I recently posted a few weeks back about buying a system from either Dell or HP http://forums.adobe.com/thread/732545?tstart=0. I quickly learned that those systems were not going to fit my need based on my budget. So, I decided after researching components that I will build a computer by hand for the first time. I am still operating on a budget of around $1000, but I'm giving the budget a bit of flexibility so I don't limit my options. I am a hobbyist who only has experience using Power Director on my laptop, but I had a lot of fun editing for the first time and I want to step up my game. With the new system, I plan to use adobe premiere cs5 and after effects. I will capture my video from either an HD Helmet cam or HD flip format is MPEG-4 AVC/H.264. So where I need help is selecting the right things to optimize my performance. The following is a list of items I'm looking with their prices. Please help me decide what will be right for me. Open to any combo of suggestions or comments. Thanks!
Intel i7 930 $200 microcenter
Intel i7 950 $230 microcenter
I don't know if I want overclock yet, but it sounds like a good idea. $30 for the upgrade to the i7 950 seems pretty good. ro do I use the money elsewhere?
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R $210
Seems like a good mobo. Are there any features that this board lacks that I should look for in another board? Also, newegg offers significant deals on "open box" products. Is this a good way to go?
I have a few questions for this selection. I've currently budgeted approximately $250 for ram. I'm looking at going with 12GB. I certainly don't have the budget for 24GB, but what about 16GB?
Do I look for 1333 or 1600? 2GB or 4GB sticks? Would I be fine if I bought say 2 packs of 6GB ram, both same manufacturer and same type or would I want to buy 1 pack of 12GB?
Nvidia Geforce gtx 460 1GB $220
Is it worth it to go to the 470? I know it's a better card but being a budget is really worth the upgrade or can I get away with a 460?
Any recomendations for a 460 as there are many in the same price range?
I see these drives priced in the $55 range which would leave at around $220 for the lot of em
These are the drives I'm looking at as they are highly recommended on this board:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3
WD Caviar Black
Right now, I plan to buy 4 drives. Do I want 4 of the exact same? or say 1 cavier black for os/ programs and 3 samsung f3 for pagefile/scratch/renders? Can I also get a brief description of what these are too? Also, could have a 500gb for os/programs and 1tb for the rest or would it be advisable for 1tb for all? or 500gb for all?
I don't think I can do a raid setup based on my budget, but I saw this as an option on the thread for storage rules is to use the on-board IHCR or Marvell chip. I don't know really anything about this, but what would the price be to explore this option?
Cooler Master Storm Scout $90
I picked this case for a few reasons. I seem move about every 6 months so the handles on top would be very useful, and it seems to have good cooling. I know a full size case is recommended, but they seem to be significantly more.
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler $75
Everywhere I look this cooler seems to get great reviews. I figure it could be a good idea to get a good cooler if I get a mid-tower case.
The only other option I can think of for case/cooling is to combine the budgeted price for both and look at different options like a full size case with a less quality cooler. Is this a better option
Looking into an 850 W power supply. I figure to budget $80 towards as I've seen a few in that range
so would something like this work?
So, when you add it all up its about $1350. First question, how does this look overall? Nothing I've chosen is obviously overkill, but is there anything I can afford to go cheaper on? or anything I should invest more into?
Thanks again to everyone for the help. The resources, info and people on this forum have just been awesome.