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Hey guys. I didn't know where tut the article, so I just put it in gaming.
So I'm building my first gaming/editing PC, and I chose a nice list of parts, and need to know if anything won't be compatible, or something needs to be changed or whatever. Please note that this is my 100% limit, $950 is the budget. Thanks in advance for the help.



Case - Cooler Master HAF ATX -http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334566510&sr=1-3

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 -http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-Z68XP-UD3-1155-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B0054OWTQU/ref=sr_1_3[/SPOILER]?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334566101&sr=1-3

CPU - Intel i5 2500k 3.3ghz - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004EBUXHQ/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=duncan33303-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004EBUXHQ

GPU - XFX Radeon HD 6870 2gb - http://www.amazon.com/XFX-Radeon-HD6870-PCIE-Dual/dp/B005FPT37Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334564014&sr=8-1

HDD - Seagate barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM - http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Internal/dp/B005T3GRN2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334569948&sr=1-1

PSU - (Big because I plan to crossfire) Cooler Master GX 750w - http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Series-Supply-RS750-ACAAE3-US/dp/B0035WTD2Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334566868&sr=1-2

RAM - Kingston HyperX 16gb 1600 - http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX1600C9D3K4-16GX/dp/B0033BTACM/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334569921&sr=1-1

Drive - Asus DVD±R/RW - http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-DRW-22B3S-Saving-BLK-AS/dp/B004SUEKSQ/ref=sr_1_24?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1334566362&sr=1-24

And A water cooler from some contest that a friend won, no idea what brand. He didn't want it and is sending it to me.

EDIT** Forgot to mention that I have to use Amazon, as per my work is paying for half of the computer and they think that amazon has the best deals.
Edited by Jiakurai - 4/16/12 at 10:45pm
post #2 of 17
Nice list. The only thing I can see you changing to save money without sacrificing performance is your mobo to --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

And maybe a GTX 480 for better single card performance. But Crossfire'd 6870s will be pretty nice
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Nice list. The only thing I can see you changing to save money without sacrificing performance is your mobo to --> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
And maybe a GTX 480 for better single card performance. But Crossfire'd 6870s will be pretty nice

I've never use AsRock, are they any good?
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They are the little brother of ASUS from what I hear. And I love ASUS! wink.gif
And I'd definitely take it over that gigabyte.
And you could also save a chunk of money and stick with an 8GB RAM kit. I edit and never use 8GB.
Edited by Jolly Roger - 4/16/12 at 10:38pm
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They are the little brother of ASUS from what I hear. And I love ASUS! wink.gif
And I'd definitely take it over that gigabyte.
And you could also save a chunk of money and stick with an 8GB RAM kit. I edit and never use 8GB.

I did not know that, haha. Asus is my personal favorite as well smile.gif.
The RAM is definitely needed, because for work (and school), i'm editing videos and streaming almost all of the time. With the 8gb I'm working with now, It takes up to around 3+ hours to do the high quality videos ranging from 1 minute long to 25 minutes long. I would reduce it if it wasn't necessary, and 90 bucks isn't a bad price for 16gb, so I don't mind.
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I did not know that, haha. Asus is my personal favorite as well smile.gif.
The RAM is definitely needed, because for work (and school), i'm editing videos and streaming almost all of the time. With the 8gb I'm working with now, It takes up to around 3+ hours to do the high quality videos ranging from 1 minute long to 25 minutes long. I would reduce it if it wasn't necessary, and 90 bucks isn't a bad price for 16gb, so I don't mind.

Isn't that more of a CPU bottleneck than a RAM bottleneck? I'm not sure....Anyone?
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Depends what CPU you're currently using. And yes Asrock is an excellent brand name
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if you're editing a lot and use professional softwares the i7 2600K or even the i7 2700K are definitely good investments.
16 GB is worth it if your softwares are 64-bit capable
overal it looks good smile.gif if you can maybe squeeze in a bit more for HD 6950 2GB that would definitely be much more future-proofed
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post #9 of 17
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if you're editing a lot and use professional softwares the i7 2600K or even the i7 2700K are definitely good investments.
16 GB is worth it if your softwares are 64-bit capable
overal it looks good smile.gif if you can maybe squeeze in a bit more for HD 6950 2GB that would definitely be much more future-proofed

I actually just started looking at it haha. I think I'm going to get it.
I also ran into the ASUS Intel LGA 1155 - Z68 PCIe 3.0, which I also might get If I can.
Don't the 6900 series cards have AMD3D?
Edited by Jiakurai - 4/16/12 at 11:17pm
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Should have gone into general systems but whatever.

If its main use is work, I'll try to figure out a way to get an i7 and an SSD into the build.

Eh on the 16 gigs. Rather get the above upgrades before 16 gigs. Been using 8 gigs at home for my work rig and its been fine, work rigs all have 16 gigs and I don't feel much difference (maybe a few times when using huge raws).

Why not just buy the best you can with the company's money than throw some more of your own for the video cards?

Edit: Having more RAM may or may not improve your time encoding, you're better off getting a better CPU which will definitely improve encoding times.

If you're using Adobe products, you might want to get an nvidia video card.
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