31 Replies Latest reply on Sep 1, 2010 8:54 AM by ymignon

    New PC Build for CS5 Master Suite

    neebster2020 Level 1


      I'm building a new PC to use with the CS5 Master  Suite of programs (amongst others) and am looking for a little  advice.

      I've already read through lots of posts here and got some  valuable advice, however there are so many different options available that I  still have some questions.  I hope you can help.

      System will be used for  web design, graphic design, photo editing and video (inc HD).

      Here is the component list I've put together so far:


      1.  MotherboardAsus P6X58D Premium Intel X58 (Socket 1366)  DDR3http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-379-AS£243.00
      2. CPUIntel Core i7 930 2.80GHz (Bloomfield) (Socket  LGA1366)http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-318-IN&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat= 1272£222.00
      3. MemoryCorsair Dominator Tri Channel 6GB (3x2GB) PC3 - 12800  1600MHz DDR3http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-269-CS&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat= 1389£190.00
      4.System HDWestern Digital VelociRaptor 150GB 10000RPM SATA-II 16MB  Cachehttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-236-WD&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat =167£135.00
      5a.Storage HD'sSamsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache -  OEMhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-082-SA&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat =1279£57.00
      5b.ORWestern Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB  Cachehttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-336-WD&groupid=701&catid=14&subcat =1279£77.00
      6a. Quiet CaseCoolermaster Sileo 500 Silent Case - Blackhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-164-CM£63.00
      6b. ORAntec Solo  Quiet Mini Tower Case http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-058-AN&tool=3£73.00
      6c. ORAntec Sonata III Piano Black Quiet Casehttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-073-AN&tool=3£105.00
      7a. CPU  Fan/CoolingNoctua NH-D14 Dual Radiator CPU Coolerhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-011-NC£67.00
      7b. ORCorsair H50 CPU Watercoolinghttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=WC-002-CS£67.00
      8a. Graphics CardAsus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1526MBhttp://www.cclonline.com/product-info.asp?product_id=46710£435.00
      8b. ORnVidia GeForce GTX 470 PCI-Expres VGA Card  1280MBEclipse Computers£312.00
      8c. ORPNY Quadro FX 1800 768MB£266.00
      9a. Quiet Power  SupplyCorsair HX 750W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power  Supplyhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-018-CS&groupid=701&catid=123&subca t=1084£130.00
      9b. ORCorsair HX 1000W ATX Modular SLI Compliant Power  Supplyhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CA-012-CS&groupid=701&catid=123&subca t=1084£195.00
      10. Windows 7 Pro  64BitMicrosoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit -  OEMOverclockers£120.00

      1. Has been recommended on these forums.  Good to have  USB3.0.
      2. CPU is affordable and fast, with the ability to  overclock it if I feel the need for a bit more speed in the future.
      3. Would love 12GB, but will start with 6GB and perhaps  add more later.
      4. Started looking at Solid State Drives as I love the  comments about how fast they load programs, etc., however as they are still  really expensive felt that going with a fast standard drive would be best.  As I  plan on having a dual boot system, I would get two of these.  One would have OS,  CS5 and all my other software installed and the other one would have the minimum  for CS5 installed and the OS tweaked for performance with video  editing.
      5. Both seem like great drives.  Anyone any preference?   Would plan on getting two and use one to store video rushes and the other for  previews and the page file.  Would getting a HD with a 6GB/s interface be worth  it?
      6. I want a quiet case and one that's no higher than  45cm.  I already own the Antec Solo and I like the elastic HD mounting.  Anyone  any preference?
      7. Noctua comes recommended on these forums, however am  concerned with it's size.  Love the idea of water cooling an the H50 system make  it easier and less fuss being a closed system.  Final choice must be quiet and  I've read differing reviews on both.
      8. Can't wait to use the MPE, so want a decent card.  Torn  between getting a cheaper card and upgrading later or spending the money now on  a GTX480 and doing the software hack until fully supported.
      9. With a GTX480 would a 750w PSU be enough?

      I've read reports of the GTX480 not being faster than the  2XX version card, however am I not correct in saying that the 2XX cards are no  longer being sold?  Should I be looking for a card from a particular  manufacturer, i.e. Asus, Gainward, Point of View, Gigabyte?  Or even Nvidia  themselves?
      I am worried about the heat generated by the GTX480 and  the associated fan noise to cool it.  Any thoughts?

      HD SET-UP


      C:WD VelociRaptor 150GBMain System
      C:WD VelociRaptor 150GBVideo System
      D:DVD Burner
      E:Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TBVideo rushes
      F:Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TBVideo previews / Page File
      G: 1.5TBOther storage
      H: 1.5TBOther storage

      For my dual boot, has anyone had experience of using a HD caddy like this  one? http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172727

      I read a review which said that there was no real speed  difference as there is no interface card, just a cable to the motherboard. It  would make my dual boot less complicated to set-up as I wouldn't need to use Win  7 to dual boot or use 3rd party software like Acronis OS Selector.  It would  also free up space for a further internal HD.

      I've been going back and forward on the best solution to  get a proper output of my timeline in Premiere to an external monitor.  I was  set to go with the Matrox MX02 Mini, however some here have said they're  unstable (to a degree).  Although with the CS5 drivers not out yet, perhaps it's  too early to say.
      Although none of my video work has been for broadcast (so  far), I see a great benefit from being able to preview my timeline on a TV  screen as opposed to a PC monitor.  I will be running two screens so I need both  outputs from the graphics card.

      I look forward to receiving your collective  wisdom.