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Check this build??

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December 19, 2009 3:54:28 PM

Hi, I've decided on some components for my system build. It will be used for video editing/encoding, multimedia work (including Maya), photo editing and graphic design.

I know it is not perfect but will get me started for now and what I can afford. I am a full time photojournalist and it will be used for projects I freelance on the side.

Processor: Core i7-960 $589.99
Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 $288.99
Memory: Corsair Dominator 12GB (6 x 2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 $250.00
Graphics Card: Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 $368.28
System Drive: Intel 80GB Solid State Drive $223.25
Storage Drive: Western Digital Black 1TB 7200 RPM $99.00
DVD burner: Lite-on SATA 22x $20.00
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $109.00
Power Supply: Corsair TX Series 750W $109.00

I could save some money on it by waiting on the Solid State System Drive and dropping the processor to a 920. This is a production machine so I don't intend to overclock it.

In a few months (when I save more money and projects increase) I plan to add a blu-ray burner and another couple hard drives in a RAID config...


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December 19, 2009 4:39:17 PM

Welcome to the forum.

Where are you purchasing from, you're getting some pretty nice deals?

Looks pretty good, but switch the RAM out for two sets of this (assuming it's cheaper than the Dominators wherever you're ordering from)

Then you might as well get this newer motherboard, although there's really not much difference

As for the CPU I can't justify the 960, but since you're not overclocking, you at least have an excuse...
December 19, 2009 7:16:03 PM

Thanks... mostly Newegg. But the memory pricing looks like a price mistake.

Is it true you have to overclock the i7's (if they are not Extreme Edition) to be able to use 1600Mhz memory?

Intel's site lists the usable memory as 800/1066 for the i960.

And I know it is more cost efficient to OC a 920 but I just don't want to risk my system going down at some point if I'm working on a client's project.
December 20, 2009 6:30:12 PM

No, you don't need to overclock the CPU to use higher frequency RAM.