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Building cheap Gaming/Video editing comp $500-700

Last response: in Systems
October 4, 2012 3:48:28 PM

I want to build a computer than can run adobe premiere and after effects flawlessly and run some games, aswell, like guild wars 2. Editing, is the most important. My budget is about $500-700.
October 4, 2012 4:33:52 PM


For video editing, I would go with Intel. That being said, you're going to pay a bit more for your setup. Not only are the CPU's themselves more expensive, but motherboards are too.

If you want flawless video editing, I wouldn't do anything short of a Core i7. ( For gaming this obviously isn't needed, any Quad Core would do ) The i7 would give you the horsepower you need to run such applications. Ideally, you'd want to do a workstation build, with an Xeon, but we're trying to keep costs low, so that seems to be out of the picture.

IMHO - up your budget $200-300 more dollars, and get something similar to this:

Core i7
4-8GB of RAM ( DDR3, 1333-1600 with tight timings e.g 7-7-7-24. or 8-8-8-24 )
A single Nvidia GeForce 660ti would be more than enough to power any game out on the market, with reasonable settings. ( My 560ti still doesn't choke ) Anything higher would be out of budget, and an overkill.

This is very 'do-able' for around $900 bucks.