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March 26, 2013 10:53:41 PM

CPU: Intel i7-3770k +Turbo Deluxe Extra Special Floor Model and Extra Gold Plating + Assorted Milk Chocolate Sampler. NO NUTS.
Cooling: CORSAIR H100i Water Cooler (Going to do pull on the top - possibly push/pull if it fits)
CASE: Corsair Carbide 500R Mid Tower
Video Card: MSI GeForce 660 Ti 3GB GDDR5
RAM: G.SKILL Trident X 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V Pro
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W ATX12V 80 PLUS Bronze Full Modular
HDD: WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM Sata 6.0Gb/s 3.5
OS: Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Total Cost: $1,591 before rebates

Overclocking: Yes, I want to play around with this as I've never done it before.

Does everything look okay? Any suggestions are welcome... Only concern might be PSU.

Thank you!

- Jennifer
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March 26, 2013 11:23:48 PM

32 GB of ram is just silly - drop to 16.

Your power supply is WAY more than enough power, but it's a bad brand. Get something between 500-550w from a reputable maker.

The H100i, while being the best option of kiddy-kits for watercooling, is still a silly option. If you want WATERCOOLING, do it right - if you just want good cooling, there are air coolers which will do it better, more reliably, cheaper, and quieter.
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March 26, 2013 11:33:33 PM

DarkSable said:
32 GB of ram is just silly - drop to 16.

Your power supply is WAY more than enough power, but it's a bad brand. Get something between 500-550w from a reputable maker.

The H100i, while being the best option of kiddy-kits for watercooling, is still a silly option. If you want WATERCOOLING, do it right - if you just want good cooling, there are air coolers which will do it better, more reliably, cheaper, and quieter.


Thank you for the response!

Some questions:
1) What air cooler(s) would be better and cheaper than the h100i? That was up from the H90 I was going to get but after rebate it's the same exact price...

2) What is a reputable PSU brand? The PSU calculators that included overclocking gave me a minimum of 471W. A 500W PSU would have to operate at 95% efficiency to meet the bare minimum. 550 would be 85% but I wouldn't want to meet the bare minimum - I'd like a bit of room.

Regarding the RAM: I was over at CreativeCow and the Adobe forums and according to users there, they often use 20+GB of RAM in Premiere (according to their memory usage stats). Adobe said they go up to 64GB in their workstations but after that it pretty much plateaus. Given that RAM is pretty cheap I don't mind going up to 32GB.
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March 27, 2013 12:44:24 AM

The cooler is fine.
Water enthusiasts hate it, but it's a convenient, reliable option that doesn't stress the mobo at all.
It performs on par with air (though a bit louder), but is usually smaller and easier to work with.
You might want an H80i instead since they're much easier to work with than the h100i (I agree if you go with the h100, you might want to look at traditional water cooling).

For the PSU, Corsairs are pretty solid.
I've had good experiences with Rosewills too.

And if you're working with the Adobe suite, keep the ram. It'll come in useful.

May want to swap out the 660ti for a 670 GTX if you can afford it too.
The 660ti is a strong card though, so it isn't necessary.
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March 27, 2013 12:56:38 AM

aramisathei said:
The cooler is fine.
Water enthusiasts hate it, but it's a convenient, reliable option that doesn't stress the mobo at all.
It performs on par with air (though a bit louder), but is usually smaller and easier to work with.
You might want an H80i instead since they're much easier to work with than the h100i (I agree if you go with the h100, you might want to look at traditional water cooling).

For the PSU, Corsairs are pretty solid.
I've had good experiences with Rosewills too.

And if you're working with the Adobe suite, keep the ram. It'll come in useful.

May want to swap out the 660ti for a 670 GTX if you can afford it too.
The 660ti is a strong card though, so it isn't necessary.


Thank you for the response. That's pretty much what I was thinking.

I went off of this "benchmark" for the H100i (which compared to H80 as well as a higher end air cooler)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8HsjgtMzEg

I'm pretty sure it'll work in a pull setup with the 500R so I'm not too concerned about ease of use. I'm not an expert so I would be worrying about space issues on the MOBO with a large air cooler. The RAM isn't exactly low profile.

I went off this benchmark for the video card:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premier...

Pretty much the entire 600 series performed the same and the 660 TI being the best bang for buck. With the 650 TI Boost coming out I'm wondering if that may even be a better option for me since it's half the price. I'm not sure, though...
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March 27, 2013 1:24:34 AM

All things considered, unless you run the H100i full throttle (with the noise that it brings), the performance between that and the H80i isn't all that different--even if the H100i is in push/pull. While benchmarks are pretty, real-world performance is another matter.

The 650 TI boost looks interesting; based on the spec sheet I suspect you could switch over without much issue assuming you're going 1080p or less.
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March 27, 2013 9:21:53 AM

jennifer2010 said:

Some questions:
1) What air cooler(s) would be better and cheaper than the h100i? That was up from the H90 I was going to get but after rebate it's the same exact price...

2) What is a reputable PSU brand? The PSU calculators that included overclocking gave me a minimum of 471W. A 500W PSU would have to operate at 95% efficiency to meet the bare minimum. 550 would be 85% but I wouldn't want to meet the bare minimum - I'd like a bit of room.

Regarding the RAM: I was over at CreativeCow and the Adobe forums and according to users there, they often use 20+GB of RAM in Premiere (according to their memory usage stats). Adobe said they go up to 64GB in their workstations but after that it pretty much plateaus. Given that RAM is pretty cheap I don't mind going up to 32GB.

1) Noctua NH-D14 will be your best bet, though it is ugly. :p 

2) Power supplies don't work like that... If it's 80% efficient, and it's a 500w power supply, it'll still output 500w (as long as the manufacturers aren't lying about the output, which happens), but where the 80% efficiency comes into play is that it'll be drawing 625w from the wall. If you had a 90% efficient, 500w PSU, then it'd be drawing about 555w at full load.

Power supply calculators almost always over-estimate, as well, because they presume that you have a crappy OEM power supply that can't produce as much power as it claims it does.

As for reputability, this is the best reference out there: http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

3) If you feel you need the RAM, then go with it, but I might consider grabbing 16GB and then seeing if you need to upgrade down the road - even when working on 5760×1080 images I don't find myself needing more than 8GB, and I can't imagine video editing to bee more than twice as RAM-intense as that.
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