Possible PC Build

I just want some feedback on a possible rig I built. It will be used for gaming, HD recording, and video editing. I would go with an i5 and 8GB of RAM but I hear that editing is better with an i7 and 12-16GB of RAM and I will be doing quite a bit of it. If I am wrong please tell me. I would also lik to play demanding games like ArmA II with high-max settings and be able to record all while keeping a good frame rate. I would also like to have a multi monitor set up in the near future so would someone please let me know if this build would allow it? Thank you for your time and also I am somewhat new to PC building so be nice ;)

CPU- Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

CPU Cooler- SilenX EFZ-120HA5 86.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing

Motherboard- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155

RAM- Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600

SSD- Corsair Neutron Series GTX 120GB 2.5" SSD

GPU- MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Sound Card- Asus Xonar D1

Tower- Cooler Master CM 690 II (Black) ATX Mid Tower

Power Supply- Cooler Master 720W ATX12V

Optical Drive- Asus BW-14D1XT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

OS- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Everything comes to a grand total of just over $1800 if that helps at all.
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  1. I would upgrade the SSD to a Samsung 830/840 series and since you'll be doing editing, you're going to need a storage drive.
  2. scottiemedic said:
    I would upgrade the SSD to a Samsung 830/840 series and since you'll be doing editing, you're going to need a storage drive.


    Ok thanks. Anything else you would recommend?
  3. Here is what I would suggest.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($317.26 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.90 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 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: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.17 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1397.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 20:00 EST-0500)

    I didn't see an HDD in your build so I just added a 2TB one. You could get by with a 650W PSU if you don't plan to CrossFire your 7970.
  4. cball1311 said:
    Here is what I would suggest.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($317.26 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.90 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 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: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($379.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($95.17 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1397.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 20:00 EST-0500)

    I didn't see an HDD in your build so I just added a 2TB one. You could get by with a 650W PSU if you don't plan to CrossFire your 7970.


    Woops your right. Thanks I'll save some new builds using these ideas.
  5. If u go multi monitor you'll really need crossfire so would get a 750w or so psu.
  6. J_E_D_70 said:
    If u go multi monitor you'll really need crossfire so would get a 750w or so psu.



    Time for a noob question. What exactly is Crossfire? Is it where you combine two graphics cards to increase preformance across the monitors?
  7. Indeed.

    Here's an example of why you might need to run two GPUs for three monitors (at 1080p ultra anyway):
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli-overclock-surround,3162-5.html

    Look at the bottom chart. And that's on single player which is less demanding that multiplayer. On the other hand, the drivers have improved a lot since then.
  8. J_E_D_70 said:
    Indeed.

    Here's an example of why you might need to run two GPUs for three monitors (at 1080p ultra anyway):
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-680-sli-overclock-surround,3162-5.html

    Look at the bottom chart. And that's on single player which is less demanding that multiplayer. On the other hand, the drivers have improved a lot since then.



    OK so do you think I should stick with the 7950/70 or should I switch to a different card such as a 680 or something?
  9. I'm kinda liking the 7970. Can't go wrong with that one.
  10. J_E_D_70 said:
    I'm kinda liking the 7970. Can't go wrong with that one.



    Ok I'll look into that. Just one final question, would I have to install the second card right away or could I do it later as I probably wont have a multi monitor set up for a bit
  11. You can add it later. No problems there.
  12. At any time and it just has to be the same model (not even same manufacturer).

    According to this, you want to shoot for an 800W psu with 2x 6-pin and 2x 8-pin PCIe power cables (but I'm thinking you'd be OK at 750).
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

    Possibly: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151107

    or to be safe:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011
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