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Guys, check this build out. I think I got about the fastest for $1,200

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September 29, 2012 6:42:45 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iRTO Go here and check out the benchmark, click on the little benchmark button on the top right. There are two benchmark buttons, click the little one below to see the stats for this build. I didn't think it would be possible to put together such a fast computer for under the $1,500 range!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($285.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1169.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
September 29, 2012 6:48:01 PM

brandon402 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/iRTO Go here and check out the benchmark, click on the little benchmark button on the top right. There are two benchmark buttons, click the little one below to see the stats for this build. I didn't think it would be possible to put together such a fast computer for under the $1,500 range!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($285.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1169.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I'm guessing that build is for hard core video editing, or mayb CAD?
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September 29, 2012 6:52:35 PM

Yes you are correct! I like to do some 3D modeling and rendering, not video editing though.
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September 29, 2012 6:55:30 PM

What's the aftermarket cpu cooler for you don't need it.
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September 29, 2012 6:56:12 PM

brandon402 said:
Yes you are correct! I like to do some 3D modeling and rendering, not video editing though.


Wouldn't 3D modeling software benefit from a GPU? What program are you planning to use?

Upgrade to a 3770k/Z77 for less money:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($93.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.81 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK520 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1105.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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September 29, 2012 7:08:02 PM

I mainly use Sketchup with Maxwell Render for rendering. But I'm learning Blender and Autodesk too. I am not totally sure which programs use the graphics cards. I think Photoshop uses the GPU CUDA cores, but I'm not sure if there any other non-video editing programs that do. Sometime I would probably add a graphics card, but the intel 4000 graphics should be good enough for awhile.

I don't play tons of online games, I prefer PS3 for the shooting games. I did download Civ 5 the other day though, it's pretty cool. I had played almost every Civ game but not 5 yet. It's fun but the games take so long, even on "quick" mode. :) 
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September 29, 2012 8:01:28 PM

You can try using the programs with the integrated graphics and see what kind of performance you get before deciding on a video card. One thing I would suggest though is that you increase the capacity of your PSU if you're thinking about adding a video card later. 450W is a bit on the low side for high end GPUs.

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September 30, 2012 2:03:07 AM

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