After reading most of the posts here and elsewhere about building a PC to run Premiere CS5 I decided to take a stab at assembling the components to build my own (keep in mind I have never done this before). Below are the items in my Newegg shopping cart followed by an explanation about why I chose them. Please note the prices are valid as of 8/19/10 and the ones with a * are the prices after rebate so the actual prices may be higher when you read this. I welcome any comments and suggestions:
MOBO: Asus P6X58D-E LGA 1366 - $229.99
I looked at the Gigabyte Mobo but some of the bad reviews really concerned me. The Asus seems to get much better feedback and is only $20 more.
Processor: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 4x256KN L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W - $289.99
This was the easiest item to choose since everyone seems to like it.
Ram: G.Skill PI 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 - $199.99 - But I'm ordering two (12GB total) for $399.98
I have never heard of G.Skill memory but it seems to be the most popular and highest rated at Newegg.
PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W - $89.99 *
Corsair seems to be highly rated although not perfect... several customers reported problems or DOA units. I guess there is no PSU maker that you can really count on.
Case: AZZA Solano 1000 ATX Full Tower - $59.99 *
My alternate choice is the Antec 1200 for $159.99 but the Azza gets very good ratings so with that price difference I am leaning towards trying it. By the way, I was hoping to get a mid-tower case but have concerns about my graphics card fitting so I guess I'll go with the full tower. Like Harm said elsewhere "bigger is better".
Video card: MSI N465GTX - $234.99 *
This was a tough decision because everyone here seems to recommend the GTX 470, yet the 465 is about $100 cheaper. I'm really wondering if I'll see a HUGE difference in performance between the 465 and 470. I may still go with the 470 if I can find one under $300. By the way, this MSI model has dual fans which I read elsewhere is better than the single fans found on most cards. Not sure if it really matters with all the fans included in the case I am getting. If it doesn't, maybe I should get a GTX 470 with one on-board fan?
System Drive: WD Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache - $74.99
I read how others recommend a smaller drive with 10K RPM but I may use this PC for other things besides video editing so I think I want the larger drive.
Video storage drive (internal): WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache - $94.99
DVD/CD Drive: LG 22x DVD OEM - $24.99
I don't have any plans to do Blu-ray anytime soon.
Wireless Net Card: EDIMAX EW-7128G - $19.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $99.99
I haven't been able to see how the higher end versions of Win 7 improve Premiere performance.
(I already own a monitor, keyboard, mouse and Premiere CS5. I'm also not including liquid cooling until the system is up and running and I see if I really need it.)
I had hoped to stay under $1,500 but I don't see how that is possible.
What do you think? I won't pull the trigger on this system until the end of August so feel free to offer comments and suggestions. This will be my first ever PC build and I'm kind of nervous about it but also excited about getting a system that will be a high performer for many years to come. Now I have to find some good websites that teach how to put all this stuff together!