5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 13, 2010 3:10 PM by NorthofU

    PC build: price and performance

    NorthofU

      Hello all,

       

      I am new to this forum and appreciate all the technical help I can get from this - very useful.

       

      Here is what I built and a quote for the prices:

       

      Supermicro 5046A-XB Ci7 4U Rack/Tower 865W

       

      873 $

      1

      873 $

      Kingston 4.0 GB DDR3-1333 CL9

       

      166 $

      3

      498 $

      SIIG Memory Card Reader 3.5" Black

       

      25 $

      1

      25 $

      Logitech Deluxe 250 USB Keyboard Black English USB

       

      24 $

      1

      24 $

      Intel Core i7 Quad 960 3.20GHz 8.0MB 4.8GT/S HT S1366

       

      621 $

      1

      621 $

      LG Electronics BH10LS30 10X BD-R/RE SATA w/SW+LS OEM

       

      152 $

      1

      152 $

      Western Digital - Cavier Caviar Black 1.0TB 7200RPM SATA600 64MB - B/O

       

      95 $

      3

      285 $

      Western Digital - Cavier Caviar Black 2.0TB 7200RPM SATA300 64MB

       

      175 $

      1

      175 $

      eVGA - nVidia GeForce GTX470 1.28GB PCI-E 2xDVI MiniHDMI SLI

       

      372 $

      1

      372 $

      Windows 7 Professional OEM DVD - 64-bit English

       

      166 $

      1

      166 $

      Samsung P2770H 27" 1920x1080 70K:1 2ms DVI HDMI Black

       

      420 $

      1

      420 $

      Linksys WMP54G Wireless-G 54Mbps PCI Adapter - B/O

       

      54 $

      1

      54 $

      Altec Lansing VS4121 - 31W - silver

       

      69 $

      1

      69 $

       

      How does this look?

      Specific questions:

      1. Memory: better to get 1600? If I had 300 bucks to spare, would you rather get the next CPU (i7 970) or more memory? Planning on using it a lot for PPRO5 (mainly AVCHD from Sony), some AE (maybe).

      2. what is the difference between ASUS and eVGA graphics cards?

      3. Should I put the hard drives in RAID? Would I really need this? If so, how? Want to have 1 HD for OS, 1 for source, 1 for render, 1 (the 2 TB one) for storage.

      4. Prices are in can$. This is 3.9 before taxes - would want to stay below / around 4 k. Anything I should change?

       

      Tx very much!

      NorthofU

        • 1. Re: PC build: price and performance
          Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

          Welcome aboard the forum.

           

          The Supermicro 5046A-XB Ci7 4U Rack/Tower 865W looks like a very nice very quiet packaging job from a great company, but in this day and age with the very easily overclockable Intel i7-9xx chips it is a shame that you can not overclock a Supermicro motherboard.

           

          Now everyone knows I am of the opinion that you should push ever aspect of performance that you can for a faster more enjoyable editing experience.  Take a look at our Premiere Pro BenchMark (PPBM5) site for the benchmark and the results that people are getting from their systems  Also read Harm's guides to computer building right at the top of this forum under Hardware Guidance.

           

          I personally would sacrifice a lot to get a hex-core processor and 24 GB of RAM.  If you do decide to go with the Supermicro board and sacrifice overclocking there is no need for the faster memory

          • 2. Re: PC build: price and performance
            NorthofU Level 1

            Tx for the info.

            Any thoughts on the HD?

            • 3. Re: PC build: price and performance
              ECBowen Most Valuable Participant

              The I7 960 is really a waste of money at this point. Either go with the 930 or move up to the 970 6 Core. 24GB of ram is ideal but atleast look at a board that gives you DDR3 1600. There is a considerable bandwidth difference between DDR3 1333 and 1600. The HDD's look fine as does most of the other hardware. Go with a Wireless N+ adapter and dump the 54G. Those are out of date at this point and slow. The newer Wireless N+ 300 standard is allot faster and not that much more money.

               

              Oh and the main difference with Nvidia card manufacturers is warranty. EVGA is limited lifetime. I am not sure what ASUS has on their 400 series cards but I would check.

               

              Eric

              ADK

              • 4. Re: PC build: price and performance
                NorthofU Level 1

                tx so much.

                Supermicro says DDR3 1600 is supported (max 24GB). http://www.supermicro.com/products/nfo/files/Ci7/SW5046A-XB.pdf

                I will check with them to make sure.

                • 5. Re: PC build: price and performance
                  NorthofU Level 1

                  Here is what seems to be a very nice package deal to get more bang for the buck:

                   

                   

                  1. Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor (Model: BX80613I7980X)
                  2. EVGA LGA 1366 Intel X58 4-WAY SLI Classified XL ATX Intel Motherboard (Model: 170-BL-E762-A1)
                  3. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Model: F3-12800CL9T2-24GBRL)
                  4. EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 (Model: 015-P3-1482-AR)
                  5. Western Digital VelociRaptor 600GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: WD6000HLHX)
                  6. LIAN LI Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case (Model: PC-A71F)
                  7. Thermaltake TR2 1200W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply (Model: TRX-1200M)

                   

                  http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.477865

                   

                  Will need to throw in additional HDs, same as in my previous config. Can't wait!