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Advice on new £2900 PC

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October 20, 2012 3:04:37 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Today (20/10/12) or tomorrow

Budget Range: Anywhere to £2900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game recording with DxTory (e.g Minecraft, BF3 and maybe other games) game, livestreaming with XSPLIT & DxTory (e.g Garry’s Mod, CSS, CSGO, Minecraft, FTL, Patterns, Minecraft), video editing/rendering with Sony Vegas Pro 12 (using video files @~ 1.5GB/10mins, and videos being around 7-10mins), running Minecraft servers (only for a few hours at a time, not 24/7 with 10 – 20 people on), gaming (any high end games like Crysis, BF,) on decent graphics settings. Preferably I’d be able to livestream in 720p on TwitchTV, livestream in 360p on YouTube Live and, run the MC server (this is basically the only time I’ll be running the server, other than 2 – 5 people servers when recording) without lagging. Possible? I hope so.

Are you buying a monitor: No – already have 21.5” 1080p monitor, though another monitor wouldn’t go amiss.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes: Win7 Professional 64-bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PCspecialist: http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/computers/intel-2011-over...

Location: England

Parts Preferences: Intel and NVIDIA, though am open to suggestions

Overclocking: Yes, using PCS’s overclocking service (it 3960x OC to 4.8GHz max)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p – though even if I can’t afford one right now, I’ll probably go with a dual, and maybe even triple monitor setup in the future.

Additional Comments: Needs to be very quiet for recording with Blue Yeti. My internet upload speed is 15 mb/sec so I think it should be able to handle 2 streams and a server.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current PC is very loud. It’s okay when recording as I can remove background noise in post, but while streaming it can be annoying. Also, since I can only stream in 360p on YouTube right now, the quality is not too great, but no one gets lag while watching the stream (many people get lag while I stream on TwitchTV since it’s in 720p and Twitch don’t let non-partner’s viewers downscale resolutions). So being able to stream on TwitchTV in 720p, so those with good internet can watch in HD, and those with not so great internet can watch on YouTube, in lower quality, but with no lag would be great. And being able to run an MC server at the same time would be great for the stream.

These are the specs I configured on PCF:
Case ANTEC QUIET COMPUTING™ PERFORMANCE P280 CASE
Overclocked CPU Overclocked Intel® Six Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz @ max 4.8GHz)
Motherboard ASUS® RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON HYPERX GENESIS QUAD-DDR3 2133MHz X.M.P(4 x 4GB KIT)
Graphics Card 4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 680
Memory - 1st Hard Disk 240GB INTEL® 520 SERIES SSD
2nd Hard Disk 500GB VELOCIRAPTOR
3rd Hard Disk 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK
4th Hard Disk 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK
RAID RAID 1
Power Supply CORSAIR 850W PRO SERIES™ HX850-80 PLUS
Processor Cooling COOLIT ECO II C240 DUAL RAD LIQUID CPU COOLER
Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D PCI-E Soundcard
Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Warranty 3 Year Silver Warranty
Price (excluding VAT) £2,373.33
Price £2,848.00

My main questions on this build are if the sound card will be good or not for recording, whether the 4GB version of 680 is worth it, am I right in saying that the velociraptor will be good for recording, is it worth the extra £20 or so for 2133MHz RAM (I looked on google and other people didn’t seem to think it was worth it), is the 680 good for recording and I was told by a PCS representative that RAID is unreliable and he didn’t think I should get the 2nd 2TB Caviar Black?

Thank you in advance,
Shaun

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October 20, 2012 3:37:04 PM

i honestly doubt you need a sound card, most people get by just fine with mobo audio
October 20, 2012 3:43:21 PM

Get:

An i5 3570K as placeholder until next year when Intels new Haswell processors come out. (Or the i7 3770K. The 3960x is just too overkill.)

I would get a Gigabyte Z77 UP5 motherboard instead of the Asus ROG mobos. They're so overrated.

Get Corsair Vengance or G.Skill Ares RAM instead, and the 1600 ones. You won't notice any difference.

I would get dual 7970Ghz Editions for your budget. Will max out any game today.

Get the Samsung 830 SSD instead of the Intel 520. Faster and more reliable. Also, just Caviar Blue's instead for your 2TB storage drives. Only difference would be only a second or so.

As choobert said, you wouldnt need a sound card unless you have a really (read:really) high end audio system or your a huge audiophile.

October 20, 2012 4:44:39 PM

I agree with Nw333. A build like this would be much more cost efficient. Note: Its highly speculated that Haswell will use a different socket type. More or less, you want this to be not insanely expensive on the motherboard side. The motherboard included is highly capable, but cost efficient as well.

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

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£243.58 @ CCL Computers)

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£56.07 @ Ebuyer)

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£104.12 @ Scan.co.uk)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.17 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.93 @ Scan.co.uk)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£68.93 @ Scan.co.uk)

Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£319.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) (£319.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Case: Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case (£124.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£99.98 @ Overclockers.co.uk)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.96 @ Scan.co.uk)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) (£106.34 @ CCL Computers)

Total: £1716.04

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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