Solved Need help with first system build.

July 18, 2013 at 02:38:56
Specs: Windows 7
I need to build a system that will allow video rendering and picture edits with a little gaming on down the line and some 3d work. I believe the intel I-7 4770k would be the preferred cpu, i was also looking at the asus maximus iv hero for the motherboard with rip jaws xf3-2133c9d-16gxh but i have no clue on a psu or case. Would like any thoughts on my current choices as well as any input for the psu and case. Thanks

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#1
July 18, 2013 at 06:26:14
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-things to keep in mind Windows Home premium and down support 16g of ram and down.
-to put more than 16g you must use Win 7 pro or up.
-it is very important you purchase a good power supply, not a cheap one or the cheap one sometimes included with the case.
-Case design, you want something sturdy not thin tin, something well constructed that allows the unit to cool properly with easy access, room for expansion and fits any size boards.
-the nitty gritty of choices you make requires one to look at the benchmarks for the products, for which I do have the desire to do, suffice to say, buying at the better end of AMD or Intel, using quality products, you should have a pretty quick machine. There is now tons of room for ram for video rendering and the processors aren't getting any slower. In any event you cannot cheap out for the type of system you require.

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July 18, 2013 at 07:14:30
Is this going to be a "money is no object" build? Because the cost of the board, CPU, & RAM is going to be roughly $700 alone & there's a still a lot more items to add to your wish-list. A complete system can be built for less than that. For example:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Bleeding edge technology is almost never a wise investment. It's your money, it's your call. If you want us to suggest components, let us know how much you're willing to spend.


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#3
July 18, 2013 at 11:47:36
Thank you both for the replies, this is very helpful info. Riider I have set the budget around $1700 usd. I would like to keep cost low but this system will need to last 4-5 yrs with little upgrades, I know this is hard to do in the tech world, so that is why I was going with the forth gen I-7. Any part suggestion would be great especially on a case. As there are so many it would take forever to narrow down a good solid one in my opinion, with no experience. I have upgraded parts on the past, such as CPU, video cards, ram and even motherboards but always stick to factory case and power supply as the supply was always still efficient.

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#4
July 18, 2013 at 20:55:36
Your video card choice will set the size power supply you will need.
Always select a power supply with a single 12Volt rail, 80% or greater efficiency rating (certified), Active PFC, Sufficient Wattage and 12Volt Amperage for any possible video card upgrades, a Quality name brand, a longer warranty period.
You need at least a mid-tower case, without its own power supply, sufficient internal and external bays, USB3 and other front ports you may need, and reasonably high consumer ratings (read many reviews to see if there is a trend in the complaints). Look at placement of switches, external ports (bottom mounted USB ports are useless if you keep the tower on the floor as are top mounted ones if you keep it on the desktop or high shelf), and make sure you will be happy with the look of the case.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
July 19, 2013 at 01:56:14
Thank you all for the information this has all been really helpful. Wish I could give all three best answer as you all hit different really good points.

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