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July 24, 2012 3:19:25 AM

Hey everyone. I'd like to say before I get to my build/questions that this forum has helped me tons and tons with understanding how to build my first computer, so thank you!

Now onto the build:

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 1-2 weeks.
Budget Range: Around $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Programming, School, Games, Video/3D editing(Hobbyist only).
Are you buying a monitor: No, already own one.
Do you need to buy OS: No, have Windows7 64bit(May upgrade to Win8)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Iowa
Parts Preferences: Only preference I have is an Intel CPU.
Overclocking: Maybe. (I'm interested in this, nothing extreme like water cooling though)
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe. (I don't really have plans for this, but both my mobo/gpu support it so I consider that a nice plus)
Your Monitor Resolution: I'd have to check this but around 1440x900
Additional Comments: I would like a quieter PC, I'm not spending a whole bunch on this, but it would be nice. Additionally I would like to be able to mess around with video editing/3d game development as a hobby.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop motherboard is fried and looking for something more powerful(it lagged a lot).
My current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cS4T

Ill just add some of the questions I have on the parts here:

CPU: Could upgrade this to i7 3770k for only $50?
CPU Cooler: Do I need this with all the fans that come with the case?
Motherboard: I really like the ports on this and that It allows me to upgrade to 3rd gen CPU if I get 2nd.
Memory: Don't know if I'm going to OC this, maybe just get 1333?
Video Card: Seems cost effective but not sure if I should I spend and bit more, since GPU seems to be a big chunk of the computer.
Case: Looks cool and everything should fit? Only x2 usb 2.0 front ports. (May just get one of these at a local store I'd really like something with 3-4 usb 2.0-3.0 ports, its just none are very cool looking online)
Power Supply: This I'm kinda guessing on, so anything is this department will help.

That's what I've got so far, any tips or advice on what should be changed or whatever is really appreciated.

Thank you for reading. :wahoo: 
July 24, 2012 9:45:08 AM

Downgrade to i5 3550K/2500K, improve that entry-level video card with the money. A Z77 is a good mobo for less, also compatible with IB. CMaster HAF 912 can be had for a less, its a great case btw ;) . Okay PSU.
EDIT: maybe just upgrade the GPU since the budget is 1K. I suggest atleast a 570Ti for this build :) 
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July 24, 2012 10:09:11 AM

The i7 is a bit overkill if the video editing is only minor, but keep it if you think it might become more important in the future. Get the 3770k if you wish.

CPU cooler is very necessary if you want to overclock. The case fans just ensure that fresh, cool air can be used by the internal components. You can get the cheaper Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO which will perform very well, should easily support moderate overclocks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your serious about the video editing, you need 16GB of RAM. Keep the 1600Mhz as below that the performance difference isn't worth the $3 you save, while above 1600 the performance gain isn't worth the $20 you spend. OC'ing the RAM is possible, but generally isnt worth it. If you get 16GB, make sure it's low profile, as then it wont intrude on the CPU heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get the equivalent Seagate HDD for $90. Bit faster as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can afford it, get the HD6870. It competes with the 560Ti and is priced much better. So a stronger card than the 550Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case definetly is a looker. Remember to research it and read any reviews you can find on it. Make sure that it will do what you want. Other options at this price are the Coolermaster HAF-912 and the Corsair 300R.

PSU is fine.

Who cares about the optical drive.
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July 24, 2012 2:25:15 PM

heres what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cTR1

i still use optical drives
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July 24, 2012 5:29:21 PM



Thank you both for the replies!
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Downgrade to i5 3550K/2500K, improve that entry-level video card with the money. A Z77 is a good mobo for less, also compatible with IB. CMaster HAF 912 can be had for a less, its a great case btw ;) . Okay PSU.
EDIT: maybe just upgrade the GPU since the budget is 1K. I suggest atleast a 570Ti for this build :) 


I think im going to keep the i7 but go ahead for the z77 board since its about the same price.


