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May 20, 2012 2:13:52 PM

Hi! This is my first post on these forums, so I wanted to ask a simple question! So I have recently been inspired to build my own computer through my friend's brother who built his own. I have done a bit of research and I came up with most of the parts I need to buy. Now, I'm just wondering if you think this is a good set-up for me:

1) I plan on video editing/rendering, playing Steam games that will probably include BattleField and Call of Duty, and Unity (basically a game creator engine)

Here is my build:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K2/8G
CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
VIDEO: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti Superclocked

I have still yet to decide what power supply I should get and what type/kind of CPU cooler I should get. I would really appreciate it if any of you kind people out there would help me with building my computer, switching out parts, etc.
Thanks for any help!

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May 20, 2012 2:26:50 PM

id suggest you also try looking at some AeroCool case products. im using the x-strike black but some of the new ones are more manageable to play around.
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May 20, 2012 2:29:54 PM

If you will not be overclocking to any significant level, ya can stick w/ the IB CPU.....otherwise I'd get a 2700k which will OC much better and run cooler while doing it.

$300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 off w/ promo code EMCNEJB26, ends 5/20

Video Editing likes fast / low CAS RAM and lots of it .... the extra speed, , despite popular opinion will carryover to gaming but ya can only expect a 2-5% increase there which can be hard to notice.

I'd at least do 8GB DDR3 - 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

If budget allows consider 16 GB 1866 or CAS 7

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

Chinsing out on the case is not a good idea.....I'd recommend the Corsair 500R w/ HX 850. The TX (saves $20) is an option if not seriously overclocking. The 850 watts will serve up to any 2 current generation single GPU GFX cards in SLI / CF

$125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're creating games, I'm thinking you will want to test them in SLI / CF

If budget is stopping you, the Antec Illusion would be my choice..... w/ a 550 - 650 watt PSU

$55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for GFX cards .....

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:


Card - Cost ( Single / 2-way SLI /CF ) $ / Frame - $ / Frame SLI/CF
GTX 680 - $ 500.00 ( 989 / 1578 ) $ 0.51 - $ 0.63
GTX 670 - $ 400.00 ( 917 / 1539 ) $ 0.44 - $ 0.52
670 DCII Cu TOP - $ 420.00 ( 999 / 1679 ) $ 0.42 - $ 0.50
7970 - $ 480.00 ( 872 / 1005 ) $ 0.55 - $ 0.96
7970 DCII Cu - $ 580.00 ( 924 / 1075 ) $ 0.63 - $ 1.08
7950 - $ 400.00 ( 746 / 960 ) $ 0.54 - $ 0.83
7950 - $ 400.00 ( 746 / 960 ) $ 0.54 - $ 0.83
7870 - $ 360.00 ( 701 / NA ) $ 0.51 - NA
7850 - $ 260.00 ( 596 / NA ) $ 0.44 - NA
7770 - $ 150.00 ( 375 / NA ) $ 0.40 - NA
7750 - $ 110.00 ( 291 / NA ) $ 0.38 - NA

For example, the Asus 670 DCII TOP costs $420 and gets 999 fps in the game test suite at $0.42 per frame in a single card configuration and gets 1679 in SLI at a cost of $0.50 per frame.

Note the AMD card numbers are somewhat skewed for CF as the cards could not run two of the games in the test suite in CF configurations. I expect this will be corrected in future driver release,
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May 20, 2012 2:31:12 PM

for power supply, a decent quality 500W will do the job, the XFX core 550W should be a good one to look into, it's pretty cheap too! (al least in the UK :p ) are you planning on gonig SLI/crossfire later on? your chosen motherboard supports it and you would have to buy a PSU with extra PCI connectors if you are thinknig of going down that route.

again, depending on the budget where you live, an AMD 7770 might be better value than the 550 Ti you have chosen.
May 20, 2012 3:09:55 PM

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JackNaylorPE said:
If you will not be overclocking to any significant level, ya can stick w/ the IB CPU.....otherwise I'd get a 2700k which will OC much better and run cooler while doing it.

$300 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 off w/ promo code EMCNEJB26, ends 5/20

Video Editing likes fast / low CAS RAM and lots of it .... the extra speed, , despite popular opinion will carryover to gaming but ya can only expect a 2-5% increase there which can be hard to notice.

I'd at least do 8GB DDR3 - 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-233-186^20-233-186-TS%2C20-233-196^20-233-196-TS%2C20-233-199^20-233-199-TS

If budget allows consider 16 GB 1866 or CAS 7

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

Chinsing out on the case is not a good idea.....I'd recommend the Corsair 500R w/ HX 850. The TX (saves $20) is an option if not seriously overclocking. The 850 watts will serve up to any 2 current generation single GPU GFX cards in SLI / CF

$125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you're creating games, I'm thinking you will want to test them in SLI / CF

If budget is stopping you, the Antec Illusion would be my choice..... w/ a 550 - 650 watt PSU

$55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for GFX cards .....

Guru3D uses the following games in their test suite: Hard Reset, COD-MW2, Far Cry 2, ANNO 1404, Metro 2033, ANNO 2070, BFBC2, BF3, Crysis 2, AvP, Lost Planet 2. Total fps (summing fps in each game @ 1920 x 1200) for the various options in parenthesis (single card / SL or CF) are tabulated below along with their cost in dollars per frame single card - CF or SLI:


Card - Cost ( Single / 2-way SLI /CF ) $ / Frame - $ / Frame SLI/CF
GTX 680 - $ 500.00 ( 989 / 1578 ) $ 0.51 - $ 0.63
GTX 670 - $ 400.00 ( 917 / 1539 ) $ 0.44 - $ 0.52
670 DCII Cu TOP - $ 420.00 ( 999 / 1679 ) $ 0.42 - $ 0.50
7970 - $ 480.00 ( 872 / 1005 ) $ 0.55 - $ 0.96
7970 DCII Cu - $ 580.00 ( 924 / 1075 ) $ 0.63 - $ 1.08
7950 - $ 400.00 ( 746 / 960 ) $ 0.54 - $ 0.83
7950 - $ 400.00 ( 746 / 960 ) $ 0.54 - $ 0.83
7870 - $ 360.00 ( 701 / NA ) $ 0.51 - NA
7850 - $ 260.00 ( 596 / NA ) $ 0.44 - NA
7770 - $ 150.00 ( 375 / NA ) $ 0.40 - NA
7750 - $ 110.00 ( 291 / NA ) $ 0.38 - NA

For example, the Asus 670 DCII TOP costs $420 and gets 999 fps in the game test suite at $0.42 per frame in a single card configuration and gets 1679 in SLI at a cost of $0.50 per frame.

Note the AMD card numbers are somewhat skewed for CF as the cards could not run two of the games in the test suite in CF configurations. I expect this will be corrected in future driver release,

Wow... thanks for all of the help! So here are the few things I have to say:
1) I think I will stick with the Ivy Bridge processor.
2)I'm switching over to the RAM that you chose.

I will try and pick a new video card, but in the meantime, I would appreciate anyone else helping me out on this topic! Thanks!
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