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Don't waste your money on another SSD but get a couple of conventional HDD's and upgrade the PSU to a gold label one. Bronze is OK for gamers, but not for extended heavy loads as with video editing.
Double the RAM and you will still be within budget range. And get Win7 64 Pro.
It doesn't look like you can make changes to the combo but I can use it as a starting template.
For gold certified versions of that PSU there's:
I'm guessing you would suggest the 1050W.
And since I'm not getting the combo, should I just get 3 HDDs?
I calculated 721 W so the 700 won't be enough and the 1050 sounds like overkill.
How about the CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31?
Also, I'm pretty stupid when it comes to hard drives.
1. Is it customary to get one good one for the main drive and 2 cheaper ones?
2. Would that Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s be a good option for the main disk?
My 3 hard drives are configured as...
1 - 320Gig Boot for Win7 64bit Pro and all program installs
2 - 320Gig data for Win7 swap file and video project files
3 - 1Terabyte data for all video files... input & output files (*)
(*) for 4 drives, drive 3 all source files & drive 4 all output files
Search Microsoft to find out how to redirect your Windows swap file
John T's 4 drive configuration works well for me, though I still have the swap file on the C:\ drive.
I am wondering about adding a small SSD, and using the new Intel Smart Response Technology with that drive as my swap file.
So how about 2 of these:
Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $90
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s - $120
Would $300 for hard drives be about the right amount to spend with my budget?
That AX750 is good enough for your use, but I'd recommend its 850W sibling AX850 (especially if you're going to be overclocking the CPU).
And the hard drive prices right now are about twice as high as they had been just one month ago due to the severe flooding in Thailand (where many of the hard drives, including many of the Seagates, have been manufactured). This means that you'll get much less for your money right now compared to just a month ago.
Thanks for the warning about hard drive prices. I probably won't be purchasing anything for another month or so so maybe there's a chance they'll come down by then.
So as of now I've got:
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Black Steel ATX Full Tower (I think I like this better than the one from the combo) - $160
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 - $170
Video Card: EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1572-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) - $360
Power Supply: CORSAIR Gold AX850 - $190
Processor: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) - $320
Hard Drives: The Seagates mentioned above ~$300
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM - $95
Blu-Ray Drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST - $69
So that's around $1684
I was hoping to get the student discount on Win 7 Pro but for some mind-boggling reason they only offer that in an upgrade version. I've read there's ways to make it work but I don't know if I want to open that can of worms.
Does anyone have any objections to my updated list? Is this about as good as I can get for the money I'm spending?
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Your hard drives have now gotten more expensive than what you posted three three days ago. The two 320GB Seagates now cost $203 shipped. And the 1TB Seagate now costs $147 shipped. So, the three drives are now no longer $300 - but are now $350 shipped.
Second, performance-wise those Seagates are the slowest of the current-generation 7200 RPM hard drives. Both drives are relatively slow (sequential-speed-wise), while the random access speed of the 320GB drive is too slow for use as an OS drive (the access speed is much slower than the average 7200 RPM hard drive, and slower than even some 5400 RPM hard drives). There are better choices than those drives.
Yeah, I'm definitely going to wait on purchasing hard drives. But in the meantime, would these be a better choice?
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
(More expensive but if the price comes down to what it used to be definitely affordable)
Definitely the Samsung. The Caviar Blue will cause you to turn blue from lack of oxygen or in other words, you feel strangled for performance.
Actually, Harm, the WD Caviar Blue 500GB model is a true 7200 RPM hard drive (judging by its sequential transfer speed relative to other 7200 RPM hard drives with 500GB-per-platter areal density). The biggest failing of that drive is its relatively slow random access speed: It's more like a 5400 RPM hard drive than a 7200 RPM hard drive.