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1100$ Video Editing PC

Approximate Purchase Date: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better))

Budget Range: 1100$ MAX

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

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ONLY Amazon.com and TigerDirect.com. Trying to avoid California taxes.

Country: US, California

Parts Preferences: Intel i7, Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: My friend has a pretty strict budget and he needs a computer for mostly video editing and some gaming.

I've come up with this:

Intel i7 2600k- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004EBUXSA/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new 310$

Seagate Barracuda 1.5tb 5900rpm- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7331904&CatId=4357 100$

Crucial M4 64gb SSD- http://www.amazon.com/Crucial%C2%A064-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT064M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKWG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337553368&sr=1-2 80$

CM Hyper 212 Evo- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B005O65JXI/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new 34$

Corsair 300r- http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B006I2H0YS/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new 75$

Gigabyte Z77X-D3H- http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-CrossFireX-NVIDIA-Motherboard-GA-Z77X-D3H/dp/B007R21KBC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337742643&sr=1-2 145$

2x Crucial 8gb 1333mhz- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412140&CatId=4534 84$

OCZ ZS 550w- http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJJ8/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337649900&sr=1-9 70$

Zotac GTX 560 ti- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1781498&CatId=3669 190$

Total= 1075$ Not including M.I.R.'s (and shipping for tigerdirect.com products)
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    I would say in general, those are good choices for his purposes. I would say, if he can afford it, to get 1600 MHz RAM instead. They are pretty cheap nowadays.

    I think he should get the Gigabyte MoBo. I heard MSI had the highest failure rate among the MoBo manufacturers so I would try to steer away from them.

    I'm assuming that this would be a single GPU build so a 500W PSU should be fine.
  2. Man that looks solid. I like the looks of that Gigabyte board and it's a steal at that price. I can't see anywhere to cut cost on there. Everything is top notch and at bargain prices.
  3. It looks all great, but definitely get this RAM.

    Faster, with XMP profile and low profile for your CPU cooler.

    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Profile-1600mhz-PC3-12800/dp/B0058J1QYC/ref=sr_1_16?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337579244&sr=1-16

  4. Alright so the Gigabyte motherboard it is. And I'm pretty sure he'll spend an extra 10$ for the 1600mhz ram (he's quite a scrooge with money...). Updating the build now.
  5. Also, if he will OC, than he can save on getting the 2600K instead of 2700K.

    The difference is zeroed in the OC.
  6. nikorr said:

    I really don't like to buy from separate sellers. If the seller was Amazon I would get it if it was 285$ because there is really no difference between the 2600k and 2700k.
  7. So it looks like he doesn't want to spend over 1100$ so back to the drawing board...

    I guess no SLI now so to save money a 550w PSU will work-
    OCZ ZS-550w PSU: http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-80PLUS-Bronze-Performance-compatible/dp/B005A2RJJ8/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1337649900&sr=1-9 70$

    1333mhz ram will save him a few $$-
    2x Crucial Ballistix 8gb 1333mhz (16gb Total)- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412140&CatId=4534 80$

    -40$ from Total= 1113$

    What other ways can the costs be cut on this build.

    -Maybe the SSD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=557371&CatId=5300 -10$

    -CPU heatsink??: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-Sleeve-RR-B10-212P-G1/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1337651970&sr=1-1 -6$
  8. Best answer selected by mjmjpfaff.
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