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November 1, 2012 10:55:02 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($122.98
Video Card: MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition Graphics Card with Triple Overvoltage and Enhanced PWM Design (299.99
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.30
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99

Total: $1432.13

I'm looking for a system for under $1500, how is this setup, would really like someone's option

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November 1, 2012 11:16:36 PM

Unless you REALLY want SandyBridge and RoG mobo, suggest i5-3570K, and Asus P8Z77-V mobo, better performance, and native support for 1600MHz RAM.
You don't need 16GB of RAM, for gaming (or anything else, except perhaps high-end photographic/video editing). Get 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair CML, or GSKill Ares, or Crucial Ballistix Sport. If you really want 16GB, get it as 2X8GB, not 4x4GB.
OCZ Vertex4, or Samsung 830, better for SSD.
Even if you are thinking of adding 2nd Graphics card, you only need a 750w power supply. Type you chose is good.
I quite like the GTX660Ti, but it has to be said the HD7870 tends to be better value, if you have no particular reason for choosing nVidia.
November 1, 2012 11:26:46 PM

Windows 8 still a headache for drivers on peripherals, not much of an upgrade from 7. Otherwise the rest of the components look alright. Maybe look at a few more cases.
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November 2, 2012 12:03:25 AM

I really like your feedback.
I really need 16GB RAM for fast rendering video. 2X8GB sounds right thanks for that.
what P8Z77-V is the best for my setup (Deluxe, pro) .
thanks for the SSD disks suggestions. i think i would go with the 750 as you told but I think GTX660Ti is better for me.
sorry if the grammar is bad I'm from Iceland.
November 2, 2012 12:37:19 AM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($208.49
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($299.99
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black Pearl ATX Mid Tower Case ($125.30
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99

Total: $1368.64
November 2, 2012 9:59:44 AM

Very good. A much better (and better balanced) build. The V Pro is a very good board, but, for most applications, only gives marginal benefits, over the plain "V". You can do a "side by side" comparason, of the specs, on Asus' website, to ensure you are not paying extra, for features you don't need. Either the "V", or the "V Pro" are probably the best, of the series, for you.
November 2, 2012 3:31:24 PM



Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

not sure what monitor I should get. good for video editing/gaming battlefield 3, Arma2/DayZ

quiet PC for video editing/gaming battlefield 3, Arma2/DayZ

November 2, 2012 4:03:40 PM

The main difference between those 2 boards is that the more expensive one will allow for SLI/Crossfire while the cheaper one can only handle one GPU. The expensive one also has more bells and whistles (more USB 3.0 ports, a better audio controller, etc..)

Here's a full comparison from newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-824^13-131-824-TS%2C13-131-820^13-131-820-TS

As to my suggestions:

1) If video rendering is going to be the main use of this PC, you might consider going up to an i7-3770K (if you are planing on overclocking) or a i7-3770 (if no overclocking).

2) You could get away with a 500w-600w PSU if you aren't going to do SLI.

3) I wouldn't recommend an OCZ (or any Sandforce) SSD. Too many problems. I'd go with an Intel, Samsung, or Crucial (I'm currently using a 256GB Crucial M4)

4) You could get away with a cheaper motherboard from ASRock, Gigabyte, or MSI (especially if you aren't overclocking). Asus is the premium name in motherboards and they command a premium price.

5) If you do decide to overclock, you'll need an aftermarket CPU cooler. The Coolermaster Hyper 212+ and Hyper 212 EVO are tried and true favorites around here.
November 2, 2012 6:02:26 PM

Would agree with most of above comments, for HIGH-END photo/video work. Depends on level and quantity. As OP didn't raise it initially, I tend to think it's not enough of a priority, to justify change to i7. If someone boldly announces they are using Adobe CS6, I tend to think i7.
Whilst would agree about earlier SSD offerings, from OCZ, the Vertex4 is totally different animal, and becoming the "go to" SSD. Better than Samsung. Toms Hardware Best Buy.
The Asus P8Z77-V is on of the best performing boards around, and best quality. Gigabyte do some good boards also. There are cheaper boards, if you want that.
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