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I'm looking to build a gaming/video editing machine.

This is what I have so far: PC Partpicker Link

Any advice on where to cut unnessary spending or increase performance while not increasing the cost too much will be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to steal my build if you want.

asked May 10 '12 at 02:41

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For video editing, I would suggest going with the i7 3820. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115229&Tpk=3820 It will surely be better than the 2600k for video rendering. Unfortunately, it's a different socket (LGA 2011), but this socket is newer, and most (if not all) of the motherboards come with better chipsets than the standard LGA 1155 socket motherboards.

You look to have a decent CPU cooler, but I haven't used it yet. I have used the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo heatsink twice, and it performs really well. I see that it (The one you selected) doesn't support the LGA 2011 socket, so if you decide to go with the 2011 socket, you'll have to go with a different heatsink.

Personally, I have no need for a Blu-Ray optical drive, and if you don't either, you can pick up an Asus DVD burner for $20.

For 16 GB of RAM, you seem to have found a pretty good deal. Mushkin isn't my first choice (I tend to buy Corsair or Gskill RAM), but the two sticks that I have bought from Mushkin have been fine.

Another thing that might not meet performance is the 500 Watt PSU. I would go at least 600 Watts, and it's important to have a modular power supply so that you don't have a bunch of useless cables sitting in your case blocking airflow. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139031 This PSU costs more than your current one, but this will avoid complications with limited power.

Everything else looks fine.

answered May 10 '12 at 07:30

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edited May 10 '12 at 15:52

I would say I have to disagree with the modular statement there. The cool master cases have a ton of room at the back for spare cables. I find having a non modular cable PSU to look better as well as the cables are all together and not bunched over a wider area.

(May 10 '12 at 17:04) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

It's all personal preference, but we both can agree that 500 watts might be a little too low, right?

(May 10 '12 at 22:05) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

500 watt is below the minimum requirements for that system, the videocard recommends 600 watts, but I would go 700watts, especially if you plan to overclock.

overclocking can significantly increase power consumption

PS you never want to push a power supply close to it's limits as that will cause additional line ripple and reduce system stability. The end result of that will be you having to use higher voltages to reach the same overclocks (more heat) and you will not reach the CPU's true max overclock

(May 11 '12 at 21:13) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Nice system there.

Great CPU and RAM

Always good to have SSD for bott and you videos and games on a hard drive!

Go for it!

answered May 10 '12 at 03:36

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Better then mine! Should be a great build. But like Jackster said an SSD would be great.

answered May 11 '12 at 18:15

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