One more thing to add... The music production will require the use of one internal PCI card, or possibly an external sound card such as a MOTU Ultralite or MK3... and the type of video I will be editing is AVCHD from a Panasonic TM900 and a Cannon 7D....
anyone?? recommendations?? insight?? yay or nay?
I build my own, and admittedly I enjoy it.
From that experience though I can share that building out a PC to run Adobe well on AVCHD codec materials (i.e. HD video, DSLR video, etc.) is not quick and is not easy. Also, I'd estimate only about 50% of the effort is spent finalizing budget, selecting hardware, ordering parts, assembling the PC, and loading Windows. Then, count on about the same amount of time to tweak, tune, etc. to get Adobe really humming. Finally, teams like Best Buy's Geek Squad, Dell's sales team, and CompUSA technicians are very unlikely to be able to help you much with this.
So, where am I going with this... If you (or anyone lurking this hardware forum) wants to pay someone to assemble parts that you select I would suggest paying more and getting WAY more by going with ADK.
Their "value add" can really make your life better!
Do post back if you really do want to pay someone to do the build and will look forward to spending 4 to 8 hours to do the rest of the setup - indeed with awesome help from this forum - and I'm sure you get some attentive response regarding the hardware list.
Thanks a million for the reply Jim!!
ADK was my first choice after extensive research. I would love to have a machine built by them!! But this unit will be financed and not purchased all at once. Recently engaged+holidays+moving into a new place= smart budgeting.... Otherwise, the ex-bachelor in me would have jumped at one of their units!!
Once again thanks for the input. The unit I've spec'd out seems to be VERY much on par with what many of the 'regular helpfuls' around here would recommend except for this Sabertooth board. Not much feedback on it since its new. From my research though, its supposed to be the top of the line version of the other P67 Revised B3 motherboards ASUS has released for the Sandy Bridge.
So considering that you will be putting in "sweat equity" into this build, I would suggest that you select your parts, order them from NewEgg, etc., save on tax, save your $180 to assemble the PC.
Your build list looks good. I'd suggest the following tweaks:
- add a dual-fan push/pull CPU cooler
- HAF 932 case ($140 after rebate)
- 2x2TB 64GB 7k3000 Hitachi 7200 rpm drives $199/each; I know drives are expensive now, but these are a GREAT value (more platters = more speed, larger capacity so they will remain fast when you have 1TB of files loaded
- 12x LG blu-ray burner $70
- G. Skill RAM (1600 speed, CAS 9, make sure exact part # is shown to be compatible with your MB choice on G Skill's web site)
PS - actually "building" the PC is not really that big of a deal and it will give you comfort and knowledge on maintaining the system as long as you have it. Techs do make mistakes and taking the PC back into even a local CompUSA to me is more painful than cracking open the case and doing self-repairs. Do spend some time in this forum regarding things like drive configuration, bios settings, overclocking, etc. BEFORE you insert the Win7 installation disk.
And, GOOD LUCK!!!
Thanks again! Those are the hard drives I'm considering... Samsung Spinpoint or Hitachi... Ur assistance is greatly appreciated as i'm in the process of buying this evening...
Dang Jim!! LOL... I was thinking to myself that I can probably build it myself, but decided not to... Now you've got me geeked up again. I'm pretty much fearing frying the motherboard or supplying an electro-static charge to the parts rendering everything useless... Is it really as easy as everyone says it is? I'm rather a novice techie, but i've always been able to add my own memory, insert sound cards and other "under the hood" work required to upgrade Cpu's.... but i've never built my own, and didn't wanna take a chance on this much $$$....
in addition i could also skip out on buying the warranty from CompUsa as well.
I recently built my first computer and really had no problems with the hardware. It was a more expensive system than yours and I was scared to death of frying a $1000 CPU (990X). I took my time and used both an anti-static wriststrap and an anti-static mat to lay the motherboard on while I was inserting components. Probably overkill but I figured an extra $25 was worth it for a newbie handling expensive components. I crossed my fingers and held my breath the first time I turned on the power and was greatly relieved when it passed the smoke test (if you don't see any smoke, it passes). It detected all the memory and hard drives and everything came up just fine the first time. It's been a great learning experience. Good luck with your system.
Thanks... I went ahead and had them build it... i'm thinking it would be foolish to pay them $280 for a 3 year warranty, but I hate when have errors with the OS that i can't seem to fix. My friend suggested I just make sure I backup often and if anything occurs, just do a system restore...