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[New Build] $1700 Gaming + Editing Rig

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September 13, 2012 2:36:00 AM

This is my first DIY build, be gentle

Approximate Purchase Date: End of September

Budget Range: 1700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, editing content, private media server

Location: NYC, NY

Parts Preferences: Read Seasonic is good for PSU. Intel for cpu. (no particular brand loyalty apart from intel over amd)

Overclocking: When I learn how to do it responsibly

SLI or Crossfire: Some time in the far future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferably using HDMI over other connectors

Additional Comments: Plan on using laptop to try to run games on Ultra including BF3 and Planetside 2 (im in the beta). Will be doing some high def video editing as well.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($207.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.04 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($128.00 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Samsung S22B300B 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($169.95 @ Mac Connection)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1702.05
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 22:24 EDT-0400)

Im not convinced that the SSD is the best way to go but thats purely due to the fact that im not familar with them. Im all for the speed of the SSD over the HDD im just not well versed in them and could use some reassurance that im not blindly taking a risk for no reason. Im not looking for a wildly overpriced rig that will be obselete in 3 years, I feel like I hit a good balance of performance and price. I'd appreciate any comments and thoughts. Thanks!
September 13, 2012 2:56:00 AM

SB-E doesn't really offer any advantage for gaming. An i5-3570k with a Z77 motherboard will be much more cost effective.

SSDs are much faster than HDs, but still cost considerably more per Gb. Most builds in your price range will include both. (SSD for speed and HD for mass storage).
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September 13, 2012 3:19:33 AM

hello buddy! that's a really nice build you picked there! but it can be improved, go here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33928643#p...

for us to help you better you're gonna have to tell us what video editing programs you will use and if they support CUDA/OpenCL or AMD APP.... anyways, a good "all in one" PC should look like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.04 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1604.12
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 23:17 EDT-0400)

if your video editing apps support OpenCL then you should get a 7970 because it can beat both the GTX670/680 in games and performs 4 times faster in OpenCL apps.

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September 13, 2012 3:39:27 AM

idroid said:
hello buddy! that's a really nice build you picked there! but it can be improved, go here: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33928643#p...

for us to help you better you're gonna have to tell us what video editing programs you will use and if they support CUDA/OpenCL or AMD APP.... anyways, a good "all in one" PC should look like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($183.04 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($419.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1604.12
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-12 23:17 EDT-0400)

if your video editing apps support OpenCL then you should get a 7970 because it can beat both the GTX670/680 in games and performs 4 times faster in OpenCL apps.


In terms of usage im getting the rig predominantly as a gaming rig while its secondary function will be to handle Sony Vegas ( im a complete amateur with editing a friend is getting me vegas at a steal and its for my masters degree) .
Having said that I have a couple questions:

How come you traded down with the mobo and cpu? (i do plan for SLI in the future once i get enough money to get a second video card)

Whats the rationale between changing Seasonic to XFX? ( read in terms of PSU seasonic is the 'go-to' guy)

Is there a particular reason to change from an MSI gtx to an asus gtx?

I dont mean to sound snarky im genuinely looking for helpful comments here and just would like to know your rationale! Thanks.
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September 13, 2012 3:41:19 AM

bewildered1 said:

Whats the rationale between changing Seasonic to XFX? ( read in terms of PSU seasonic is the 'go-to' guy)


XFX PSUs are built by Seasonic, as are some of the Corsair PSUs.
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September 13, 2012 3:49:43 AM

lighter17 said:
XFX PSUs are built by Seasonic, as are some of the Corsair PSUs.


I think im missing something here...wouldnt it be more prudent to get it from seasonic then? I mean if theyre building them all anyway? if these guys are just slapping on a different sticker is it a matter of brand loyalty or marginal price differential?
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September 13, 2012 3:54:52 AM

bewildered1 said:
In terms of usage im getting the rig predominantly as a gaming rig while its secondary function will be to handle Sony Vegas ( im a complete amateur with editing a friend is getting me vegas at a steal and its for my masters degree) .
Having said that I have a couple questions:

How come you traded down with the mobo and cpu? (i do plan for SLI in the future once i get enough money to get a second video card)

Whats the rationale between changing Seasonic to XFX? ( read in terms of PSU seasonic is the 'go-to' guy)

Is there a particular reason to change from an MSI gtx to an asus gtx?

I dont mean to sound snarky im genuinely looking for helpful comments here and just would like to know your rationale! Thanks.


*the motherboard can perfectly handle SLI
*i picked the i7 3770k because its a really fast CPU with new tech and improved HT performance, making it better for multitasking/recording/editing than the 3820
*XFX's PSUs are made by seasonic, the main reason i picked it was its cheap price (8$ less than the 750w PSU)
*i picked an Asus GTX670 because of the overclocking potential it has and the extremely quiet and efficient cooler.


you know what? i think i can fit dual GTX670s under 1700$... give me a sec.
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September 13, 2012 3:56:07 AM

here:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 612 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.71 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1767.79

the only downside is that it doesn't have a SSD but you can add it later.
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September 13, 2012 4:22:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ 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 ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($186.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($255.95 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($309.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($126.47 @ Amazon)
Total: $2199.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 00:19 EDT-0400)

Try above - cost shows higher as two monitor options are given, both are LED/IPS. Also, seasonic given is platinum series at a good price now.
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September 13, 2012 4:24:16 AM

change case, cooler, ram etc. One more note is on optical drive, check out price of Pioneer 207 - it is good and comes with free Cyberlink software (older version)
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September 13, 2012 5:03:37 AM

manojpraman said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hjdI/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($314.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($57.99 @ 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 ($96.49 @ B&H)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($379.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 600T ATX Mid Tower Case ($133.56 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 1000W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($186.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH12LS39 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus PA238Q 23.0" Monitor ($255.95 @ Mac Connection)
Monitor: Asus PA248Q 24.1" Monitor ($309.00 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($126.47 @ Amazon)
Total: $2199.40
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-13 00:19 EDT-0400)

Try above - cost shows higher as two monitor options are given, both are LED/IPS. Also, seasonic given is platinum series at a good price now.

You are wasting his $ with that PSU. He won't need more than 750W for his system. a TX750 V2 is PLENTY.
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September 15, 2012 6:11:49 PM

Best answer selected by bewildered1.
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May 23, 2013 10:34:02 AM

Bewildered that 3770k CPU you can get for $229 from Long Island Westbury Micro Center.. It's 20 miles away from the city man.. I just found out because i'm putting together a system also. It seems like Microcenter has awesome MB+CPU Combos.. U'll save TONS! and according to what someone else suggested they are as legit as can be (no cheap knock off parts). Good luck
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May 23, 2013 10:34:51 AM

Bewildered that 3770k CPU you can get for $229 from Long Island Westbury Micro Center.. It's 20 miles away from the city man.. I just found out because i'm putting together a system also. It seems like Microcenter has awesome MB+CPU Combos.. U'll save TONS! and according to what someone else suggested they are as legit as can be (no cheap knock off parts). Good luck

EDIT: OOPS.. forgot I posted here w/o noticng the date (-- Noob
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