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Upgrade 7 years in the making

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November 10, 2012 11:42:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Cyber Monday for any parts that offer discounts, rest of week for normally priced parts.

Budget Range: $1300.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo/Video editing, Gaming, VM testing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Overclocking: Most likely a little bit down the road. If/when needed.

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not, but open to idea later on. If/when needed.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading/Quick summary: Time to upgrade from 7 year old laptop. Worked out parts list a few years ago to create mid level gaming/media editing machine, but laptop always seemed to just cut it for what I needed back then. Want to get into high end video editing with new DSLR/Gopro, looking forward to playing a few PC games at more than 800x600 with all settings on low (Crysis1, Arma2). Will get around to picking up Metro 2033, Fallout new Vegas, etc. Laptop was great, but modern stuff is quickly becoming too much for it to process. Photoshop sometimes hiccups when working with the usual 20 MB RAW files, but the modified 80+ MB files are really starting to slow it down. Video work is almost impossible due to laptop's 2 GB of RAM. Even Youtube videos will freeze for a split second when watching HD. Basically, its past time to upgrade. Laptop will become backup/ traveling PC.

So what do you guys think? I plan on getting a 1TB drive later, have external for now, also a media reader will be bought later.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon/Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.00 @ B&H/Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Challenger-B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1256.92

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nem7

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November 11, 2012 12:31:06 AM

PSU is overkill for a single GPU and insufficient for 2-way SLI/Crossfire.
500-550w would be fine for single, 750w for dual.

I personally don't find that particular 840 a good buy. It's cheap because it has a relatively low write speed compared to the others. You'll be better off getting the 256gb Samsung 830.

The RipjawsX's tall heat spreaders are unnecessary and will give you a hard time installing a CPU cooler when the time comes that you need to OC. Also, it's CL10 - the general consensus is to not get anything above CL9 as that is the sweet spot for latency. I suggest this instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

670 is a great card. It's the only mid-high end nVidia card I would suggest. Though if you want better performance for the money, the 7970 is in the same price point.

Everything else looks good to me!
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November 13, 2012 4:43:49 PM

Thanks for your help excella1221!

Revised list. Swapped PSU,RAM and SSD for your recommendations.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nolA

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($190.03 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Challenger-B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1290.45

Using the 550W PSU, I assume if I wanted to give the CPU and GPU a tiny bump in power I could do so and still not be close to maxing the PSU? (Doubt I would for a while, just want to plan for future).
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November 14, 2012 1:10:20 AM

Why would he need 2 GPUs and a server CPU?
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November 14, 2012 5:35:33 AM

Yes the i7 and a single 670 is good enough. He's not building a workstation here lol.
Also I would get a SeaSonic S12II 520w PSU if I were you. Have been using many of them for years and never had a single one fail
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November 14, 2012 5:52:33 AM

excella1221 said:
Why would he need 2 GPUs and a server CPU?


Don't worry about him, he's kind of the resident troll back when I was active as well.

I would get an i5-3570k with a 7950 though. If your laptop was tolerable when you were doing your stuff. I think the i7 would a be an overkill.

With the i5-3570k and 7950. You save $200

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also get 3 free AAA games which cost about $150. So it would feel like you are buying the 7950 for only $150. WHAT A STEAL.

The money you saved can finally go to a 1tb drive which is only $50 right now since it's a newegg sale. So, yeah.
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November 15, 2012 2:03:28 AM

Okay dokey kids.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nM91

Skip to bottom if you just want to see current parts.

Trolling aside, I will be sticking with my CPU and GPU choices. I plan on working with video quality ranging from Gopros to mid level DSLRs. My current laptop lags with editing Gopro footage, working with DLSR quality video really hurts it, and attempting to do anything in Premier grinds everything to a halt. Hence the "want to get into" high end video editing. Movie maker doesn't really cut it. :lol:  Plus Photoshop makes stuff like Pandora stutter pretty bad when exporting images/applying filters, etc.

Little laptop trivia: HP dv6500t: 2.4 ghz cpu, 2GB of RAM, 128mb GPU. (They offered a 256mb the day after I bought it!) HD is only a 5400rpm I think. Roughly 7 years old. So yeah its getting a little tired and slow nowadays. (Oddly enough, as of last year I could run Crysis 1 at roughly 25-30fps. Of course at 800x600 on super low.)

The 1TB is not a concern yet, as the laptop only has 250gb, so I'm not losing any real space. A external 1TB drive serves as a file dump currently, so no worries at all on space.

As for the PSU, the general consensus seems to be that XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic. Both seem very good, so I picked the cheaper XFX 550W.

Looked into the OCZ, seems worth it. Replaced the Samsung with it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Challenger-B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS424-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $1289.41

Price seems right on the money. Unless there are any glaring flaws, this will be the config I pick.

Thank you guys so much for your help!

-Techpriest09
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November 15, 2012 2:18:40 AM

Looks good to me. :) 
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November 15, 2012 2:24:50 AM

Das good.
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November 16, 2012 7:25:43 AM

why don't you Techpriest09 invest in a better PSU ?
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November 16, 2012 1:01:57 PM

Let's keep this thread a bit more positive. Difference of personal opinions do not mean one idea is superior or inferior of another just because you don't agree.

Let me know if there are any issues.

Thanks.
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November 16, 2012 2:51:36 PM

Nice build
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