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Video & Gaming rig - aiming for £1000

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December 3, 2012 5:08:51 PM

I'll be building a system for video editing (CS6) and gaming (WoW to start).

Three main questions:

1. Any advice on the build?
2. My budget is £1000 (max). I've gone a bit over, is there anything I should drop/change?
3. I went for the 3770 to help with video editing. Is the performance difference between the i7-3770 and i5-3570 worth the price difference?


pcpartpicker

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
December 3, 2012 5:18:09 PM

To be honest, you won't really see the difference between the 3570k and the 3770k in CS6, so I would just go with the i5.

Go with this GPU. Save money and get a better card.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/3gb-gigabyte-radeon-hd-7...

If you feel like saving some more cash, you can get a XFX PSU because seasonic makes them. Same quality.

I'm also not sure you could use all that RAM. If I were you, just start with 16GB. If you feel like you are running slow, get some more.

Everything else looks good though.

December 3, 2012 5:20:23 PM

1) I'd probably go with the 128 gig Samsung 830.
.. You will not see a nicklels (5 P) difference in performance in real life.
.. 840 Has NOT been out long enough to verify reliability.
.. 830 is cheaper.
2) Make sure if windows 7 that it is HIGHER than Home Premium, which can only see 16 gigs of ram.
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December 3, 2012 5:55:20 PM

Thanks, guys!
GPU: I worry a bit about going Radeon because Adobe CS6 seems to prefer NVidia cards, with only a handful of Radeon cards listed as 'compatible'. Though the GTX670 isn't listed on their site either... Should I worry?

RAM: The 4x8gig RAM was a misclick - I would go for 2x8gig, thanks for pointing it out!

SSD: Thanks! On pcparts the 840 and 830 are within £5 of each other, should I choose 830 for the reliability?
December 3, 2012 5:57:47 PM

For Now I'd go with the 830, It has been out a lot longer, and is very reliable - As I stated will not see a performance differrence.
December 3, 2012 6:07:02 PM

Here's a few options to have a look at that won't impede reliability but will give you the option to SLI later on. Also look for RAM with lower heat spreaders so you don't impede the cpu heat sink.


http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-750w-cx-builder-se... £64.52
Corsair 750W CX Builder Series 80PLUS Bronze PSU

http://www.dabs.com/products/sandisk-128gb-ssd-sata-6gb... £59.98
Sandisk 128GB SSD SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive

http://www.dabs.com/products/msi-geforce-gtx-670-1019mh... £311.50
MSI GeForce GTX 670 1019MHz 2GB PCI-Express 3.0 HDMI OC

http://www.dabs.com/products/asrock-z77-extreme-4-s1155... £99.99
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 S1155 Intel Z77 DDR3 ATX

http://www.amazon.co.uk/32GB-Kit-G-Skill-Ares-PC3-10667... £117.49
32GB-Kit G.Skill Ares PC3-10667U CL9-9-9-24
December 4, 2012 12:26:18 PM

Wonderful, thank you all!

Here's my finalized list: pcpartpicker

Any problems with it? I'm at £1021 but added a sound card so am happy with the budget. What have I messed up?

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
SSD Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Case NZXT Phantom 410 (Gunmetal/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer
December 4, 2012 12:31:44 PM

You only issue is the graphics card. Msi screwed with the board of the 670 Power Edition, so they can die out randomly. Its best to avoid that particular card. Additionally, you could get a 7970, which is better, at the same price!

http://www.dabs.com/products/gigabyte-ati-radeon-7970-h...
December 4, 2012 12:36:28 PM

In reference to that last post... Upon further research, the 670 does seem to outperform the 7970 in CS6, so I would stick with the 670, just not the MSI version of it. Get an Asus or Gigabyte card.
December 4, 2012 12:42:34 PM

Thanks for the head's up!

I've got my mind set on NVIDIA because of what I've heard about compatibility with Adobe CS6.

Swapping for Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card is only a difference of a few £, would it suit better?
December 4, 2012 12:48:58 PM

Very nice, you should be set.
!