1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 24, 2012 6:44 PM by RjL190365



      I’m looking to take a leap and build my own computer for the first time using top components. Any advice, tips, criticisms would be appreciated.
      I need to know if the list below will work together. Am I missing anything? Have I chosen something that is really not needed?
      I am a photographer and deal with mass amounts of photos, videos, music etc. I also want to play games occasionally, or watch a DVD.
      I am starting from scratch, bringing no parts from other places. All new.

      How does the following combination stack up? Thank you in advance for any help to the above questions and your time.



      First Computer Build

      CASE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133195

      Thermaltake Level 10 GT UGK Combat Snow Edition (VN10006W2N-B) Ultimate Gaming Kit White and Black SECC / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Tt eSPORTS MEGA G1 Keyboard, Black Gaming Mouse and Shock Gaming Headset

      MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131818

      ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


      PROCESSOR - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116501

      Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K


      GRAPHICS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130768

      EVGA 02G-P4-2680-KR GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card


      PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010

      CORSAIR HX Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


      MEMORY - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233299

      CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9


      COOLER - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118054

      ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise CPU Cooler


      HDD X (2)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

      Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


      SSD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167086

      Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW240A3K5 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


      OPTICAL – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136249

      LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-Ray Burner with SW, 3D Play Back - BH14NS40


      MONITOR - www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047

      Dell UltraSharp U2412M Black IPS Panel 24" 8ms Pivot, Swivel & Height Adjustable LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 2,000,000:1 (1000:1)


      CABLE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119253

      Rosewill Model RC-6-HDM-MM-BK 6 ft. High Speed HDMI Cable


      OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116717

      Microsoft Windows 7 Professional


      SOFTWARE - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116858

      Microsoft Office 2010 Professional

          RjL190365 Level 5

          My suggestion would be to build two separate PCs - one for editing, the other for games. This is because (as Harm Millaard mentioned) games have absolutely no place at all whatsoever in an editing system because many games install unnecessary and performance-degrading bloatware that could make that ultra-fast system run as slow as or slower than the average six-year-old PC with one-fourth as much RAM.


          But if you can't afford (or don't have enough room for) a second PC, you'll have to make compromises. Which is more important? Editing/rendering/encoding performance or gaming performance?


          With that said, what you have is a bit of a "penny wise, pound foolish" type of build. Especially when the motherboard and CPU combo is almost as expensive as some X79 and i7-3930K combos. The P8Z77-V Deluxe costs almost $300 by itself, and doesn't perform all that much better (nor do they overclock all that much higher) than far cheaper ($150-ish) Z77 motherboards. And 16GB of RAM just isn't quite enough total RAM for Premiere Pro CS6; you need 24GB or 32GB for CS6 to run at its best. In fact, I had tested CS6 on my main i7-2600K system with a GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 with 1.25GB of VRAM with the system equipped with 16GB and again with 24GB (the latter adding two 4GB DIMMs to the existing two 8GB DIMMs): Adding that extra 8GB of RAM (making it 24GB) actually improved the MPEG-2 DVD performance in PPBM5 by roughly 40 seconds. Instead of 113 seconds with 16GB, I achieved a result of 73 seconds with 24GB.