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January 17, 2013 7:11:51 PM

Hi,

I am building a PC for the first time, mainly for video editing and gaming. I have $1400 to spend, and have been asking around and was recommended this build for my needs:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xXoC

I don't need mouse/monitor/OS/keyboard, so those don't need to be factored in. The build here looks okay to me, but I had a few questions, namely:

-Is the GTX 680 overkill? I have heard good things about the 7970.
-How do I determine if the power supply is sufficient?
-Is 120GB going to be enough for daily usage as my HDD or should I go up to 256GB?
-I've heard from a lot of people that an i5 is fine for a CPU and I don't need to go to an i7. How do I figure out which I want?

I'm open to overclocking (never done it, but I'm a software developer and have no qualms about delving into OCing)

Thanks for all the help! Details are below.

Approximate Purchase Date: Can start purchasing immediately, would like to have everything purchased within a month


Budget Range: <$1400 after shipping/tax/rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Gaming


Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: Full Build


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any


Location: Northern NJ (Live close enough to a Microcenter that buying there is fine)


Parts Preferences: Intel CPU


Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments:


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My PC is about 10 years old and it's time to upgrade
January 17, 2013 7:22:54 PM

120GB is fine for a boot drive. If you are planning to put your applications on it (I put all my adobe apps on mine) than you should get a 256GB. Keep in mind that your boot times are going to get slower the more you put on it. My main question would be, what games are you playing?/What kind of editing are you doing? If you like to play all your games on Ultra+ settings, I think it would be OK, and last you for a while. If you are doing really high-end video editing, you should get 32GB RAM. Everything else looks good to me.
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January 17, 2013 7:28:30 PM

an I5 3570k with a hyper 212+ heatsink would be more than enough(so no water cooling), and you could go with a much cheaper graphics card, it all comes down to how much you want to spend
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:36:09 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y789
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y789/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y789/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($165.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($310.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1254.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:35 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1302.59
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $1254.58



more than enought for the price.

7950 when overclocked rivals a gtx 680. so its alot better deal.

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January 17, 2013 7:37:49 PM

My video editing will not be professional-quality high end, for sure. I think 16GB RAM should be totally fine. As for games, running Far Cry 3, latest CoD, etc. is what I'm looking for, preferably on highest settings. If I upgrade to a 256GB SSD, where can I cut out a bit elsewhere and still keep things running well for gaming & video editing?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:38:29 PM

zycuda said:
an I5 3570k with a hyper 212+ heatsink would be more than enough(so no water cooling), and you could go with a much cheaper graphics card, it all comes down to how much you want to spend


He has a microcenter near him so i would go with the i7, do agree on the WC though.

i7 3770k($230?)
ASrock extreme4($80?)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Xigmatek AEGIR SD128264 89.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($122.75 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1002.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:38 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 7:39:23 PM

Ah okay, if I could go down to an OC'ed 7950 that gives me room to go up to a 256GB SSD. Thank you!
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:43:05 PM

i gave you a 7970 and a 256GB SSD, and it should all be within budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:46:00 PM

heres my revised build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7ek
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7ek/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7ek/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0564 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($310.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.20 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: intel 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1213.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:45 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1302.59
Mail-in Rebates: -$55.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $1254.58

good idea boulder :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:53:17 PM

I think you should give him a better case. Don't want to house high quality parts in a low end case, not to mention it does not have USB 3(doesnt really matter to me though since i rarely use USB but it is always a great to have it on you when you need it).

Also thermaltake frio is actually a loud cooler, i would switch it with this one though.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/noctua-cpu-cooler-nhu12pse...
around the same price, much more quiet, cools a little better but it is bigger
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 7:59:07 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7nR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7nR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y7nR/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L12 37.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($310.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($95.68 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: intel 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1279.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 16:58 EST-0500)

Base Total: $1307.07
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $1279.06



there we go
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January 17, 2013 8:03:54 PM

My thoughts:

1. Pls consider and Intel 330 at 180 GB. It's the perfect size for my needs. Also a little cheaper with rebates
2. I love my CoolerMaster 212 cooler - silent
3. Windows ??
4. You will not get a better price than Microcenter CPU & motherboard Combo's. You have to go the the store to pickup thougg
5. For the build itself. I'd suggest youtube:"newegg computer build parts 2&3". Step by step computer build.

Good Luck !!
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a c 218 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 8:29:26 PM

Quote:
-Is the GTX 680 overkill? I have heard good things about the 7970.


The 680 is the better card for gaming and ya can't use CUDA for video editing w/o a nVidia card. I'd do a 670 tho a 660 will do as well for video editing ....why do ya want CUDA ? Here's some benchmarking w/ Time Line Rendering MPE Software
(Minutes & Seconds). 1st number CUDA on / 2nd CUDA off

GTX-660 5:08 38:05
GTX-680 5:05 38:05

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-How do I determine if the power supply is sufficient?


