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January 15, 2013 1:18:23 AM

Hi, I am planning on building this PC below in a few months and I want to know if it is good for the amount of money spent. It will be used for editing in Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, and Cinema 4D. I will have 3 monitors, 1 being 1080p HD. If anyone can build a better PC (around $700) that can run Minecraft at 60+ FPS while recording and can watch YouTube videos in 1080p HD without lag, then please post below. I do, however, want to keep the 32GB of RAM.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Amazon)
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: $709.90

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January 15, 2013 1:27:29 AM

you dont need that much RAM
get a 2 x4 gig kit of 1600 MHz
a game is a 32 bit program and will only use AT MOST 3.3 gig

If you also changed the processor to the 8320 [ and just OC to 8350 speeds yourself ] you could include a 120 gig SSD to use as a boot drive

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January 15, 2013 1:28:06 AM

alternately use that money to upgrade the graphics card to a 7870
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January 15, 2013 1:31:33 AM

In my opinion, the FX-8320 cpu proves to be the best value from the eight core amd cpus, also change the ram for 16GB, you probably have the windows 7 home premium os, for 32GB you need the pro, i also don't see a reason besides a ram disk to utilize 32GB, so just get 16GBm it will prove more than enough for what you described.
Also get an aftermarket cooler for the cpu, like the hyper 212 evo.

Something like this :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($63.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
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: $688.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 16, 2013 12:59:53 AM

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