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September 2, 2012 1:39:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $900-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Editing, Gaming (I want to be able to play some of the newer games on high at around 40-50 FPS if that is possible?)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter since there is one nearby, but if you find anything cheaper, just let me know :) 

Location: Toledo, OH

Parts Preferences: I need an Intel i7 Quad Core Processor to work Adobe SpeedGrade. Also, I don't trust Seagates for HDD's, so Western Digital is possible :)  Anything for the SSD, as long as it isn't known for malfunction.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: As mentioned above, I REALLY need the i7 for SpeedGrade since I have it in my Production Suite.

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September 2, 2012 1:55:10 PM

You'll have a bit of trouble making your budget with an i7, SSD, good GPU ($400 alone for a 670), a good monitor and OS. Can you spend any more? I'll try but it'll be difficult without compromising on something.
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September 2, 2012 1:59:24 PM

SacredMystery said:
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $900-1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Editing, Gaming (I want to be able to play some of the newer games on high at around 40-50 FPS if that is possible?)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter since there is one nearby, but if you find anything cheaper, just let me know :) 

Location: Toledo, OH

Parts Preferences: I need an Intel i7 Quad Core Processor to work Adobe SpeedGrade. Also, I don't trust Seagates for HDD's, so Western Digital is possible :)  Anything for the SSD, as long as it isn't known for malfunction.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: As mentioned above, I REALLY need the i7 for SpeedGrade since I have it in my Production Suite.



Going to need at least $1400-1600 And thats just me throwing a number out there without doing any real calculations. At 1920x1080, need a OS, its tough as someone else mentioned, i doubt it can be pulled off for under $1k, but good hunting and sweet deals and maybe its possible. :hello: 
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September 2, 2012 2:15:40 PM

That looks great! What was the HDD you chose? The link sends me to the Newegg main page.
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September 2, 2012 2:21:18 PM

HDD link fixed

Had to lower a bit on the GPU but still a good one to make the budget.
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September 2, 2012 2:34:41 PM

In the future, if I want to upgrade to the 7970, am I able to do that with no problem?
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September 2, 2012 2:37:50 PM

HDD Link still sends me to the main page.
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September 2, 2012 2:42:05 PM

Yep. I don't know why HDD link isn't working still one more try.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
If that doesn't work put that in search. It's $69.99

Headed off to work hope I was helpful. Will be back to check later.
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September 3, 2012 12:10:32 AM

Best answer selected by SacredMystery.
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September 3, 2012 12:14:44 AM

I can maybe get you something better if you give me a second
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September 3, 2012 12:34:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1168.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 20:33 EDT-0400)

68$ over budget but I got you Ivy Bridge 3770k
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September 3, 2012 1:34:48 AM

Excellent build! I really like it :D  I can actually lower the price of that drastically. I can get the 3770K for $289.99 at a Microcenter that is about an hour away from me. Also, I can get the Z77 Extreme 4 Motherboard for the same price of that Z75 at my Microcenter as well. I'll have to look into the other items lol.

Would you suggest I get the Z77 over the Z75? Also, how trustworthy is G.Skill? I've read about a lot of problems with them not working correctly and coming DOA.
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September 3, 2012 2:21:31 AM

I've always bought G.Skill memory and never had a problem.

If you get a Z77 I doubt you'll be able to use any of the added features but yes it is better.

If you put any parts in http://pcpartpicker.com/ you should be able to get the best prices (I was just short on time). Glad bctande could help you with that.
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September 3, 2012 2:22:55 AM

andrewcarr said:
I've always bought G.Skill memory and never had a problem.

If you get a Z77 I doubt you'll be able to use any of the added features but yes it is better.


Added features? Sorry. I'm still learning.
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September 3, 2012 3:22:53 AM

SacredMystery said:
Added features? Sorry. I'm still learning.


Well the Z77 over Z75 advantages are pretty negligible for what you're trying to do, which is hardcore video-editing and gaming. The only real difference between Z75 and Z77 is SSD Caching, which you most likely won't be doing with the 128GB SSD I got you. You have 2 SATA 6Gb ports, one that will already be filled by the SSD, so you have one left. IT's your choice whether or not you need more, but it would make more sense that if you were buying another SSD, buy a bigger one. Other than that the MOBO has 1 PCIE 3.0 x16 slot for your GPU, and the rest are expansion slots for whatever else you need. And finally, the board has 2 USB 3.0 ports, which is somewhat low, but USB 3.0 hasn't really got to the point where it is optimized enough to have distinct value. It is nice to have but if you were offlading off your HDD, you won't get the advertised 500MB/s speeds, because the HDD will bottleneck, for example.

It's a great value board IMO
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September 3, 2012 4:25:12 AM

I have one more question. Since I am working with the Adobe Production Suite, I hear CUDA Cores are a big thing when doing video editing. If I wanted to go to a NVIDIA GTX GPU instead, would I need to change anything, or can I just change the GPU from a Radeon to a GTX with no problem?
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September 4, 2012 12:00:06 AM

SacredMystery said:
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Gimme a sec, lemme try a workaround
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September 4, 2012 12:02:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.30 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 570 1.25GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1198.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 20:04 EDT-0400)

You can't get an NVIDIA 600 Series card at the price point. I know production suite supports OpenCL
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September 4, 2012 12:19:38 AM

Ok, so.....you're going to hate me. Before I reveal the news, I want to thank you majorly for your help with this. It really means a lot to me :)  I just found out that I can invest a little more money into this. Originally, my wife and I didn't think we could, but now we can invest $1,400. You don't have to redo a PC Parts Tracker for me so it can save you the time from doing it lol. Am I ok with adding a 670 and not having to switch anything around? Once again, I am really sorry for this.
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September 4, 2012 12:30:40 AM

SacredMystery said:
Ok, so.....you're going to hate me. Before I reveal the news, I want to thank you majorly for your help with this. It really means a lot to me :)  I just found out that I can invest a little more money into this. Originally, my wife and I didn't think we could, but now we can invest $1,400. You don't have to redo a PC Parts Tracker for me so it can save you the time from doing it lol. Am I ok with adding a 670 and not having to switch anything around? Once again, I am really sorry for this.


1400? Gimme a sec haha don't worry.
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September 4, 2012 12:48:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V213HLBJbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($125.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1384.87
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 20:48 EDT-0400)

I also served you up 16GB of RAM
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September 4, 2012 2:40:19 AM

You are a true blessing my friend! Really, thank you so much for this!
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September 4, 2012 3:10:06 AM

Can't really improve on that. Faster memory lower GB (but may not be as good as a high amount if heavy video editing).
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September 4, 2012 3:27:37 AM

SacredMystery said:
You are a true blessing my friend! Really, thank you so much for this!


No problem !
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September 4, 2012 2:07:29 PM

Thanks to both of you guys for all of your help!!!!!!
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