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Proposed Intel Gaming/Editing rig in a HTPC. Thoughts?

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Hey there OC.net!

Below is a proposed rig I've put together after MONTHS of research. My parents (I'm 16) have given me a budget of $1500-$1550 as long as it includes a monitor.

I'm planning on using this Rig for gaming and video editing.


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K: $229.99

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid: $64.99

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE/WD Mini ITX: $182.55

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB): $93.59

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB: $89.99
Samsung 830 64GB 2.5" SSD: $79.99

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680: $459.99

Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini ITX Tower: $39.99

Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V: $39.99

Monitor Asus VG248QE 24.0": $259.99


Now I have a couple questions right off the bat. One: Will the H60 fit and work well in that case? I'm thinking of putting it on the front 120mm intake mount. 2: Do you guys suggest I get 16gb of RAM and a 64gb SSD, or a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM?

OKGO!
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Originally Posted by AbyssalGaze View Post

Hey there OC.net!

Below is a proposed rig I've put together after MONTHS of research. My parents (I'm 16) have given me a budget of $1500-$1550 as long as it includes a monitor.

I'm planning on using this Rig for gaming and video editing.


CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K: $229.99

CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid: $64.99

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE/WD Mini ITX: $182.55

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB): $93.59

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB: $89.99
Samsung 830 64GB 2.5" SSD: $79.99

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 680: $459.99

Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced Mini ITX Tower: $39.99

Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V: $39.99

Monitor Asus VG248QE 24.0": $259.99


Now I have a couple questions right off the bat. One: Will the H60 fit and work well in that case? I'm thinking of putting it on the front 120mm intake mount. 2: Do you guys suggest I get 16gb of RAM and a 64gb SSD, or a 128GB SSD and 8GB of RAM?

OKGO!

Suggestion right off the bat. Why do you think you need the 3770k over the 3570k? Save yourself a bit of money there and use that to get the 16gb of ram and a 128gb SSD.

Second suggestion would be: go with the asrock z77 motherboard over the deluxe will also save you 50$ and the motherboard (from what I heard) is comparable.

Third, there are air coolers that are just as good as the H60. So that really comes down to personal choice but it looks like it should fit.

To help answer more of your questions what are you using your rig for? Gaming? Editing? etc..... Just surfing? How much of each 50/50?
Edited by freitz - 3/28/13 at 3:28pm
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Suggestion right off the bat. Why do you think you need the 3770k over the 3570k? Save yourself a bit of money there and use that to get the 16gb of ram and a 128gb SSD.

I'd rather get the i7 since I can get such a deal on it. It'll help with Editing and such.
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Third, there are air coolers that are just as good as the H60. So that really comes down to personal choice but it looks like it should fit.

The reason I want the H60 is the case layout. The power supply sits directly over the CPU area. I'd have to use a air cooler of no more than 65mm in height. And even then the fan would starve.

As for the MoBo... I trust Asus more, plus the features the board offers are just too good to pass up IMO. I'd also like to OC that i7 as high as I can safely get it. The upgraded power delivery on that board will help with that.

I'm using the computer for Gaming, Game capture and Video editing.
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I'd rather get the i7 since I can get such a deal on it. It'll help with Editing and such.
The reason I want the H60 is the case layout. The power supply sits directly over the CPU area. I'd have to use a air cooler of no more than 65mm in height. And even then the fan would starve.

As for the MoBo... I trust Asus more, plus the features the board offers are just too good to pass up IMO. I'd also like to OC that i7 as high as I can safely get it. The upgraded power delivery on that board will help with that.

I'm using the computer for Gaming, Game capture and Video editing.

You won't utilize the full capacity of the asus board with the H60. Thats why I recommended the ASROCK board which can OC almost as good if not just as good. What kind of editing are you doing, if your just loading lightroom and dragging the bar from left to right you don't need the I7, but you seem set on it so I will leave it alone just seemed unreasonable for your budget.
Edited by freitz - 3/28/13 at 3:43pm
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You won't utilize the full capacity of the asus board with the H60. Thats why I recommended the ASROCK board which can OC almost as good if not just as good. What kind of editing are you doing, if your just loading lightroom and dragging the bar from left to right you don't need the I7, but you seem set on it so I will leave it alone just seemed unreasonable for your budget.

I'll be editing using Sony Vegas. I can get the i7 for $40-$30 more than the i5. So even if I don't fully utilize it immediately, I may later.

I'll definitely consider the Asrock. I'll do some research, make sure there aren't any major issues with it.
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