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June 18, 2012 3:57:34 AM

Hello first time poster. Trying to build my own computer. Tired of pre made computers with junk in them. So I will mainly be using the pc in this order: hardcore gaming, programming, and video editing. I'm the future I would love dual monitors to multitask and maybe 3 for gaming but that is way later down the road. I need something that can handle ultra setting for games. I also want to keep it cool running because living in Florida heat will be an issue even with ac, ceiling fan, and portable fans. Also I would love the pc to last awhile before ever worrying about upgrading. Here are some examples friends gave me.

First possible choice:


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($203.99 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2149.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Second:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/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 ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($524.74 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($157.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1662.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Thank you for any help.
June 18, 2012 9:07:04 AM

The Second Choice, Have more Potential, oh and By the way, the psus on both Setups are Way To Overkill. Even If you Overclock those 2 cpus and those 2 Video Cards you would be only using about 600w maybe 700w.
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June 18, 2012 9:11:33 AM

First one.
Video editing with i7 is much more preferred because it has hyperthreading.
The motherboard is a waste of money.
Get Asus Sabertooth Z77 it's like $220 on newegg.
So you've put a SSD as hard drive...
The 10K RPM are waste of money.
Get a Crucial or Samsung 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.
Also get the GTX 670 instead of that 7970.
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June 18, 2012 9:20:35 AM

The first rig is too overkill in some aspects and weak in others and the 2nd doesn't suit your needs.
Heres what I would suggest.

CPU: i7-3770k
CPU Cooler: Water cooler (preferably H100)
Motherboard: Asus Z77 Sabertooth
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB, 1600Mhz CL9 Latency
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB cache (can go higher capacity)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB
GPU: Gigabyte or Asus GTX670 (Gigabyte Preferably)
Case: Coolermaster HAF-X (amazing case by the way)
PSU: Any Corsair or Seasonic 750W, make sure its modular and at least 80+ Bronze or better.
Optical: Who cares, any $20 SATA drive will do.

That will game and edit very well, will overclock pretty hard as well. And least importantly, will look awesome.
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June 18, 2012 10:13:44 AM

Paramedicsam said:
Hello first time poster. Trying to build my own computer. Tired of pre made computers with junk in them. So I will mainly be using the pc in this order: hardcore gaming, programming, and video editing. I'm the future I would love dual monitors to multitask and maybe 3 for gaming but that is way later down the road. I need something that can handle ultra setting for games. I also want to keep it cool running because living in Florida heat will be an issue even with ac, ceiling fan, and portable fans. Also I would love the pc to last awhile before ever worrying about upgrading. Here are some examples friends gave me.

First possible choice:


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($203.99 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2149.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Second:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/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 ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($524.74 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($157.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1662.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Thank you for any help.


both of rigs are * unbalanced*(like you don't need a 1000w psu or blu ray for gaming)
here's a better build-
dvd burner-Asus 24x dvd burner-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case-Nzxt Phantom Full Tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cpu-Intel i5 3750k-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
heatsink--CM Hyper 612 PWM-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case fan-NZXT 200mm fan-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
another fan for push/pull-Scythe Slipstream 12cm fan-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hard drive-Samsung F4 2TB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
memory-Crucial Ballistix Sports 8GB 1600mhz-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
motherboard-Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
power supply-Rosewill Capstone Gold 750w-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ssd-Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 240GB
video card-Asus DCII GTX 670 2GB-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$1525
notes-
phantom is an excellent case for it's price,scores a solid 9.2 on benchmarkreviews-
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
750w is more than enough for SLi and overclocking a 3570k and 670 system.capstone gold is very highly rated psu,it's a rebranded superflower(one of the best out there)here's a very good review where it scores
a striking 9.1-
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
UD5H is one of the best board in the market,has almost every possible feature you need,from SLi to RAID and Overclocking.
put that 200mm fan on top of your phantom to improve ventilation.
hyper 612 pwm is another great cooler from CM,here's a good review where it receives GOLD award-
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Hy...
the heatsink is pretty thick and a second fan in push/pull configuration will help,put that Slip Stream fan on this tower to lower your temps even more.
240GB ssd is more than enough for OS and your main games.
Asus DCII is one of the best cooler available right now,they have plenty of overclocking potential,a 670 with little tweaking beats a stock 680 for less,check this out where it scores a solid 10
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...
every part is high quality and compatible.add another 670 in SLi when you want to game on 3 monitor setup.
good luck with monster
cheers ;) 
feel free to ask any question.
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June 18, 2012 12:33:22 PM

Paramedicsam said:
Hello first time poster. Trying to build my own computer. Tired of pre made computers with junk in them. So I will mainly be using the pc in this order: hardcore gaming, programming, and video editing. I'm the future I would love dual monitors to multitask and maybe 3 for gaming but that is way later down the road. I need something that can handle ultra setting for games. I also want to keep it cool running because living in Florida heat will be an issue even with ac, ceiling fan, and portable fans. Also I would love the pc to last awhile before ever worrying about upgrading. Here are some examples friends gave me.

First possible choice:


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/a7n2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.7 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PREMIUM ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($439.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive ($203.99 @ Adorama)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($199.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($477.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $2149.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Second:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/abyU/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 ($35.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($524.74 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($157.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $1662.14
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

Thank you for any help.




