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Workstation BUILD (First Build) : Video Editing, Animation, Graphics (Gaming as Bonus) NEED FEEDBACK ON PARTS LIST

Hey there,
I am planning on a Build for weeks now and finally would love to order, Build and start, so here I am with all my insecurity seeking for Help and Answers ;)

I am a Masters Student in Media and Communications (Film, Animation) and work as a Freelancer since 3 years now.
So, as you may guess my Build is mainly aimed towards...

- Video Editing (Permiere/Adobe, AVID, DaVinci)
- Animation (After Effects, Cinema4D)
- Graphics (Photoshop, Illustrator)

and of course, as a Bonus, its a mean Gaming Machine, but thats not the Reason for this Build.

No matter what my main, and what my secondary Focus is... the Rig should not NEED an update for 3-4 years, since i plan this as a workstation investment first, but also dont wanna be bothered elsewise in the near future (because this thing has to make money first, so it needs to last and by LAST i mean kick ass over a longer distance)

so far this is "my Build" (some Components were picked to stay in Budget, my main Questions here are regarding CPU and GPU choice)

CPU : Intel i7 4930k
GPU: Inno3d GTX 780 iChill
MB: ASUS P9X79
RAM: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600
PSU: Corsair CS 750Watt Gold+
Cooling: Corsair H60 (CPU)
SSD: Samsung Evo 250gb
HDD: WD Black 1TB
Opt.Drive: BluRay Burner
Case: Corsair 200r

Now i basically only got 3 Questions...

1. I found out that for MY stated purpose more CPU Cores equal a massive Performance Amount, so first i wanted the 4770K and a gtx780ti, but felt that would be to unbalanced and went with THIS (=4930k and 780) Setup.

2. The GPU.... do I NEED a gtx780 TI?? I KNOW that i would really like one, thats for sure, but that would set me back another 150-200EUR depending on the Model, and i would need THAT for savings to buy RAM and Peripherals in the near Future, so the Question really is if i NEED a TI (doesnt seem to Make TOO much of a Gaming Difference, like 2fps average, but is it that much better for editing and other Workstuff??)

3. The RAM... i checked out if the RAM comes in packs of 4 and 8, and it does, but should one still get 4 right away to be secure with a quadchannel board, or would it be fine starting off with 2 Slots and buying pairs of two over time???

THANKS A LOT for any Help/Support in Advance!
Cheers, and Greetings from Germany!
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  1. What is your budget?
  2. so far this would cost me € 1.747,15 and like i said....i would LIKE a TI Card, but the price starts to hurt.... Soooo, 1.800EUR Tops is what i´d say right now.

    But the Budget shouldnt even be the Issue, the THREE stated QUESTIONS are my main concerns.... the Budget is already higher then ever had in mind, but srew it, its for a couple of years, so why not since i need to work with this bad boy ;)
  3. I'm not sure where you picked out your parts. There were a few I couldn't find, like the exact GPU. Others, I was unsure, like the Motherboard (Asus has 3 motherboards with that name, an LE, a WS and an e-WS). Point being, I tried to get it close.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor (€484.90 @ Caseking)
    CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 54.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (€59.99 @ Pixmania DE)
    Motherboard: Asus P9X79 WS SSI CEB LGA2011 Motherboard (€318.04 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (€156.22 @ Hardwareversand)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (€133.90 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (€127.07 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (€467.79 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Case: Silverstone SST-KL04B (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (€68.43 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (€98.89 @ Amazon Deutschland)
    Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-209DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (€71.12 @ Hardwareversand)
    Total: €1986.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-03 01:42 CET+0100)

    1. That isn't a question, but, I'd say that having many real cores will help you, though, where did you find those benchmarks? I don't know how much it would help you. It seems most things would be off loaded to the GPU, given what you picked out. Personally (And I don't do any of those things) I would have gone for the i7-4770 (No need for a k series, you shouldn't overclock a workstation anyways) and then went big, like GTX Titan big. Why? The Titan has better Floating point 64 performance (Something like 1/3rd instead of 1/24th of it's Floating point 32 performance). Link

    2. Addressed above. However, the GTX 780ti does about 20% better than the GTX 780 when playing Battlefield 3 at 1080p ultra settings Link

    3. I think you'll be fine with the number of RAM channels you have. At least for gaming, Link there won't be much difference. As for computationally expensive operations, well, if it's on the GPU, it won't matter. If it's on the CPU, then, if it fits in cache (unlikely) it won't matter.
    I'd stay with 2x8GBs for now, then upgrade later if you need to.

