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Take a look at CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra cooling paste as an alternative to Arctic Silver, but check that the Zalman CPU cooler has a full copper contact area. If it is aluminum, then Liquid Ultra is not suitable since it causes corrosion of the aluminum.
Instead of the Intel 520 SSD, consider a Corsair Performance Pro, Plextor M5 Pro or Samsung 840 SSD. They have a Marvell controller instead of a Sandforce and show far less performance degradation in 'stable state'.
Consider a GTX 660 Ti or even a 670 instead of the 580. They can steer up to 4 monitors, use less energy and run cooler. The 580 looks like overkill on a system with that CPU.
Also take a look here for ideas: Planning & Building a NLE System
Thanks for the reply.
I've swapped the SSD for:
Hard drive for OS and software
Corsair Performance Pro Series Solid State Disk 256 GB
Regarding the graphics card, it doesn't seem like the GTX 660 TI or the 670 is on the list of supported NVIDIA graphics cards for GPU acceleration:
In regards to the CPU cooler it looks like it has a aluminum with a copperbase contact area?
If a graphics card is not on the 'Supported' list, it does not mean it does not work. All you need to do is make a simple text modification to the 'cuda_supported_cards.txt' file to make it work. See Top 20 MPE Gain Chart and notice how many unsupported cards are in there. And Adobe has been negligent in updating this list. For instance the 680 is supported, but not mentioned on this list.
An alternative way to see this, is go to Benchmark Results and then select Video card / GeForce 600 series and see (currently) 51 results. If you then click in the column header 'Video card' it will be sorted by card. Clicking again will reverse the sort order.
Okay, I've swapped the graphics card for:
eVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW (2 GB) (Adobe-certified GPU card for GPU-accelerated performance)
Once I'm up and running, I'll simply have to make a modification to the 'cuda_supported_cards.txt' file and it will run with GPU-accelerated performance?
That is correct.
So, what about the CPU cooler? Which one should I choose and what paste to go with it?