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First build, $750, for 2D Animation & Video-editing

Hello folks, my friend is helping me build a PC for 2D animation/video-editing purposes, with a budget of about $750. We’re basing it off of a gaming pc build at $1000, but changing some of the parts to fit the budget. We’re also going for an SSD to help with video-editing. We’re going to be using a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers from an older PC.

It’s our first time building a PC and we just wanted to run this list by you guys to see if you thought it was solid or if there was anything we’re overlooking, or a way that we could improve without going over budget or save a bit more money.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget: (500-750) After Rebates; Before Shipping. Just for the parts, software and OS may go over.
System Usage: 2D animation, video editing, internet, gaming
Need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Websites for Parts: Amazon, Newegg
Location: Piscataway, NJ, USA
Parts Preferences: Already have ADATA USA Premier SP 550 480 2.5” GB SATA III SSD
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Here is the parts list, with the changes we made from the build we were following.

Motherboard: ASUS LGA1151 DDR4 DisplayPort HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 H170 ATX Motherboards H170 PRO GAMING
CPU: Intel Boxed Core I5-6500 FC-LGA14C 3.20 Ghz 6 M Processor
RAM: Kingston HyperX FURY Black 16GB Kit
Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 Silent Cooling Gaming Graphics Card <downgraded from EVGA Ge Force GTX 970
Hard drive: ADATA USA Premier SP550 480 GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive <upgraded from WD Blue 1 terabyte
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
Power Supply: EVGA 650 GQ+ GOLD, 650W
Disc Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive

Also, three questions-

1. Are the fans in the case and the heat-sink enough to keep the build cool?
2. Is the power supply overkill for this build? Could we go with something else?
3. Is there a cheaper motherboard that would still be good for this build?

Thanks guys!

EDIT: I should have been more clear about the SSD in relation to the budget, we just recently purchased it for this build, and are counting it as part of the price. This was $94. Sorry for the confusion.
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  1. I recommend this


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($252.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X150M-PLUS WS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($85.41 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($46.85 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $682.21
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-24 22:28 EDT-0400
  2. Should be good, you could run some pretty new AAA titels as well with that setup at good framrates the 950 is a good card, I would recommend win 7 as win 10 is just... Bad.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($100.88 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($57.88 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Deepcool KENDOMEN Red ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($70.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.88 @ OutletPC)
    Other: MSI GTX 960 GAMING 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 ($174.99)
    Total: $674.59
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-25 08:59 EDT-0400

    The suggested case already have the fans pre-installed so you don't have to worry about the cooling.
  4. Lot of nice builds already. Here is one right at the top of your price limit:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.88 @ OutletPC)
    Other: AMD RX 480 ($230.00)
    Total: $750.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-25 10:35 EDT-0400
  5. I should have been more clear about the SSD in relation to the budget, we just recently purchased it for this build, and are counting it as part of the price. This was $94. Sorry for the confusion.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($252.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X150M-PLUS WS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($85.41 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $642.24
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-25 10:52 EDT-0400
  7. PhilStankus said:
    I should have been more clear about the SSD in relation to the budget, we just recently purchased it for this build, and are counting it as part of the price. This was $94. Sorry for the confusion.


    OK. Here is the updated build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($197.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For $94.00)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.88 @ OutletPC)
    Other: AMD RX 480 ($230.00)
    Total: $744.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-06-25 11:36 EDT-0400
  8. Thank you for the suggestions everyone! We're gonna go with CTurbo's list. Cheers man.
  9. Enjoy your build!
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