    Oh, and I changed cases because it was listed as incompatible.
  4. Ok, so first of all thanks.
    I Shop on www.mindfactory.com

    Here is the Shopping Cart

    https://www.mindfactory.de/shopping_cart.php/basket_action/load_basket_extern/id/46795b220a108e41f622c0458ea2e33d49c71949f32af115831

    However...

    Regarding your answers...

    1.I got the Benchmarks from here, and from ppbm5.com and guidance from ppmb7.com (there is a guide on editing systems). The Guides and Benchmarks show that more physical cores and virtual Threads help a lot in Rendering, since its CPU Based.
    The Effects are often offloaded to the GPU, but i have seen this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq65Mc5Ew10 video.... and his CPU gets tasked to like 70%, while his GPU hits 40% max while testing randomly around.
    So my Conclusion was that a 4770k with a 780ti would be too much towards Gaming, and not a balanced Editing System.
    PLUS, the 780 iChill from Inno3d is right behind the 780ti in Benchmarks, which is essentially why i picked it.

    2. also addressed above^^

    3. 16GB in terms of availabale/needed RAM are enough to start with, but i was asking because of Quadchannel and the Fact that a lot of people tend to say that you always should buy complete Kits of 2 in Dual, or 4 in QuadChannel.... but if i keep upgrading with the same model should it really be an issue??

    thanks again
  5. Daspa87 said:
    Ok, so first of all thanks.
    I Shop on www.mindfactory.com

    Here is the Shopping Cart

    https://www.mindfactory.de/shopping_cart.php/basket_action/load_basket_extern/id/46795b220a108e41f622c0458ea2e33d49c71949f32af115831

    However...

    Regarding your answers...

    1.I got the Benchmarks from here, and from ppbm5.com and guidance from ppmb7.com (there is a guide on editing systems). The Guides and Benchmarks show that more physical cores and virtual Threads help a lot in Rendering, since its CPU Based.
    The Effects are often offloaded to the GPU, but i have seen this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq65Mc5Ew10 video.... and his CPU gets tasked to like 70%, while his GPU hits 40% max while testing randomly around.
    So my Conclusion was that a 4770k with a 780ti would be too much towards Gaming, and not a balanced Editing System.
    PLUS, the 780 iChill from Inno3d is right behind the 780ti in Benchmarks, which is essentially why i picked it.

    2. also addressed above^^

    3. 16GB in terms of availabale/needed RAM are enough to start with, but i was asking because of Quadchannel and the Fact that a lot of people tend to say that you always should buy complete Kits of 2 in Dual, or 4 in QuadChannel.... but if i keep upgrading with the same model should it really be an issue??

    thanks again


    No problem dude, could you help us out by choosing a solution? If you could I'd appreciate it
  6. i will as soon as its solved :D still got those points as you can tell by the questionmarks ^^
  7. Best answer
    Link Clearly the 6 core machine does MUCH better than the 4 core CPU. It's a good thing you corrected me. :) Atleast I was clear, I don't do any of these things. Both of those processors are using 4x4GBs. So the 4 core has dual channel, and the 6 core has quad (unless they set it up to be otherwise, which doesn't seem to be the case).

    I would still go with dual channel for now. No, it shouldn't be an issue if you stick with the same model number parts. It is possible that one dual channel pack won't play nice with the other, but, if that happens (it shouldn't) then you still have XMP to help you sort it would.

    Very nice English by the way.

    Edit: By "I don't do these things" I mean video / photo editing / animation. Clearly, I do help people fairly often with PC builds. I re-read my post (as I normally do) and it confused me, even though I wrote it!
  8. Thanks a lot for the Feedback and support.....i ordered it....now back to being broke, but with a kickass workstation :D

    BTW....

    i got the

    MSI GTX780ti Gaming

    hope i made a good choice, pretty confident though.
    Have a nice day!
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