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New System 1200 need advice on parts

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May 26, 2012 5:54:09 AM

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

Budget Range: 1100-1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: School work, some photo and video editing, some gaming.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: have two monitors already 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I would like a PC where I can pretty much do anything I might have to do and not be worried about performance. I do game a little bit, maybe some future games and I am currently playing Diablo 3. I want to be able to edit photos and videos.

I already have some parts picked out and I want to make sure they will work together well. I also want the PC to be able to upgrade in the future if necessary, but be well equipped to handle any tasks the near future may bring.

Thanks for your help!!

Here are the parts that I picked out.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (11200-00-20G)

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 26, 2012 6:09:38 AM

Here's a build suggestion based around the same components, includes a better GPU, but in combos:

GPU: $410- MSI GTX 670

Cooler: $34- CM Hyper 212 EVO

HDD & Optical Drive: $102- WD Cavier Blue 1TB & Samsung

PSU & Case: $125- Corsair TX650 & Corsair Carbide300R(Feel free to select the case of your choice in case you don't like this one)

CPU & RAM: $285- i5-3570K & Corsair Vengeance 8GB

SSD & Motherboard: $244- Crucial M4 128 GB & Asrock Z77 Extreme4

Total(Excluding Rebates): 1227 USD

Rebates: 20 USD

This build should allow you to do anything including gaming.
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May 26, 2012 6:32:23 AM

Wont the downgrade to an i5 downgrade my comps performance? And will I see a difference in gaming and editing by upgrading the video card?
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May 26, 2012 6:38:42 AM

akhani said:
Wont the downgrade to an i5 downgrade my comps performance? And will I see a difference in gaming and editing by upgrading the video card?


Not much. i7 has hyperthreading wheras i5 has not. It does not have much effect unless you plan to do SERIOUS video editing. Also upgrading GPU will improve gaming performance for sure. It will also help in photo & video editing in case the software is able to utilize the GPu through CUDA.
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May 26, 2012 6:40:03 AM

It won't since you might overclock the cpu.
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May 26, 2012 6:46:06 AM

Most games nowadays depend mostly on the GPU. The i5 z_4 mentioned is powerful enough to do anything you throw at it. Also, the K-series helps get you more performance by overclocking. Also, he fixes a pretty major loophole in your build - HDD. You'll probably run out of space pretty fast on just 120GB. I suggest saving your SSD for the following - OS, Programs (not games), and caching. Intel offers SSD caching right out of the box. That'll add a lot of performance to your HDD.
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May 26, 2012 6:57:03 AM

To tell you the truth I dont game much at all. I just starting playing diablo 3 since I was a big fan of the old games, but I dont plan on playing much else. As for the video and photo editing, I wanna be able to tackle whatever I might end up doing, but I most probably wont be too crazy with it.

With this do I still trim the processor and add more power to the GPU?
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May 26, 2012 7:12:52 AM

akhani said:
To tell you the truth I dont game much at all. I just starting playing diablo 3 since I was a big fan of the old games, but I dont plan on playing much else. As for the video and photo editing, I wanna be able to tackle whatever I might end up doing, but I most probably wont be too crazy with it.

With this do I still trim the processor and add more power to the GPU?



Believe Me the CPU & GPU should be more than adequate for you needs be it serious gaming or video editing.
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May 26, 2012 7:24:51 AM

Thanks for the advice. Heres what im looking at doing now, what do you think.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI N670GTX-PM2D2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
bundled with: 1x SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
bundled with: 1x Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
bundled with: 1x CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Is this case necessary? I want something that will be sturdy for years to come and will provide good airflow. Let me know what you think

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May 26, 2012 7:40:30 AM

Also I was reading that the GPU has a abnormally loud and weird sounding fan, any suggestions on what can replace this GPU with something around the same price and performance.
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