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    What PC to build?

    Harm Millaard CommunityMVP


      A question often asked is what system to build for NLE.


      Basically you can think along three roads, a budget PC, an economical PC and the warrior PC. Notice that MAC is not mentioned here. There are three reasons for that, one is I'm not qualified to really advise on MAC's, two is that they are way overpriced and three they are severely limited in component choices. So this is all about PC.


      Whether you want to have a budget, economical or warrior PC, there are a number of common components that you will always need, a case, a PSU, CPU cooler, monitor, keyboard, mouse, DVD/BR burner and stuff like that so I'm not going into those components.


      So what is this all about?


      1. CPU
      2. Motherboard
      3. Memory
      4. Disk setup
      5. Video card


      This is certainly not intended to be a full description of what to buy, but only to point you in a direction that will make it easier to make your own list of components required.


      CPU
      Budget: i7-860, Economical: i7-930, Warrior: Dual X5680


      Motherboard
      Budget: ASUS P7P55D, Economical: ASUS P6T WS Pro, Warrior:  SuperMicro X8DAH+


      Memory
      Budget: 8 GB, Economical: 12 GB, Warrior: 24+ GB


      Disk setup
      Budget: 3-4 SATA disks, Economical: 5-8 SATA disks (plus raid controller), Warrior: 12+ disks and Areca ARC 1880iX-16/24 controller

       

      Video card
      Budget: ATI HD 5670, Economical: nVidia GTX-285, Warrior: nVidia Quadro FX 3800+


      Effectively at this moment (March 2010) that means in approximate costs for the 5 components and not counting everything else you may need,

       

      Type PC
      Approximate budget
      Budget$ 1,200
      Economical$ 2,100 (excluding RAID controller)
      Warrior$ 8,500 (including Areca RAID controller)


      These figures are around minimum to budget for. I hope this gives you something to ponder about.

        • 1. Re: What PC to build?
          Scott Chichelli Community Member

          Very nice little guide!

           

          the only thing i would make comment on.

          the 860 and 920/930 are the same price.

          the boards for each are only $30 apart. (p55 being slightly less)

          so the cost of a P55 vs X58 are not that big a jump.

          4 vs 6 gig or 8 vs 12gig not a big stretch..

          however for many the 860 is more than they need. (DV, HDV)

          FYI the 860 overclocks very nicely to 3.6GHz without voltage increases.

           

          As to the Apple my biggest reason for not recommending them to clients right now is not about cost or choices.

          its all about OSX inability to properly mutli-thread.

          at least Adobe is much better on an Apple right now that Final Cut! FC is rather embarressing.

          Scott

          ADK

          • 2. Re: What PC to build?
            jyeager11 Community Member

            I was on the verge of pulling the trigger on this deal :

            http://www2.dell.com/ca/en/home/desktops/desktop-studio-xps-9000/pd.aspx?refid=desktop-stu dio-xps-9000&s=dhs&cs=cadhs1&~oid=ca~en~70702~studio-xps-9000-en-feat_3~~

            From $1,938
            You Save $440
            Now $1,498 (before taxes)

             

            Then a friend looked around for me and assembled this hypothetical build :

            Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT Dvd OEM
            •Limit 5 per customer.
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $145.87 $145.87

            Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
            •Limit 5 per customer.
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $98.88 $98.88

            XFX Radeon HD 5850 XXX Edition 755MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.5GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port PCI-E Video Card
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $334.80 $334.80

            LG BH10LS30 Bluray Writer 10X BD-R 16X DVD-RW Lightscribe SATA Retail Box
            •Limit 2 per customer.
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $169.88 $169.88

            Asus P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $253.80 $253.80

            Antec Truepower New 750W Modular Power Supply ATX Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready Blue 120MM PWM Fan
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $125.01 $125.01

            Antec P183 ATX Tower Case Black 11 Drive Bay 4X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $146.65 $146.65

            2 X OCZ XTC Platinum OCZ3P1333LV6GK DDR3-1333 6GB 3X2GB CL7-7-7-20 Triple Channel Memory Kit
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            •$20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - click here
            Yes $168.71 $337.42

            Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 -SLBEJ-
            •Usually Ships in 1 to 2 Business days.
            Yes $324.32 $324.32

            Payment Detail
            Shipping & handling $0.00
            Insurance $29.05
            Sub Total $1,936.63
            GST(5%) $98.28
            No PST - Outside BC residents $0.00
            Total $2,063.96

             

            In both cases, I was going to add at least 1TB as a 2nd HD.

