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Old April 19, 2016, 06:33 PM
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Hi all,
I'm putting together a new build and wanted to get your opinion. This will be for video/photo editing and games on decent settings at 1080p. I'm still undecided on the monitor and just need a cheep keyboard and mouse to get by with. I will also be adding a hdd for bulk storage when I can afford it.

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Old April 20, 2016, 06:33 AM
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For video editing I'd probably look to a better CPU like an I5 6600 or I7 6700. The extra four threads in the 6700 will cut down rendering time for videos, as would the slightly higher clock speed on the 6600 or 6700. Otherwise getting 16GB of RAM should also be a consideration.

Otherwise everything looks ok to me.

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Old April 20, 2016, 02:43 PM
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i5 6500 gets you an extra 500mhz for a minimal cost, so I would go to that or i7 6700 depending on budget and how serious you take the editing. Up the ram to 2x8gb. SSD I would swap to Samsung 850 evo, crucial bx100...there are a bunch more, but something a bit faster than that Kingston.
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Old April 20, 2016, 11:30 PM
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The i5 6500 has half a Ghz bump in speed for $15.

Your motherboard supports up to 2133Hz RAM. No need for 2400Hz RAM. 8GB will work fine for now. In the future you might need to close one app before starting the other. Another problem is upgrading. You'll have to throw away the 2x4GB sticks before putting newer/bigger ones.

You can double the capacity of the SSD for an added half of the original price. It's $25 more but they are tempting us with the added value. 250GB really is the sweet spot nowadays and you'll be glad you did that once you install your OS, video/Photo programs and a few games. Just make sure you get that HDD before piling up your videos/photos.

If you are not going for a DVD/Bluray drive, I suggest the Fractal Design S. Should be cheaper too.
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Old April 21, 2016, 06:02 AM
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You don't need such a new gpu for gaming at 1080p. Even a GTX 470 will do it. Monitor is a bit small, i would go with 24".
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Old April 25, 2016, 10:42 AM
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I cringe at the AMD R7 370... I know you said 1080 with decent settings but the GTX 950 is a lot more solid of a budget GPU and they're in the exact same price range. I'd highly recommend you replace the R7 370 for a GTX 950.

Here's a prime example of what I mean... look at GTA V for the GTX 950 vs the R7 370:

Same goes for Battlefield 4 if you wanna look at a game that's AMD Gaming sponsored.

Or heck, Far Cry 4 which is known to perform better on AMD GPUs than Nvidia GPUs? The R7 370 sits about the GTX 950...

The AMD R7 370 as you can see trades blows with the GTX 750 Ti... which is more cost effective than the R7 370... I'm no Nvidia fanboy either btw, my current rig I went from GTX 680 to an MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G because it made more sense to buy that used than a GTX 970 for the same price point. I just wanna help you get the best price to performance as well eh? So please, for the sake of the all mighty framerate, go for the GTX 950. It's the best GPU for your money.

That? Or if you're comfortable with a used GPU? As I stated, my MSI R9 390 Gaming 8G was used and I got a deal on it, for such a budget on your GPU? You could probably find a much more powerful GPU potentially for that price. Sometimes the AMD R9 280 or 280X can be found for $130 and it would beat a GTX 950... that or search even more, you'll be surprised sometimes at deals on used GPUs.

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