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May 6, 2012 11:03:40 PM

Here's the build I need a little advice on. Will they work together? Are they the best parts for the money? Anything I can swap out to drop the price a little more? I started with a $1700 build and was able to drop it to under $1500.

Approximate Purchase Date: Just waiting on my tax return, so I should be getting this within a week or so.

Budget Range: as far below $1500 before rebates as possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video editing, gaming, photo editing, daily internet use

Parts Not Required: keyboard and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I prefer Newegg because I have Shoprunner, but I'm open to save money.

Country: US

Parts Preferences: I'm pretty set on Intel, but I'm open to save money on everything else.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not.

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: This will be my very first build so I don't know a whole lot about building and even less about components. I've been reading through the forums, reading blogs, and been watching videos. I just want to make sure I have the best parts for the best price.

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Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $89.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge $309.99

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 $139.99

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) $249.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $79.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB $109.99

SSD: ADATA S510 Series 120GB - OEM $104.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W $89.99

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99

Monitor: Acer - S2 Series 23" Widescreen Flat-Panel LED Monitor - Glossy Black $169.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $17.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $99.99

Total Price: $1493
May 7, 2012 12:21:37 AM

If you're not SLIng, get a 550W PSU.
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May 7, 2012 12:31:26 AM

Get the i7 3770K. Do you live near a microcenter, because the i7 there is dirt cheap there.
http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

The PSU ain't bad but for futureproofability(did I just make up a word? LOL), get 600W, since 550W is a tad bit low. Yes it power everything, but in the future, you if you upgrade your GPU/CPU, you don't want to get a new PSU along with those parts. Always get more than you need with a PSU. 50-75W more than you need is a good choice.
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May 7, 2012 12:32:37 AM

Microcenter also gives $50 off the motherboard.
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May 7, 2012 12:44:25 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($354.48 @ eCost)
CPU Cooler: Corsair CAFA50 61.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar TZ77B ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($107.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.93 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($507.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1515.23
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-06 20:44 EDT-0400)
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May 7, 2012 1:12:52 AM

for professional video editing these parts r very inportant

1 Most powerful cpu that u can afford
2 Lots of good ram ( 16 gb will be ok)
3 A professional quality monitor ( doesnt mean that u will have to buy one of those as the r very costly. Those will eat ur whole budget)
4 Graphic tablet ( optional)
5 color calibration software.
6. Stable mother board
If u r not a serious gamer the a mid range card will suffix ( better spend ur money on the above parts).
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May 7, 2012 1:15:09 AM

Thanks guys for the response.

azeem/obsama: I just did a run through of all the 550w PSUs on Newegg and considering the price difference and obsama's "futureproofability" (which webster needs to acknowledge if he hasn't already), I might stick with the 650w.

Unfortunately, the closest Microcenter is over 200 miles away. But, what's the difference between the 3770 and the 3770k? I'd be willing to swap out the 2600k for the 3770. It's only a $20 difference.

uvb - I'm gonna need some time to go through that individually, but it looks pretty good. Looks you allocated funds towards the 3770k. (captain obvious)
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May 7, 2012 1:22:12 AM

ajaxmaru - With uvb's allocations, I'd be able to get the 3770k. There are some things I will keep from my list though. A graphics tablet would be useful, I didn't think about that. What do you think about the monitor I picked out? Really I'm just starting to get into video editing. Once/if I start getting paid for it, I could upgrade to a better rig. But as a beginner I would like to start with a below "great" but better than "good" rig.
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May 7, 2012 3:02:01 AM

A 650w psu is cutting it to the bone for dual 560 ti's. If it were dual 6950's that would be different, but the 560 ti uses a lot more juice than the 6950. Here's a single card set up to have a look at. It allows you to add another 16GB of RAM later on (Windows Home Premium only see's 16GB total).


http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-Series-Mid-Tower-... $75.84 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Corsair Carbide Series 300R Mid-Tower Gaming Case - CC-9011014-WW

http://www.corsair.com/carbide-series-300r-compact-pc-g... <----- another look at that case

http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R... $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $434.98 save: $15.00
ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z75%20Pro3 <----- another look at that board

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2... $34.95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 FREE SHIPPING 15% off w/ promo code EMCNENF46, ends 5/10
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C10D-16GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-24xDVD-RW-Serial-Internal-DR... $17.99 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99 FREE SHIPPING
ADATA S510 Series AS510S3-120GM-O 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Professional-64bit-System... $139.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $1.098.71 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes
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May 7, 2012 8:12:43 AM

How's this?

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 $52.99 - I really wanted a black painted interior, but I guess I can live with this cheaper one.

CPU: Intel i7-3770k Ivy Bridge $348.99

MOBO: BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 $99.99

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) $249.99 - The one uvb listed was a little expensive.

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) $79.99 - I read somewhere that it's better to have the 4x4GB than 2x8GB ram sticks. Is that true?

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM $89.99

SSD: ADATA S510 Series 120GB - OEM $104.99

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze $69.99

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $17.99

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit $139.99

Total Price: $1284.89 - $1249.89 after rebates
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May 7, 2012 9:05:02 AM

The only time 4x4GB of RAM is beneficial is in a LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) for the fact you have to have 4 stick of RAM in order obtain quad channel. 1155 boards only have dual channel. So you want 2x8GB so you have the chance to add another set of that RAM later on.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $429.98 save: $20.00
BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5-OC-GeForce... $219.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti, 1GB GDDR5, Dual DVI, Mini HDMI, PCI Express 2.0 X16 Graphics Card
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May 7, 2012 5:06:38 PM

So here's where I'm at now...

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer $89.99 - Gonna splurge a little on this case.

CPU/Mobo: Intel i7-3770k Ivy Bridge / BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 $429.98 - Hopefully it'll be available soon.

Video Card: MSI N560GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC NVIDIA GeForce GTX560 Ti $213.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) $114.98 - So I can add more later.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB 7200RPM $89.99

SSD: ADATA S510 Series 120GB - OEM $104.99

PSU: SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze $69.99

CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $17.99

OS: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit $139.99

Total Price: $1301.89 - $1264.64 after rebates/promos
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May 8, 2012 5:57:22 PM

Best answer selected by NinjaVitis26.
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