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Need help putting together a gaming/Avid editing system

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April 25, 2012 4:01:41 AM

Hi all,

Looking at putting together a new build as my current setup is really starting to show it's age.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next week or two to gather parts and build

Budget Range: $800-1500 (Would prefer to stay on the lower side so my wife doesn't stab me in the face but would also like to future proof as much as possible. My low of $800 would be minus an SSD and using my current drives iinstead.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Logitech Keyboard, Logitech G700 Mouse, Antec 900 Case, Corsair 750TX PSU, Westinghouse L2410NM, 2x 500GB WD Hd's

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, anything else reputable and priced well

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Avid Media Composer systems require Intel Processors and Nvidia GPU's so those are a neccesity. Outside of that, I'm open.

Overclocking: Slight and mild - GPU & Mem more so than CPU

SLI or Crossfire: Possible but would prefer single GPU with the option to add

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (IPS prefered)

Additional Comments: This is going to be my home system that I am going to use for video editing and gaming mostly. I am a professional editor but don't necessarily need a full professional editing suite for my house as I work on systems provided to me for my jobs. I would however like to be able to edit HD codecs from this system and do plan on using two 24" monitors and a 40" HDTV as my reference monitor. Was looking at the i5's cost wise as they seem to be fine for gaming but wondering if the i7's would be best for hyper threading capabilities.

For gaming I'm looking to only play on one 1920x1200 monitor at the moment but may upgrade to 2560x1440 in the distant future and will sometimes be using my HDTV.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
April 25, 2012 5:15:34 AM

Whoops... forgot to add my cut and paste of the parts I had in mind:

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" ($328)

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($55+tax)

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($190+tax)

GPU: EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB ($500+tax)

PSU: Ivy Bridge i7 or i5??? Price=???

SSD (May hold off on at the moment): Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive ($290+tax)