Hello, I'm new to building systems from scratch and I'm having difficulty deciding on which parts to buy in terms of performance and cost efficiency. This system is going to be used mainly for video editing and gaming in tandem, so I need to be able to play games on the highest graphics setting and then edit in HD.
Approximate Purchase Date: April 29th-April 30th.
Budget Range: 1000-1200 Before Rebates
System Usage: HD Video Editing, Gaming
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Greytech.com (or another recommended site, post if you have one based on my location.)
Parts Preferences: None, which ever is most cost efficient and will get the job done well.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: Looks are not important at all, should be quiet to silent.
Not even sure if these parts will work together, but they seem like the most cost efficient ones I could find relative to what I need. I'm not too sure what kind of video card would be optimal for my budget and requirements for it, nor do I know what kind of power supply to get. Casing is going to rely on the ladder. I'm planning on overclocking once I've got the system down. Will be running on Windows 7 64-bit.
Mainly looking for recommendations on what parts I should buy, where I should focus my budget on and where to take from, and if the parts available to me aren't the best.
Hmmm... first of all, what games are you going to play? At what resolution? Anyway, I'm going to stick with a rather moderate GPU (I mean, it'll max out any game out there, but it's not the best) in favor of CPU/RAM for intensive tasks.
This is pretty much an ideal build. Everything here is good, and I picked the 2600k because some/many editing programs utilize it. Are you going to overclock? I'm assuming you are.
An SSD for boot and certain apps.. this was a stretch to get in there, but I think it's worth it. 60GB of Mushkin Cronos quality.
If you're not going to use hyper-threading at all, then get the i5-2500k. Also, I have 2x8GB sticks of RAM to allow for more RAM at a later time, should you need it. If you want 4 sticks, it would drop the price $40. Also, another fan for the Hyper 212 Evo for a push/pull will get the CPU temperatures very low.
I wouldn't use that video card by the way. Both Avid and Adobe work better with Nvidia cards, and there are some of them in that same price which should work pretty well (like the 560ti with 448 cuda cores).