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Building a Gaming & Video Editing / Rendering PC (~$3000 Budget)

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December 27, 2013 10:29:52 PM

I'm looking into building a high-end PC, the budget roughly accounts for peripherals (already own a mouse, headset, speakers). If anyone sees places where a part can be replaced with another for a substantial price difference without losing noticeable performance, I welcome suggestions. It'll primarily be used for gaming and video editing, sometimes streaming.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2rq4k
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December 27, 2013 10:54:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($299.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($133.60 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($509.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($557.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $2423.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 01:49 EST-0500)

-Cheaper motherboard. It overclocks nicely and supports SLI; it has everything you need.
-Cheaper ram, same performance.
-Cheaper HDD, same performance.
-Cheaper psu. XFX is just as good as Corsair and it's big enough for future SLI and has enough headroom for overclocking.
-No need for blu-ray drive.

Now the peripherals can change depending. I included a 1440p monitor instead of 2 144hz monitor because the 1440p monitor will look much better.
Or, if you want, instead of a 1440p monitor you can go for three of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp
I would rather go with an IPS panel over 144hz for the better image quality.

Then for the keyboard, Razer products are over-priced and over-rated. In this build, I put in the CM Quickfire Rapid. It's a very basic mechanical keyboard without a number pad or backlight, but it's relatively cheap, very sturdy, and high quality. However, if you do need a number pad and/or backlighting, there are better options over Razer.
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