             

            Rig will be for Photoshop, Sonar audio editing, and full screen HD video playback (not editing). No gaming. No overclocking.

             

            Dell's video card is a 5770. The custom build is a 5850. Both may be overkill. Dell's PSU is 475W. The custom build's is 750W. Dell's OS is Win7 Home, the custom build's is Win7 Pro. Dell's blu-ray only writes CD/DVD. The custom build writes BD/CD/DVD.

             

            Is either one of these a no-brainer? Any red flags? Please note that price *is* an issue right now, as I'm being hit with all kinds of emergencies simultaneously... but my current rig (7 years old, upgraded to an Opteron 180 somewhere along the way) is falling apart on me. After a false-alarm HD failure scare this past weekend, I don't want to keep pushing my luck.

             

            PS: I'm in Canada, these are all in CND prices.

            • 3. Re: What PC to build?
              Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

              Dell XPS is brain damaged from the start: The BIOS is crippled, not allowing any overclocking.

               

              In your custom system, I would definitely add a smallish 150+ GB disk for OS & programs, not waste a 1 TB dirve. The 5850 may be a bit pricey in comparison to the 5670 and not deliver any measurable benefits. For MPE you may consider the approved cards, although they do come with an additional price tag. And we are not even sure when MPE will come.

              • 4. Re: What PC to build?
                jyeager11 Community Member

                Harm Millaard wrote:

                 

                Dell XPS is brain damaged from the start: The BIOS is crippled, not allowing any overclocking.

                 

                Did you miss the part where I went out of my way to mention that I wouldn't be overlocking?

                 

                The part about not wasting a 1TB drive as the OS drive makes a lot of sense, though. Thanks.

                • 5. Re: What PC to build?
                  Scott Chichelli Community Member

                  as mentioned the Dell is silly the power supply is barely enough to boot the default config.

                  add harddrives and a serious video card forget it....

                  IMHO a 700W is minimum and a qualoty one at that not some off brand.

                   

                  the only good for video dells are in the workstation area and then they are way more than a custom builder.

                   

                  Scott

                  ADK

                  • 6. Re: What PC to build?
                    John T Smith CommunityMVP

                    I plan to build a 64bit computer later this year, after CS5 is out, with my CURRENT plan being...

                     

                    Intel i7 CPU + ASUS P6 motherboard + Win7 Pro 64bit (have that from site license @work) and 12Gig Ram

                     

                    320Gig boot drive and 320Gig scratch drive and 1T data drive (SD video only, to make home movie DVDs)

                     

                    Since I'm not sure the CUDA/MPE engine will do anything for me with SD video, I am still deciding between nVidia GTX 285 and an ATI with 1Gig of display ram (will also use Photoshop)

                     

                    I also do NOT overclock

                    • 7. Re: What PC to build?
                      Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                      If you insist on a notebook, this may be worth looking at:

                       

                      http://eurocom.com/products/showroom/specselectnew.cfm?model_id=207

                       

                      but prices may be a multitude of desktop systems. I can get it for around € 8,000

                      • 8. Re: What PC to build?
                        Scott Chichelli Community Member

                        not a good company...

                        • 9. Re: What PC to build?
                          Harm Millaard CommunityMVP
                          No gaming. No overclocking.

                          and

                           

                          Did you miss the part where I went out of my way to mention that I wouldn't be overlocking?

                           

                          does not appear to me as going out of your way.

                          • 10. Re: What PC to build?
                            jyeager11 Community Member

                            Sorry Harm, that wasn't intended to come across as snarkily as it did.

                             

                            I'm slowly walking away from the Dell set-up, mostly because of the inadequate PSU.

                             

                            My main question now is... if my sole points of interest are :

                             

                            1) Photoshop (ridiculously high resolutions, ie 4GB+ psd files)

                            2) HD video playback (full screen - currently 1920x1200 but could potentially go even higher)

                            3) Very intensive multi-layer / live FX / 24b wav music editing

                             

                            No gaming, no overclocking, and very little video editing (I'm leaving that door open, but I've no immediate plans to).

                             

                            In this scenario, would an ATI 5850 or even a 5770 be a waste of money that could be put into more or better ram?

                            • 11. Re: What PC to build?
                              Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                              In your custom setup, you already have 12 GB of memory (with nice timings BTW) so I don't see any benefit of adding more memory at this time.