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The i7 is a bit overkill if the video editing is only minor, but keep it if you think it might become more important in the future. Get the 3770k if you wish.


CPU cooler is very necessary if you want to overclock. The case fans just ensure that fresh, cool air can be used by the internal components. You can get the cheaper Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO which will perform very well, should easily support moderate overclocks.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103099


If your serious about the video editing, you need 16GB of RAM. Keep the 1600Mhz as below that the performance difference isn't worth the $3 you save, while above 1600 the performance gain isn't worth the $20 you spend. OC'ing the RAM is possible, but generally isnt worth it. If you get 16GB, make sure it's low profile, as then it wont intrude on the CPU heatsink.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820233197


You can get the equivalent Seagate HDD for $90. Bit faster as well.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840


If you can afford it, get the HD6870. It competes with the 560Ti and is priced much better. So a stronger card than the 550Ti.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102948


That case definetly is a looker. Remember to research it and read any reviews you can find on it. Make sure that it will do what you want. Other options at this price are the Coolermaster HAF-912 and the Corsair 300R.


PSU is fine.


Who cares about the optical drive.


I changed the HDD but kept the ram. Im still 50/50 on if Ill go with the 3770k or not but its not really a problem.

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heres what i would get

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cTR1

i still use optical drives


I like that build but changed a few things.

Here is my new build, hopefully a little more bang for the buck: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cUrl

As I said may or may not throw in a 3770k( I am under budget a bit :sol:  ) and will most likely find another case, neither of which should be a problem. How does it look?

Thanks for the help.
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July 24, 2012 6:05:24 PM

no just get the i5 3570k. not worth getting a i7 if video editing is just a hobby

vengeance ram is overpriced for the same thing.

the 7850 beats the 6870 in everything

the case you picked out looks pretty cheaply made. get a good case like the antec 302. the 302 will last for a long time

my power supply is cheaper and does the same job just as good
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July 24, 2012 6:50:53 PM

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no just get the i5 3570k. not worth getting a i7 if video editing is just a hobby

vengeance ram is overpriced for the same thing.

the 7850 beats the 6870 in everything

the case you picked out looks pretty cheaply made. get a good case like the antec 302. the 302 will last for a long time

my power supply is cheaper and does the same job just as good


Still not sure on CPU, I'd rather have to much power than not enough and whats a bit more while I'm already spending, defiantly will look into the i5 though. ;) 

That is a nice GPU but not sure I want to spend $250 on it. :??: 

The RAM is only $10 more, but had 500+ reviews vs only 13 for yours. Not saying yours is bad but I'm not worried about $10.

Cases I will be looking at more in depth, but Im sure I can figure that out.

Once again $5 extra and mine has 500+ reviews vs around 30 for yours. I may or may not go with yours though since it IS modular.

Once again thanks for the feedback/help. :D 
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July 24, 2012 6:54:13 PM

If that becomes more than a hobby, I'd keep the i7.
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July 24, 2012 7:06:43 PM

first of all, corsair ram doesnt fit either way so there is no point of getting it. the gskill ram is a very new model (actually, its a set of gskill ripjaw x with a different heatspreader)

reviews dont say everything

if LinusTechTips (guy on youtube with over 100k subs) uses that particular unit for his wife, i dont see anything wrong with it.





if the editing does become more than a hobby, get a i7 3770k over the 2600k makes even more sense
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July 24, 2012 7:26:28 PM

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first of all, corsair ram doesnt fit either way so there is no point of getting it. the gskill ram is a very new model (actually, its a set of gskill ripjaw x with a different heatspreader)
Good call, Im going to go with the RAM you suggested.

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if the editing does become more than a hobby, get a i7 3770k over the 2600k makes even more sense
Alright, will make my call on this closer to when I purchase everything.

I think this thread is answered thank you all. :D 
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July 24, 2012 7:28:02 PM

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