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.
Answer by catchatyou · May 10, 2012 at 08:30 AM
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.
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