                              With CS4 the video card is often overrated, but does not bring you any measurable benefit. A $ 30 card will do nearly as good as a $ 2K card.

                               

                              Dorris Day once sung:  "Que sera,sera. Whatever will be, will be, The future is not ours to see..."

                               

                              and that still applies. We just don't know when MPE will come out, what it will bring, what it may mean in video cards, ...

                               

                              but based on what we currently know and have, any $ 30  card will suffice.

                              • 12. Re: What PC to build?
                                jyeager11 Community Member

                                Harm Millaard wrote:

                                 

                                In your custom setup, you already have 12 GB of memory (with nice timings BTW) s

                                 

                                You mentioned "nice timings". As someone who knows very little about ram, I'm not sure what that means, but thought I'd ask you what you thought of another opinion I got in another forum telling me to ditch the 1333 and go with 1600.

                                 

                                Keeping in mind I'd be on an i7 920, I'm budget-conscious, what the difference would cost and what I'd get in return, how wise is that advice at this point in time?

                                • 13. Re: What PC to build?
                                  Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                  OCZ Platinum is my brand. That means I have it myself, so I may be biased. I know others here have had troubles with Platinum/mobo combo's, but it appears to me those were mobo problems, not memory problems (correct me please if I am wrong, BG).

                                   

                                  The nice thing about your memory is the 7-7-7 timings and the 1333 speed is more than enough to support overclocking to around 3.6 GHz. If you want to go further, let's say to 4.0 GHz, then 1600 memory would definitely be advisable, but keep the CAS at 7.

                                   

                                  You can find some background info here: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...

                                  • 14. Re: What PC to build?
                                    jyeager11 Community Member

                                    Harm Millaard wrote:

                                     

                                     

                                    The nice thing about your memory is the 7-7-7 timings and the 1333 speed is more than enough to support overclocking to around 3.6 GHz. If you want to go further, let's say to 4.0 GHz, then 1600 memory would definitely be advisable, but keep the CAS at 7.

                                    I WILL NOT BE OVERCLOCKING!!! ;-)

                                     

                                    If the real benefit of going 1600 is overclocking, then all the more reason to stick with 1333. Right?

                                    • 15. Re: What PC to build?
                                      Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                      If you don't want to overclock, even 1066 is enough. That is the standard speed, but who would not want to overclock to a mediocre degree? 1600 is only for serious overclockers and a waste of money if you don't want that. Period.......... and period.......

                                      • 16. Re: What PC to build?
                                        Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                        actually this is completely not right.

                                         

                                        even NOT over clocking your CPU, you can run your memory @ 1600 and should be.

                                        1600 is NOT JUST FOR OCING. and you can OC with 1066 if you know what you are doing (dont recommend it either)

                                         

                                        period period

                                         

                                        Scott

                                        ADK

                                        • 17. Re: What PC to build?
                                          Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                          Scott,

                                           

                                          I agree with you, but there is one handicap, who do you trust to set those settings in BIOS? Not the average editor. I don't mind to help, but if people want to change their BIOS settings to get the most out of their systems, they better know what they are doing, and unless you are willing to give all the support needed, they are on their own. I will not help on BIOS settings, if people screwed up, but if you volunteer...

                                          • 18. Re: What PC to build?
                                            Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                            shoot no! i am not helping either. we have thought about looking our clients out of the bios

                                            but then i couldn't rag on Dell for it

                                            it also depends on what board you use and ram you use.

                                             

                                            XMP profiled (correctly profiled) Ram.

                                            if you choose use XMP profile in the bios

                                            "Should" auto profile.

                                             

                                            past that i dont give out bios setting.

                                            i dont have the patience (thank God my support guys do...)

                                             

                                            Peace!

                                             

                                            Scott

                                            ADK

                                            • 19. Re: What PC to build?
                                              Bill Gehrke CommunityMVP

                                              Harm, I did have a one module in a set of three go bad and OCZ quickly replaced the whole set.  I have had my i7-920 experimental computer running at 4.2 GHz with my 1600 6GB Platinum OCZ with 7-7-7-20 timing.

                                              • 20. Re: What PC to build?
                                                Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                Bill,

                                                 

                                                I can't say I look forward to the moment when you take over my (current) top position on the PPBM4 benchmark, but I do think you deserve it with all the effort and time you invested. Be aware that you may have to achieve a score below 23 seconds...

