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 Post subject: Help! My First PC for Gaming, Video/Music recording/editing
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:05 am 

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So I'm new here and am building my first PC that'll be used for gaming, editing VFX videos and recording music in Pro Tools.. I'll also be recording gameplay.

I'm having a friend of mine pick out the parts for the build and was wondering if this stuff is good or if there's better parts I should get...

My budget is $1,500 just for the computer itself, excluding monitor, keybaord, and mouse..

Here are the parts he suggested;

cpu $175 amd fx 8320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819113285

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131877

ram $65 Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820148543

gpu $500 MSI R7970 LIGHTNING BE Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB 384-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127736

SSD $180 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820226237

HDD $95 Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822136533

PSU $150 CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139011

case $140 Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Gunmetal Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811139013

cpu cooler $115 CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835181031

Let me know if these are the best for my money or if I should get something different.. Here's there monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

This is the monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824236293


http://www.corsair.com/gaming-periphera ... board.html


http://www.corsair.com/us/gaming-periph ... black.html

 Post subject: Re: Help! My First PC for Gaming, Video/Music recording/edit
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:55 am 
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I can't comment too much since I'm not too familiar with how intensive the applications you want to run are. I assume you want the 256gb SSD to put all your large, often used programs. I guess that's ok.

You most likely do not need the water cooler unless you're doing overclocking. The PSU can be downgraded to 650 to 750 watts, even if you plan on using dual gfx cards later on. I'd also go check out the case in person and see if you like it. I saw it, and it looked a bit gimmicky with the handles and military styles/buttons. Take a look at the Fractal Design Define R4, it's a nice looking case.

 Post subject: Re: Help! My First PC for Gaming, Video/Music recording/edit
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:28 pm 
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A few things:

$430 is a lot for a 7970. I've frequently seen good ones around the $300 mark, and Sapphire has a 7950 for $200 after a $20 mail-in rebate.

I'd recommend 16GB of system RAM for video editing, using 8GB sticks so you can add more later.

You can pick up a Fractal R4 case for $70 right now, no rebate required.

Lastly, 1080p monitors larger than 24 inches have noticeably poor pixels per inch. I would either limit yourself to 24 inches, or increase the resolution to 2560x1440. Either way, I strongly recommend an IPS monitor for better color accuracy and brightness/gamma settings for your video editing.

I've used pretty much all these parts around the office at one point or another, except for the monitor:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($110.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 720W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($73.00 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($180.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($77.07 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400s Wired Optical Mouse ($49.59 @ Amazon)
Total: $1495.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 19:25 EDT-0400)

As you can see, you could get dual 7950s for less than the cost of that 7970 (but it would mostly go to waste unless you got a 2560 monitor as well).

 Post subject: Re: Help! My First PC for Gaming, Video/Music recording/edit
PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:53 pm 

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I'm going to butt in a moment...

I would replace the CPU cooler with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 or similar. It's cheaper and the H80i doesn't perform all that much better. If noise is a concern, your video card is going to be blasting air out louder than the CPU.

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