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May 29, 2012 8:34:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($288.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Antec KUHLER Box CPU Cooler ($47.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($206.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($194.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($157.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.23 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.86 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.86 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1892.59
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 16:29 EDT-0400)

Looking to do gaming, dual monitor, and video editing with high definition footage. Mainly looking to see if there's anything that would need to be downgraded or upgraded. And if the power supply was big enough.

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May 29, 2012 8:45:51 PM

Drop the PSU down to 550W for one GTX 670.
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May 29, 2012 8:51:03 PM

I would say 850W is more than enough for a GTX 670. I have 840W for a single GTX 680 and that's after factoring in potential SLI.
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May 29, 2012 8:53:56 PM

If gaming, remember if you have only 2 screens, the cross hair/character will be split where the bezel is....
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May 29, 2012 8:58:20 PM

For an $1800 build you can do way better. The Antec Kuhler isn't needed and it's not a good choice when it's beaten by the Corsair H80 and even then a D14 will give you the same performance. I also really hate the gigantic three-slot card design that Asus uses which is why I never recommend them. That RAM is also really expensive when you can get a $40 set for the same price.

Try this build:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MKII 750W - $89.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H - $159.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-3570K - $249.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $33.99
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $99.99
SSD: 128GB OCZ Vertex 4 - $149.99
HD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST - $99.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 - $399.99
OS: Windows 7 Pro - $139.99

Total: $1,551.89 - $20.00 MIR = $1,531.89

Use the difference for monitor(s) and whatever else you may need.
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May 29, 2012 9:13:03 PM

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Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($206.99 @ Amazon)


$210 for 8 GB of RAM is way too much. I'd go with g-unit1111's recommendation for RAM, though I disagree with his choice of CPU. For high def video editing, i7 is better. You may want to look into the Ivy Bridge series CPU which offers a decent boost for video editing (not so much for gaming etc.)
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May 29, 2012 9:18:00 PM

moornix said:
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Memory: Corsair Dominator 8GB (4 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($206.99 @ Amazon)


$210 for 8 GB of RAM is way too much. I'd go with g-unit1111's recommendation for RAM, though I disagree with his choice of CPU. For high def video editing, i7 is better. You may want to look into the Ivy Bridge series CPU which offers a decent boost for video editing (not so much for gaming etc.)


I think only the 3770K has hyperthreading, does it not? You only really need it if you're using CS5 and/or After Effects. If this were a strictly After Effects build I'd recommend going with a 3820 or 3930K over the 3770K.
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May 30, 2012 12:37:58 AM

Okay changed it up slightly. How does this look? Any better? The video card g-unit1111 listed was out of stock and this one seemed to be the newer version (I think?) and it was only a few more dollars on newegg.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1909.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 20:32 EDT-0400)
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May 30, 2012 1:02:51 AM

Umm, it was said before, but I will say it again: get the i5 if you're not going to do intense video editing or the like.
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May 30, 2012 1:10:51 AM

azeem40 said:
Umm, it was said before, but I will say it again: get the i5 if you're not going to do intense video editing or the like.


What's the main differences in them? Just the number of cores?
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May 30, 2012 1:15:27 AM

No, both have the same number of cores. Cores don't help much for gaming.
Anyway, it is because for gaming, $100 for 100 Mhz is not worth it.
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May 30, 2012 1:22:46 AM

Yeah, I know most (If any?) games utilize all the cores. So this looks good then?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($167.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1834.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 21:21 EDT-0400)
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May 30, 2012 1:25:17 AM

Yes, it is great. To cut costs a bit more, get the Crucial m4 128GB SSD for $110 on Amazon, a Caviar Green 2TB (you don't need speed for storage), and a Z77 ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 for $135.
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May 30, 2012 1:49:17 AM

Are you sli'ing? because 750W is still overkill for a single 670.

and go with azeem's recommendations of a crucial m4 128 gb ssd. OCZ ssd's have a notorious rep for failing within a year or so, or being DOA. Crucial ssd's, on the other hand, are much more reliable and will provide you with roughly the same performance for slightly less cost. imo reliability > performance, especially when the performance diff itself isn't significant and you're paying less for it.

also, as another poster mentioned, your crosshair will be split where your monitors "join" together, since you're using 2 monitors. so that means it will be physically split by pieces of plastic. a solution to this would be to go with one or three monitors...unless you can live with the split crosshair :p  if you can, great!

good luck with your build :) 
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May 30, 2012 1:59:27 AM

That is not why I suggested Crucial m4. The Vertex 4 is Marvel-based, so no issues, but it is also $30 more expensive.
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May 30, 2012 2:10:46 AM

All TN Panel monitors are pretty much the same, so, it's a good choice.
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May 30, 2012 2:22:12 AM

This is the end result so far. Looking to order kinda soon.. So everything looks alright? So far have gotten the cost down to be able to get another monitor plus 8 more gigs of ram and a better SDD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.86 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.86 @ CompUSA)
Monitor: Acer G235HAbd 23.0" Monitor ($129.86 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($132.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $1845.37
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-29 22:20 EDT-0400)
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May 30, 2012 2:50:54 AM

Drop the RAM back down. In the lifespan of that computer, never will you need 16GB of RAM for gaming.
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