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December 26, 2012 11:59:33 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: ASAP
Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping - $4000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Graphic Design, photo restoration, web sites

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: complete system

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but something stable

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: McComb, Mississippi, USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: don't know what this is

SLI or Crossfire: suggestions

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I use Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver), CorelDraw, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher, Acrobat

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current system is over 4 years old and I have upgraded it as much as possible, but I need more, so it's time for a new system. I would prefer one that I could undate as needed so that it too may last me another 4 years. I use to keep up with what was hot as far as components go, however my business has been great over the last few years and I have not had the time to keep up with that. If any one knows of someone who could build a system for me rather than buying a prebuilt one, please send me the information. Thanks!

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December 27, 2012 1:58:27 AM

This build is primarily focused on high end, intensive video editing or those of you hardcore video editors/graphic designers with a secondary usage as an performance gaming PC. This means finding a balance of processing power and graphical power and all at the same time sticking to a budget of around $2500-$3000. We’re definitely looking for value here as well, so the closer to $2,500, the better.


Budget: $2,500-$3,000



CPU – Intel Core i7 3930K http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00603QXPM/ref=as_li_s...

For an enthusiast machine designed for hardcore video editors/graphic designers video editing and tons of gaming in mind, we’ll need a powerful processor to handle all the work and it’s hard to think of anything better than the i7 3930K. Armed with a hyper threaded hexacore processor, the 3930K offers a total of 12 threads, making it one of the fastest consumer oriented processors out on the market today. At a price of $569.99, it’s also nearly $500 cheaper than the Intel Core i7 3960X, but only marginally slower – especially when overclocked.

Being a Sandy Bridge-E (E is for Extreme) processor, the i7 3930K runs off the LGA2011 platform providing users with access to quad channel memory, PCIe 3.0, and easy expandability to over 64GB of memory.



Memory – Corsair Low Profile Vengeance 16GB Quad Channel http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058J1QII/ref=as_li_s...

Coming in at a very reasonable $97.99 for a full 16GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, the Corsair Vengeance Low Profile is one of my top picks for a video editing system. Since this is an X79 based system, those preferring to go with a 32GB configuration will be able to do so as well especially since the X79 platform will offer support for up to 8 DIMMs of memory – plenty for most users out there. Additionally, low profile modules are stressed here as well to accommodate larger air coolers.



Motherboard - MSI X79A- GD65 (8D) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064LW8UY/ref=as_li_s...

One inescapable fact about the LGA 2011 or X79 platform is that the motherboards will end up on the pricey side, but the MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) represents one of the few when it comes to affordable yet powerful X79 motherboards. As expected of this high end motherboard, the GD65 (8D) comes with plenty of USB 3.0, plenty of SATA 3 6Gb/s, and plenty of PCIe 3.0 as well. As usual MSI has included some of their signature features as well, including MSI’s Military Class III components, the sexy blue and black color scheme, as well as their Click Bios II UEFI interface.

There’s also a $20 rebate currently going on so make sure to get in on it while it lasts!



Case – Corsair Graphite 600t White Edition http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004O0PAKW/ref=as_li_s...

when it comes to computer cases, there really are only a few that can match the elegance of the Corsair Graphite 600T. With its sleek high gloss plastic accents, the 600T gives off that “wow” feeling, making it worthy of any enthusiast system. As usual with Corsair cases, they’ve done a terrific job at maximizing space in the case as well, so you should have no trouble getting everything to fit nicely. Corsair has always been masters of innovative cable management design as well and on the 600T, you’ll see nothing less.



GPU – MSI GTX 670 Power Edition Twin Frozr IV 2 GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For those not familiar with the trend in the graphics card market these days, the newly released GTX 670 is a top contender when it comes to price, performance, and energy efficiency. Coming in at only $359.99, this graphics card is able to match the performance of a more expensive AMD HD 7970 in many benchmarks and do it with lower power consumption.

MSI's GTX 670 Power Edition uses the famous Twin Frozr IV cooler from the MSI Lightning and comes with a large clock speed boost out of the box, making its default clock speed even higher than GTX 680 stock clocks.The MSI GeForce GTX 670 has everything we love in a video card - a great price, blazing performance, and it runs cool and quiet. MSI even encourages further overclocking and overvolting with its included software. That is pretty much the definition of Kick Ass.



Boot Drive – Crucial M4 256GB SSD http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2JL2A/ref=as_li_s...

For your boot drive, you’ll definitely want an SSD. With transfer rates upwards of 400x faster than a traditional hard drive, an SSD is guaranteed to change your PC experience. One of the best drives to get you there? The Crucial m4. Not only is this drive one of the fastest and most reliable drives out there, it also comes at an extremely reasonable price that’s currently <$1/GB.



Storage Drive – Seagate Barracuda 2TB http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRN2/ref=as_li_s...

Remember when it was difficult to find a 1TB hard drive for under $150 just a couple months ago? Well, today you can easily get a 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM hard drive for only $102.99. While it’s still a tad bit above pre Thailand flood prices, the prices have gone down significantly enough that a 2TB hard drive may be a consideration for a high end video editing build. After all, storing tons of uncompressed video will require tons of hard drive space. That’s a fact.



Optical Drive - OEM DVD Drive or OEM Blu Ray Drive (Any Manufacturer) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZMG55I/ref=as_li_s...



PSU – Corsair AX650 http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Professional-Series-Modul...

One thing you’ll never want to do with your new build is cheap out on the power supply and the Corsair AX650 is the epitome of NOT cheaping out. This is one of the highest quality power supplies and thanks to the power efficiency of the GTX 670 graphics card, the AX650 will do the job perfectly and still allow plenty of room for expansion. Armed with 80+ gold certification, a 7 year warranty, and has a fully modular interface, the AX series power supplies are truly in their own class.

For those opting for SLI systems, it’s recommended to grab an AX750 to be on the safe side. After all, capacitor degradation and future expansion are things you’ll want to think about.



Cooler – Phanteks PH-TC14PE (Blue) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005OQJVP0/ref=as_li_s...

Any performance system needs a performance cooler and in our case i went with the “big beast cooler” aka the Phanteks PH-TC14PE. This ultra air cooler has enough “oomph” behind it to compete against all in one water coolers such as the Corsair H100, and is capable of operating more silently due to its massive 140mm fans.



OS – Windows 7 Home Premium http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=as_li_s...

For those intending to use more than 16GB of memory, Windows 7 Professional or above is necessary. Otherwise, Windows 7 Home Edition works as well, but will be limited to 16GB of memory. Remember, you do have the option of upgrading from Home to Ultimate, so you don’t have to spend the money right now.



The total current price for this system (including Windows 7) on Amazon is $2,652.13 which doesn’t include tax or shipping. Some people have interest in monitors, speakers, mice and keyboards, so i'll also including some recommendations for these items as well. I won’t be explaining the choices as peripherals are quite very much dependent on the person using the PC (For example, someone serious about audio may end up with $400 Audioengine 5+ speakers and an ASUS Xonar Essence STX), but here are some suggestions that are a good fit for this build. Monitor ASUS VG278H 27″ 3D Monitor http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0063BM5NK/cupcr... $599
Monitor BenQ XL2410T http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $399
Speakers Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speakers http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B004H0MQYW/cupcr... $199
Mouse Logitech G9X http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NTFATI/ref=as_li_s... $69.99
Keyboard Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009C98NPY/ref=as_li_s... $150

Some other recommendations if you prefer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- On sale

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- Another option if you prefer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- different motherboard if prefered





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December 27, 2012 2:17:13 AM

What Bigcyco1 said would be a perfect build for you!
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