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August 25, 2012 5:27:29 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: September 5th, 2012.

Budget Range: $2000 total. That's the max I want to spend on it. If you believe I absolutely need to spend more than that please convince me why.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: My main purpose is for video editing and to render my videos for Youtube as fast as possible. The faster the better. I play games as well, but my true focus is to render, render, render!

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have 2 1920x1080 Monitors. One is 43 inches, the other is 23 inches.


Parts to Upgrade: This is a complete build so I need everything.

Do you need to buy OS: No.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I've created a list from Newegg. I'll include what I have gotten down below.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Vancouver, Washington USA

Parts Preferences: I'm thinking Nvidia graphics cards and Intel CPUs is my best bet for this

Overclocking: Yes!

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe!

Your Monitor Resolution: dual monitors at 1920x1080 resolution

Additional Comments: I use sony vegas 11 as my video editing software if that helps in the build. I play a lot of 2d and 3d games, record the footage via capture card and then edit and commentate for youtube. It's been a lot of fun for me. I'm also in the process of creating my own game. It's 2d sprite based and don't think there will need to be much emphasis on the build for it.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm upgrading because I share my brother's desktop and it's about time I just purchased my own.

My list I've collected: Here's the rundown of what I've come up with for a build so far. I'm fairly new to this stuff so there may be compatibility issues that I'm not aware of, or possibly wasting money.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2682-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Source: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ((I'm getting this to put my OS and Sony Vegas 11 on it))
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage: Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope I can get some advice on a build!







August 25, 2012 5:58:18 AM

Motherboard and CPU are incompatible, LGA1155 CPU wont fit in a LGA2011 board.

Case is good.

Mobo needs to be LGA1155, I suggest an AsRock Z77 Extreme4. $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its a great budget board with everything you would need.

GPU is just off the mark. The GTX670 is 20% cheaper and performs within 5% of the 680. Can get even get faster than a 680 if you overclock it.
I also tend to avoid EVGA due to the fact they use reference design cooling, which is louder and not as cool as custom.
Gigabyte GTX670. $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolermaster make great cases and CPU heatsinks, not Power Supplys. You want something from Corsair, Seasonic XFX or Silverstone. Also 1000W is very overkill, for dual cards 750W is plenty, for single 650W.
Seasonic X-Gold 750W, 80+ Gold and Fully modular. $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU is good.

SSD is bad, the Intel 330 is the mid-range drive of Intel's lineup, and costs just as much as a much faster drive.
Heres my recommendation, its among the fastest drives on the market and very reliable (Plus an extra 8GB).
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No reason for 2x8GB. Get a 4x4GB kit that's low profile.
G.Skill Ares 16GB 1600Mhx CL9 1.5v. $87
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD is quite slow and there are cheaper drives out there.
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No CPU heatsink on this overclock ready machine? I suggest a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO if you want to overclock.
CM Hyper 212 EVO. $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or go all out and get water cooling. It looks better than an equivalent heatsink (*cough*Noctua*Cough*) and will perform similarly. Your case supports water cooling as well.
Corsair H100. $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 25, 2012 6:30:48 AM

Alright I took most of what you said into account. Thanks for finding my glaring incompatibility error, that'd be awful to go through everything not knowing. Now my question is if I used dual GTX670's would that 750W power supply be sufficient?
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August 25, 2012 6:33:57 AM

It would be plenty sufficient. You could technically run dual cards on 650W, but most people go for 750W to be safe.
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August 25, 2012 6:52:40 AM

Alright! So I've got everything you've suggested in replace of my old. My only two questions left is that you think the motherboard will be ok? I'm not going too cheap with it? And what's the difference between 2x8 ram and 4x4. Low profile meaning height difference?
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August 25, 2012 7:05:22 AM

The Extreme4 is a great board, you wont be dissatisfied with it. I'm happy with my purchase of it.

Price mainly. 4x4GB is cheaper than 2x8GB. You could get 2x8GB so you could upgrade to 32GB later, but I doubt that you will need that much RAM for the usage you claim.
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August 25, 2012 7:13:24 AM

Great! Well I agree, I doubt I'll need that much RAM. At some point I'd like to get a monitor well above HD resolution. That would be the only other stress put on the computer. But thanks for the input! I took your advice on all of that. I'm a tiny bit nervous about installing the water cooling system, but it looks like my computer would thank me for it if it could.

So my build is complete unless anyone else dares to put out any counter opinions to the matter.

Thanks a bunch!

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