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February 7, 2013 11:19:08 PM

What is up guys! I'm asking you to post a computer build for my new, first build! :bounce: 
I'm a freshman in college and as a gift (to myself :na: ) I decided to build a PC for my freshman year (soon ending :pfff: ) and hopefully my entire college experience. Completely new to this concept, so any suggestions are very welcome!
(I am getting into the Youtube game a bit, so this computer is needed more for video editing than gaming)
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Approximate Purchase Date: Between now and the end of March (Got to wait for the best prices!)

Budget Range: More or less $3000 (Will pay more if needed)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video & sound editing, movies, gaming, college schoolwork

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (Does not need to be included in the Budget Range, but would be awesome if it was!)

Parts to Upgrade: None, completely new

Do you need to buy OS: No need for this, got Windows 7 & 8 ready to go! :kaola: 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Frys(Locally)

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parts Preferences: I prefer bang-for-buck :p 

Overclocking: Maybe, if I figure out how to not blow up my PC

SLI or Crossfire: Depends, again I prefer bang-for-buck so if it's worth it then why not?

Your Monitor Resolution: Probably 2560 x 1440 or 1920 x 1080, going to get new monitor with this build

Additional Comments: I'd like if it was preferably quiet (for those intense gaming moments :D ) NEEDS to be at least somewhat future-proof for maybe 3 years? Will be able to upgrade once in a while though.

Why Are You Upgrading: 1) My current computer is about 4.5 years old. I need a fresh start.
2) Knowledge! I like computers, so why not build one? :p 
3) Crysis 3 :pt1cable: 
February 7, 2013 11:29:35 PM

Hi, the max you would be spending would only be $1.5k.

No need to spend 3k :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($295.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS229H-P 21.5" Monitor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1192.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Hi, the monitor you have is just fine. The best resolution right now is 1920 x 1080. :)  I just put in one in case you really want a new one but depends on you.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
February 7, 2013 11:45:11 PM

Sure, there is no need to spend $3000 but you would get a much better rig if you did. This machine will be a beast for years to come. 7970 SLI for 100+ FPS on Ultra settings. 120Hz monitor to utilize these superb FPS. i7 and 16GB RAM for video editing. Mechanical keyboard and gaming mouse (your preference here). 850W modular PSU for great cable management.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($152.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($92.73 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($125.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer HN274Hbmiiid 120Hz 27.0" Monitor ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga 2012 Wired Laser Mouse ($63.57 @ Amazon)
Total: $2446.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 20:42 EST-0500)

Benchmark proof of Battlefield 3 running on Ultra with 4xAA at 1080p at 120+ FPS.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7970_CrossFire/5.htm
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February 7, 2013 11:49:09 PM

If you're into video editing, an i7-3770k will be a good choice, and 16GB of ram, also nvidia cards are better for it, with cuda support.
My suggestion :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($176.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($383.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Other: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Tower Case Black Pearl ($79.99)
Other: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5in Hard Drive OEM ($69.99)
Other: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BL 120mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler ($59.99)
Other: Patriot Viper 3 16GB 2X8GB PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 ($76.33)
Total: $1598.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Some parts had to be custom, because pcpartpicker is currently bugged.
The ram : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76779&promoid=1321
The hdd : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&man...
The case : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75044&promoid=1312
The cooler : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This includes a large 256GB ssd, fast and reliable, a 670 GTX gigabite windforce 3x, a silent quality case, a high performance and silent cooler, a 23" ips led monitor, etc.
If you want a 2560 x 1440 ips monitor, the yamakasi catleap is a good option, best monitors for the buck: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Tempered-Glass-27-Yamakasi-...
or this one : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamakasi-Catleap-Q271-LED-27-S-...
And you can always add another 670GTX windforce, the motherboard and psu supports it.
Also worth mention, if you have a microcenter store nearby you can pick an i7-3770k for 230$, and get a discount of 50$ on the motherboard.
February 7, 2013 11:50:34 PM

(I am getting into the Youtube game a bit, so this computer is needed more for video editing than gaming)

It's not going to need an i7-3770k. It won't be professional nor would it be CPU intensive.

