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May 16, 2012 7:25:14 AM

Below is a new build for asap which is at about $1,400 now which is fine but if I can cut some things & save a little - or - spend a little more & be better served I'm fine with either (cost matters but I plan to have this long term hopefully). To use for video editing, Photoshop, internet, movies/video music, gaming. I'm trying to future-proof & get as close to top of the line as I can + be able to possibly overclock at some point. A quiet system is better but stability/safety/durability is the most important.

1. Is stock cooler adequate? Can I do w/o liquid cooling?
2. Is it possible to get by w/o a discrete video card? (I do want good video)
3. Is it possible to get by w/o a discrete sound card? (I do want high fidelity for music)
4. Is 650W enough power (if I go with video &/or sound cards)?

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1GB 7200RPM Internal HDD
Hard Drive: Intel Cherryville 60GB SSD
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB (or 6790?)
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R ATX Mid Tower (comes w/ 2 fans)
Power Supply: Antec Earthwatts EA650W ATX12V
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS324 24x DVD+RW/CD Writer (Retail Box)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
I don't need keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Thanks for any advice...

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May 16, 2012 8:02:19 AM

1. Is stock cooler adequate? Can I do w/o liquid cooling?
The Stock Cooler is not enough if you plan to overclock, but you can do without liquid easily.
The coolermaster 212 is the cheapest option that still delivers powerful cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Is it possible to get by w/o a discrete video card? (I do want good video)
No, video editing and all but the most casual of games will crush the integrated graphics. If video editing and gaming are high priorites, you're going to want a stronger card than the 6790 as well.

3. Is it possible to get by w/o a discrete sound card? (I do want high fidelity for music)
Yes, you can do without a discrete sound card. Integrated sound reproduction is fairly good on modern motherboards. There are also cheaper discrete cards that do better than onboard sound.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is just one example.

4. Is 650W enough power (if I go with video &/or sound cards)
Plenty for a single video card rig.

Also, Some of Rosewill's products are crap, but their cases are fantastic bang for the buck. You can get a better case for cheaper with them.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want that extra bit of reliability in your ssd, stick with intel, but several other ssd's have good reliability along with more speed and capacity. For $120-125 you can pick up some great 120gb drives.

mushkin chronos deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (toggle NAND, even better than synchronous)

crucial m4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (synchronous NAND, but an old standby...as far as ssd's go)

sandisk extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (toggle, my personal pick :)  )

There are others, such as the patriot pyro, samsung 830, Corsair Force gt, etc. but at this second, the prices for the three above are the best deals on newegg. SSD prices fluctuate by the day, so you can score even better deals than these with a little patience.

I highly recommend putting all the money you'd save on parts here towards your video card.
May 18, 2012 12:06:38 AM

Thanks! I'll look into your recommendations.
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