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 Post subject: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:10 pm 
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Quick introduction before the question: Hi guys I'm shrimpaycheck (shrimp for short), and I've been building computers since i was 8 with my dad and I'm now 20. I usually don't have trouble building (or planning in this case) computers but I've always had to build around 800-1000 dollars. So now that I have double the budget I would like to get something a bit future proof, around the range of 2-3 years before needing to open it up. (aside from the bi-weekly dust cleaning). Aside from trying to max out every game this computer will be used for video editing and rendering and graphic design for a small company (my buddies). I don't really have a preference of amd/Intel or amd/nvidia. I have parts from all and they've all performed up to spec. Aside form that I will be ordering my parts from newegg or going to my local Fry's electronics so if you have a part to recommend please check if either of them have it. Thanks in advance! One last thing, if you guys think i can get away without upgrading for 2 years for cheaper on this build by all means save some bucks for me :D


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:33 pm 
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Some two cents...

CPU
The two contenders I would put up here are the AMD FX-8350 and the Intel Core i5-4670K. The FX-8350 will perform really well for its price on video editing and such, but the i5-4670K doesn't lag too far behind if at all. The i5-4670K does perform better in gaming however, and I have no reason to believe next gen console titles that get ported over will perform significantly better with more cores.

RAM
About the only time I would recommend 16GB :D

GPU
If you're running games across a single monitor, stick with a single high-end video card. If you're getting something now, AMD's new 200 series is something to get.

Mobo
Pick something that fits all your I/O needs (USB 3.0 ports, SATA 6Gbps ports, etc). However, as a rule of thumb, if you're going to go over $150, look at all the features of the board and ask yourself if you're really going to use them. Motherboards are the only thing that don't increase performance of the system itself with price. You may get some nice features like easy overclocking or a button to reset BIOS settings on more expensive boards, but it doesn't mean cheaper boards don't have something that could perform a similar function.

Well, actually the chipset does matter. For instance, you can only overclock and have SLI/Crossfire on Intel's Z series chipsets. I'm not sure about AMDs though, but stick with the 990 series.

PSU
If you're getting a single video card system, then you won't need more than 600W. I would recommend something from Seasonic or Corsair.

Storage
Definitely toss an SSD in here with that budget. I wouldn't get something too big (I honestly think 120GB/128GB is big enough). Then go grab a large hard drive so you can store your projects.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:00 pm 
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Thanks for the reply!
A few more details about my plan: I'm probably gonna go Micro-ATX or a small Mid-Tower becuase It'll need to be transfered over to my buddies work about 3-4 times a week.
I did have a question about the CPU's you presented. I had been look at an I7 haswell. Would you say thats overkill even considering my budget, and I'd been looking at the i5 as well deciding whether or not the hyperthreading(of the i7) would help with editing and encoding.
And lastly, at home for games I'll be using a 1080p monitor but at my buddies work they've just ordered 4k monitors for grahic design workstations. So for a video card would a GTX 780 be fine or will i be able to get by on a R9 280x or nvidia equvilent?


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:12 pm 
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If we went by this chart, the i7 doesn't improve a whole lot across the board. As for the video card, The GTX 780 would work, but the GTX 770 has better value. You could also see when the R290x is coming out, as it's supposed to offer GTX Titan performance for almost half the cost or something.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:09 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
If we went by this chart, the i7 doesn't improve a whole lot across the board. As for the video card, The GTX 780 would work, but the GTX 770 has better value. You could also see when the R290x is coming out, as it's supposed to offer GTX Titan performance for almost half the cost or something.


Took a look at the chart and indeed it's not much better. Well I guess I'm decided on an i5 then, and I'll think I'll wait for the r290x to come out before I choose a graphics card. I'll post the rest of the parts I picked later on tonight. I have a math class to attend :P


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 Post subject: Re: Looking for advice on a $1800-2000 dollar build.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Here's a list of the parts I decide on:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6811119274 , Cooler Master N200
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6819116899 , Intel i5-4670k
CPU Cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6835118003 , Zalman AT 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6822148907 , Segate 3TB 7200RPM
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 0AT0UP5909 ,Samsung 830 128GB
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820233540 , Corsair Vengance Pro 16GB 1866mhz
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131977 , Asus Gryphon Z87 mATX
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817139054 , Corsair RM650 80 Plus Gold
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814130948 , EVGA GTX770 4GB w/ ACX Cooler

So those are the main components, I'll be adding a blu-ray or a DVD drive also. and the Graphics card is a place holder till i know how the R9 290x performs. If i need to build before they launch I'll just get a place holder graphics card for under 200$


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