Build for $1500 gaming and video editing need your opinion

Hi all,

I'm building a system that I will use for gaming, video editing, programming. Programming is the least I'm worried about, it doesn't take much, but what I'm worried about is specs for gaming and video editing and if the hardware will clash. I read that i-7 HT technology is not necessarily good for gaming, but it's good for video editing, is this true? But besides that, I'm just wondering what you all think of the build. i have about $1500 budget, but I can go up to $200 higher and I can definitely go lower if some of my components are not necessary.

Please take a look at what I have here and if you have any suggestions that would be great. Another thing is that some hardware might be overkill or some not enough, if you could spot that, let me know. If I could also bring the price down a bit that's always better. I would also like to know if this build will handle FC3 and BF3 on ultimate settings with the monitor I'm getting. Aaaand one more thing is 3D gaming, movies. I'd like to know if my build will work with the monitor and what's your opinion on this whole thing, should i get it or not?

here's the list:

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813128558

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115070

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-16GXM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231568

Video:GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16814125423

Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817139010

Monitor: BenQ XL2420T Black-Red 24" 5ms (2ms GTG) HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight Height & Pivot Adjustable 120Hz 3D-Ready LCD Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16824014270


And there you have it. I'm planning on reusing an old mid atx case that i bought in 2005, the video card is a bit longer than the space available, but i'll try to think of something. My main concern is that these components go with each other and that I'm not spending too much than what I need it for.

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot guys!
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  1. Get the i7-3770k, it's better, no point in getting the i7-2600k, it's at the same price.
    There's a good psu for less : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182264

    It is as good as the corsair.
  2. Save some money and go AMD fx 8320.

    not much of a difference

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc

    video here proving my point that AMD is not bad(intel fanboys)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.15 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.95 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.00 @ NCIX US)
    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 ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.13 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($172.60 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1320.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 13:54 EST-0500)

    Tried fitting inside a 1440p monitor, but those are pretty pricey, also do you have a microcenter near you?
  3. boulbox said:
    Save some money and go AMD fx 8320.

    not much of a difference

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4et7kDGSRfc

    video here proving my point that AMD is not bad(intel fanboys)


    It's not bad but if you're gaming of any sort go Intel - the numbers don't lie.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($329.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1256.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 14:22 EST-0500)
  4. Thanks for suggestion djangoringo, I'll consider it.

    boulbox, that's for suggestions. the video you linked is comparing with i5, but i'm getting i7 i think it's better for video editing. I am skeptical building amd for video editing tell you the truth.
  5. There was a fair amount of games where AMD FX8350 did a better job than i5 3570k.
  6. Get the i7-3770k, best cpu for editing and gaming, if you can afford it.
  7. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIkJ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIkJ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zIkJ/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($233.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($67.41 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($78.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1059.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-26 14:29 EST-0500)

    Base Total: $1057.31
    Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
    Shipping: $11.98
    Total: $1059.29
  8. actually the xeon is a better deal for editing and gaming, unless u want to overclock, but if not the xeon wins hands down everytime, since its got 4cores+4 hyper threading cores for 100$ less.
  9. Oh, i am just saying that for gaming(which most people think intel is way better than AMD at) is the better choice, the i7 will have similar performance to an i5 for games and here is a link doing i7 3770k vs FX 8350

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=551

    of course i7 wins, but i am trying to make the build cheaper for a better all around build

    http://teksyndicate.com/videos/amd-fx-8350-vs-intel-3570k-vs-3770k-vs-3820-gaming-and-xsplit-streaming-benchmarks
    also another benchmark of streaming games with 4 CPUs
  10. ^Good advice. I run both a 3770K and a 1245v2 and they are comparable performance wise, the Xeon is cheaper. The more threads for the money the better when it comes to image/video editing.
  11. yes i agree, just saying why pay 100$ more from the xeon to the 3770k if u wont overclock, seems pointless as out-of-thebox performance of the xeon kicks some serious tutt.
  12. +1 to maestro
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