
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January 29, 2012 1:13:28 PM

Upgrade to at least a 560Ti to play BF3 at any reasonable settings (if you want to stay nVidia) - also, what's your resolution? I imagine high as you're doing video editing.

Here's a Gigabyte card for $209 ($189 after rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Extreme3 doesn't have an internal USB3.0 header, so the usb3 ports on the front of the storm enforcer won't work. So either drop down a case level or buy the Extreme4, which does have the header. (I just used the storm enforcer for a gift build and loved it, so I recommend the second option.)
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January 29, 2012 1:22:29 PM

Thanks for the input so far guys! I should say my video editing is just for personal videos and nothing extreme. I just edit some video with Windows Movie maker and upload to youtube. So you guys think an AMD card would be better than Nvidea? If so, which AMD card would you choose over the Nvidea for around the same price?
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January 29, 2012 1:24:33 PM

The 6870 is about $160.
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January 29, 2012 1:35:27 PM

Ok so far looking at switching a couple things. Maybe get some more input on this

Upgrading mobo to: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (184.00)

And swapping the Nvidea card which is here

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RJJN9Y/ref=ox_sc_a...

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (194.00) after rebate

Everything else look good to you guys? I'm hoping the cooling is ok in this setup. I don't plan on overclocking anything but if I do I'll probably need some more than the stock cooler.
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January 29, 2012 1:39:55 PM

If you want a better cooler, I'd go with some flavor of the cooler master 212 (+, Evo, etc).

Any particular reason for the 2gb card? You could save $50 to go with the 1gb card (I'd go with http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ).
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January 29, 2012 1:42:36 PM

No, no reason for the 2gb card. I just assumed its performance would be better for playing Bf3. That's a pretty good price for the card you posted and I'll just take the difference and grab a cheap DVD writer which I forgot to list. Thanks for the cooling tip as well!
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January 29, 2012 1:50:21 PM

joez430 said:
No, no reason for the 2gb card. I just assumed its performance would be better for playing Bf3. That's a pretty good price for the card you posted and I'll just take the difference and grab a cheap DVD writer which I forgot to list. Thanks for the cooling tip as well!


It would likely be slightly better at higher texture levels/details - but at good res, the 6870 can't really push those details anyhow. (The 560ti can't really either - you have to get into 6950/6970 or 570/580 to do that.)
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January 29, 2012 2:06:01 PM

de5_Roy said:
if you have access to microcenter:
Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $180
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


+1 to that - also, if you buy the 2500k and the Extreme4 together (they have it for $184.99 as well), you get an extra $50 off - so it's $100 cheaper than newegg for both together. I just was at the one in Cincinnati yesterday.
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February 8, 2012 11:12:10 AM

Best answer selected by joez430.
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February 8, 2012 5:19:34 PM

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