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Which gaming/video editing build should i go with?

I am thinking of building a gaming/video editing system as my first build.

I am going uni this September, studying computer science and i have decided to build a pc system for myself to help me complete different projects at uni. Along with uni, i will also be editing youtube videos at 1080p, with a max resolution of 4k. My budget of building a system is £1300, with a max max max price of £1400. Within this budget i will be needing ALL COMPONENTS including MONITOR AND PERIPHERALS.

I have built a system on pcpartpicker, which i am thinking of purchasing. The link for this is :
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/39CPsJ

If anyone could recommend any changes that i should make to the system, in terms of the processor, graphics card, monitor and etc. Also, if you believe the system i have built is terrible, please could you provide me with parts of a new system which is better.
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  1. What games do you want to play?
    What resolution do you want to play at?
    What is your budget? Do you need an OS or peripherals included in the budget?
    Is gaming performance or video editing performance more important to you?
    What country are you in?
  2. timeconsumer said:
    What games do you want to play?
    What resolution do you want to play at?
    What is your budget? Do you need an OS or peripherals included in the budget?
    Is gaming performance or video editing performance more important to you?
    What country are you in?


    I am thinking of playing FIFA, Black ops, Battlefield and other shooting games.
    I have a budget of £1300, Os and peripherals need to be included please along with monitor
    Video editing performacne is more imporatnt but both are just as importnat as each other. Id say 55% video editing and 45% gaming
    I am in the UK
  3. Here's a good start:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£260.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£94.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£49.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.20 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (£399.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£50.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 24.0" 144Hz Monitor (£201.41 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£26.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1308.34
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-01 16:43 BST+0100

    It does not have an optical drive, not sure if you need one or not.
    Windows 8.1 but, you have until August 2nd to get the free upgrade to 10.
    I'm not wild about the reference cooler on the 1070, but didn't want to go over budget. It will work fine though.
    144Hz monitor, great for shooters.
    Mouse and keyboard (you needed all peripherals right?)
  4. timeconsumer said:
    Here's a good start:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£260.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H170-D3HP ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£94.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£49.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£77.20 @ CCL Computers)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (£399.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£52.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£50.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 24.0" 144Hz Monitor (£201.41 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£26.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1308.34
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-01 16:43 BST+0100

    It does not have an optical drive, not sure if you need one or not.
    Windows 8.1 but, you have until August 2nd to get the free upgrade to 10.
    I'm not wild about the reference cooler on the 1070, but didn't want to go over budget. It will work fine though.
    144Hz monitor, great for shooters.
    Mouse and keyboard (you needed all peripherals right?)


    Thanks for the quick reply, i love the build however the major key for me is to edit and view my videos in 4k. The monitor does not need to have a very high hz, as long as it has an IPS panel, 4k quality, 5 ms the highest response time and at least a 27 inch screen, im not too bothered about the other gaming factors as i wont be hardcore gaming.
  5. Best answer
    I just now noticed you had edited your original post to include a lot more information than I had originally started with. I guess you had only posted the first sentence in error. Sorry I started beating down the wrong path.

    Now that I see your original build I think you're definitely onto something. But I would drop the CPU cooler (use the stock one) and spend the money on a better power supply. I would even step down from the "K" series processor to a locked proc like the Xeon 1231v3.

    Now, if you wanted to stick with the Skylake plan I was headed towards, I'll play around and see if I can get you a decent 4k one.

    EDIT: Loaded below. I would prefer to spend a bit more on the display to get something like the BenQ 4k display. But this should do fine.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£260.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: MSI H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£82.73 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£49.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card (£199.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.28 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£50.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.37 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: LG 27UD68-W 27.0" 60Hz Monitor (£385.01 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£26.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1306.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-01 17:29 BST+0100
  6. timeconsumer said:
    I just now noticed you had edited your original post to include a lot more information than I had originally started with. I guess you had only posted the first sentence in error. Sorry I started beating down the wrong path.

    Now that I see your original build I think you're definitely onto something. But I would drop the CPU cooler (use the stock one) and spend the money on a better power supply. I would even step down from the "K" series processor to a locked proc like the Xeon 1231v3.

    Now, if you wanted to stick with the Skylake plan I was headed towards, I'll play around and see if I can get you a decent 4k one.

    EDIT: Loaded below. I would prefer to spend a bit more on the display to get something like the BenQ 4k display. But this should do fine.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£260.99 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: MSI H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£82.73 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Kingston FURY 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£49.38 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.89 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card (£199.98 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.28 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£50.51 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£12.37 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit (£55.00 @ Amazon UK)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter (£27.30 @ Amazon UK)
    Monitor: LG 27UD68-W 27.0" 60Hz Monitor (£385.01 @ Amazon UK)
    Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse (£26.99 @ Novatech)
    Total: £1306.41
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-01 17:29 BST+0100


    Any other improvements you would make to the system mate?
  7. Nope. I think both your original build (except the poor quality power supply) and the one I posted would both serve your purpose very well.
  8. timeconsumer said:
    Nope. I think both your original build (except the poor quality power supply) and the one I posted would both serve your purpose very well.


    Could you recommend me a good power supply thats worth the money mate? I'd really appreciate it. Also, i was thinking of maybe getting the r9 390 instead of the gtx 970, what do you think?
  9. Sure thing.

    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/98tCmG/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9 - 650w non-modular bronze
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/brK7YJ/xfx-power-supply-p1650xxxb9 - 650w semi-modular bronze
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/3pqdnQ/xfx-power-supply-p1550gts3x - 550w non-modular gold
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/qYTrxr/evga-power-supply-220g20550y1 - 550w full-modular gold

    I'm not sure how much you care about efficiency and modularity so there's 4 well-priced ones. The EVGA 550w is the best of them all and has a 7 year warranty.

    The R9 390 and the GTX 970 trade blows depending on the game. If you are trying to play in 4k (drop your settings) the 390 would be the winner. If you want the 390 I would go with a 650w PSU.
  10. timeconsumer said:
    Sure thing.

    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/98tCmG/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9 - 650w non-modular bronze
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/brK7YJ/xfx-power-supply-p1650xxxb9 - 650w semi-modular bronze
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/3pqdnQ/xfx-power-supply-p1550gts3x - 550w non-modular gold
    https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/qYTrxr/evga-power-supply-220g20550y1 - 550w full-modular gold

    I'm not sure how much you care about efficiency and modularity so there's 4 well-priced ones. The EVGA 550w is the best of them all and has a 7 year warranty.

    The R9 390 and the GTX 970 trade blows depending on the game. If you are trying to play in 4k (drop your settings) the 390 would be the winner. If you want the 390 I would go with a 650w PSU.


    I really appreciate this mate, ive decided to go with your build as the final build.

    This the link: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/ehsaan97/saved/dPXXsY
  11. Awesome, that should be a really nice editing machine, and it will game well too. Have fun!
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