CPU: get the i7... mainly for the video editing you will want the hyperthreading... people say it affects gaming... but I don't have a problem with it
COOLER: the 212 EVO for sure... if the V8 is like the V6... it will block RAM Slots...
MOBO: SABERTOOTH.... its cheaper and comes with great cooling for the mobo itself... the thermal guard and included mobo fans are great for cooling plus a kick-ass bios IMO
MEMORY: If you will be doing video editing you WANT 16 gigs of corsair vengeance.... better for rendering
HDD: Get the Western DigitaL Black Caviar 1 TB ... you will need 1 TB eventually.. games and videos you have made will take up tons of space
SSD: I have never owned one.... so I cannot answer this
GFX CARD: I would get the asus 680 top model http://usa.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX680... ... great performance
CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ... this thing has four MASSIVE fans inside.... keeps cool air always going through
PSU: Get the 850.... 1000 is overkill... my PSU is 900 W
OD: I have that same Optical Drive.. works like a champ... great choice with the Blu-ray.... it is ALWAYS worth the money
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June 18, 2012 12:38:43 PM

Wow thanks all. Sorry I put those together from what I got from other forums and posts. I'm still a noob, won't lie, but want to learn cause I see custom building yourself is the way to go. Another question, besides YouTube and google, do you have any preferred places to research stuff/buy or learn how to over clock and more? Again thank you all and if you still have build ideas let me know. I am taking them all and going to sit down and really decide this.
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June 18, 2012 12:44:59 PM

fallen_glory said:
CPU: get the i7... mainly for the video editing you will want the hyperthreading... people say it affects gaming... but I don't have a problem with it
COOLER: the 212 EVO for sure... if the V8 is like the V6... it will block RAM Slots...
MOBO: SABERTOOTH.... its cheaper and comes with great cooling for the mobo itself... the thermal guard and included mobo fans are great for cooling plus a kick-ass bios IMO
MEMORY: If you will be doing video editing you WANT 16 gigs of corsair vengeance.... better for rendering
HDD: Get the Western DigitaL Black Caviar 1 TB ... you will need 1 TB eventually.. games and videos you have made will take up tons of space
SSD: I have never owned one.... so I cannot answer this
GFX CARD: I would get the asus 680 top model http://usa.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/GTX680... ... great performance
CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ... this thing has four MASSIVE fans inside.... keeps cool air always going through
PSU: Get the 850.... 1000 is overkill... my PSU is 900 W
OD: I have that same Optical Drive.. works like a champ... great choice with the Blu-ray.... it is ALWAYS worth the money

you don't need 8 threads unless you are a professional editor.3570k is better value and a very powerful cpu.
Hyper 612 PWM provides D14 level performance for less.
sabretooth is basically P8Z77-V PRO with plastic covering.the thing you are calling thermal guard is nothing except useless plastic.
you don't need 16GB or ram unless you are running 5 video rendering and 900 tabs open in chrome or whatever you use.
why 1tb when you can get 2tb for same price?
for price/performance,670 is the best bang for buck handsdown.
850w is also overkill,750w is enough.
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June 18, 2012 5:36:34 PM

Best answer selected by ParamedicSam.
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June 18, 2012 7:08:44 PM

hellfire24 said:
you don't need 8 threads unless you are a professional editor.3570k is better value and a very powerful cpu.
Hyper 612 PWM provides D14 level performance for less.
sabretooth is basically P8Z77-V PRO with plastic covering.the thing you are calling thermal guard is nothing except useless plastic.
you don't need 16GB or ram unless you are running 5 video rendering and 900 tabs open in chrome or whatever you use.
why 1tb when you can get 2tb for same price?
for price/performance,670 is the best bang for buck handsdown.
850w is also overkill,750w is enough.


Is this the correct graphic card http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-GeForce-GTX-670-DC2-2GD5-GTX... Everywhere I look its on back order or 2-3 week delay lol.
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June 18, 2012 10:39:26 PM

hellfire24 said:
you don't need 8 threads unless you are a professional editor.3570k is better value and a very powerful cpu.
Hyper 612 PWM provides D14 level performance for less.
sabretooth is basically P8Z77-V PRO with plastic covering.the thing you are calling thermal guard is nothing except useless plastic.
you don't need 16GB or ram unless you are running 5 video rendering and 900 tabs open in chrome or whatever you use.
why 1tb when you can get 2tb for same price?
for price/performance,670 is the best bang for buck handsdown.
850w is also overkill,750w is enough.


I dont know if he would be doing hardcore video editing or not.... i assumed
he didnt list 2TB in either of his builds so I didnt say to get it
I enjoy my sabretooth
Once again maybe he is doing some hardcore 3d effects or something and he may need the RAM
I agree with the card choice.. the 670 is pretty much the 680 just with a much cheaper price tag
850 is overkill but he listed an 850 as his lowest so I played off of it
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June 19, 2012 3:05:54 AM

^the thread is "solved" so i am not gonna reply anymore here.
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June 19, 2012 3:50:45 AM

hellfire24 said:
^the thread is "solved" so i am not gonna reply anymore here.


You just did :D 
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