Use a PSU Calculator and / or look at GFX card manufacturer recommendations
http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...

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-Is 120GB going to be enough for daily usage as my HDD or should I go up to 256GB?


Id be more concerned with the type of NAND on the SSD than the size......Mushkin Chronos Deluxe = great unit .... Mushkin Chronos = Blah. But ytes, in your instance, I'd go for 240 or 256 GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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-I've heard from a lot of people that an i5 is fine for a CPU and I don't need to go to an i7. How do I figure out which I want?


Those people are gamers. I'd use an i7 and set it up at a moderate OC with HT enabled for video editing and another more aggressively OC'd set of settings for gaming with HT off. You want hyperthreading for mulithreaded programs which can use it. You don't need it for gaming. With enthusiast boards, you can use a BIOS feature to retain complete sets of settings for different uses. Pick which set of settings to load at boot time to keep voltages and temperature within more conservative limits:

1. High OC w/ HT off
2. Moderate OC w/ HT on

I don't "get" a $100 cooler and a $330 CPU on a $135 MoBo. I'd want something more featured with the BIOS features mentioned above.

$90 more gets ya the gets ya the Sabertooth and the 3770k ($555)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The H100 sounds like ya live next to an airport. Ya want something that will get ya with 1/4 degree C and is quiet, look at the Phanteks and put $30 in ya pocket
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CAS 10 is a mite slow for video editing

CAS9 - $87 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CAS8 - $110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GFX - $90 cheaper for a small drop in performance ... very overclockable card ($20 MIR and Bordelands game)

A $44 case and Earthwatts Green don't belong in a build w/ those other components.

Id grab a 500R for $110 .... $66 extra but look what ya saved on GFX and Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|11-139-009^11-139-009-TS%2C11-139-010^11-139-010-TS

And a Seasonic MK12 or Corsair TX650 V2 for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 8:32:27 PM

the 7970 is faster than the gtx 680 and when overclocked no contest there.

the powersupply i chose is quite good. an case.

he can easily overclock without a better mobo, the one i chose is fine and his main goal is video editing not overclocking records.

also i doubt hes gonna see a real world difference with the rig i chose and a gtx 680, and a chronos ssd versus the cherry ville thats quite solid i chose.

cuda only be useful if the software he uses supports cuda also:

CUDA cores are probably the least relevant when editing, as this is not a hugely intensive task. They would be much more important when rendering, or carrying out complex image manipulation

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a c 218 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 8:57:13 PM

You picked a 7950 not a 7970 and 5 minutes (CUDA) versus 38 minutes (no CUDA) I think is significant.

As for the selections, it depends on goals....I chose a Mobo that supports the features I thot were significant. I know the Sabertooth allows 1 click loading of completely separate sets of BIOS selections which Id consider essential for a gaming / video build as optimal OC options vary widely between the two uses. I can't say that's possible with the ASRock.

Id disagree that CUDA cores are unimportant as a matter of course but they certainly can be is bandwidth / memory is limited. If those are bottlenecks, cores won't matter. There's a great explanation here

http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....

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The more CUDA cores, the faster the bandwidth, and having DDR5 memory on the video card, the better performance the video card has to offer. Remember, just because the video card has more to offer, doesn't mean the rest of the computer system will take advantage of it. Most of the time the video card's GPU will be waiting on the rest of the computer to feed it the data to process. When the GPU gets a hold of the data, the more CUDA cores the faster it will process the data. Then it hands this data back to the CPU. The wider the memory interface width and the higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the data will move back to the CPU.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 9:03:34 PM

Cuda does some work (one of the few things that is not a gimmick) you can see some time improvement so a 670 is also a great choice.

Sabertooth is a big no no, not only is it overpriced, it is just a huge gimmick and does not really do what it is suppose to do. It traps heat inside the Mobo instead of blowing it out with it's thermal armor. People only bought it because it either looked nice or they didn't know what it was actually doing.

If you want more features, then get a UD3H at microcenter(believe it will be more than ASrock extreme4 by $10-20) UD3H pretty much has everything a gamer/video editor would need.

HT barely gives more heat with it on so it is safe to just leave it on and do an easy 4.2 OC with a hyper 212 evo(of course can go higher with mine or iceblock's cooler)

500R is a nice case, it is all preference. I myself like Fractal's R4 because the price is amazing while giving high quality build and has a lot of room.

