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January 25, 2013 4:51:10 AM

So My friend is really into high end video editing. He has a computer he has used for the past 5 years, but he says it takes him too long to render stuff. He came to me with a budget of $3500 for just the PC. I tried to get him an amazing rendering and gaming PC for as cheap as possible. Any thoughts on what I came up with?

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CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($419.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($157.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($379.00 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($185.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($259.92 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: Corsair 860W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.63 @ Amazon)
Total: $3339.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 01:49 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 4:52:43 AM

Oh, the 2 agility drives are going to be RAID 0 boot drive. The other SSD is for general SSD storage, and the 2 HDD's are for mass storage.
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January 25, 2013 5:29:23 AM

I modified your build to what I thought was best.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme EATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($419.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($379.00 @ Adorama)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($424.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case ($275.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2880.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 02:24 EST-0500)

Changes
- Replaced the dual Agilities with a single drive, there's just no point RAID0'ing SSD's. Might as well just get a bigger drive and leave yourself a spare SATA port.
- No sound card, only needs this if he already has a significant audio setup.
- Different PSU, no point paying an extra $50 for Platinum efficiency, quite simply the 5% greater efficiency wont lead to $50 savings in the lifespan of the machine.
- Windows 8 over 7, no reason to pick an old OS in a new build. And you dont need a professional version to have 16GB+ of RAM.
- Speaking of, changed the RAM. Lower profile and better colour co-ordinated with the mobo.
-Changed the HDD, WD has no well priced 2TB drives on the market. Seagate Barracudas are $50 cheaper and just as good.
- Got a Sapphire Vapor-X 7970Ghz instead of that ASUS Matrix, way overpriced for what it offers.

You can use the extra $600 in the budget to buy some good monitors, new mouse/keyboard/speaker set, new desk or whatever else may be useful.
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January 25, 2013 1:45:02 PM

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