First Build, <$1800 Video Editing/Gaming

Hi all,

First Build, looking to for under $1800 for a video editing/gaming pc. This would be my first build, so I also want to make sure the parts I have are compatible.

Plan to purchase: May 12-ish

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Reasons to buy: 1) I do a lot of programming with 1080 HD videos in matlab. I hope to leave my desktop at home and remotely access it everyday from my research lab.
2) gaming

Preferred Website(s): newegg, microcenter in minneapolis
Location: Minneapolis, Mn

Overclocking: Yes, but with caution. I've read IB OC'ing is unstable

Crossfire: Possibly in the long future.

Preferred Parts: IB i7, at least 16GB of RAM

Proposed Parts:

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 $290

Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LGA 1155 Z77 ATX $210

GPU: MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 $350

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 $114

PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX750W 80 PLUS SILVER Certified $146

Case: Corsair Graphite series 600T Mid-Tower Gaming Case BLACK $155

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5'' Internal $110

SSD: OCZ Technology Petrol 128GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5'' Internal $90

CPU Air Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35

CD/DVD: Lite-ON 24x SATA DVD Burner $18

Other thoughts:
1) I really like this mobo because of the added in wi-fi. My system will not be near a router so I will have to use wi-fi anyway.
2) My system will be constantly running/analyzing HD videos when I am not using it for gaming. With that said, my PSU still might be overkill... but I am still kind of confused on how much leeway room I should give my system.
3) I am also considering buying a UPS since I will be remotely accessing my system everyday and want a backup in case there is a power outage. I am unsure how much power my system will need but am looking at an APC 1000VA 600W UPS for $150 from newegg:

TOTAL: ~$1,670

Thanks again for your comments!
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  1. That looks really good - the only thing I would change would be your SSD - OCZ doesn't exactly have the best reputation on the market. Pay a bit more and get a Crucial M4, Samsung 830 or Plextor PX-M3.

    The UPS is definitely a good idea but you shouldn't include that in your system budget - you can always get that after you get your build up and running.
  2. Thanks for your input again g-unit111! Yeah I figured there was a reason the OCZ is so cheap in price. I look into getting a Crucial M4 128GB for $125 at newegg.
  3. I'd also consider swapping the 5400 rpm HDD for a faster 7200 unit. Better yet, a 7200 driver with SATA III. If I'm not mistaken, all their "green" drives are 5400.

    I'm looking at the same CPU / MB combo.
  4. I'll look into going down to a 1TB HDD with 7200 for the same price. If I ever need more disk space I will have plenty of room to add more. Thanks.
  5. Best answer
    Those tall heat spreaders on that Corsair RAM is going to impede that CM EVO. You want low profile RAM. $114.99 FREE SHIPPING
    G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO $138.98 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair HX Professional Series 750-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Core i7 and Core i5 - CMPSU-750HX

    Here's a case worth looking at. Build in multi channel fan controller, dust filters, LED on/off, etc... you name it and this case has it. $114.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Corsair Carbide Series 500R Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011012-WW <----- another look at that case

    Like g-unit pointed out...those OCZ SSD's have a bad rep. $118.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  6. Why_me, thanks for addressing the RAM clearance issue. I've read that the CM EVO can cause clearance problems. If the GSkill Ares are going to fit, then I will go with those.

    The 500R case looks nice. My main requirements are a case with removable dust filters and one that would fit the CM EVO. The 500R comes with two front fans, a rear fan, and a side fan. Would you recommend I buy at least one exhaust fan for the top also?

    And your PSU and SSD recommendations look good also.
  7. jord2438 said:
    Thanks for your input again g-unit111! Yeah I figured there was a reason the OCZ is so cheap in price. I look into getting a Crucial M4 128GB for $125 at newegg.

    It's mainly due to the Sandforce controller - anything that is Sandforce based (and I have one so I'm speaking from experience) is more likely to give you issues and errors than any Marvell-based drive like the Crucial M4, Plextor PX-M3, or Samsung 830 would.
  8. I see. I read up some more on Sandforce vs Marvell, and its no surprise there are mixed reviews on both. But it looks like I will stick with the Crucial M4, since I have seen a lot of good reviews for it and its cheap.
  9. I know you've said the OS is not a requirement, but I'd suggest going with at least Windows 7 Professional which gives you access to the fantastic Remote Desktop support that Windows has. I haven't seen any remote access solution with better performance in my experience.
  10. Yeah, I am a college student and I am able to get Win7 Pro for free.
  11. Looks pretty good. Other than what others have said the only think I would add is to consider moving up to a SB-E platform as Matlab will eat up the extra cores, plus there is added space for more ram on most SB-E boards. But at the same time IB has some great features and I am sure it would do just fine.
  12. I was debating IB vs a 6 core SB-E. Based on tom's hardware review using matlab of the i7 3960X SB-E,3075-5.html
    the margins aren't high enough for me to spend almost 3 times as much money. Even though they do not review the i7 3930k SB-E; based on the benchmarks of the 3960X I personally cannot justify to spend $500 on the 3930k, which is also going to drive up my electricity bill. Thanks for the suggestion though.
  13. Best answer selected by jord2438.
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