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December 24, 2012 3:28:25 AM

doing my first build..trying to keep my cost below $1200 including monitor. I haven't done much gaming recently, but would like to get back into it. also a new job i may be getting would require mild video editing.


so far i have this set up in mind...


Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz w/
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB...........................................................$257
MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA 1155 Intel Z77.......................................$200
MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB...$135
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM.....................$80
Rosewill THOR V2 Gaming ATX Full Tower..................................$125
Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-750 750W......................$110

LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive..............................................$50
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit.............................$140
Acer G236HLBbd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor..........$110

Total: $1207


Any suggestions? Changes?

Your help is truly appreciated.

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December 24, 2012 3:38:00 AM

You're overspending on quite a few parts. Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($290.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1148.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 00:37 EST-0500)

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
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December 24, 2012 3:54:33 AM

^+1 to above build for you

if you dont plan to CF drop the PSU down to a 550W and get a small 64GB boot drive but if you can push it get a 120GB SSD
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December 24, 2012 12:53:46 PM

i do not plan to CF, but depending on how much video editing the job may entail, i would like the ability to...i guess if i do need to CF though i could just expense the bigger PSU and additional video card. lol.
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December 24, 2012 4:18:00 PM

I wouldn't worry about getting a SSD.

Focus on the parts that could potentially affect video editing performance. That would be the RAM, CPU and GPU.

For the CPU, the i5 3570k will perform well in these tasks, but not as well as the i7 3770k. However, the i7 is also $100 more expensive.

As for the GPU, if you plan on using Adobe for editing and rendering, you'll want a Nvidia GPU for its CUDA cores. Adobe loves CUDA and performs noticeably better with it.

And finally for RAM, 16gb would be ideal. However, 8gb will get the job done.

Here's a revised build if you don't plan on doing Crossfire. By the way, SLI/Crossfire isn't going to help in video editing and rendering.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1177.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 13:18 EST-0500)
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December 24, 2012 4:31:21 PM

winner. winner. chicken dinner.

Thanks to you both for your help and advice. It is greatly appreciated. I am new to all of this so thank you for your patience. Merry Christmas.

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December 24, 2012 4:46:34 PM

lol, no problem; good luck with your build.

And Merry Christmas to you too. :) 
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January 2, 2013 11:00:24 PM

Best answer selected by MsupermanD.
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