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February 22, 2012 3:15:38 PM

I've built a PC once before (currently have a core 2 duo setup), and Im pretty good at doing my research, but I am just seeing if there is anything on my build I should change that may be better and/or cheaper without sacrificing quality/performance. Here is my newegg wishlist...



Keep in mind I am already over my budget, which is ok, so if anything I would like to save money. Ignore the tools/accessories as I need those, unless you recommend something cheaper. Thanks!

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February 22, 2012 3:28:28 PM

Hi there! Welcome to the forums.
Not bad! There are however a few things that need to be changed.
-You have 2 DVD drives! Drop one of them, and see if you can grab the other in a combo with something else.
-You have a big beefy CPU cooler and Thermal paste for a non overclockable CPU. The stock Intel heatsink will be just fine.
-Your mobo is a little overkill, since you're only running one card on a low wattage PSU. Try this one for size: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-Grab this PSU instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... You'll see why in a minute.
-Why Windows 7 pro? If you need the extra few features that's fine, if not save $40 and grab Home Premium.
-Change the GPU to this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... About double the performance of the 6770. With the changes above, you should certainly be able to swing it.

Could you give a bit more information about what the build is for? http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... It'll help me make better suggestions, as I'll know exactly what you need it for.

Cheers!
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February 22, 2012 3:32:18 PM

Yes, I agree with striker410, you will find MUCH better performance with a 6870.

I you find the 6870 a little too expensive, you could always go with a 6850 instead.

Other that that good build, and good suggestions striker.
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February 22, 2012 3:35:50 PM

Thanks for the input. The build is for a combination of web design/video editing/gaming. I actually prefer not to change the motherboard at the very least as I'm wanting to future proof the build as much as I can because I do plan on eventually upgrading the CPU to overclock, which is why I chose the Zalman fan. I'm wanting a good base I can build off of in the future so I don't have to do a completely new build.
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February 22, 2012 3:39:17 PM

Fluxman84 said:
Thanks for the input. The build is for a combination of web design/video editing/gaming. I actually prefer not to change the motherboard at the very least as I'm wanting to future proof the build as much as I can because I do plan on eventually upgrading the CPU to overclock, which is why I chose the Zalman fan. I'm wanting a good base I can build off of in the future so I don't have to do a completely new build.

Alright, that makes sense. Why don't you buy a CPU cooler when you get the new CPU then? Your money would be much better spent on a GPU that you can use now.
What programs do you use to video edit? Do they benefit from CUDA?
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February 22, 2012 4:08:00 PM

At the moment using Sony Vegas Pro 10 which runs decent on my current rig. But I'm wanting to get Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects (did try the trials) but they both run too slow on my PC, especially after effects it takes forever to render anything.

Yeah I think I can wait on the cooler for now which will cut down the cost.
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February 22, 2012 4:19:59 PM

Unless you are doing advanced work, there isn't much reason to go CUDA. You can if you want, the benefit will just be small.
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February 22, 2012 4:28:52 PM

Yeah I wont be doing anything to advanced, Its more of a hobby than anything.

Thanks again for the advice. I'm gonna get home premium, grab the other PSU considering its the same price and drop the cooler/thermal paste and the dvd drive. Going to debate on the video card. Even though I lowered the price I could swing the card, but that lower price looks nice haha.
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February 22, 2012 4:33:58 PM

Ok wow, huge difference for not much of a price difference. Sold!
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