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August 28, 2012 11:52:42 PM

I need advice on building a computer. I need this computer for (in order of importance) editing HD video, Gaming, Web browsing, School work. I need a capture card that can capture in HD for my Xbox360. As for games on the PC i was thinking BF3, Arma 2, Day Z, Skyrim, Minecraft and any other games (mostly first person shooters) on higher resolutions with a good framerate.

For parts this is what i was thinking,

Motherboard: Asus Maximus v Formula
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Asus GTX 670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i7 3770K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair AX 850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Corsair Obidian 800D (Picked this case because im planning on adding water cooling in the future and its got plenty of room)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM DDR3 1866: Corsair Vengeance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Or should i go with the DDR3 2133 for $12 more for the future when the CPU gets upgraded and can handle it can handle it.

RAM DDR3 2133: Corsair Vengeance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint f3 (probly gunna get two if its a good drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD:
Is it important? I was thinking as a boot drive and have important programs on it. Need recommendations.

CD/DVD Drive: Sony
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90 (Chose because it has macros and is mechanical).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse: Cyborg R.A.T. 7 Infection
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or I like the M.M.O. 7 But is it worth the extra $20 because the K90 has macro keys?

Mouse option 2: Cyborg M.M.O. 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor: Acer 120 Hz, 2ms response, 3D (Maybe in the future I will probably use the 3D option).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I am in the United States. I would prefer newegg.com, amazon, or any reliable site that has better prices. I am going for a red and black theme besides the keyboard because i couldn't find another that was back-lit and mechanical keyboard with macros.
I am open to any suggestions but i would prefer the parts to match the color scheme. I also need a good capture card preferably HDMI and i will capture xbox 360 with it. I will most likely be adding liquid cooling in the future. I will be adding lights
sometime soon.

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August 28, 2012 11:56:19 PM

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Or should i go with the DDR3 2133 for $12 more for the future when the CPU gets upgraded and can handle it can handle it.


No - most motherboards won't be able to handle RAM at that speed without overclocking. And even then overclocking your RAM is very dangerous as it will lead to serious system instability problems. Even 1866 is a giant waste of money because most Z77 and X79 motherboards are rated at 1600 and going over that speed will cause instability problems.

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Is it important? I was thinking as a boot drive and have important programs on it. Need recommendations.


Definitely on that kind of system. Go with a Samsung 830 or Plextor PX-M3 if you want something high end.

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Is it important? I was thinking as a boot drive and have important programs on it. Need recommendations.


I'm in a very small minority here but I think $260 on peripherals is massive overkill. There's other things I would rather spend money on than that.

What's your budget? There's things on that build that are way too expensive and way overkill for what you need. You could drop the price of that about $400 - $500 and still come out ahead.
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August 29, 2012 12:11:41 AM

i would like to get every thing for under $2000. Could you suggest some good peripherals?
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August 29, 2012 12:22:24 AM

g-unit1111 said:
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Or should i go with the DDR3 2133 for $12 more for the future when the CPU gets upgraded and can handle it can handle it.


No - most motherboards won't be able to handle RAM at that speed without overclocking. And even then overclocking your RAM is very dangerous as it will lead to serious system instability problems. Even 1866 is a giant waste of money because most Z77 and X79 motherboards are rated at 1600 and going over that speed will cause instability problems.

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Is it important? I was thinking as a boot drive and have important programs on it. Need recommendations.


Definitely on that kind of system. Go with a Samsung 830 or Plextor PX-M3 if you want something high end.

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Is it important? I was thinking as a boot drive and have important programs on it. Need recommendations.


I'm in a very small minority here but I think $260 on peripherals is massive overkill. There's other things I would rather spend money on than that.

What's your budget? There's things on that build that are way too expensive and way overkill for what you need. You could drop the price of that about $400 - $500 and still come out ahead.


Thank you and could you recommend a good keyboard and mouse?
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August 29, 2012 12:23:21 AM

blade of grass said:
Personally I'd go with a SanDisk Extreme 120Gb SSD or a Kingston HyperX 120Gb SSD
Also, the 2133 RAM is overkill and not needed.
I would also swap the 800D for a Switch 810 (cheaper, and is amazing for water cooling).


Thank you very much.
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August 29, 2012 12:35:47 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer RZ03-00381300-R3M1 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cyborg CCB437080002/04/1 Wired Laser Mouse ($83.55 @ Newegg)
Total: $1796.64
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 20:35 EDT-0400)
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August 29, 2012 6:19:17 AM

blade of grass said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Razer RZ03-00381300-R3M1 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Cyborg CCB437080002/04/1 Wired Laser Mouse ($83.55 @ Newegg)
Total: $1796.64
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-28 20:35 EDT-0400)


That's a decent build but 1866 RAM will not be fully utilized on Z77.

I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($407.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($145.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1589.39
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-29 02:18 EDT-0400)

I don't suggest monitor or peripherals as that's almost entirely personal preference.
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