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January 13, 2013 7:43:09 PM

I have built a PC on pcpartpicker.com based off of this:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089KDCIU

But, I have changed some parts and made some upgrades. This is the PC I built on the site:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqNy

What I want to know is:
1. Will it still work?
2. Am I missing any parts?
3. Will it be able to support 3 monitors (1 being 1080p HD)?
4. Is it good enough to support 1080p HD video on YouTube without lagging?

If not, how can I fix it?

Note:
The case comes with a 500W power supply and the CPU comes with heatsink and a fan.

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January 13, 2013 7:53:37 PM

hi, you need a much better card, your spending too much on ram, which isn't necessary, 8GB is the sweet spot, get a better card, the 7850 supports three monitors and it's good for 1080p gaming.
Also it's recommended going with a decent psu from a good brand, not a psu from those cases, they're not reliable ones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 13, 2013 11:21:35 PM

properbuilds said:
hi, you need a much better card, your spending too much on ram, which isn't necessary, 8GB is the sweet spot, get a better card, the 7850 supports three monitors and it's good for 1080p gaming.
Also it's recommended going with a decent psu from a good brand, not a psu from those cases, they're not reliable ones.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Thanks for your help. I changed my video card and PSU to the ones you mentioned above. I changed my case as well. I am going to keep the 32 GB of RAM though just so I can render things in real time while I am editing videos. I also changed my motherboard so it has Crossfire support.

This is the final product:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtfl

If you see anything wrong or missing again, please tell me. Thank you, again, so much for your help.
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January 13, 2013 11:24:04 PM

Best answer selected by steelteal.
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January 13, 2013 11:28:35 PM

32 GB is overkill for all but a few situations. Assuming your actually editing and not encoding video 8GB should be fine (16Gb is Ok too but I've found it isn't used). You can drop the cost or use the money to get an SSD which will make a bigger difference than the RAM.
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January 13, 2013 11:43:15 PM

properbuilds said:
Hi, if you're into editing, you need a better cpu and just 16GB ram.
Get the FX-6300(six core cpu) or the FX-8320(eight core cpu) from the piledriver amd cpu family

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox

As for the ram : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx1600c10...


Alright here is the final product v2:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtAM

Now I just need to find out if these will actually fit in the case.
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January 13, 2013 11:48:29 PM

Hi, i don't see any changes in that link.
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January 14, 2013 12:05:04 AM

Hi, that's actually worse than his build, the 6670 crossfire with apu doesn't even reach the levels of the performance of a 7770, let alone a 7850 for 1080p.
If for video editing, the only choice on amd cpus are like i said the FX-6300, FX-8320(the FX-8350 also, but it's more expensive, the 8320 has the value).
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January 14, 2013 12:07:41 AM

properbuilds said:
Hi, i don't see any changes in that link.

Sorry, I edited the post. It should be updated now.
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January 14, 2013 12:12:32 AM

Hi, you have now a good cpu for that, but still i encourage you to buy just 16GB, it's more than enough for those needs, also it's better to have higher speeds with the ram, the kingston 16GB 1600 mhz will meet your requirements, and it's just two sticks, you can add latter more two.
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January 14, 2013 12:20:36 AM

properbuilds said:
Hi, you have now a good cpu for that, but still i encourage you to buy just 16GB, it's more than enough for those needs, also it's better to have higher speeds with the ram, the kingston 16GB 1600 mhz will meet your requirements, and it's just two sticks, you can add latter more two.


I just can't pass the great deal on that RAM. For 32GB it was relatively cheap. And since it is 4 sticks of 8GB I can always use it for another computer if I find I don't need it. Thanks again.
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