UPGRADING.. Need help choosing few items

Hello, I will appreciate any advice you guys can help me out with...Following is what I plan to get for my first build:

Already have:
-AsRock z77 Extreme 4
-Antec case ONE ILLUSION atx mid tower

Plan to get:
-I5 -3570k ivy bridge 3.4
-Crucil M4 128gb SSD
-2TB Seagate Barricuda Hard Drive
-16gb G Skill RAM DDr3 1600

The two things I need advice on adding to the list are the VIDEO CARD and POWER SUPPLY. the main thing i am going to be using the comp for is music production/engineering. I will be using software programs like Reason and Pro Tools. I will be doing a lot of audio recording. I will also be doing a lot of HD 1080p video editing. I will do the occasional gaming, diablo 3 is the only game i play (so far).

-First Question- For my GPU i was thinking of getting a GeForce 550 TI, but im not sure if that's to little, or too much. what card would you guys recommend on getting considering what im going to use my computer for?

-Second Question--How much power do i need for this build? I read a couple of reviews that said around 650W, but i just want to make sure with the exact items i want.

I will appreciate any advice, again thanks in advance. :sol:
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  1. Looking at your processing power requirements, I think you do not need a more powerful GPU but a more powerful CPU. You should look at something like 2600K, 2700k and 3770k. A good and sufficient GPU for you would be 6850, which you should be able to get it cheap.
  2. i disagree, the 550ti is roughly the same output power as a 6850, but with physx. a 3570k is also a great processor, and i know a guy who does it all his music engineering fine on a 3450.

    as far as psu's go, 650 will be ample, but make sure you buy a decent brand, such as corsair, seasonic, cooler master, or ocz, and that i is at least bronze certified. you could even get away with 550w if you arent going to overclock
  3. I hate to say it but don't get a cooler master PSU. They are all crappy and only some of the OCZ's are ok. CPU is fine the GPU would be fine if you were doing just sound but since you will be doing video and a game.

    I would step it up to a GTX 560 or the GTX 560 Ti. This way you won't have a card that will struggle with the game and video's. But sound you would think a high end sound card would do the trick on the music.

    I would go with a 650 PSU for fucture proof. I don't know where you are but I will link you to a few liks to the PSU. Also I will link you to a few cards that would be good and hopefully it is in your budget.

    I will also link you to a PSU list where Tier 1=best Tier 5=worst. I hope this helps and good luck on you music and video production.

    PSU list
    http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

    650w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

    650w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207014

    Here is a 750w PSU at the same price of the 650w's
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

    Here is another 750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207015

    and another 750w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

    GTX 560 non Ti.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130685

    GTX 560 non Ti.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127593

    GTX 560 Ti this one is the price that is the best.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500196

    GTX 560 Ti this one is just a good all around card.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565

    GTX 560 Ti this one is the card I would recommend to get over all othersl
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127578
  4. Video editing is going to take a huge bonus from something with Hyperthreaded processor cores, like an i7. I would say a 2600K or a 3770K.

    I would say the 560Ti is a good buy as well, but my vote goes for the 7850 (not disagreeing, just saying). I believe it is a bit faster.
  5. Deemo13 said:
    Video editing is going to take a huge bonus from something with Hyperthreaded processor cores, like an i7. I would say a 2600K or a 3770K.

    I would say the 560Ti is a good buy as well, but my vote goes for the 7850 (not disagreeing, just saying). I believe it is a bit faster.


    ^+1
    Even though you could get by with the i5 but it would be a lot better with the i7 and go with 3770k. You will be supprised how well that CPU will work. Deemo good catch.
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