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Help on a 2500$ budget gaming/video editing build

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February 22, 2013 2:40:36 PM

i was wondering if i need to change anything on this.

i have a 120hz monitor right now and i plan to get 2 more later and i was wondering if thiss would be an ok build.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($429.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BLACKHAWK-ULTRA ATX Full Tower Case ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.17 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Quick Fire Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer Naga Hex Wired Laser Mouse ($60.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2143.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 11:35 EST-0500)
February 22, 2013 3:23:15 PM

You don't need RAM that fast. That build looks good but I might make a few slight modifications to it:

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ 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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2118.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 12:20 EST-0500)

A bit more but here are the differences:

- NZXT Switch 810 is made to house a custom liquid cooling configuration should you choose to do so
- NZXT Hale 90 is fully modular and made by Super Flower which is an OEM that's on par if not better than Seasonic
- Sapphire Vapor X is a better cooling solution for the 7970
- Noctua D14 is a better CPU cooler than the Hyper 212
- Corsair Vengeance is low profile and better RAM than the G.Skill Ripjaw
- OCZ Vector is currently the fastest SSD on the market and beats the Samsung 840 Pro in most read - write tests
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February 22, 2013 3:36:33 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You don't need RAM that fast. That build looks good but I might make a few slight modifications to it:

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-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($192.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ 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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($445.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: NZXT HALE 90 850W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2118.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 12:20 EST-0500)

A bit more but here are the differences:

- NZXT Switch 810 is made to house a custom liquid cooling configuration should you choose to do so
- NZXT Hale 90 is fully modular and made by Super Flower which is an OEM that's on par if not better than Seasonic
- Sapphire Vapor X is a better cooling solution for the 7970
- Noctua D14 is a better CPU cooler than the Hyper 212
- Corsair Vengeance is low profile and better RAM than the G.Skill Ripjaw
- OCZ Vector is currently the fastest SSD on the market and beats the Samsung 840 Pro in most read - write tests



thanks for this!

my old gaming pc got caught on fire a couple of years ago cause of faulty parts.

i would like this to be as cool as possible could i add any fans to the NXZT switch 810?

and one more thing, i have a bluetooth headset from my xbox and i was wondering what i would need to connect it to the pc.

i havent looked at parts in years so im dead in the water here...

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February 22, 2013 4:33:02 PM

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i would like this to be as cool as possible could i add any fans to the NXZT switch 810?


The Switch 810 is made to house any custom cooling configuration you can think of which is why I include it in high end builds.

Read this about setting up cooling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

You can see what a finished build looks like here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/switch-810-cosmos-i...

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and one more thing, i have a bluetooth headset from my xbox and i was wondering what i would need to connect it to the pc.


I'm assuming it would just run off USB right?
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February 22, 2013 5:07:08 PM

Yeah sapphire 7970's have great cooling solutions(Dual-X or vapor-X if you have the money). but why a smaller SSD? I think if hes's doing video editing then a larger SSD will do him better. I think the original motherboard OP had picked out is just as good and will save some money and the same with the cpu cooler. The noctua is almost $50 more and will not give substantially better results. I had a hyper 212 evo and would regularly OC my 2500k to 4.6ghz and it would stay cool enough under 75c.
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February 22, 2013 5:11:59 PM

crakocaine said:
Yeah sapphire 7970's have great cooling solutions(Dual-X or vapor-X if you have the money). but why a smaller SSD? I think if hes's doing video editing then a larger SSD will do him better. I think the original motherboard OP had picked out is just as good and will save some money and the same with the cpu cooler. The noctua is almost $50 more and will not give substantially better results. I had a hyper 212 evo and would regularly OC my 2500k to 4.6ghz and it would stay cool enough under 75c.


I include the Vector because it's currently the fastest SSD on the market in terms of read - write times. If you want to get a bigger SSD I won't stop you but I was trying to stay under budget.

But 75'C? You are aware that's well over 150'F right? That would be enough to fry your CPU. :ouch: 

My i5 3450 runs at 26'C which is about 77'F. That's about room temperature.
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February 22, 2013 6:23:07 PM

g-unit1111 said:
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i would like this to be as cool as possible could i add any fans to the NXZT switch 810?


The Switch 810 is made to house any custom cooling configuration you can think of which is why I include it in high end builds.

Read this about setting up cooling: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cooling-airflow-hea...

You can see what a finished build looks like here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/switch-810-cosmos-i...

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and one more thing, i have a bluetooth headset from my xbox and i was wondering what i would need to connect it to the pc.


I'm assuming it would just run off USB right?


no it does not run off of usb, heres the link to the headset on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Beach-Call-Xbox-360-630430...
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