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Old 11-22-2012, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gaming / Video Editing Rig - Budget 2k

been long time since I posted here or even kept up with pc tech, but im looking to build a new machine here soon as my current rig is showing signs of fatigue.

what I have in mind so far is as follows (still need help deciding on what type of HD I want.

Case: Thermaltake Chaser $160
(could not really decide on case, antec makes a neat cube case I liked also)

PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850w Full Modular $170 (I really like OCZ psu's, never had a problem with them)

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 Quad Core LGA 2011 X79 chipset $300

CPU Cooler: Intel Liquid-cooled Thermal Solution $78

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 $300
ASUS P9X79 LE $240
Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 $260

GPU: EVGA GTX 680 w/Backplate 4GB $520 (a bit pricey, are newer cards coming out soon? to lower these prices?)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 32GB Kit Quad Chan

I need help making a choice on HD setup, is one regular 7200 RPM HD going to be ok for what I want to do (online gaming + video editing), or should I go with a 2 HD configuration (one slower, and one SSD drive), or can I get away with just 1 larger sized SSD to simplify things? such as: - OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-512G.M 2.5" 512GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

if you could please give me pros and cons on specific parts, and if dont like them, please list reasons why.


edit: forgot to add my current rig's info in case that helps out why im looking to rebuild:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 LGA 1366 L3 Cache 8MB(love the cpu, but motherboard needs replaced and this thing does not fit in newer boards)
CPU Cooler: Vigor Monsoon III (one of the fans died out, no biggie, it was an easy replace, cooler works great, do they make brackets for it to be used on LGA 2011? if so i may keep it and use it for new build)
MB: EVGA X58 141-BL-E757 LGA 1366 (this was my ASUS replacement that was DOA, and lately its onboard sound has been shotty, rather part out system than put money into this one)
GPU: ASUS 6850 1GB GDDR5 256-bit(no complaints about card, but it may not be up to the task when editing video)
RAM: OCZ Triple Channel 6GB DDR3 1600 PC3-8500F Latency's 7/7/7/18 (no problems with ram, but im sure its hurting my editing speeds due to amount of ram)
PSU: OCZ 750w Fatality Edition, non modular (great psu, no issues, just want a modular one now)
Case: Modded Antec 300 (yes its small) as you can see this case is a little tight on the inside:

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Old 11-22-2012, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't need such a beefy PSU for such a rig. You can easily get away with an HX650 or 750. On that note, I would definitely swap the PSU brand to Corsair. The more and more technology continues to progress the less power consumption higher end components require. The maximum wattage a 680 takes is 195W, and a 3770k is 95w. - CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Unless you plan on going with a 3930k then X79 is useless. If you get a 3930k then grab an ASRock Extreme 3 X79.

If not, then get: - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K - ASRock Z77 Extreme6 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

For gaming, a simple larger SSD would work. Since you want to video edit, I would say get at least a 1TB 7200RPM Seagate to put on the side.
Since the 256GB 840 pro is 300 bucks, get this. You wont really notice the difference in sequential write speed at all. - SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Coming from somebody who has a ridiculous amount of RAM, I can tell you that 16GB would be plenty. Unless you plan on doing VM work, or storing mass renders cached in RAM (or RAMDisk) then 32GB is absolutely pointless. I let a ton of people use my powerhouse PC for whatever work they need done and I have never capped over 16GB usage.

As to OCZ, do not purchase from them. Their SSD and PSU quality has decreased significantly in the past few years and they are under legal hammer right now. Meaning your warranties could be screwed when you might need them.
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