He should just keep the 1.5k he'll save and pay off his college loans rather than spending 1k on dual 7970 and only using a single monitor.
February 7, 2013 11:57:23 PM

For video editing more than gaming the i7 is indeed useful.
February 8, 2013 12:57:26 AM

3 corrections for my build.

1. To correct my SLI reference using AMD. Should be CrossFire to omit any confusion (I am bad at using SLI and CrossFire interchangeably)

2. Scratch the EVO cooler and get the Noctua D14

3. and, yes, Nvidia is better for video editing. I recommend two 670's in SLI.
February 8, 2013 12:48:30 PM

I was thinking maybe this, when I made the thread.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($454.42 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($236.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2414.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 09:47 EST-0500)
February 8, 2013 1:01:58 PM

Just a few suggestions

1. The closed looped watercoolers aren't worth the hassle. The Noctua D14 will perform equally as well (without worrying about leaks)

2. The SABERTOOTH is way overpriced and you probably will never use even half of its projected features. Go with Extreme 4 or Extreme 6. Best boards for the money.

3. 1250W is way overkill. Remeber, you rig will only use as much power as it needs which is around 750-850W. I would go with 850W if you plan to do heavy overclocking on CPU and GPU.

4. If you want a total SSD storage setup. I would go with 2 256GB SSDs as the performance of anything larger than this usually is not as good as 128-256GB drives.

5. Don't forget your monitor, keyboard/mouse. I strongly recommend a 120Hz monitor for a rig of this caliber.
February 8, 2013 2:32:39 PM

jackyalvin said:
I was thinking maybe this, when I made the thread.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Cd5H/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($234.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 512GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($454.42 @ Mac Connection)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($433.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($236.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2414.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 09:47 EST-0500)


That closed loop watercooler performs less than the noctua nh-d14, the noctua beats it by a good margin, and it's a lot more noisy the h100, with the notcua, there's no risk of leaks.
That motherboard is overpriced, the thermal armor is just marketing, that motherboard doesn't justifies the price for it, the gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H
has more power phases and features, if you want an asus board get the asus pro : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vpro
It has more power phases and features than the sabertooth.
4GB on the 670 is pointless, it's just adds to the cost, see this : http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/14/asus_geforce_...
Just get 2GB cards with a good cooling system.
Also do you really need 512GB ssd ? i'd stay away from the vertex series, if you want a reliable and fast 512GB get the crucial m4 : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
Or the samsung 840 pro : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
But in my opinion a single 256GB ssd will do, like the plextor that is cheap, or the samsung 840 pro : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...
You don't need 1250W for two 670 gtx it's way overkill.
If you need a high quality 80 plus gold unit, a good one with 750W will do, the capstone is modular and of high quality(made by super flower) : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...
See here for the review : http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
You don't need 16GB for gaming, 8GB is more than enough.
If you want a full tower case get the antec 1100, it's cheaper, it's a good case : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-case-elevenhundred
Or the nzxt phantom : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Also make sure that you need the bluray drive, if your going to put any bluray discs in there, because if not it's just a waste, and get a dvd drive.
If you want an ips monitor 1080p the asus ones are good, if you want a cheap but good 2560 x 1440 ips monitor, get the catleap one on ebay.


February 8, 2013 6:40:58 PM

cball1311 said:
Just a few suggestions

1. The closed looped watercoolers aren't worth the hassle. The Noctua D14 will perform equally as well (without worrying about leaks)

2. The SABERTOOTH is way overpriced and you probably will never use even half of its projected features. Go with Extreme 4 or Extreme 6. Best boards for the money.

3. 1250W is way overkill. Remeber, you rig will only use as much power as it needs which is around 750-850W. I would go with 850W if you plan to do heavy overclocking on CPU and GPU.

4. If you want a total SSD storage setup. I would go with 2 256GB SSDs as the performance of anything larger than this usually is not as good as 128-256GB drives.

5. Don't forget your monitor, keyboard/mouse. I strongly recommend a 120Hz monitor for a rig of this caliber.


I completely agree here about the Sabertooth and the power supply. But I would not go with 2 x 256GB SSDs - get a single and a 2TB mass storage drive.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ 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 ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($369.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1956.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Then add a nice 1440p display and whatever keyboard and mouse you want.
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