Need a build. $1500-$1800 Budget


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Black Friday - Beginning of January.

Budget Range: $1500-$1800.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, programming, and Hd Video editing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, amazon

Location: Louisiana

Parts Preferences: None. I want the best performance for the money.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Doesn't need any bling, and basic case will do. I need a good mouse and keyboard also.
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  1. The ideal system rather depends on the level and amount of photo/video work, you are doing. Assuming a lot, I have allowed for i7 processor. The system could be modified if only needing i5.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($189.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.93 @ Amazon)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($89.33 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1701.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    I've not included keyboard/mouse. That very much depends exactly what you want.
  2. ^^^^^good build, same as mine except for different brands for parts, and I got an ASRock Z77 extrem4- excellent board for the price worth considering in my book
  3. id get something like this

    i would suggest a good keyboard but it will cost you a fair bit
  4. Personally, throwing my two cents into the keyboard / mouse arena...

    If you're typing a lot, or want exact precision, buy a mechanical keyboard. They're expensive, but completely worth it - the amount of fatigue you lose and typing speed you gain... It's worth it. I thought it was pointless till I tried one - now I'm a convert. (If you aren't, I LOVE the comfort curve 2000 - it's not heavily ergonomic, and EXTREMELY well built - my mother has one that's never been cleaned, had drinks spilled on it many times, is five years old, and still types perfectly.)

    As for a mouse, I personally don't like many 'gaming' mice - they feel uncomfortable. (Even the legendary g9x hurt.) I'd go with one of two things: A simple, well built 5-button mouse (I like the Intellimouse Explorer 3.0 and the Comfort 6000 - as a bonus, Microsoft has good macro software.) or: an extremely nice mouse that's either customizable or that you can try out somewhere to feel the fit.

    The only things to avoid are these two brands: Razor (Yeah, they have some nice stuff, but it's EXPENSIVE, and built to only last 6 months - that ads up quickly) and MadCatz, which is a crapo rip-off brand.
  5. i usually stick with a deathadder. fits my hand perfectly and doesnt have a pile of buttons
  6. ^I like the deathadder shape, but I've found it to be of extremely bad build quality - I had two of them die on me within months before I stopped going with them. The two mice I mentioned have the same shape and number of buttons, and, personally, feel better.
  7. hmm. well i have the black edition and im beating the crap out of it and its good.
  8. Huh. Wonder if the increased the build quality of their special edition. If so, I might try it myself - it's been a while since I've been able to find a Comfort Curve for a decent price.
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