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Whats a good build for $1500

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July 28, 2012 8:02:00 AM

i designed a build but it costed about $1650. i would like to know what a pretty sweet build i can get for that price. i will be gaming and video editing. i would like to overclock and include a 7970 or gtx 680, ssd for boot and 1.5-2tb hdd for video storage. 2 4gb sticks of ram so later i can expand to 16 total gigs. i would like it to look very nice with matching parts and with a side window, usb 3.0 and aftermarket heatsink which i will most likely choose the coolermaster hyper 212 or whatever it is. in the future i plan to go sli or crossfirex and watercool the whole build. any other info needed and i will be happy to tell.

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July 28, 2012 8:05:04 AM

Maybe it will be easier if you posted your previous build and then we can suggest where to cut corners.
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July 28, 2012 8:08:51 AM

CPU:Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core

Video Card:GIGABYTE GV-R797OC-3GD Radeon HD 7970

Motherboard:ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77

RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

PSU:o CZ ZT Series 750W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply

Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

HDD:Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

SSD:o CZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB SATA III

Case:NZXT SWITCH 810 White promo (NZXT727)

Optical Drive:LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06

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After Market Heatsink:COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact"
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July 28, 2012 8:21:13 AM

If you plan on only getting 16 Gb in the future, then the Windows Home Premium would be enough. Unless, ofcourse, there are Windows 7 Pro features that you need in your work.

A full tower is too big in my opinion. A nice mid tower will house all those with ease and still get great cooling. Something like the Corsair 500R or the Cooler Master Storm Enforcer.

Check these PSU's too and see which ones are cheaper: Corsair TX750 or XFX Core Edition 750W. They're also good and reliable.

I would also consider the Crucial M4. Its slightly cheaper than the OCZ Vertex 4.
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July 28, 2012 8:22:58 AM

The new top-of-the-line Radeon 7k series is going to be good for video editing and such, much better than the GTX6xx series.

I would recommend though the i7 over the i5, as you are video editing, and it would be a much larger difference. Gaming it wouldnt make that much of a difference, but you would see it in video editing.
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July 28, 2012 8:24:59 AM

a mid tower for full watercooling even gpus?
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July 28, 2012 8:37:51 AM

My mistake. Didn't see the watercooling part. I think you still can with the 500R but you have to mod the case ALOT!

But, you are right. The Switch 810 is probably the better choice.
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July 28, 2012 8:45:28 AM

sweet, thanks, with your suggestions i got it to 1466 dollars lol
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July 28, 2012 8:47:07 AM

Nice! lol.. Glad to help.
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August 7, 2012 12:55:05 AM

Best answer selected by radmanhs.
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