the main difference for the gtx 480 brands is warranty, and software. The 4 brands you have listed are all good, I personally went for the asus. The suplocked Evga range costs alot more, and is not worth it.
If you can I would recomend buying the Pc parts your self and build it, if not find a PC shop that will build to your spec. What is your budget.
there is plenty of threads on here that will help you.
What about CPU
The last one is twice as expensive as the first.
Will the last CPU be that much better (Note I'm to edit AVCHD from Canon 5D MK II) ?
the 930 is a very good cpu, and can be overclocked for a bit more performance.
Thanks for your answers....
A couple of more questions:
Just found that the SHUTTLE SX58J3 does not allow for a more powerful PSU,
so it tops out at 500W.
Will that be a problem?
Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-930 = takes 130W or below
Asus GeForce 480 = Could not find Power requirement but:
On NVIDIA pages the GTX 480 page says: Minimum System Power Requirement (W) = 600
What does that mean.... that this card alone draw 600W bahhhh... sounds weird....
If I buy SSD or other disks that draw little power (if possible) and only 3 of them....
would it not be possible to use the standard PSU of 500W.....????
Overclocking the I7 930 1.8 GHz...
That would require more cooling... or?
And what frequencies can I expect without breaking the system?
Are the GTX 480 noisy?
Are the different 480 brands any different in relation to noise?
Yes, no, no, yes, nothing, yes, no.
Forget about a Shuttle. You can never get a stable machine on that chassis.
Okay... I got that feeling to
Do you have something to reccomend?
the min PSU I would use is a 850w Modular, e.g.: corsair, coolermaster. But if you can, go for a 1000w, as it would be good for future upgrades.
ssd are still pretty expensive at the moment, go for WD Velociraptor for OS/Programs and samung f3 for Media etc.
on stock cooler you can OC the cpu but not by mutch, I would go for a Noctua NH-D14. All cpu's are different, some OC very Well, Some don't, you can possibly go to 3.6 +
The GTX-480 are not to noisy, you start to hear the Fan noise if turned up to over 65%.
There are numerous posts about new systems. Just have a look around.
Maybe start here: Adobe Forums: What PC to build? and then look at PPBM4 Benchmark to see what successful systems are comprised of. Despite your desire to lug your system around, I think you are better off with a big tower and a good PSU.
As for your original post, Shuttle is out of the question - buy a nice asus MB - they will all be pretty much the same for the i7.
I took an HP 180 (I7 975 8 thread quad duo core proc, put 24 GB of ram in it (at hp's expense) then yanked out their GTX-200 that came stock and put a GTX-480 from EVGA.
The GTX480 uses ALOT of power. When I say ALOT I mean 3 ea SLI cables - not one or two like most cards. So my 4xsli corsair 850W ps BARELY got ONE GTX 480 running in this system, but it is running very stable, and premiere pro plus media converter just rip through avchd like nobody's business (my other PC estimated a week to transcode a couple of hours of avchd video from a canon hfs-10 camera shot at 24mbps 1080x1920. It was a quad core 2.83 Ghz system with an SLI card) - I just gave my new machine that task, the lights dimmed in the room, and in 30 min it was finished.
Cramming all the nice wire loomed power cables from the 850W p/s wasn't easy but they did finally fit and all the covers went on, plus I have room internally for a second 2TB hitachi drive, and 2 ea external (oh thank you) SATA plugs.
I just got this card in here and fired the puppy up, so now its time to make sure all the drivers are proper, but it seems to be. I think the lesson I learned after having to rip out HP's little chinese power supply is GO BIG on the power supply - and if you are even thinking of SLI, go TWICE as big. The 850W supply runs one GTX480 card, one disc drive, and an i7/975+24GB ram and a video recorder card. The air comming out the back is HOT - as in heater hot.
The second lesson I learned is get a big case! This tiny HP case is cute and all that but it lacks the room inside for much internal hardware. It's a midsize tower case - If I were doing it from scratch I'd buy a fullsize tower case.
So why didn't I? I got a great deal on the 24GB of ram from HP and the 1GHZ pricessor. I paid less for a maxed out system than I could buy the ram and the processor for due to discounts. Unfortunately HP never thought anyone would stuff a corsair 850 and GTX 480 inside where their itty bitty stuff once was.
If you have a big enough case (floor standing full height) and a big enough power supply (6 SLI) 1500 W you could probably make a decent SLI system with 2 GTX480 pcbs (you realize thats 1024 cuda cores, ,right?)
Think Big and you won't be using drive bays to stuff power cables into so you can get the lid on the system. As others have said, asus, bfg, evga all make good equipment. I found a sweet deal on the evga which is the only reason I went that direction. Sweet deals change in one week, so be sure to buy what you want when the price dips. If you are planning a real SLI system, buy BOTH cards form the same MFGR at the same time
PLEASE NOTE: Premiere does not support SLI,
I ended up buying this:
To make the GTX 480 card work with hardware accelleration, I have applied the simple hack found in this forum.
Some testsites complain that the GTX are noisy... what...? what noise?
I'm not a hardcore user. But I can say that this beast, CS5 has no problems with playback of my native AVCHD files from Canon 5D MK II.
Originally I wanted this casing: Cooler Master HAF X Big Tower Sort but at the time of ordering they did not have that item in store.
I do not regret one second that I bought a full tower.
Also notice that my power supply is just enough for my cofig... so eventually consider more power.
Anyway, thans to members in this forum for replies and posts.... excellent forum.
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