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Old 03-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

It has been a while since I last upgraded my rig, so here I am hoping to get enlightened from you pro's with some suggestions.

To start off, here are my full current specs:

Core i7 920 @ 3.7Ghz (Megahalems Mega Shadow Cooler)
Asus Sabertooth X58
Enermax Infinity 85+ 920W
24GB Kingston HyperX PC3 1600Mhz RAM
Nvidia Zotac GTX 480 Amp Edition
Corsair Force3 SSD 128GB (Boot)
OCZ Vertex Turbo 128GB
3 Non-SSD Hard Drives

I haven't been following the computer tech scene lately, so I pretty much have little to none knowledge about what CPU/MOBO/RAM would be the best bang for my buck currently.

My budget is no higher than $1000.

The system will be used mainly for Video Editing, and some gaming as well.

I did some research myself, possibly thinking about getting the Intel i3770K Ivy Bridge ? Or would Sandy Bridge be a better option in my case ?
I am assuming I will need a solid Z77 board for this ? As far as RAM goes, I would want a 32GB configuration, and for the CPU cooler, I was looking at a possible watercooling setup like the Corsair H100 maybe ?

As you can see, I am quite clueless when it comes to choosing the best hardware for my Video Editing setup.

One last note, I am fairly comfortable with some mild overclocking.

I will be so thankful for any of your guys' responses and suggestions.


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Old 03-20-2013, 03:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How serious are you in to video editing? Do you use any other productive suites besides video editing?
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