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September 10, 2012 8:41:00 AM

I have been out of the computer building game for a while, but my last one finally died on me (AMD Athlon XP 2600+).

I need a reasonably powerful bargain rig for video/photo editing, gaming (nothing tooo crazy), and surfing. This is what I've come up with so far. Feel free to rip it apart and show me what I'm missing out on! (within the $850 range or cheaper)

Already have ($400 total):

CPU: i7 2600k w/ stock cooler
Storage: 60gb corsair SSD boot drive, WD 1TB hdd
RAM: 8gb DDR3 1600 patriot viper
Mouse, keyboard etc.

Need:

Case-
Cooler Master $55
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K...

PSU-
Antec Earthwatts 650 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU-
EVGA GTX560 $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo-
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 1155 $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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September 10, 2012 8:54:01 AM

I will also be using Win7 and eventually buying a new monitor to match my gpu, but that will come later. I am looking to buy all these parts within the next 3 days.
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September 10, 2012 9:12:53 AM

Change the CPU to normal i7-2600, the 'k' is if you want overclock.
Other than that its a decent build.
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September 10, 2012 9:21:25 AM

I got the cpu and a few other things in a bundle for cheap already. I may end up OCing a bit and buying a better cpu cooler later depending on how well it runs stock. Do you think I have some room for OCing in this build? Thanks for the input!
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September 10, 2012 9:32:07 AM

With stock cooler, not so much. However, you can get a good cooler for cheap, or maybe save up for a little bit and get a noctua nh-d14 later.
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September 10, 2012 8:27:01 PM

aikidoka787 said:
I am about to order. Final thoughts?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/h5u7


i am under the impression that this PC is going to be mainly used for games, right? if so...

*the i7 WILL NOT give you absolutely any benefit over an i5 CPU (not even a single frame more) and for light video editing the i7 is not worth it.

*The motherboard is a bit small (not full sized ATX) so you might bend it if you decide to get a second card.

*there are better RAM choices.

*Don't get a Caviar Black HDD.... it doesn't perform any better than cheaper options.

*you shouldn't consider a SSD at this price range.

*The rosewill challenger is a better case than the HAF 912

*no need for a 650w PSU.... either 550w or 750w (for SLI/CF)

Get this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $925.43

*that build can easily rape the crap you were about to buy.... get a SSD later



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September 10, 2012 8:39:31 PM

proton007 said:
With stock cooler, not so much. However, you can get a good cooler for cheap, or maybe save up for a little bit and get a noctua nh-d14 later.

With the stock cooler you hould be able to take the processor up to 4.0 Ghz with a simple adjustment to the clock multiplier with no problems at all.
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September 10, 2012 8:43:15 PM

idroid said:
i am under the impression that this PC is going to be mainly used for games, right? if so...


Quote:
I need a reasonably powerful bargain rig for video/photo editing, gaming (nothing tooo crazy), and surfing.
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September 10, 2012 8:43:20 PM

idroid said:
*the i7 WILL NOT give you absolutely any benefit over an i5 CPU (not even a single frame more) and for light video editing the i7 is not worth it.

*there are better RAM choices.

*Don't get a Caviar Black HDD.... it doesn't perform any better than cheaper options.

*you shouldn't consider a SSD at this price range.


READ THE POST!
Those are parts the OP already has...!
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September 10, 2012 8:45:58 PM

pacioli said:
With the stock cooler you hould be able to take the processor up to 4.0 Ghz with a simple adjustment to the clock multiplier with no problems at all.


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September 10, 2012 8:47:04 PM

quilciri said:
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I need a reasonably powerful bargain rig for video/photo editing, gaming (nothing tooo crazy), and surfing.


Exactly.... nothing too crazy = nothing the i5 can't rape.

Edit: the i7 offers ~30% more performance than the i5 in HEAVILY threaded applications.
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September 10, 2012 8:53:19 PM

idroid said:
Exactly.... nothing too crazy = nothing the i5 can't rape.

Edit: the i7 offers ~30% more performance than the i5 in HEAVILY threaded applications.


video editing software is heavily threaded. As that was his top listed priority, I think he's right in going with the i7.
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September 10, 2012 8:55:09 PM

idroid said:
Exactly.... nothing too crazy = nothing the i5 can't rape.

Edit: the i7 offers ~30% more performance than the i5 in HEAVILY threaded applications.


