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Build list for HD Video and Photo editing computer with gaming

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I am looking to build a HD Video / Photo editing computer in the $2000.00 range with some gaming ability and sound is also important. Came across this build from Sam Chen "Best Photo/Video Editing PC Under $1,400 [January 2013]" http://www.custompcreview.com/comput...ary-2013/17122 Looks good but since it's a year old I would think it could use some updating. Recommendations please. Video files will be very large AVCHD. Some gaming ability would be nice but Sound is VERY important. This will be my first build. A pcpartspicker list would be greatly appreciated Sorry should have added Sam's original build list; [TABLE] [TR] CPU [TD]Intel Core i7-3770K[/TD] [TD]$310[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Motherboard [TD]Gigabyte Z77X-UP4-TH[/TD] [TD]$185[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Memory [TD]16GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz DDR3 Low Profile 1.5v[/TD] [TD]$92[/TD] [/TR] [TR] GPU [TD]EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB[/TD] [TD]$87[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Case [TD]Antec P280[/TD] [TD]$98[/TD] [/TR] [TR] SSD [TD]Samsung 840 Pro[/TD] [TD]$225[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Hard Drive [TD]2x Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM[/TD] [TD]$152[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Optical Drive [TD]OEM DVD Drive or OEM Blu Ray Drive[/TD] [TD]$23[/TD] [/TR] [TR] PSU [TD]Antec VP-450[/TD] [TD]$39[/TD] [/TR] [TR] CPU Cooler [TD]Corsair H100[/TD] [TD]$110[/TD] [/TR] [TR] OS [TD]Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit[/TD] [TD]$92[/TD] [/TR] [TR] Total [TD]Pricing via Amazon, so no tax and free shipping for most USA Residents[/TD] [TD]$1413[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] Thanks Blade

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CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.16 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ NCIX US) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($139.99 @ Microcenter) Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($82.95 @ Amazon) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon) Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ NCIX US) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC) Total: $1255.02 I'm not much of an audiophile so I left you with a bunch of headroom for all your audio equipment. I tried to replicate Sam's build as closely as possible with more recent hardware. I did change some things around, though. You can switch out the 4770K for a 1230v3 if you don't plan to overclock. You can also go for a much cheaper cooler if you plan to go with the 1230v3. The PSU is total overkill for the 750 Ti but for future video card upgrades it will be easier to start out with a higher wattage PSU. I didn't go with a board with any fancy onboard audio solutions because you have enough headroom for a DAC or a sound card (or maybe even both) which are far better solutions than any onboard solution can provide.

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I've had experience with both 7 and 8.1 and personally, I really enjoy 8.1. The biggest turnoff for 8.1 (and 8) was the metro UI, which really isn't all that bad (IMO). But other people think 8.1 is the worst OS ever so honestly it's up to you if you want to buy 8.1 You can 8.1 for free for 90 days by using the Enterprise Evaluation on TechNet. It uses the same build as retail 8.1 so you are basically getting 8.1 Pro for 90 days without any sort of limitations.

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