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Help on my Gaming/Video Editing 2012 Build!

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February 20, 2012 11:15:38 PM

Hey dudes, first time on Tom's Hardware, but I saw via Google that many PC builds get scrutinized and reviewed on this site, so I decided to give it a go as I also have inquiries on building a gaming rig for myself. So here goes.

DISCLAIMER: These components were picked by my friend, who's a computer geek, and myself, but you guys are the experts so please make suggestions of your own! I don't prefer performance over price, but I do want efficiency, so I want my money's worth (this is probably a given)


Approximate Purchase Date: April-May (I know it's far, but hopefully these parts won't be obsolete by then?)

Budget Range: I'm fine with anything, but $1200-$1400 (maybe even $1500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing/Rendering, 3D Rendering, Surfing, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard (Although you can suggest one too, this keyboard's getting old)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, microcenter.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Fine with either NVIDIA or AMD for GPUs, prefer Intel for processors, rest is up to you guys.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Eventually, but initially, no.

Monitor Resolution: 1600:900

Additional Comments: Quiet, fast preferred, but again, I'm looking for performance. I want to keep this PC for years, with occasional upgrades.


What I'm looking at:


CPU: I'm looking at either an Intel i5 2500k 3.3gHz or i7 2600k, because I hear hyperthreading is mega-useful for rendering and stuff.
2500k ($229.99 @ Micro Center):http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589
2600k ($279.99 @ Micro Center):http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354587

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($189.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

Memory: My friend told me not to get RAM with fins, do you guys recommend this as well?
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBSR ($42.99 @ Newegg):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231417

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($169.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

SSD: Should I go 64gb, or 128gb? I'm looking at 128gb atm. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ($159.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Video Card: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III PE/OC Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity ($299.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127575

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0 ($99.99 @ Newegg): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Power Supply: ModXStream Pro 700W Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Micro Center): http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301550

Optical Drive: Don't really know about these, suggest one! :) 

TOTAL PRICE: i7 2600k: $1332.22 & i5 2500k: $1282.92

Thanks in advance!!

Other: I do need a new mouse, and sound system, so please feel free to suggest one for those as well!
February 28, 2012 10:26:59 PM

looks like a pretty good build. the hyperthreading from an i7 would help in video editing. it is pretty useless in most games, however, so depending on how you are going to balance video editing vs videogaming invest accordingly. i think the asus mobo, although it is excellent, is a bit expensive, you could save on that and invest more heavily in videocard which tends to be the bottleneck in games. i put together sub-$1k and sub-$1.6k gaming builds on my blog. check em out: www.rightrig.tumblr.com
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