Allow me to repeat... READ THE POST!!! It really would save time and embarrasment for us all...
The OP already has an i7 2600K, HDD, SSD, and RAM.
He is asking for advice on the rest of the PC.
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September 10, 2012 8:58:18 PM

pacioli said:
Allow me to repeat... READ THE POST!!! It really would save time and embarrasment for us all...
The OP already has an i7 2600K, HDD, SSD, and RAM.
He is asking for advice on the rest of the PC.


right.... returning stuff is illegal, right?
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September 10, 2012 9:01:06 PM

pacioli said:
Changing the CPU multiplier from 38 to 40 is not much of an OC at all... a 400Mhz
overclock will make your CPU run hotter than it should

I'd personally get a cheap CPU cooler like the $30 CM Hyper 212+/EVO and OC it to around 4.4 - 4.5 Ghz



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September 10, 2012 9:02:19 PM

idroid said:
*Fixed!

Your math is off... among other things
38 x 100 mhz = 3.8 GHz
40 x 100 mhz = 4.0 Ghz
4.0 Ghz - 3.8 Ghz = 200 Mhz
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September 10, 2012 9:09:13 PM

idroid said:
right.... returning stuff is illegal, right?

Not illegal... just not smart...
I'm assuming he got the recent combo deal at Fry's for $388, that is > $100 off the regular retail price of those items...
http://www.frys.com/ads/page7
Returning that combo and paying more to get less is not a smart move for anyone.
Alone the i7 2600K would run him ~ $300 plus ~$100 for the HDD plus ~$50 for the SSD plus ~$50 for the RAM... That would be about $500(I'm trying to help you with the icky math part here...)
A 3570K runs $240 plus $200 for the other goodies... or $440
He paid $388... So... yeah your idea is really a bad financial move... Apparently math is not your strong point though... Or reading for that matter...
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September 10, 2012 9:40:31 PM

Thank you all for your input. Also, I'm going to have 8gb G.SKILL Ares Series (2 x 4GB) and 8gb (2x4gb) 1600 patriot viper RAM because they just happened to both be included in my packages. Should I try to mix for 16gb or just sell one pair for a few bucks and use 8gb?

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September 10, 2012 9:40:55 PM

pacioli said:
Your math is off... among other things
38 x 100 mhz = 3.8 GHz
40 x 100 mhz = 4.0 Ghz
4.0 Ghz - 3.8 Ghz = 200 Mhz


OFMG.... i am sorry, i could have sworn that the stock clock of the 2600k was 3.4 (overclocked to 4Ghz would be 600mhz not 400mhz) my apologies.... i wasn't thinking straight.
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September 10, 2012 9:46:55 PM

Final:

CPU: i7 2600k w/ stock cooler
RAM: Either 8gb (2x4gb) or 16gb mixed between G.skill (2x4) and Patriot Viper (2x4) depending on y'alls input
Storage: 60gb Corsair SSD boot drive, Western Digital 1TB Media hdd
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill Challenger
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

$825 total shipped with tax. Hopefully there are no fitting or wiring issues that I overlooked, but I should have it built in a day or so and I'll let you know how it comes out.
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September 10, 2012 9:57:45 PM

aikidoka787 said:
Final:

CPU: i7 2600k w/ stock cooler
RAM: Either 8gb (2x4gb) or 16gb mixed between G.skill (2x4) and Patriot Viper (2x4) depending on y'alls input
Storage: 60gb Corsair SSD boot drive, Western Digital 1TB Media hdd
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill Challenger
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

$825 total shipped with tax. Hopefully there are no fitting or wiring issues that I overlooked, but I should have it built in a day or so and I'll let you know how it comes out.


It doesn't really matter, if you mix them and they work, then great. 16GB vs 8GB, performance wise isn't much of a boost, and only under certain circumstances does it give an advantage. If you want to sell off the memory fine, or keep it if you want.
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September 11, 2012 7:23:13 AM

aikidoka787 said:
Final:

CPU: i7 2600k w/ stock cooler
RAM: Either 8gb (2x4gb) or 16gb mixed between G.skill (2x4) and Patriot Viper (2x4) depending on y'alls input
Storage: 60gb Corsair SSD boot drive, Western Digital 1TB Media hdd
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill Challenger
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA
Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

$825 total shipped with tax. Hopefully there are no fitting or wiring issues that I overlooked, but I should have it built in a day or so and I'll let you know how it comes out.


Looks good!
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September 12, 2012 8:02:45 AM

Best answer selected by aikidoka787.
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September 12, 2012 8:07:07 AM

everything has arrived and bios has just popped up. all 16gb ram is operational and no DOA parts. Wooooo! now time for OS...
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