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Photo/Movie editing. Speed Wanted! $2500 budget.

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November 27, 2009 2:32:53 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible. Would like to have it built and usable by Xmas.

BUDGET RANGE: $2500 / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: This unit will be used at home for editing photos / movies from a digital SLR camera with Photoshop and various other graphics programs. Creating spreadsheets and word documents, sending email and browsing the Internet. Some gaming, I’m just getting into the gaming.

PARTS REQUIRED: Case, Intel I7 quad core motherboard (with on board sound), cpu and cooler/fan, memory (prefer Corsair), case fans (if not supplied with case), fan speed controls (if necessary), power supply (prefer Corsair (modular if necessary, video card/cards, 1 1TB hard drive (to start with will add another later), Blue Ray player, dvd player/burner, OS (Win7 Professional).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Tiger Direct. Anywhere with good deals/good customer service.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Asus MB, Intel I7 920 0r 950 cpu. Flexible here but want -_-speed.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (not preferred but would like the option available if I decide to later).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: If needed to go with the build.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200. 21 to 24 inch (prefer 23 or 24 inch)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like reliability, speed, quiet operation. Must have usb, audio etc.. ports on the front of the case no lower than middle of case. If their at the top (preferred) they must point straight out. Not into bling but a small amount would be okay.
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Cases I like starting with most liked at the top.

Thermaltake VI1000BNS M9 ATX Mid-Tower Case (Black) $69.96
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ultra m998 ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case - Aluminum. Clear Side, Front USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA and Audio Ports $129.99
Http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Cooler Master Centurion 590 ATX Mid-Tower Case $64.99
Http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ultra X-Blaster ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, FireWire and Audio Ports $57.99
Http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard CPU combo’s

Asus P6TD Deluxe and Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz Combo Price: $879.98
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

Asus P6TD Deluxe and Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz Retail no combo $909.98
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail $609.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Xtreme Design w/ SLI and CrossfireX support, TurboV Retail $299.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Power supply
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail $159.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Memory
CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMG6GX3M3A1600C7 - Retail $298.49
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives -Bare Drive Retail $114.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Blue ray player / Dvd burner / CD burner
Open for suggestions here.

Video Card/cards
Need help here also.

Monitor
21 – 24 inch that’s easy on the eyes (mine are old and tired!)
Resolution: 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200.

I know I’ve left out some items but this is the first time I’ve attempted to build my own computer and also my first post here BTW. I’m hoping to find someone here that has some time and a lot of patience that is willing to help me build a solid system that will be reliable and fast. Nothing is set in stone so if you have suggestions please feel free to change any of the above components if you feel they would be better. I’ve tried to lay this out in a manner that is suitable to get some input from the members here but if I’ve done anything wrong I apologize and will correct it. I will answer any questions asked and appreciate any input/advice you would care to give.
Mark
December 2, 2009 2:07:24 PM

With that pricerange and that usage I would recommend the following basically:
Core i7 720
socket 1366 motherboard with crossfire support
6GB DDR3 ram
The case you like the most should be fine.
A radeon 5770 to start. If you find you want to play more intensive games at higher resolutions, add a second one in crossfire. This does depend on the gaming though. If you are getting into games like Crysis and Far Cry now (less than 2 years old typically) then you might want to look at a 5850 and consider crossfiring another later on. However 2 5770s should last you well for gaming for a long while. Depending on your definition of "Gaming" though, you could be looking at anywhere from $70 (radeon 4670 plays most modern games at low to medium settings) to $800 in graphics cards (can actually play crysis well. So I ask you: What games????
I like your HDD. Power supply is either overkill or not powerful enough depending on what graphics options you need.
Replace the HDD with a solid state drive down the road once they become affordable and more reliable. Keep the 1TB for storage.
December 2, 2009 3:15:14 PM

First off my recommendation for a monitor. Since you are focusing on video and photo editing, do yourself a favor and get a non TN panel monitor. For low price point Dell 2209WA is hard to beat. With some googling you should be able to figure out how to order one via phone or email for $212 plus tax and shipping.There are many other great non TN monitors as well with price tags to match.

Stick with the I7 920 over 950. Price premium is not worth performance difference especially if you are comfortable with minor overclocking. Use money saved on aftermarket CPU Cooler.

Good choices with other components. You could save some money going for corsair TX over HX unless you really wanted modular power supply. 10 minutes of cable cleanup and modular doesn't really make much of a difference.

For the hard drive look into the Samsung Spinpoint F3 when they come back into stock at newegg. I believe they are slightly faster than the WD Blacks because of platter size.

I second the 5770 as a good starting point for graphics card. If you find yourself liking games more and more you can buy a second to crossfire or upgrade with the new cards that come out so often it isn't funny.
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December 2, 2009 8:12:46 PM

You have almost the same budget as mine but i dont know if you can get same great deals i had. I got an asus p7p55d deluxe, this mobo's has 10 channel hd audio and also has 3.0 usb sockets. I would say this will be more futureproof. This mobo has an external remote if u want to manually overclock yoir system and also has automatic overclocking depends on your usage.

I got 8gb of ram (4x2gb)same speed as dominators for $160. G.skill ripjaws @1600mhz.

I got a 5870 graphics card. If i have a budget like that, might as well go with the big guns.

Get an ssd, intel x25m g2 for boot drive and other heavy programs. Just put your games in a raided 2x samsung f3 1tb hard drive @7200 rpms.

850watts is just right for now.
December 3, 2009 12:08:01 AM

Well guy’s I didn’t get much input on this until enzo matrix’s reply got things going. Thanks for the input everyone. I did order most everything on the 27th so I probably won’t change anything now unless someone figures I have made a drastic mistake in some of the components I’ve chose. So below is what I have so far. Any constructive criticism you might offer will be taken into consideration before final assembly.

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151175
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151175

GIGABYTE Triton 180 Black 0.7mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811233016
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233016

HIS H487Q1GH Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814161292
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161292

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145224
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116758
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives -Bare Drive $109.99
Item #: N82E16822136284
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139010
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] -_-Product


Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601950 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115211
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211

ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131403
=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131403

Thermalright Cogage CPU Cooler


I also purchased a Thermalright Cogage from frozencpu.com with the better mounting kit and extra fan clips for $51 bringing the total to $1754.00 without the monitor. I have a Dell 19” Ultrasharp monitor right now that I like so the Dell 22” wfp might be the way I go. I would like more suggestions for monitors though. Would like to get something around $500 non TN if possible. battlemarz I liked the Samsung Spinpoint F3 also and I would have bought it had it been in stock. henpogi I missed that motherboard! I also considered a SSD but I think I’ll wait awhile longer on that one. Well let me know how bad or good I did, I’m really interested on what you think. Thanks.
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