                                                • 21. Re: What PC to build?
                                                  Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                                  man thats a nice OC. i have not seen one go to  4GHz in months. much less 4.2GHz.

                                                  mine is @ 3.8GHz.

                                                   

                                                  Scott

                                                  ADK

                                                  • 22. Re: What PC to build?
                                                    Bill Gehrke CommunityMVP

                                                    Of course I would not operate in a normal video editing mode at that speed.  The motherboard is my ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer.  While it may be an ideal CUDA platform, it is a lousy disk performer.  I have a faster (R)AID array than Harm (because a risky eight disk RAID 0), but cannot even come close to his disk intensive AVI encoding score of 1.4 seconds, the best I have seen is about 3.9 seconds.  Also if you scan the Results page you will see it is not my setup, all AVI results for this MB are lousy.  I cannot verify this but I suspect that the two nVidia N200's that are on this board may be the cause.

                                                    • 23. Re: What PC to build?
                                                      Mother Macabre Community Member

                                                      Thank you very much for your extensive efforts to educate...your advice is succinct and pertinant, the fruit of many years experience, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing with us.  I've read the links you sent & printed them to use while I compare options.

                                                      If I had more time, I'd build one...best way to learn! Thanks again.

                                                      • 24. Re: What PC to build?
                                                        Qurve Learning, LLC Community Member

                                                        Greetings, I've read this thread with eager (but, admittedly ignorant) interest.

                                                         

                                                        I'm creating patient-education programs with audio/video/graphics/animation etc... and need to keep my focus on the content vs. the technology.

                                                         

                                                        Are there any technically sound, pre-configured and optimized for "Adobe CS5"  available for those of us who don't know enough about hardware to build a sytem ourselves?

                                                         

                                                        Sara

                                                        • 25. Re: What PC to build?
                                                          Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                          There are many configurations posted here in different price brackets. Depending on your budget, I would take the list of components that were used in good and stable performing systems that fit your budget and ask a system builder in your area for his comments or suggestions and ask him to make you an offer you can't refuse. You will then also have the support close by.

                                                          • 26. Re: What PC to build?
                                                            ECBowen CommunityMVP

                                                            Send me a PM Sara and I will help you.

                                                            • 27. Re: What PC to build?
                                                              cjvieira

                                                              Hi Harm Millaard,

                                                               

                                                              First of all I would like to thank you for the great posts I've seen here, about hardware in general, and the rich information you have been providing for long. Then, as I need to assemble a NLE PC capable of dealing with 2 or 3 simultaneous layers of AVCHD and TOD video files with average 35GB size, with a 2.500,00 € [$ 3.000,00] budjet, after reading most of your articles I've managed to come with the following configuration:

                                                               

                                                              CASE:
                                                              - 1x CoolerMaster RC-690 II Advanced (89,90 €)
                                                              - 1x Fan 80mm NoiseBlocker Silent X1 Black/ Blue (4,40 €)
                                                              - 2x Fan 120mm NoiseBlocker Silent XL2 Black/ Blue (6,00 €) (12,00 €)
                                                              PSU:
                                                              - 1x Corsair HX-850W (165,00 €)
                                                              MOTHERBOARD:
                                                              - 1x Asus P6X58D-E Skt1366 iX58 (224,00 €)
                                                              PROCESSOR:
                                                              - 1x Intel Core Quad i7 930 2.8Ghz Skt1366 8Mb (277,00 €)
                                                              COOLER:
                                                              - Noctua NH-D14 Fan 140mm (69.90 €)
                                                              GRAPHICS:
                                                              - Asus GeForce PCI-E GTX470 1280Mb GDDR5 (359,90 €)
                                                              RAM:
                                                              - 2x Pack 3x 2048Mb DDR3 GSkill PC3-16000 (2000) CL9 RipJaws Tri-Channel (194,90 €) (389,80 €)
                                                              HDD-SYSTEM:
                                                              - SSD Intel 2,5" SATA-2 80Gb X25-M (225,00 €)
                                                              HDD-PRODUCTION [RAID0]:
                                                              - 4x Western Digital SATA-2 1TB 7200rpm 32Mb Black (85,90) € (343.60 €)
                                                              HDD-STORAGE:
                                                              - N/A [available USB 2.0 2TB device]
                                                              BR-RW:
                                                              - 1x DVDRW Blu-Ray LG BH10LS30 8x SATA LightScribe bulk (189,00 €)
                                                              DVD-RW:
                                                              - 2x DVDRW SATA Asus 24B1LT 24x LightScribe Black bulk (26,00 €) (52,00 €)
                                                              OTHERS:
                                                              - PCI OEM w/ 2 Firewire + 1 Mini-Firewire (9,90 €)
                                                              - Sharkoon Media III Card-Reader (5.25/3.5/USB) (10,90)
                                                              OS:
                                                              - 1x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit PT OEM (112,90 €)

                                                              ---

                                                              TOTAL: approximately 2.500,00 €

                                                              ---

                                                               

                                                              Well, what can you say about this assembled machine? What modifications would you do? Any recomendations?

