Go to the hardware forum, where there are dozens of similar discussions
One there, look at the top for Hardware Guidance -- Look here first, it's the best way to start and read all the articles in the drop-down
Also, some comments
DDR3 memory is best in sets of 3 - so you want 3 x 4Gig for 12Gig total (allows room to add another 3x4 if needed later for large projects)
Quadro video card is way over priced... get an nVidia GTX 470... or something even better, go to the hardware section
Win7 PRO is all you need... Ultimate has extra "stuff" that is really only used in a managed work group
Drop the sound card and just use the motherboard sound chip.
Also I suspect that 500 watt power supply is inadequate if you are ever thinking of upgrades
Check ADK for a well balanced and designed true video editing station
$3000 is kind of pricey. The parts probably go for about $800 to $1,000. That's quite a nice profit your guy's making.
The mobo and CPU are good choices.
8GB memory is kind of weird, because the mobo supports triple channel memory, so you should be seeing numbers like 3, 6, 12 or 24 GB of memory. I'd go for at least 12 GB, 24 if you can afford it. (And it sounds like you can if you have 3 G's to spend.)
Replace the WD 500 GB with a HD322GJ, 320 GB drive. It's faster, and you won't need much storage for the System drive, which should only hold Windows and Programs.
Your graphics card is also overpriced. You can get a GTX 460 with 2GB of onboard memory (which matters for CUDA acceleration) for about half the price.
If it were me, I'd look at the SONY Model BD-5300S-0B Blu-ray burner. While I haven't read any reviews about this specific burner, the Sony/NEC (Optiarc) brand has regularly been at the very top of the quality list.
Skip the sound card altogether. You won't need it.
I'm not familiar with the RAID option, but ideally you want something that can do RAID 3, and typically that means an Areca controller.
Windows 7 Ultimate is overkill. You'll do fine with the less expensive Professional. (Just make sure it's 64 bit.)
You guys have been great, as always. Here is the final build on my computer ... still a day or so to change something if you see anything that should be changed:
CPU - Intel CPU Core i7-950 3.06GHz 4.8QPI 8 MB
RAM - 0 MB 12GB DDR 3
Motherboard - Asus P6X58D-E Core i7 Intel X58
Hard Drive - WD 500GB SATA 7200rpm
Case - Thermaltake Power Supply TRX 750M TR2 RX 750W
FDD HD Controller: Built in FD controller 2 IDE on the main board
Video Card: eVGA Video Card GTX460 DDRS 1GB PCI Express
CD ROM: two Pioneer BDR-206BK Blu Ray burners
Sound Card: 24 Bit Sound (Soundblaster compatible built into motherboard)
AV Raid: WD VideoRaid 2X1TB = 2000GB 7200RPM Video Storage
Software: Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Floppy Disk Drives: 7 slot USB 2.0 internal memory card reader
Build price: $3100 (Canadian)
Still seems kind of pricey.
The components you have chosen look good. However, I agree with Jim that the price looks rather steep. Maybe if you change your OS/Program disk to a 320 GB Samsung F4 and your two disk raid0 from WD to Samsung F3 you can shave off a couple of bucks.
I miss a third party CPU cooler. You may not need one if you stick to the standard clock speed, but if you intend to overclock you may need one.
Make sure you get 3 x 4 GB memory sticks, not 6 x 2 GB ones, because otherwise you derive yourself of the upgrade possibility to 24 GB which I expect you to do in the next year or so. Get at least 1333 or possibly 1600 sticks.
PS. I did not reply earlier because I was in Switzerland last week.
I just configured and purchased a fairly similar system from ibuypower for way less. I started with a "2010 Paladin F" model, and built it from there. Hope I'm not breaking TOS by listing a resource...
Why do you say "Windows 7 Ultimate is overkill. You'll do fine with the less expensive Professional."? Today I bought Ultimate because I sometimes want to work with a Spanish OS. Then Ultimate is the way to go, isn't it?
"Get at least 1333 or possibly 1600 sticks" Your thoughts on 1600 have been changed? I've a copy of your PC buying guide for NLE where you said "it is a complete waste of money to get 1600 capable memory if your FSB does not support it". Furthermore, why did you advice to change the two disk raid0 from WD to Samsung F3 and not to F4?
The article was written nearly two years ago, way before CS5 was introduced, when CS4 was all we had and a 32 bit application is completely different. The F4 did not exist at that time so there was no way it could be mentioned. The statement about the FSB is still accurate. If you have a Dell or HP it makes no sense to get faster memory because their FSB is locked.
In this area one has to be careful to quote old articles on their details. The general remarks are still valid, but progress has overtaken the details mentioned. If Tom's Hardware or AnandTech have recommended a system two years ago, you would not expect that same system to still be a recommended choice today, would you? If you still believe that, I say, get real.
Once upon a time....in the West.... Tom's Hardware was full of praise of the Xeon 5160. At that moment it was possibly the best CPU (lots of) money could buy. Nowadays we consider those CPU's as dead slow. Was Tom's wrong? No, not at that moment. Now? Definitely.
In about a year's time the current i7-980X will be old news and far outclassed by the new generation of octo- or deca-cores with DDR4-4000 memory. Does that make it inaccurate to mention that currently the i7-980X is the best performing single CPU? I think not, but readers in two years time, following your powers of observation, will say: Hey, that is crap and then they are right at that moment.
Hindsight is a great gift, but does not change what has happened in the past and if you did not have all the information that is currently available, hindsight is just that.
I know about the changing truth. I was surprised you are applying it to the memory-speed with X58-processors. Even at the beginning, with the i7-920 there where people with 1600 DDR3 memory. So I thought you had changed your mind on this.
Let me use this excusive post to stress my unanswered question. You did also advice Windows 7 Pro over Ultimate (in to RAID or not to RAID). But I hope I'm not doing wrong to buy Ultimate while I sometimes want to work with a Spanish OS.
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