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Gaming/Multimedia/Music Production/Video Editing Rig for ~$1000

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March 8, 2012 8:41:05 PM

So I've built a couple of systems in the past that have turned out OK, but not great, so I thought I'd ask some people with experience what they think of my proposed system before I pull the trigger.

My primary uses are going to be casual 3D gaming, watching HD video, intensive multi-tasking, and using Ableton Live!/Reason for music production. I eventually plan on getting into video production as well and intend on using the Adobe Suite. I'm also planning on running the computer with OSX (this is the reason for the VGA choice) in addition to WIN7, so that's a consideration as well. Ideally, I'd like the system to last a good five years or so.

Here's the hardware that I've landed on:

CPU: Intel i7-2600k $325
Mobo: MSI P67A-G45 (B3) ATX Intel Motherboard $103 AR
RAM: Kingston 8GB PC3-10600 HyperX Blu DDR3-1333 X 2 $42
VGA: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB $160
HDD:
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB $130
Case: IN WIN BUC 101 Black SEEC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $95
PSU: ????????
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner $16

As you can see, I'm not sure about the PSU. I don't really know what the power requirements are for a system like this. I was guessing something like 550W, but again, I'm not sure. I'm trying to keep costs down as much as possible, so the cheaper the better.

I was also wondering about the CPU. Is it worth getting the i7-2600k over the i5-2500k? Does the performance increase justify the 30 % price premium. I'm guessing it becomes most relevant when doing video rendering and such.

I was thinking about adding in a 60 GB SSD as a boot drive. Worth it? I've seen some go for $60. Perhaps get that and go with the 2500k instead of the 2600k?

I also know that the new Ivy Bridge architecture is coming out in April. Do you think it's worth waiting for or should I just get the 2600k/2500k?

Thanks in advance!
March 8, 2012 10:00:15 PM

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I was thinking about adding in a 60 GB SSD as a boot drive. Worth it? I've seen some go for $60. Perhaps get that and go with the 2500k instead of the 2600k?


That couldn't hurt. You do not want a 5900 RPM drive as your primary - that will be a major lag - the $60 SSDs are not worth it - they're usually from low tiered vendors like OCZ and Patriot. Go with this if you do:

Looks good except for the motherboard and case.

Go with this for your motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then this for your case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 8, 2012 10:18:56 PM

g-unit1111 said:

That couldn't hurt. You do not want a 5900 RPM drive as your primary - that will be a major lag - the $60 SSDs are not worth it - they're usually from low tiered vendors like OCZ and Patriot. Go with this if you do:

Looks good except for the motherboard and case.

Go with this for your motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then this for your case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The HDD is a 7200 RPM drive. As for the mobo, is there some reason you prefer the Z68 chipset over the P67A? I'm assuming that's why you suggested the ASRock. Also, I'm looking for a suggestion for a PSU. Thanks!

PS There didn't seem to be any link after the comment about the SSD.
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March 9, 2012 7:21:01 PM

MaelstromMaster said:
The HDD is a 7200 RPM drive. As for the mobo, is there some reason you prefer the Z68 chipset over the P67A? I'm assuming that's why you suggested the ASRock. Also, I'm looking for a suggestion for a PSU. Thanks!

PS There didn't seem to be any link after the comment about the SSD.


Oops, forgot to put a suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Z68 will support a lot more of the newer hardware than P67 will - either one is fine, but I also do not like MSI - I've had way more than a few bad motherboards from them, that's why I suggested Asrock. I have the most success with Gigabyte and Asus, I've never had any luck with MSI - I had their 870A-G45 board and it died on me after three days, that's it for me for MSI.
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