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December 2, 2012 10:59:47 AM

Hi
I am going to build a pc for the first time. I am going to use it mostly for video editing, 3d rendering and gaming. I was wondering if these specs will work well for the purpose and if everything will fit together:

CPU: Intel Ivybridge i7-3770k 3,5GHZ. Boost to 3,9GHZ.

Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77

Graphics card: ASUS GTX680 2GB PCI-E

Ram: Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR3

PSU: Fractal Design Integra R2 750W

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H80

SSD: Crucial v4 256GB SATA 6Gb/s

Tower: Antec Three Hundred TWO

Will all of this fit together, and will it be good for gaming/editing?
Would it be possible to run BF3 at ultra settings? :D 
a b 4 Gaming
December 2, 2012 12:29:26 PM

Everything should fit, but a few comments here.

- Sabertooth is an overpriced gimmick, it's basically the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the ASRock z77 Extreme6 minus the thermal armor that actually adds up to temps, ironically.
- RAM looks... weird.. and overpriced at that. Get low profile RAM like Corsair Vengeance LP or G.Skill Sniper/Ares.
- Forget the H80, the extra cost and risks in leaking isn't worth it. High-end air coolers like the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow will outperform it.
- The 680 is an overpriced card as well, you're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% increase in performance from the 670. Just get a 670 and OC it a bit, I suggest getting the Gigabyte.
- the V4 series of Crucial has been met with a lot of negative feedback mostly in reliability and quality. I suggest the M4 series if you want to stick with Crucial. Alternately, you can get the Vertex 4 or Samsung 830/840 Pro SSDs which are better.
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December 2, 2012 1:02:15 PM

excella1221 said:
Everything should fit, but a few comments here.

- Sabertooth is an overpriced gimmick, it's basically the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the ASRock z77 Extreme6 minus the thermal armor that actually adds up to temps, ironically.
- RAM looks... weird.. and overpriced at that. Get low profile RAM like Corsair Vengeance LP or G.Skill Sniper/Ares.
- Forget the H80, the extra cost and risks in leaking isn't worth it. High-end air coolers like the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow will outperform it.
- The 680 is an overpriced card as well, you're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% increase in performance from the 670. Just get a 670 and OC it a bit, I suggest getting the Gigabyte.
- the V4 series of Crucial has been met with a lot of negative feedback mostly in reliability and quality. I suggest the M4 series if you want to stick with Crucial. Alternately, you can get the Vertex 4 or Samsung 830/840 Pro SSDs which are better.

you said all the things i wanted to say :) 
one more thing if you'r not going to overclock and rely on the boost option then forget the aftermarket coolers , also get a modular psu ( seasonic , xfx , corsair ) preferred .
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December 2, 2012 1:28:48 PM

what program will you be using for video editing, and how much of your time will be spent rendering?
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December 2, 2012 1:42:28 PM

I'm going to use After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro for compositing and 3ds Max. I am going to do some advanced reflections and simulations in 3ds max, so it will be a lot of time rendering.
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December 2, 2012 2:00:54 PM

excella1221 said:
Everything should fit, but a few comments here.

- Sabertooth is an overpriced gimmick, it's basically the ASUS P8Z77-V PRO and the ASRock z77 Extreme6 minus the thermal armor that actually adds up to temps, ironically.
- RAM looks... weird.. and overpriced at that. Get low profile RAM like Corsair Vengeance LP or G.Skill Sniper/Ares.
- Forget the H80, the extra cost and risks in leaking isn't worth it. High-end air coolers like the NH-D14 and Silver Arrow will outperform it.
- The 680 is an overpriced card as well, you're basically paying ~$100 for a 5% increase in performance from the 670. Just get a 670 and OC it a bit, I suggest getting the Gigabyte.
- the V4 series of Crucial has been met with a lot of negative feedback mostly in reliability and quality. I suggest the M4 series if you want to stick with Crucial. Alternately, you can get the Vertex 4 or Samsung 830/840 Pro SSDs which are better.


Thanks.

Would you recommend the ASUS MAXIMUS V FORMULA motherboard?
And would the Be-Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2 be a good cooler?
I am going for the Corsair Vengeance LP ram, the gtx 670 and the m4 ssd.
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December 2, 2012 3:33:52 PM

No, not really. Only if you'll need the extra PCI-E 3.0 for 3-way SLI/Crossfire.
Lots of onboard stuff that the ASRock Extreme6 has and the Formula doesn't, it doesn't have any PCI slots at all, and the only advantage I can see is a Bluetooth and Wifi onboard but you can get those for like $10-15 each.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Get the 212 EVO, best performance for the money.
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December 2, 2012 10:43:45 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
this vengeance ram has cas 10 and both has a high voltage @1.65 and this is pretty bad ...

I guess you don't understand the fundamentals of RAM speed... your comment would actually matter if the speed was 1333 or even 1600 - and can you explain why the voltage is "pretty bad"?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 3, 2012 3:43:59 AM

The 2nd RAM suggestion... I find it really impractical to invest in that - there's little to no difference between 1600MHz of RAM and 2400MHz in gaming, maybe 0-2 fps at most. As for the media creation, it should show a difference in performance, but minimal and imo doesn't justify the near $200 price tag.

Regarding the 1.65v thing, Intel has decided to void CPU warranties for anything going over 1.5v since it strains the processor's memory controller and causes instability.
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