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First Time PC Builder - Looking For Feedback On My Build

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February 24, 2013 7:20:45 AM

Hello everyone. This is the first PC I have ever built and I am about ready to purchase the appropriate parts. I plan on using this computer for gaming (60 frames at 1080p) and video editing. I also like to record my gameplay with Dxtory (or fraps) and upload the gameplay to YouTube, so I want a computer capable of playing a game at 60+ frames per second (at 1080p) while I record the gameplay in the background. I also want the system to be able to render videos in a timely manor and of course I plan on using the PC for other daily activities such as internet, movies, homework, etc.

Hey all. I'm about ready to purchase the parts to build a PC that will be primarily used for gaming (and of course, all other basic daily activities like internet, movies, etc) and I'd like the community's input. Take a look here, and let me know if you think this looks good, has anything that is too excessive, or needs more work in any place.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($80.02@ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($175.9 @ SuperBizz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.39 @ Amazon)
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($186.99 Newegg)
HDD:Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.59 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB Video Card ($569.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified Power Supply ($144.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $1740.87 ($2089.46 if I add in the Benq 2420T monitor)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24)

So this is my build, have I achieved my goal, or have I gone over? Any criticism / feedback / input will be appreciated, Thank You.

PS: I don't have any fund restrictions, I understand you get what you pay for, so I want to build a decent PC platform.
February 24, 2013 7:55:14 AM

i'd change cpu to i5 3570k and mobo to something ~130$
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February 24, 2013 8:03:15 AM

If you are going to be doing heavy video editing,you will probably need more RAM, preferably 16gb.
The CPU and mobo are fine IMO.
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February 24, 2013 8:09:49 AM

I wont be doing a TON of video editing, YouTube clips are 15 minutes or shorter. Also, I was doing research, should I consider an SLI configuration with say a GTX 660 TI, or will one GTX 680 be plenty of gaming while video capturing?
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February 24, 2013 8:22:56 AM

Drop to the UD3H unless you really need the extra IO
The i7 will be useful since you're recording but in such a workload the FX8350 actually becomes quite a bit more competitive
getting a 850w xfx silver modular PSU will be cheaper and allow more looser cfx/sli
I would consider the 7970/7970ghz at this price point unless you have apps that favor CUDA or want phsyX
Get windows professional if you ever want to step ram up to 32gb
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February 24, 2013 8:27:23 AM

Ok mate everything looks good but I was thinking that instead of a Crucial ssd you should get two Samsung 840 Pro Series, one for your OS and games and the other to record your gameplay to, that way you will not loose that much fps when recording.
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February 24, 2013 11:02:47 PM

So change the to a UD3H and maybe get another SSD? Am I also safe to say I have picked a powerful enough graphics card for my requirement?
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February 24, 2013 11:13:26 PM

680 4GB should do pretty good for recording at 1080p but 7970GHZ would be better option unless you need PhysX or CUDA

I would think recording to HDD should be fine as the write speeds on the seagate are pretty fast and you can always add another SSD later if you feel like you need it

Yeah I would drop down to a UD3H

And again a silver 850W PSU would be better for CFX/SLI than a 750w gold and cheaper too :p 
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March 4, 2013 11:44:42 AM

Copy paste error, it's a 750w bronze cert PSU
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March 11, 2013 12:34:18 PM

Don't buy 4gb cards, it's a gimmick for 1080p gaming, I'm not sure about 1440p or 1600p though
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