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New Gaming/Encoding System (Max Budget US$2000)

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September 30, 2012 10:01:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Week Beginning November 12th 2012

Budget Range: Max 2000 (if it comes in cheaper, all the better). After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Encoding/Editing/Converting, Media Burning, Watching Movies. Gaming, Surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, RAM, GFX Card, PSU and Chassis

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk - AFAIK this is the only site that will deliver to me. If there are others you are may use them, i have no preference.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, ASUS mobo (will consider others), nVidia GFX

Overclocking: Maybe (not unless i have to)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (not unless i have to)

Your Monitor Resolution: Need new screen prefer Full HD, 23" to 27" should be fine, prefer samsung screen but not an issue to get others, 3D a bonus but not essential.

Additional Comments: Quiet is Good, prefer not to have to use water cooling unless you guys think i have to, Chassis has to have lots of space for more HDDs.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Haven't upgraded in about 4 years, can no longer function without upgrading LOL.
October 1, 2012 8:51:38 AM

Spartin503 said:
CPU
CPU Fan
Motherboard
RAM
HDD
GPU
Case
PSU
Monitor

It's a little more than 2000$ but it will do what ever you want.



Looks good to me, i should have mentioned that i don't need a HDD, but i can deduct that easily enough. I was also hoping for a Full tower case.

Sorry if i am being a PITA.

Now i wanted to ask about the mobo, i am sure you guys know better than me, but i did like the looks of the Asus Maximus but is that just a waste of money??

And then with the GFX card, is Asus better than EVGA or vice versa or are they pretty much the same except for cost??
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October 1, 2012 12:13:19 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£247.90 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£144.79 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£72.97 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£310.89 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) (£310.89 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case (£126.48 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£92.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive (£13.78 @ Amazon UK)
Monitor: Asus VG278HE 144Hz 27.0" Monitor (£407.70 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1728.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The monitor I listed will give you smooth gameplay with its 144MHz and the dual 670s on SLI will just improve that even further!
I understand you're not considering SLI if you don't need to, so please feel free to drop 1 of the GPUs, and downgrade the PSU to 550-600w.
October 1, 2012 4:38:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($286.97 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE276Q 27.0" Monitor ($280.38 @ Mac Connection)
Total: $2096.84

The best I could find :) 
October 2, 2012 4:08:39 PM

A full tower case isn't needed at all.

I fitted my Maximus V Extreme to my Carbide 500r. It won't be a problem.

And afaik, an HDD is really essential for an encoding system.
October 2, 2012 4:29:02 PM

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i should have mentioned that i don't need a HDD, but i can deduct that easily enough. I was also hoping for a Full tower case.

^that usually means he already has one.
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