Budget Range: $1000-$1100 After Rebates; After Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Amateur Video Editing / Video Games (50/50)
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Only United States ones.
Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available
Parts Preferences: None. Best bang for my buck, for now and down the road
Overclocking: Yes (Eventually, once it becomes necessary to "keep up")
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe down the road, but not now.
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Background info:
I will be using this build for amateur video editing (Adobe Premiere CS6) and gaming. Any suggestions on improving this build to make it more cost-efficient or improve it? I'll be buying a build sometime later today and would like some last-minute tweaks or approvals to help me pull the trigger! PCPARTPICKER LIST (If preferred): http://pcpartpicker.com/p/udZc
Not sure who told you that the Xigmatek is better. The Hyper 212 Evo has a higher CFM and has the same 4 copper heat pipe design. The Hyper 212 Evo circulates more air than the other cooler. And for less money.
The main difference between the GPUs is that the Galaxy GPU uses the reference design. It runs hotter and has a lower clock speed in comparison to the MSI version I recommended. The MSI power edition is factory overclocked to speeds similar to that of a GTX 680. It also allows you to use MSI Afterburner to overclock your GPU that much more.
Okay, I'll definitely take the Hyper 212 Evo instead then.
I'm still very stingy about the GPUs. Is that extra $70 worth it in your opinion in this budget build? Or should I take that $70 and invest in something else, like an SSD or something?
Just to clarify, I'd definitely be willing to spend $70 more if it's cost-efficient. Thank you for your feedback so far!
Well, that's completely up to you. It depends on what you want from your GPU. If I was in your situation, I would pay the extra money for a non reference design. SSDs aren't a necessity for me. I like a GPU that runs cool and has huge overclocking potential.
If you feel the reference design will serve your needs, then go with it instead. $300 for a GTX 670 is a steal. And a SSD would be a huge compliment to your gaming rig. It's makes everything feel much faster. Of course, the only effect it'll have on games is load times. It doesn't affect the FPS.
I'm sure you'll be happy either way. Just go with your gut. The reference gtx 670 will still be a stellar performer. Make sure you have adequate air flow in your case.