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Evaluate My Build-Mild Gaming and Video Editing

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February 7, 2013 3:41:02 PM

Please evaluate my build. I am a novice and welcome your suggestions. If something should be changed, please tell me why so I can learn.

Use: Home pc for photo editing (lightroom), video editing (Adobe Premiere Elements), some gaming (minecraft). The only game my son plays on the PC now is Minecraft. I could see him wanting to play more games in the future. I have never overclocked but willing to give it a try.

Priorities:PC must be quiet and look stylish. I chose the micro case because this will sit on the desktop and I prefer something smaller. Did I mention quiet!

Already Have: Crucial SSD 256mb sata III and two WD 640gb hdd, Windows 7 pro x64.

Budget: Under $1,000. I would spend more if there is a good reason to. Would love to spend less.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($151.25 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $838.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 12:29 EST-0500)
February 11, 2013 2:10:48 PM

I am about to buy a system. Hoping someone can let me know if this is a good build or I should change something.
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February 11, 2013 2:50:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.72 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $832.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 11:50 EST-0500)
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June 7, 2014 8:55:59 AM

Will the Micro Fit everything? The i7 is pretty big, I'd shop around for a bigger ATX mid tower. Everything else seems great, really good build. I couldn't really help you with the noise, but I would say it isn't extremely quite but it won't be that loud either.
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