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$900 Gaming PC: Final Decision Thoughts

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January 24, 2013 8:37:15 PM

Hi, I have been researching parts and putting a PC together on pcpartpicker.com for the past couple of weeks and I am mostly done. I just have a few questions about this build. Here is some info first though.

Things I will be doing on the PC include:
● Video Editing / GFX - I will be rendering in real-time for playback while editing in Sony Vegas, After Effects, and Cinema 4D.
● Recording in 1080p HD - I will be recording Minecraft in 1080p with Fraps.
● Gaming - The only game I play on the computer is Minecraft.
● Watching 1080p video.
● Using the SSD as a boot drive with a couple of frequently used programs.
● Maybe hosting a Minecraft server (I have already bought one online, but I might host one off the computer).

Parts:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Kingwin 550W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($80.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $920.27

I chose a cheap optical drive because all I need it for is to install Windows and maybe burn a CD/DVD.

Questions:
1. Will any parts bottleneck the others?
2. Any feedback on the parts? (Which ones are not reliable, any better deals, any incompatibilities, etc.)
3. Is the motherboard good enough? (I am pretty set on all the parts except the motherboard. I do not know much about them. What to look for, what makes them good? Any advice would be appreciated.)
4. How many FPS will this build get on Minecraft? (Or how to find out?)
5. Is this build good for a speedy render? (How fast would it take to render a 30 second clip at 1080p?)
6. Is the build good enough to watch 1080p video without lagging?
7. Is the SSD big enough to be used as a boot drive with a couple frequently used programs?
8. Do I need a CPU cooler? (Or is this fine?)

Thanks in advance for the replies. I am really looking forward to building this PC. Also, any input you have is welcome.

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January 24, 2013 8:41:56 PM

1. no

2. looking good.

3. mobo looks fine to me.

4. alot.

5. unshur on rendering speed but would be quite fast.

6. yes.

7. yes.

8. id recommand a cpu cooler if u want to overclock ifnot u can pass.


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January 24, 2013 8:51:42 PM

iceclock said:
1. no

2. looking good.

3. mobo looks fine to me.

4. alot.

5. unshur on rendering speed but would be quite fast.

6. yes.

7. yes.

8. id recommand a cpu cooler if u want to overclock ifnot u can pass.


Thanks for the reply. I'm not sure if I will overclock but I might as well get a CPU Cooler in case I decide to.
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January 24, 2013 8:52:47 PM

yes, and keeps ur cpu cooler than stock mediocre intel cooler.

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January 25, 2013 7:25:04 PM

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January 25, 2013 9:42:03 PM

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