3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 19, 2011 1:10 PM by Harm Millaard

    Custom Computer Build - Thoughts?


      Hello all!


      I am trying ito find the best computer for my price range (around $2,000) that can give me fast performance while working with HD DSLR footage in After Effects & Premiere Pro CS5 (I work on wedding videos that can range from a few minutes long to 40 minutes)


      I had a different discussion open before about a graphics card, but I thought I'd start a new thread to see if any of the experts in here approve of the specifications I've made for a new PC.


      This is from CyberPowerPC.com:


    • Internal USB Extension Module: NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module
    • Extra Case Fan Upgrade: Default case fans
    • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-980 3.33 GHz Six Cores 12M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
    • Venom Boost Fast And Efficient Factory Overclocking: No Overclocking
    • Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
    • Motherboard: * (3-Way SLI Support) MSI X58A-GD45 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Triple-Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III, RAID, IEEE1394a, 3 Gen2 PCIe, 3 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)
    • Memory: 24GB (4GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [+225] (Corsair XMS Gaming Memory with Heatsink Spreader)
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB 16X PCIe Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)
    • Freebies: FREE Game - Dungeon Siege 3
    • Video Card 2: None
    • Video Card 3: None
    • Dedicated PHYSX Card: None
    • Multiple Video Card Settings: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
    • Power Supply Upgrade: 800 Watts - XtremeGear Gaming Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB OCZ Vertex Series 2.5 inch SATA II Gaming Solid State Disk (30GB x 2 (60GB Capacity) Raid 0 Extreme Performance [+72])
    • Data Hard Drive: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
    • Hard Drive Cooling Fan: None
    • External Hard Drive (USB3.0/2.0/eSATA): None
    • USB Flash Drive: None
    • Optical Drive: LG WH10-LS30K 10X Internal Super Multi Blu-Ray Rewriter [+46] (Siver Color [+9])

      I'd greatly appreciate any input/suggested adjustments any of you have to offer!  Thank you!

        • 1. Re: Custom Computer Build - Thoughts?
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          Give http://adkvideoediting.com/ a call. They specialize in custom build editing machines, are very knowledgeable and give great support.


          Your setup contains items that are near worthless from a performance POV and lack some items that will severly hamper you.


          Liquid cooling is a waste of money (unless overclocking to the extreme) and a beast to install.


          Your PSU is at most only mediocre.


          Your choice of boot disk is too small and a costly SSD. Better get a 320 GB Samsung F4 conventional HDD.


          You need a couple of extra HDD's to use the 980 to its potential.


          You may need to consider a dedicated raid controller.


          You may need a case to put all that stuff in, unless you prefer loose components on your desk.

          • 2. Re: Custom Computer Build - Thoughts?
            mikeyindaburg Level 1

            Hi there,


            I had given ADK a call after you gave me advice in the last thread I posted, and they were very helpful--it's just that the computer they advised costs $3,000, and that's not including any monitors.  I was hoping to find something cheaper.  Here are the specs ADK suggested for me:


            Review System Components
            Case ADK - ADK Tower: (8) 3.5" bays 6 are removable, (4) 5.25 Bays Firewire/USB2 in fr
            Power Supply Coolermaster - 700W Silent Pro M Pro 16DB (quiet) 5 yr warranty.
            Motherboard ADK - LGA1155: 2x 16X PCIe, 3 PCIe 1x, 2 PCI, dual channnel DDR3 1600, TI firewir
            Processor Intel - Core i7 @ 4.5GHz Quad 8 meg cache with HT
            Processor 2 None
            CPU Cooling ADK - ADK Extreme silence CPU cooling. 17DB (sorry no pics)
            Quieting/Xtra Cooling  Included quiet case fan
            Memory Mushkin - 16gig (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 1.6v 9-9-9-24
            Operating System Microsoft - Windows 7 Pro 64 bit OEM
            Recovery Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite with ADK recovery DVD.

            OS/Programs Drive  Western Digital - Caviar Black Hard Drive: 1 TB - 7200 rpm - Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s - 64 Meg Cac
            Source Drive  Western Digital - 2000G raid 0 (2x 1 TB 64Meg Cache - Sata 6.0GB/S)
            Render Drive Western Digital - 2000G raid 0 (2x 1 TB 64Meg Cache - Sata 6.0GB/S)
            Storage None
            Removable None
            External Storage none
            FW or Raid Controller None
            FW/USB/E-Sata Cntlrs None
            DVD-RW LG Electronics - Blu-ray disc rewriter. BD-R 10X with lightscribe.
            Dual Head Video GeForce GTX570 1280MB: 1280MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 HDMI - DisplayPort - DV
            2nd Video  None
            LCD Monitor none
            NIC Included wired not wireless
            Keyboards Microsoft - Cordless Desktop Optical: Cordless Internet KB and Cordless Optical Mouse.
            Warranty 2 year parts and labor, onsite pickup, Lifetime tech support.
            Pro Audio Interface None
            Studio Monitors None
            NLE Editor NONE
            Plug-ins/Audio NONE

            Video Editing Workstation

            • 3. Re: Custom Computer Build - Thoughts?
              Harm Millaard Level 7

              Apart from the margin, they also calculate for:


              Warranty 2 year parts and labor, onsite pickup, Lifetime tech support.


              If it is getting too costly, you only have one alternative and that is to build it yourself. But then the support also falls on your shoulders. Maybe you can shave off $ 40 by going for a smaller boot disk. 1 TB is way overdone, but in the overall picture, it does not matter much.

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