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Motion Graphics/Video Editing/Gaming ~$2500

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June 21, 2012 6:13:33 PM

Alrighty, you've convinced me! I'm looking into building my own editing/motion graphics machine. These are the specs I've come up with so far. Any thoughts? Also, I need recommendations on a case and power supply.

And finally, it's my first time building a PC. Any recommendations on tutorial websites/videos?

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Intel Core i7 3930K Hexa Core Processor 3.2 GHz, 12 MB L3 Cache, 6x256 KB L2 Cache, 5 GT/s Bus, Socket LGA-2011 - MPN: BX80619I73930K
$559.99
http://stores.tomshardware.com/search_getprod.php/maste...

Asus P9X79 PRO Motherboard Intel Socket R LGA2011, X79 Express, ATX, 64 GB DDR3 - MPN: P9X79PRO
$319.99
http://stores.tomshardware.com/search_getprod.php/maste...

ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$499.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

32 GB RAM (4x8GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL
$279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Desktop+Memory)-_-G.SKILL-_-20231529

120 GB SSD
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 TB HDD 7200rpm
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL (so far) $1994.94
June 23, 2012 2:47:26 AM

Looks pretty much like the PCI built last week, with a little difference in parts

Intel Core i7 3930K Hexa Core Processor 3.2 GHz, 12 MB L3 Cache, 6x256 KB L2 Cache, 5 GT/s Bus, Socket LGA-2011 - MPN: BX80619I73930K

Same CPU, I paid $499 at Microcenter :sol: 

Asus P9X79 PRO Motherboard Intel Socket R LGA2011, X79 Express, ATX, 64 GB DDR3 - MPN: P9X79PRO

Same board, same price :lol: 

ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I got the Gigabyte GTX670 OC Windforce instead.... :o 

32 GB RAM (4x8GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL

I only went with 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 RAM for 1/3 the price. :D  I didnt need 32GB yet but can add it later...

120 GB SSD
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I used the price differences to get the Crucial M4 256GB SSD...my second M4 and I'm loving them.

2 TB HDD 7200rpm
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I got the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive 7200rpm drive with 64mb cache for 109.

I went with Corsair AX850 Gold PSU, an Asus 12X BD burner, and a Xigmatek case...total under 2500 after tax.
June 30, 2012 12:02:00 AM

georgekn3mp said:
Looks pretty much like the PCI built last week, with a little difference in parts

Intel Core i7 3930K Hexa Core Processor 3.2 GHz, 12 MB L3 Cache, 6x256 KB L2 Cache, 5 GT/s Bus, Socket LGA-2011 - MPN: BX80619I73930K

Same CPU, I paid $499 at Microcenter :sol: 

Asus P9X79 PRO Motherboard Intel Socket R LGA2011, X79 Express, ATX, 64 GB DDR3 - MPN: P9X79PRO

Same board, same price :lol: 

ASUS GTX680-2GD5 GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

I got the Gigabyte GTX670 OC Windforce instead.... :o 

32 GB RAM (4x8GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL

I only went with 16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 RAM for 1/3 the price. :D  I didnt need 32GB yet but can add it later...

120 GB SSD
SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I used the price differences to get the Crucial M4 256GB SSD...my second M4 and I'm loving them.

2 TB HDD 7200rpm
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I got the Seagate Barracuda 2TB drive 7200rpm drive with 64mb cache for 109.

I went with Corsair AX850 Gold PSU, an Asus 12X BD burner, and a Xigmatek case...total under 2500 after tax.


Hey georgekn3mp! Thanks for your insight.

Are there any notable differences between the ASUS and Gigabyte version of the GTX 680?
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July 3, 2012 9:21:22 PM

indianapenguin said:
Hey georgekn3mp! Thanks for your insight.

Are there any notable differences between the ASUS and Gigabyte version of the GTX 680?


I know the Gigabyte 680 version of the Windforce cooler had some noise issues, the BIOS on the card had the fans running too high when it was released. They fixed that on the 670 (same fans) but I do not know if they put out a new 680 BIOS for that.

The Asus card is really well-considered too, the TOP CUII supposedly had some heat issues with the VRM's at release but nothing really is said much about that anymore so it should be fixed. Any of the O/C 680 / 670 cards are close if they are overclocked at factory levels...there is a few 680 review roundups on Tom's. A lot of the time, the bundled software is the difference in the cards...for differentiation. All of them are good buys, but I would prefer dual 670's over a single 680. That's my next upgrade...

July 7, 2012 12:19:49 AM

georgekn3mp said:
I know the Gigabyte 680 version of the Windforce cooler had some noise issues, the BIOS on the card had the fans running too high when it was released. They fixed that on the 670 (same fans) but I do not know if they put out a new 680 BIOS for that.

The Asus card is really well-considered too, the TOP CUII supposedly had some heat issues with the VRM's at release but nothing really is said much about that anymore so it should be fixed. Any of the O/C 680 / 670 cards are close if they are overclocked at factory levels...there is a few 680 review roundups on Tom's. A lot of the time, the bundled software is the difference in the cards...for differentiation. All of them are good buys, but I would prefer dual 670's over a single 680. That's my next upgrade...


I've decided on the 670 rather than the 680. If it turns out I need more graphics power, I'll add a second later. Thanks!
July 7, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Yeah 670 is easier to cool in SLI I would think, the budget difference can be used on a different part...for me getting a 670 meant I could fit in a blue-ray burner in the build.
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