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February 15, 2013 3:54:58 PM

Hello,
I'm new to the forum. I've been reading tons of Tom's system builder guides, etc. I'm planning to build a new system to mainly edit videos and from time to time play a little WoW. I originally started out with a top of the line motherboard, i7 CPU, SLI dual video card setup and whittled it down to the below specs to keep the price under $1,700.00. I'm planning to build this once the tax return comes in. I do have a little flexibility in price and could bump it up to $2,000.00, but would really prefer to stay at $1,700.00 or under.

Please critique my build and offer any suggestions you might think of.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within one month
Budget Range: up to $1700
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, Gaming (World of Warcraft), general web surfing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: None, new build
Do you need to buy OS: No, using Windows 7, non-OEM license
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: City, Omaha, NE, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel, Asus, Seagate, Samsung
Overclocking: Maybe later
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe later
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments: Would like to have plenty of "muscle" for video editing and for the system to be adequate for this purpose for 3 to 5 years
Why Are You Upgrading: Current 2.2GHz 2 core laptop is very slow in processing videos

List of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts:

Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - G.SKILL Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

System Drive - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR180GB 2.5" 180GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Storage Drive - Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Burner - ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor - SAMSUNG B550 Series S23B550V ToC 23" 2ms GTG HDMI Widescreen LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 15, 2013 4:25:43 PM

Hi
If you want so powerful pc, that you select 32 gb ram for it, it would make sense to go with i7-3770. It's cpu that usually goes into workstation rigs like yours. And you won't need to overclock it as it is powerful enough itself. Because as i understand it cpu power and ram is more important than videocard for videoediting. Friend of mine has GT 640 in his editing rig. So you may just as well drop down to gtx 660, it would still have cuda and mercury pe.
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February 15, 2013 4:35:14 PM

So you are saying maybe trade some savings on a little lower graphics card for a little more expensive CPU? I will look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!
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February 15, 2013 4:53:24 PM

in WoW gtx 660 still will go up to 60 fps on ultra

and as far as i know gpu is not that important for videoedit, so it's not giving up on something it's resource reallocating

edit: oh and here's link to the whole article there's gaming and also work(video/photo) benchmarks done on cards that may be suitable for you http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-gef...
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February 15, 2013 4:59:39 PM

Nice touch with the reference graphic, thank you!
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February 15, 2013 7:22:39 PM

I definitely agree with butremor that it would be better to get the 3770.

Now I also will say that if you're paying $2K for a build - no need to go cheap on the case. You've got the budget - spend at least $100. Spending $50 on a $2K build is wrong. Get at least a Phantom 410 or a Corsair 500R.

I'd also suggest looking at the Samsung 840 Pro and the OCZ Vector over the Chronos.
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February 15, 2013 11:03:03 PM

I will check out the SSDs. Give me some more info on the cases though, and what advantages they have over the Challenger. For me, the case is the least important item as long as the airflow is good and everything fits. It just sits under the desk in my office room that no one ever sees anyway, so style isn't a factor. I prefer a "sleeper" type look anyway. I appreciate the input though, so don't take that the wrong way. If there are advantages in the other cases I'm willing to entertain the idea :) 
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February 15, 2013 11:07:24 PM

krylos53 said:
I will check out the SSDs. Give me some more info on the cases though, and what advantages they have over the Challenger. For me, the case is the least important item as long as the airflow is good and everything fits. It just sits under the desk in my office room that no one ever sees anyway, so style isn't a factor. I prefer a "sleeper" type look anyway. I appreciate the input though, so don't take that the wrong way. If there are advantages in the other cases I'm willing to entertain the idea :) 


It's not just style, but things like air flow and circulation, cable management and fan mounts are extremely important. The better cases on the market also support larger heat sinks and liquid coolers (should you choose to do so), and also have bottom mounted PSUs, SSD support, and tons of other features. I never advise skimping on the case because if you rebuild your system at any point you'll reuse it, so having a good one is important.
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February 15, 2013 11:13:54 PM

Good points. I will give them a look (the cases).
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February 16, 2013 12:00:21 AM

krylos53 said:
Good points. I will give them a look (the cases).


If you want suggestions here's a few I would recommend:

- Corsair Carbide 500R: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Antec P280: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Fractal Design Define R4: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Silverstone TJ08B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- Cooler Master HAF XM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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