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Jun 15, 2012
Need some help re building a computer
This is my first foray into this area, so any advice is appreciated.

My wife intends to use the computer for the usual crap (email/word processing/browsing internet/kids playing online flash games). I hope to get back into video editing, 3d animation, etc. It won't be used for any hardcore gaming.

This is the setup I am thinking of right now:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R Graphite grey and black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Case

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 65W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770S

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 11188-22-20G Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (OC Edition)

Power Supply: NZXT HALE82 HALE82-750-M 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Power Supply

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL


My question: Am I overreaching on the video card and the CPU?I feel like I am a bit, but I want to make sure I have plenty of power for video editing and 3d animation stuff. It has been several years since I did very much of either one, so I am a little out of step as far as the technology goes.

Secondary Question: How do I make sure all of these components are compatible with each other? Is there some tool online? I know the RAM is compatible witht he motherboard, but I am not sure about everything else.




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