PC Build Help: Gaming and 4k Video Editing

Hi everyone,

I'm considering a custom build for gaming and 4k video editing. I've built three desktops in the past, but I've been using Macs for a while..

I'm not a heavy gamer, but I'd like to play games such as GTA5 and Flight Simulator games. As for 4k video editing, I'm only just starting, so I don't need a robust machine, but one that can be upgraded in the future.

My budget is around $1600 for the desktop. I'm also interested in a 4k monitor, but I'm not sure how that would impact gaming performance. Suggestions are welcome! :)

I'm also looking at the new Dell Aurora R7, but I don't know how upgradable or future-proof it may be. I think it might still be cheaper to build my own PC.

Thank you in advance!

:)
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  1. Do you need an OS?? What do you think of this so far?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor ($414.89 @ B&H)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid 240 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Asus - Prime Z370-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($167.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($148.88 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card ($469.99 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair - Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($93.50 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1645.11
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-10 11:30 EST-0500
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  2. Sky2014 said:
    Hi everyone,

    I'm considering a custom build for gaming and 4k video editing. I've built three desktops in the past, but I've been using Macs for a while..

    I'm not a heavy gamer, but I'd like to play games such as GTA5 and Flight Simulator games. As for 4k video editing, I'm only just starting, so I don't need a robust machine, but one that can be upgraded in the future.

    My budget is around $1600 for the desktop. I'm also interested in a 4k monitor, but I'm not sure how that would impact gaming performance. Suggestions are welcome! :)

    I'm also looking at the new Dell Aurora R7, but I don't know how upgradable or future-proof it may be. I think it might still be cheaper to build my own PC.

    Thank you in advance!

    :)


    AMD option for your 4k desire:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700X 3.4GHz 8-Core Processor ($298.89 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Scythe FUMA Rev.B CPU Cooler (SCFM-1100) ($45.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($81.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State ($154.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Black Edition Video Card ($739.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Fractal Design - Focus G (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg)
    Case Fan: ARCTIC - F12 PWM 74.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $1655.18
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-10 11:51 EST-0500
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  3. Thank you for the build recommendations!

    In regards to the monitor choice which ones would you recommend? I'm feeling I may need two different monitors - one for gaming and one for 4k photo and video editing.

    Which monitors would you recommend for gaming (either FHD or 1440p)?
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  4. Sky2014 said:
    Thank you for the build recommendations!

    In regards to the monitor choice which ones would you recommend? I'm feeling I may need two different monitors - one for gaming and one for 4k photo and video editing.

    Which monitors would you recommend for gaming (either FHD or 1440p)?


    Realistically for now, either 1080p@144hz or 1440p@60hz for gaming; even a 1080Ti would not hit/maintain 144fps on all titles at 1440p maxed out settings. On the other hand, a monitor stays with you for longer than one build/ one GPU, so a 1440p@144hz + Gsync would be a nice investment if you can fit one into your budget: Eg. the 24" Dell S2417DG ~$400; or the 27" S2716DG ~$500.

    For a cheaper option, the ViewSonic XG2401 at ~$260 is a strong contender for a 1080p@144hz gaming screen (support Freesync, but not Gsync).
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