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April 7, 2013 12:29:44 PM

After shipping headaches, I'm starting over. I'll pay someone here to help me put a computer together if necessary. Can you folks build me a system for under $2,000?

Use: Video Editing primarily but some gaming.

My friend has this Lian-Li case that has never been used PC P80 in case my link doesn't work. Unless there is a compelling reason to NOT use it, I'd like to as it will save some money for something else. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- I've been told that Nvidia is preferred for my purposed. I'd like larger SSD and data storage drives.... (250+ GB and 2+ TB)
- Include an internal USB hub
- Is there such a beast as an internal SATA hub? At least a mother board that will support a few ports please.

I really would appreciate any help and suggestions you can give. I'm out of my depth in this realm and I'm anxious to get a good working system that makes sense--"balanced" seems to be the appropriate word.
April 7, 2013 1:05:40 PM

How many SATA ports do you require? Most ATX motherboards have 6 SATA ports but that case supports extended-ATX motherboards which have up to 10 SATA ports. eATX also tends to be a lot more expensive though. Rarely find one for under $200.

For a 'SATA hub' I would recommend a PCI card. Something like this - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
It's also a RAID controller if your interested in setting that up.



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April 7, 2013 1:33:02 PM

Oh yeah, definitely out of my depths here. 6 SATA should be enough. I currently have 1 external SATA port and have to trade off for the 2 external hard drives. I need 2 for the internal drives is that correct?

Definitely would like RAID, but hadn't thought of it of course until now. It's part of the reason I came begging for a shopping list. I knew there would be several great things that would slip my mind until build time.....
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April 7, 2013 1:37:06 PM

Each internal drive will require 1 SATA port. So assuming you have 1x SSD and 1x HDD then you need 2 SATA ports. You will also need a SATA port for any CD/DVD drives.

Can I just clarify what you mean by external SATA port. Which one of these looks most like the cable your hard drives use.


As for RAID - there are several different setups which give different advantages and disadvantages. What one to use depends on what you want. The most commonly used are...

RAID0
Pools all drives together into one large drive. For example 2 x 500GB drives are seen as a single 1TB drive. Increases performance as it can read/write to both disk simultaneously but has no redundancy. If one drive fails, it all fails.

RAID1
Also called Drive Mirroring. Basically all drives in the RAID are kept exact copies of each other. If you have 2x 500GB drives all you see from the OS is a single 500GB drive. Good as a backup as if one drive fails you have the other to fall back on.

RAID5 and RAID10 are also popular but require 4+ drives in order to function fully and I really don't think it's necessary for your build. Getting more into server territory there.
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April 7, 2013 4:24:28 PM

Put together a starting list. Probably went overboard with the CPU but the budget accommodates it.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($563.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($207.09 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($127.20 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($263.65 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($363.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1893.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


CPU is 6-core with HyperThreading so 12 threads. Also unlocked multiplier so can be overclocked if you want.

Motherboard also supports over-clocking and runs the RAM as quad-channel. 16GB should be plenty RAM for almost anything.

OCZ Vector series are one of the fastest SSD drives available and reliable too. I would personally put the two 1TB drives in RAID0 for 2TB of fast storage but make sure to have a good backup running on them.

The GTX670 is a really fast GPU and should handle most games at max/near max settings along with powering through any video editing. The higher GTX 680 is only slightly better but significantly more expensive.

Windows 8.. don't know what you think about it? And do you need the professional version? (only really needed if joining a domain tbh)
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April 8, 2013 3:45:10 AM

Casper1973, you are a fabulous teacher. Clear explanations even for the techno challenged. I love the RAID input and explanation as I do backups of most important work and with videos/photos--you can fill a drive fast--must have externals--and a back up to boot. I just hadn't even thought of multiple drives being a better option than 1 big beast....... Anyway, it's an esata--didn't know about that difference either.

The build is looking good, I just have a few questions. Do I need additional fans/cooling?

Is there a reason that 4 x 4GB memory is better than 2 x 8GB? I had kind of envisioned 8GB for RAM hoarding in the future if I stumbled across a great black friday sale. Editing/Rendering can be memory hogging activities but not sure that I'd really benefit from 64GB--just thought I'd keep that option open.

I've only heard trash talk about Windows 8. The metro apps seem particularly annoying and useless for a desktop. Is there something I'm missing?
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April 8, 2013 12:07:35 PM

Ok we are making progress here :) 

For eSATA ports you could use a PCIe card like this to add 2 ports at the back of the machine - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA133...

Alternatively, most card-readers now have an eSATA port. Example - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1JM...
This would fit in one of the large bays under your CD/DVD drive. It would also give you USB3 ports which is an added bonus. Unfortunately you would have to buy two as I can't find any with more than one eSATA port.

Your case has 3x fans at the front, one on the top and one at the back so it has plenty of cooling. The CPU comes with it's own Intel fan & heatsink which handles cooling just fine at stock speeds. However if you want to over-clock the CPU fan will definitely need changed.

I chose 4x 4GB as the RAM can run quad-channel on that motherboard which does give it a performance benefit over 2x 8GB. Plus the motherboard has 8 RAM slots anyway! Best of both worlds :) 

Windows 8 isn't as bad as people make out. I've been using it for nearly a year both at home and work... but some parts really are annoying. At the core it improved on Win7. Uses less resources, more secure, some nice added features and improvements etc. But then the metro interface is horrible, the apps are annoying when they decide to open full-screen and a lot of programs still have compatibility issues There is nothing wrong with sticking to Windows 7 at the moment if you want.
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April 8, 2013 5:10:10 PM

WHOOP!!!!!! Going shopping tomorrow. Thanks so much for taking the time to put together a system for me, and for explaining the choices. I learned a lot through this process. And I'm ending up with sooooooo much better a system then I would have through one of the custom build shops.

Absolutely going with the card reader option as there always seems to be something I need another USB port for. The RAM choice makes more sense now too. Thanks again!!!
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