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Post Date: 2013-08-09

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    Posted: 09 Aug 2013 at 4:18pm

I am looking to build a replacement PC when my old rig of 5 years died... I wanted to edit videos but my PC couldn't handle rendering, and I needed a faster CPU and RAM. I want a system that can do both on a budget if possible.

I love to play FPS games such as UT 2007, Portal, Bioshock Infinite,editing cosplay videos, and surfing the web

Special Needs:

Saved Ticket #: 859195

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Marauder V2 <b></b>
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 4570 3.20 GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Z87M-PLUS (Intel Z87 Chipset) (MATX)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested) <b></b>
Power Supply: 750W Corsair CX
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition) <b></b>
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Seagate (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: Blu-Ray & DVD Writer/Reader (Burn + Play Blu-Ray & DVDs) (12x BD-R) <b></b>
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB <b></b>
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 5.1
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 1: Corsair H60 Liquid CPU Cooler (High-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade All Fans to Corsair Airflow 140mm Performance Edition (Up to 6 Fans) <b></b>
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green) <b></b>
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

I am a long time gamer, who is a first timer here on the forums. I'm looking for any input you kind folks can offer. Thanks!
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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Aug 2013 at 7:19pm
Welcome to DS, oldklingon!

Here's a build that maximizes your budget and gives room to grow...

859265 - $2433 (After Instant Savings) - with shipping it will be close to $2500.

Things I changed:

1. 300R Case - Unless you like the design of the case you chose, this one is less expensive yet offers more space.
2. 4770K CPU - Better performance for demanding multi-threading programs (most video & photo editing software will use this).
3. ASUS Gryphon + 1050W PSU - Allows for future expansion in gaming by allowing 2nd (SLI) 770 GPU plus PSU gives plenty of headroom.
4. 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD - Speed up OS & Applications. Still have room for media.
5. Single Blu-ray Drive (unless your copying disc to disc, but you could just cache it on the SSD).
6. GTX 770 - Mostly outperforms the 7970. Plus, when games get more advanced you could add a second 770 (SLI) for added performance. Technically you could do this with the 7970 as well, but currently nVidia GPU's scale better.
7. Removed Sound Card. Unless your a true audiophile, a stand alone sound card is a waste of money. Plus you're not wasting a spot on the motherboard that could be used by a second 770!
8. H100i CPU Cooler - Larger CPU, more heat. A cool CPU is a happy CPU!
9. 120mm Fans. The 300R has a mix of 120mm & 140mm fans but not sure the exact qty of each. You could ask DS to fill all spaces with largest fans possible (mix of 120mm & 140mm).
10. LED Lighting - Fills the case better and offers different colors and effects.
11. Win8 (Standard) - Unless your absolutely stuck having to use Win7, go Win8. Future gaming will be benefitted by those with Win8 (already shown in DirectX 11.1).
12. Don't forget your FREE t-shirt!

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions/concerns!

Edited by fstcvc - 09 Aug 2013 at 7:23pm
HailStorm II
i7 4770K @ 4.5GHz
Asus Maximus VI Extreme
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum
Samsung 840Pro SSD 256GB+512GB
HydroLux+XSPC CPU/MoBo/GPU Liquid Cooling
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