                                                               

                                                              Regards.

                                                              • 28. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                                Two questions and one remark.

                                                                 

                                                                Question 1: Doesn't the motherboard have two on board firewire connectors? If so, you don't need the PCI card.

                                                                 

                                                                Question 2: Do you need two DVD burners PLUS a BR burner? The BR can also burn DVD's.

                                                                 

                                                                Remark: I know SSD is a hype nowadays, but is boot time that important? For editing it makes no difference and you can save a bit by choosing a Velociraptor for boot and another WD disk for expanding a raid.

                                                                • 29. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                  cjvieira Community Member

                                                                  Thank you for your fast reply!

                                                                   

                                                                  Notes: The "2x" DVD is a typo! It was from another custom machine! And extra Firewire is needed for several peripherals [client arguing]. And I guess you may be right with the SSD HDD..

                                                                   

                                                                  Now, imagine you can spend more 500,00 € [maybe $ 750,00], what would you do to increase performance and reliability? And for Win7 what are the main settings that I should do?

                                                                   

                                                                  Software to use: Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Corel Video Studio Pro, Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate Collection.

                                                                   

                                                                  PS: I had some problems in the past with some PC configurations that used to stuck / crash during HD editing [not rendering], that's why I chose that particular graphic card.

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Regards.

                                                                  • 30. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                    Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                                    With € 500 extra budget, I would get Win7 64 Pro instead of Home Premium and keep the rest for the future. It is not enough for a nice raid controller, let alone extra disks for that controller. Build it, try it and see if you have any bottlenecks that need attention.

                                                                    • 31. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                      cjvieira Community Member

                                                                      Please, tell me what difference will Pro Win7 produce in spite of the Home Premium version, concerning a NLE PC.

                                                                       

                                                                      Thanks.

                                                                      • 32. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                        Scott Chichelli Community Member

                                                                        the biggest is the 16gig memory limit, whilte 12 is ok 24 is best

                                                                        with pro you can have up to 192 home is 16

                                                                         

                                                                        also with Home you cant be on a domain. fine for at home networking but if in a corp environment with a domain you cant connect.

                                                                         

                                                                        Scott

                                                                        ADK

                                                                        • 33. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                          Dave514 Community Member

                                                                          Harm:

                                                                          I'm a video editor using a Sony ZI and editing in HDV burning in SD. Hope to up grade to NX5. Need a new computer to use Cineform Neo 4k and CS5 Production Studio.

                                                                           

                                                                          The following suggestion has been made:

                                                                          Gigabye GA-P55M motherboard with Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire and eSATA ports,

                                                                           

                                                                          8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM (4x2 GB)

                                                                           

                                                                          Intel Core i5 750 quad core processor (2.66 GHz)

                                                                           

                                                                          2x1 TB 7200 rpm WD "Black Series" HDs-32 MB cache

                                                                           

                                                                          nVIDIA GTX 285 video card - dual monitir support

                                                                           

                                                                          2x LG DVD Rewritable drives with Nero software

                                                                           

                                                                          Mini tower case with room for 3 Hard Drives

                                                                           

                                                                          Win 7 Pro 64 bit

                                                                           

                                                                          Rosewill 650 watt 80 plus Certified power supply- energy efficent and quiet

                                                                           

                                                                          3 yr warranty

                                                                           

                                                                          $1700 approx

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          What do you think of such a set-up? How can it be improved and hopefully lower cost or at least not increase it too too much?

                                                                           

                                                                          Thanks

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          Dave514

                                                                           

                                                                           

                                                                          Scottsdale AZ

                                                                          • 34. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                            Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                                            Dave,

                                                                             

                                                                            A couple of remarks:

                                                                             

                                                                            1. Only two disks. That is cutting it thin, unless you did not mention a separate OS/program disk.

                                                                            2. Mid tower. I would always opt for a big tower because of the better cooling and expansion room.

                                                                            3. A P55 board limits you effectively/economically to 8 GB memory. A X58 board allows for 12 GB.

                                                                            4. 650W PSU with a GTX-285 may be on the low side.

