Compatability Check/Advice On $800 Video Editing/3d/Gaming PC

My current incredibly weak $300 computer has pissed me off way to much, so I'm planning on building my own. Keep in mind I am 16 so don't get too techy with me. This is also my first build.


Approximate Purchase Date: Early to mid April.

Budget Range: $800 and under

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3d Work, Rendering, Video Editing, Gaming ( All at relatively same importance)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Two oldish Hard drives (350gb and 250 gb), Monitor, Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm going to my local Microcenter. http://www.microcenter.com

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Nvidia Video Card, Intel CPU, Asus Motherboard, Mid-Tower Case.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future.

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: This computer needs to last a long time.
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What I have so far:

CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k LG 1155 - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589]

Motherboard - Asus P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371775]

RAM - Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0347306]

Video Card - EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0381819]

PSU - Thermaltake TR2 Series 600 Watt ATX Power Supply - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365238]

Case - Cooler Master HAF912 Mid Tower ATX Computer Case - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0343331]

OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0361170]

Questions:

1. First of all I'd like to know if it will all even work together?
2. Will this all last for a long time?
3. Is the power supply good enough and trustworthy?
4. Instead of spending $100 on the OS, should I get the Windows 8 Consumer Version and wait till October for Windows 7 prices to drop, or maybe upgrade to Windows 8?
5. Anything I can do to get it cheaper but still powerful?
6. Will it all fit in the case?
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  1. Yes, everything is compatible. I have Win. 8. It's OK, but incompatible with some programs. It's very good. Also, if you buy from MC, they'll give $50 off the motherboard, so the motherboard is actually cheaper. But, get this mobo instead:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988

    Pcie 3.0 and will let you SLI in the future.

    You can get an i5 2400 and invest in a better GPU like the 6870.
    And the RAM? Here's the same RAM, but without the hassle of a rebate:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360526
  2. Hi! Welcome to the forums.

    Good build! I like it. I do however have a few tweaks to suggest.

    -Go with this motherboard instead: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0384988 Ordering it online might make more sense since you don't have to pay sales tax. Your call.

    -The GTX 460 is a good choice. However, the one you selected is a neutered 192-bit version. Don't get it, it's performance will not be as good as a full 256-bit version.
    Instead, I'd recommend picking up a 6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948 I suggest ordering it, as it's $30 cheaper on Newegg without even factoring in sales tax.

    -The ram you selected is 1.65V RAM. Sandy Bridge CPU's are designed to operate with 1.5-1.6v RAM. If you use 1.65v, you run the risk of burning out your CPU. The chance is slight but it's still there. Get this ram: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0382101 Save $10 and have peace of mind.

    -Thermaltake's TR2 series of PSUs are not the best. I would swap the PSU for this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256061 Again from Newegg, where the price is lower.

    Your case and CPU selection are excellent, however. Questions!
    1. With the tweaks I suggested above, it should be just fine.
    2. This depends on your definition. Will it continue functioning in 5 years? Yes. Will it be blazing fast and play the latest games? No.
    3. See above.
    4. Not sure, this is your call. I sometimes wear an eyepatch when acquiring my OS.
    5. Nope, this is an excellent combination.
    6. Yes.
  3. I don't know about the AMD card, not because i'm an nvidia fanboy (which i'm not. But some video editing/rendering profit from CUDA, and since only nvidia cards have CUDA, you might want to check if the software you use profits from it.
  4. Well, he says 3D work, so he'll probably benefit from CUDA.
  5. striker410,

    Wow that's pretty good advice, I might consider buying some parts from Newegg. But with the AMD Video Card... I can't use because I use Blender for 3d and the new render engine only works with Nvidia and CUDA. So I'll see about going for a better Nvidia Card, maybe the Gtx 560?
  6. The 560 is good. Same price as the 6870 and the same performance.
  7. Ah, gotcha. Guess my head wasn't screwed on straight at the time ;)

    I have a 3 tiered pricing approach for you. The cheapest is the GTX 460 256-bit, the most expensive a GTX 560 Ti. performance scales with price for the most part. I would avoid the GTX 460 though, as it's a "hunter class" (Nvidia's words, not mine) card which focuses on gaming performance at the expensive of Compute performance.

    GTX 460 $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130752
    GTX 560 $180
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127592
    GTX 560 Ti $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187150

    Pick what's best for you. 560 or 560 Ti are my recommendations though.
  8. I'll probably get the 560, because of the 50 dollars off on motherboard.
    Thank you both striker410 and obsama1.
  9. No problem.
  10. Good luck with your build! If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a PM.
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