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Author Topic: Input/opinions required for new video-editing/gaming machine (Jan 2013)  (Read 3864 times)

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    • Experience: Beginner
    • OS: Unknown
    Hi guys,

    After toying with the idea for a number of years Iím taking the plunge into building my own machine.  Iím not an utter noob when it comes to this but realistically itís been a looong time since Iíve played around with the Ďinside-bitsí.  So Iíd like to make a short list of what Iím considering purchasing and Iíd appreciate any constructive feedback on what Iíve chosen well, what wonít work, or if you see any plainly obvious compatibility issues that I missed 'cos I'm not yet pro at this stuff.  I figure that most of you are much more up to speed on the ins and outs of this than me, so hence my post here.

    A relevant point to note is that the most resource hungry game Iíll likely play is Eve Online (not overly into first person shooters and similar), although I am doing a lot of video editing these days and in all honesty that's probably more the requirement than gaming, so I figure Iíll need some decent hardware.  It doesnít have to be a machine that makes Darth Vader or god go ďholy crap!Ē but it will have to be decent.

    So hereís the list Iíve put together so far, including links to where I'll make the purchase in case anyone is interested in the specs or individual pricing (it's in AUD):

    Intel DH77KC Media Series ATX Motherboard, LGA1155, H77, DP, HDMI, DVI,Retail

    Intel Core i7 3770K/3.50GHz/8MB CACHE/LGA1155 Ivy Bridge

    Optional 2011 MoBo and CPU (Öis it worth it?)
    Intel DX79TO, ATX, LGA2011, X79, 8x DDR3, 2x PCIe x16 Gen 2, CrossFire, SLI, HD AUDIO, USB3.0, SATA2
    Intel CORE i7 3820/3.60GHz/10MB CACHE/LGA2011/4CORES/ (NO FAN)

    Kingston 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM (Kit of 2)

    Video Card / GPU
    Gigabyte GF GTX 650Ti OC EDITION PCI-E 3.0 2GB 128-bit DDR5, 1032/5400MHz, 2 x DVI, 1 x HDMI, 1

       Optional Video Card / GPU  (Öis it worth it)
            Leadtek GTX 660 TI PCI-E 3.0 2GB 192-bit DDR5, Base: 915 Boost: 980/6008 MHz, 2x DVI, HDMI, DP, Fan

    Case  (has to be at least partially portable, and this one has a handle because Iím precious)
    CoolerMaster Storm Scout 2 Gaming Grey Case (NoPSU)

    Harddrive  (Iíd love an SSD at least for the OS, but I figure I can upgrade this easily down the track and keep costs lower up front)
    Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda 64mb Cache

    Optical Drive
    LGE BH12LS38 Black BlueRay SATA LightScribe Writer Retail

    PSU (this website said I needed at least a 650W unit after I plugged in everything above)
    CoolerMaster 720W Silent Pro MII Modular

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM

    Wireless Card  (going for internal rather than a USB dongle)
    ASUS PCE-N15 WLAN PCI-Express N300

    Extra Fans for cooling
    ???  Thereís only the one fan installed on the case, do I need more?  I really have no idea if just the one is enough.  I donít intend on overclocking anything (mostly Ďcos I donít know much about it).  If anyone can give me guidance on any extra cooling requirements that would be great.

    Total Cost =  AUD$1275

    Any input on how to improve the above without destroying my budget ($1500 max) or pin-pointing any problem areas would be fantastic!