CAS10 is alright, you don't really need to go to CAS9 for a $20 increase for just a little bit more speed

As for SSDs, you can just use this as a reference
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-...

the 830 that i choose is still a top tier SSD at a great price.

also another reference site
http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 9:36:53 PM

alright , i guess cuda could be more useful, but only if the program supports it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.08 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1326.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:38 EST-0500)

ase Total: $1386.97
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1326.97

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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 10:36:50 PM

iceclock said:
alright , i guess cuda could be more useful, but only if the program supports it.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y8hZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.98 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($192.08 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1326.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 18:38 EST-0500)

ase Total: $1386.97
Mail-in Rebates: -$60.00
Total: $1326.97


You can still go K version and be in budget since he does have microcenter near him

go samsung 830, cheaper and better performance.

EVGA is a great brand but their reference GPUs have been killing me so i would go with this
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/galaxy-video-card-67nph6dv...
but still it doesnt really matter that much since the 670 doesn't run that hot anyways(also this one is clocked a bit higher)

Also another pretty good deal going on is rosewell tachyon
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-tach...
a pretty cheap platinum PSU
of course there is a 650W one for $20 cheaper too
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 10:47:10 PM

i got the gtx 670 evga because of there great warranty and tech support.

i own the m4, its not that slow :p 


changed it up with boulders recomamndation.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y92b
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y92b/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y92b/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1299.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 19:46 EST-0500)

no need for the tachyon, the superflow 650watt gold aka the capstone is epic.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 10:54:26 PM

Well of course it is not that slow, actually it doesn't really matter what SSD you really get since the speed "feels" similar to each other SSD. The ones you want to look for are the ones that are long lasting and good brand just like M4. It was just that he could save $10 and get a better SSD that is a bit faster and is made all from 1 company unlike other SSDs where they rely on other's memory or controller.

EVGA does have great warranty and tech support, will not disagree there.

Also that SSD is pretty pricey not to mention sold out lol.

Just go with the 830, or if you really want to spend that much on the SSD
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...
vertex4

or

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
samsung 840 pro
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January 17, 2013 11:00:34 PM

I agree that if you are editing and gaming, you should go with an Nvidia based card. I would go with a 660 as its probably the best bang for your buck. I like ASRock boards too and agree with the Extreme 4. As for the CPU cooler, I would go with a Coolermaster 212 EVO, its whisper silent in my case and still never lets my 3770K at 4GHZ go above 60C when fully loaded. That will save you some bucks. As for the power supply, I always recommend Seasonic. A 620w modular version is around 90 bucks at the Egg. I have only used SSDs from Crucial (M4s) and Samsung (840Pros), but highly recommend both of them with the Crucial being cheaper and the Sammie being the fastest.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:14:10 PM

actually for performance/price ratio, $300 cards are actually the best.

CM 212 evo is a great choice, cheap and performs great.

of course 4GHz is actually not much of an OC but getting him to 4.5GHz with either one of our coolers would be easy not to mention keeping temps pretty low.

Both rosewell and seasonic are good, of course seasonic being that of the better brand. But i have recently built my friends computer with using a rosewell PSU and it has been pretty good. 24Hr test havent really had any problems with it and it was pretty quiet.

So i don't really see the point of getting Seasonic's PSU when there is a $20 difference and not seeing Rosewell fail on their PSUs that often anymore.

Would agree with maestro if it was way back then though.

Also for SSD, i have used M4,830, and a few sandforce cards(the ones i had a good time with are Sandisk extreme, A-data XPG SX900(does sound crazy but i been having a good time with them when a lot of their SSDs have gone on sale and a lot of people complained about them and hhow their customer support sucks, i really never had to deal with them since none of my stuff i got from them died or malfunctioned), Kingston Hyper X/3k, and i believe i had a muskin chronos deluxe(even though the first one i had died fairly fast, their customer service was pretty good and got a new one that had no problems)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:19:05 PM

he doesnt need to go crazy ocing, stock performance is great,

also the rosewill capstone is made by superflower a high tier powersupply maker in asia.

he can always get a better cooler down the road if he wants to get more performance.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:22:01 PM

Since you did put inside a 650W and a 670, i would be expecting him to SLI, of course pushing his CPU higher will help so that bottlenecking will not occur(but still i don't think he will see bottlenecking with 2x670s on an i5 3570k anyways)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:26:39 PM

3770k and he doesnt need sli for video editing, maybe for gaming.

if ur gonna do sli later i built this, with a corsair 850watts semi-modular ps, 99$

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9yF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9yF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y9yF/benchmarks/

CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Other: 3770k ($229.99)
Total: $1319.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 20:26 EST-0500)

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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:28:55 PM

just stick to your 650W, 670 is one of the most power efficient of GPUs and it doesn't take much to power 2 of them.

Also thanks for correcting my mistake, but it can still apply to the i7.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 17, 2013 11:42:40 PM

no problemo.

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January 30, 2013 9:13:44 PM

Best answer selected by bradld.
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January 30, 2013 9:14:47 PM

Thank you all for your help, ordered my parts and they're on the way now! I went with nvidia GTX 670, can't wait!
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