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Attempting to build a PC for the first time. $700-$800 budget. Need some questions answered

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June 23, 2013 6:45:23 PM

Hi, I have been a mac guy for a while now due having to edit final cut pro 7. I am a college student and my college is switching from FCP 7 as their main editing program to Adobe Premiere, Avid, and Sony Vegas. Because of this I am making the switch to PC again. Well that and i plan using my PC for gaming also. I have a $700-$800 budget and do not want to go over unless i really need to

As of right now this is my build. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jbg1194/saved/1OMS

I was deciding between the intel i5 3750K and the AMD FX-3850, and decided i should go with the AMD and put the money elsewhere in the build and also because ive been told the AMD is better for editing.

Q1. My main questions are about my build itself. The expected wattage on pcpartpicker is 357W and im jw is a 650W PCU enough? I do plan on evenually having 32GB RAM and doing PCI with two GTX 650 ti boost cards. I can also upgrade my PCU to another one if another one is better for not too much more.

Q2. I also plan on getting different RAM then what I have on the build now, and am just wondering what RAM should i chose. I want a 1x8GB stick so i can eventually get 4 of them.

Q3. Is my motherboard a good one? I am still new to this and do not know if the motherboard will effect video editing or gaming? Should i save up a bit more for a better one? And which one should I be looking at?

Q4. Am I making the right decision with the processor? I want to make sure I am doing this build right and making the best choices


June 23, 2013 8:13:15 PM

Which do you consider more important, video editing or games? Or are they equally important and you do editing as much as gaming?
Do you really need 32gb of ram? 16gb is usually enough.
Are you overclocking?
Do you really want to SLI in the future? (you'll need to spend more money on a better board to SLI)
June 23, 2013 8:23:07 PM

realchaos said:
Which do you consider more important, video editing or games? Or are they equally important and you do editing as much as gaming?
Do you really need 32gb of ram? 16gb is usually enough.


I think equally. I will probably have at least one video project a month from classes and I also am a film guy for my schools football team and will use my computer to edit the film from games for highlight videos for youtube once a week during the football season and probably some other promotional videos through out the school year. And I will be using it as my main gaming console for the next gen. I decided to go the PC route instead of getting the PS4 or Xbox one, so gaming will also be important. And probably not, I could not decide if i should stick with getting 16gb or 32gb since the motherboard can hold that. I could do 4x4 4GB. The reason I was thinking of going with 8gb sticks is just so i can get 16 later and if i decide to go up to 32gb I wouldnt need all new RAM

As of right now, I most likely will not be overclocking.

And I was thinking about doing it for improved performance, but ill have to take a look and see how expensive the cheapest, yet reliable motherboard that can support SLI with this graphics card and see if it is worth it or not
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June 23, 2013 8:25:15 PM

A1. Yes, that will be more than enough for that and future upgrades. But keep in mind, in order to SLI that graphics card you will need to get a whole new motherboard. The reason being is on PCIe slot is x16, the other is x4. To sli nvidia cards, you must have both lanes running atleast x8.

A2. I would get a stick of corsair RAM. Corsair is a trusted brand, and all of their RAM has a limited lifetime warranty.

A3. Yes, that motherboard is a good one. I recently built a computer about two weeks ago using that same motherboard. The only way it could affect gaming is again, the fact that you cannot SLI nvidia gpus on this motherboard.

A4. That is a good processor for video editing. For gaming, it will be about average but it doesn't really matter because most games rely on the graphics card.
June 23, 2013 9:15:31 PM

What games do you play or plan to play? The gpu is kind of weak and you can fit a stronger one into your budget but it may not be necessary.
June 23, 2013 9:30:00 PM

realchaos said:
What games do you play or plan to play? The gpu is kind of weak and you can fit a stronger one into your budget but it may not be necessary.


Skyrim (Mosltly as of now), Assassin Creed games, Portal 1&2, Far Cry 3, Elder scrolls online (when it comes out), and some other games. Ive been playing games on xbox 360 for a while but am now getting into gaming. I have heard amazing things about Crysis 3 and want to try it and I know that is a graphically demanding game.

I think i can cut the cooling fan out of the build and use the $30 for a better graphics card. The case comes with three built in fans so im pretty sure that should be enough.
June 23, 2013 9:33:02 PM

If that is the case, then you could get a gtx 660 instead of the 650 ti boost.
June 23, 2013 9:58:15 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $695.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 00:55 EDT-0400)

-You can add in an aftermarket cpu cooler later.
-Switched out SSD for a HDD. 120gb will fill up really fast. You can add a SSD in later.
-Much stronger gpu.
-Slightly smaller psu.
June 23, 2013 10:03:48 PM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $695.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 00:55 EDT-0400)

-You can add in an aftermarket cpu cooler later.
-Switched out SSD for a HDD. 120gb will fill up really fast. You can add a SSD in later.
-Much stronger gpu.
-Slightly smaller psu.


Perfect! Thank you! Im leaving the SSD in there because im planning on getting the HDD around the holidays. Unless i should do the opposite. I also was only considering NVIDIA because of CUDA and Adobe, but i just found out that Adobe 6.5 will support Open CL so that card should be perfect. Thanks for your help
June 24, 2013 12:38:41 AM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $695.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 00:55 EDT-0400)

-You can add in an aftermarket cpu cooler later.
-Switched out SSD for a HDD. 120gb will fill up really fast. You can add a SSD in later.
-Much stronger gpu.
-Slightly smaller psu.


I just found out Newegg is giving away 4 free games when you buy the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB card for $260 ($60 more than the 7870) it has a slower core clock (it has 850mhz vs the 7870's 1.05)ghz. Would it be worth the extra $60?
June 24, 2013 8:42:22 AM

That 7950 is a really good card and I would recommend it if your budget allows for it.
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