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$1000 Gaming/Video Editing build - thoughts requested

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July 2, 2012 2:09:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow, 7/3/2012

Budget Range: ~$1,000

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, graphic editing, video editing

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, graphics card

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter (in store),Amazon, Frys
Country: USA

Parts Preferences:
Intel i5-2500k http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $169.99
Extra cost for 2600k doesn’t seem justified.
P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $209.99
I like the built in wireless. Getting the PRO for the extra USB, Deluxe nice, but too expensive.
Corsair Memory Vengeance 16 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 MHz 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Channel-240-Pin... $90
Might as well buy from the MB tested list. 8 Gig modules just too expensive, so doing 4*4.
m4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Marvell Controller http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$114.99. Looks good value for money. I’ll reuse other drives for storage.

Enthusiast Series TX850M 850 Watt High Performance Modular ATX Power Supply
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf... $132
I know 850 is overkill for today, but I’m sure I’ll need it in the future.
Lanboy Air Blue ATX Modular Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $149.99
I’d really like the Lanboy yellow, but can’t find it for cheaper than $190

Overclocking: Maybe, but not until needed.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1920*1200

Additional Comments: Last time I build a PC was in 1994, so things have changed a bit! Want a “different” looking case. Want to be able to upgrade this over time. I know graphics card is underpowered compared to the rest of the build, but I have it and need to use it. Will upgrade that when needed. What am I missing? Do I need a CPU cooler?
Thanks in advance!
July 2, 2012 2:20:56 PM

When Video editing, you want an i7. So get an i7-3770k. Its Hyperthreads will help the rendering.

The motherboard is needlessy expensive to only get built in WIFI. Just buy a $25 wireless NIC.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And get an AsRock Extreme4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU is too overkill, you will never need more than 750W with Dual graphics and overclocking. And components are only getting more power efficient, so its unlikely you will need the extra to power similar rigs in the future.

Yes you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want to overclock, never trust the stock. Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard budget cooler to get.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 2, 2012 2:23:14 PM

2fast4thetown_down said:
You did not list a gpu


Oops! GPU is Raddeon HD 6870

I brought it to upgrade a Dell Precision Workstation, but couldn't figure out how to get power to it. The PSU in the Dell is custom, so I couldn't upgrade the PSU.

So that's my excuse for building a new PC around it :) 
July 2, 2012 3:07:59 PM

manofchalk said:
When Video editing, you want an i7. So get an i7-3770k. Its Hyperthreads will help the rendering.
I thought about that, but decided that with gaming the primary build use the extra cost not worth it. To put in context, I'm currently doing the video editing on a laptop and just about managing, so this is going be a huge step up anyway


The motherboard is needlessy expensive to only get built in WIFI. Just buy a $25 wireless NIC.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Point taken

And get an AsRock Extreme4.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I liked the features of the AsRock brand in general, but am worried about quality based on reviews

PSU is too overkill, you will never need more than 750W with Dual graphics and overclocking. And components are only getting more power efficient, so its unlikely you will need the extra to power similar rigs in the future.
Great feedback - Will go to the 750. Thanks!

Yes you will need an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want to overclock, never trust the stock. Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO is the standard budget cooler to get.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for taking the time to give the advice
July 2, 2012 4:10:38 PM

pjkyte said:
Oops! GPU is Raddeon HD 6870

I brought it to upgrade a Dell Precision Workstation, but couldn't figure out how to get power to it. The PSU in the Dell is custom, so I couldn't upgrade the PSU.

So that's my excuse for building a new PC around it :) 

If it is ever too weak you can get another one and crossfire.
July 2, 2012 5:23:01 PM

I ordered, thanks all!
The MB was on sale for $159, so I stuck with that.
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