The main trouble I've been having is working out what GPU to use...
I would gather that DLSR is at the lower end of requirements for processing power? I was looking at the Quadro 2000, but from all I can tell, the GTX 660 ti does a better job?
My main concern is fast rendering times, and being able to make use of the mercury playback feature.
Also, if anyone thinks I should steer away from certain manufacturers, or can get the same item cheaper from another manufacturer, let me know.
I would gather that DLSR is at the lower end of requirements for processing power?
Just the other way around. DSLR is one of the most demanding codecs, only surpassed by RED or EPIC material.
Instead of the Sandisk SSD, which is Sandforce based and thus suffers from serious 'stable state' performance degradation, consider Corsair Neutron GTX, Kingston HyperX, Plextor M5 Pro or Samsung 840 Pro.
Unless you plan many LAN parties, why not get a big tower? More room for expansion, easier to install, better airflow and cooling. The last is especially important when using the i7-3770K, since it runs very hot.
I would suggest a 'gold+' labeled PSU, for instance the Corsair AX 760. It does not use more energy, but gives more stable and ripple free output, increasing reliability and longevity.
The GTX 660 Ti is a great and affordable video card, much better than a Quadro 2000 or 4000. Galaxy is not the first brand name to come to my mind, I would think about the A-names like Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, PNY, Point-of-view, Zotac to name a few.
If fast rendering is important to you, consider upping your memory to 32 GB.
Thanks Harm, your posts here and elsewhere on the forum have been incredibly helpful.
Happy with all the suggestions made and will definitely take into consideration.
3 follow ups-
Will the 660ti take advantage of Pr's cupa features? ( I notice is have a higher cupa value than the more expensive and endorsed quadro 2000...?)
I chose the tower for portability reasons. Whilst I have a dedicated space, I will be collaborating and moving a bit... Any towers you recommend? (Preferably that look sleek and have adequate cooling)
Finally, will I need additional cooling? (And aside from space, will the selected case be adequate?)
Thanks so much for your help! So hard to find info about the 600 series compatibility with Pr cs6...
Furthermore, I wasn't looking at the 3770k - should I be?
I have no experience nor any plans to overclock. Is it something I should start reading up on?
Go to MPE Gain Chart and see for yourself where the GTX 660 (including the Ti) fits in. You need to apply the 'hack', but that is a simple text line to be added to two files.
OK, my case is a bit bigger, some call it a fridge, but I have put it on coasters for moveable purposes. Makes it very easy to move it from one room to another with minimal effort. See Planning & Building a NLE System
Fractal Design and Lian Li have towers that are well built, give ample room and good cooling, but - best of all IMO - are nice designs, no gamers looks to it.
As to what cooling you need, you may have a look at Cooling.
Thanks for those links. I'll read up on those for sure. Any thoughts re: over clocking the CPU for dslr editing?
Thanks so much.
Effectively only the i7-3770K allows decent overclocking, since it is an unlocked CPU. For DSLR material overclocking will make a significant difference in performance, because it relies so much on CPU performance. The i7-3770K can easily be overclocked to 4.4 GHz.