                                                                            • 35. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                              shevm

                                                                              Hi Harm Millaard

                                                                               

                                                                              I seriously need help choosing the components for my next pc!

                                                                               

                                                                              I’ve been trying to come up with a decent configuration over the last few weeks but each time I star to choose components I seem to blow my budget. I live in New Zealand where PC components tend to be more expensive than what they are in the US/ Europe.

                                                                               

                                                                              I am currently a media assistant at a marketing firm and find that I often need to take my work home to work to tight deadlines. I plan on using on my future PC CS5 (for work) and Avid Media Composer (for my own personal projects). Potentially I would like to play around with Maya as well at some point.

                                                                               

                                                                              I’ve never built my own PC before but I’ve decided that I would like to give it a try. That said while I can use a computer (fairly well) I still have allot to learn in terms of putting one together.

                                                                               

                                                                              My budget is $4000.00 (New Zealand dollars)

                                                                               

                                                                              I have come up with the following list of components so far:

                                                                               

                                                                              CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-960 3.2GHz Quad-core with Hyperthreading

                                                                              MB: Asus® P6X58D Premium Supporting SLI/CrossFire, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s

                                                                              MEMORY: 12GB Kingston HyperX Triple-Channel DDR3-1600MHz Low Latency

                                                                              GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA® Quadro™ FX580 512MB GDDR3

                                                                              DVD-RW: LG Electronics GH22NS50 DVD Writer, DVD 16R/22W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM   

                                                                              SOUND CARD: Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 VX Sound card, 5.1, PCI

                                                                              WIRELESS ADAPTER: D-Link DWA-520 Xtreme-G, Wireless Adapter, 108Mbps, 802.11b/g, PCI   

                                                                              HARD DRIVES:

                                                                              (RAID 0) 2x VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS, 150GB, 10000rpm, 16MB Cache, SATA-2

                                                                              Caviar Black WD1002FAEX, 1000GB, 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, SATA-3

                                                                               

                                                                              As you can see so far I’m missing cooling, a case and a power supply, potentially a RAID Controller card, usb ports (i would also like to add a HDMI output port) etc

                                                                               

                                                                              Could you please give me a hand and modify what I have above in any way that you see fit and help me by completing the list of all the other components that i will need?

                                                                               

                                                                              I would really appreciate your help!!!!

                                                                              • 36. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                                Harm Millaard CommunityMVP

                                                                                Well, you asked for it.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Lose the i7-960 and get an i7-930 instead and overclock it a bit. Half the price and the same performance when OC' ing.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Lose the FX580, get the GTX-480, much much faster and has the HDMI port.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Lose the sound card, use on board sound instead. Saves $$$, compatibility issues and bloated software.

                                                                                 

                                                                                What is the use of the wireless adapter? Lose it or if you really need one, get a 802.11 b/g/n version.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Do not raid your boot disk. One Velociraptor is sufficient.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Get at least 2 or better yet 3 Caviar Black's.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Cooler: Noctua NH-14D

                                                                                 

                                                                                Case: many to choose from, as long as it is a big tower. For instance CM HAF932, Lian Li PC-A77B

                                                                                 

                                                                                PSU: CoolerMaster is very good. Look here for requirements: eXtreme Power Supply Calculator Pro v2.5

                                                                                 

                                                                                The mobo has a number of USB ports on board.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Consider a  LG GGW-H20L BR/DVD burner.

                                                                                 

                                                                                How does this fit into the budget?

                                                                                • 37. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                                  Bill Gehrke CommunityMVP

                                                                                  I second all of Harm's comments, but when you get through a very important step is to make sure you tune your OS (hopefully Win 7 64) to get rid of the garbage that Microsoft has to include to cover every possible use but features that are not necessary for an editing machine.  As an example one function that you will not need is Tablet PC components, there are about two dozen or more of these that I turn off.

                                                                                  • 38. Re: What PC to build?
                                                                                    rowby Community Member

                                                                                    Hi Bill,

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Is there a list/link anywhere of what functions in Win 7 64 to turn off, in addiiton to the Tablet PC function?

                                                                                     

                                                                                    Rowby

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