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January 18, 2010 7:48:21 PM

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions regarding the following proposed configuration for a video editing and playback workstation. I'm especially interested in compatibility and cost issues:

Proposed Components

CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield
MB: ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX
Graphics Cards: ASUS GeForce 9800 GT x2 (not for SLI, see below)
RAM: G.SKILL PIS Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2200 (PC3 17600)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower

Additional Info:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1200 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: hi-def video editing and playback for three video monitors (two in clone mode), surround sound digital audio on mobo (already have digital audio mixer, amp, speakers, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, HDDs, DVD Drives, video monitors, sound mixer, sound amp, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS/Nvidia graphics and mobo
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI: No (maybe in future)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: n.a.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need a quiet setup for sound studio; will need to buy Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)

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January 18, 2010 8:05:31 PM

Overall, it looks good to me. You can double-check Asus regarding memory compatibility.

They confirmed a couple of GSkill's at the 2200 speed, but you'll want to confirm which model you're getting. If you go with a slower memory speed, you'll have higher compatibility. Offhand, that memory should work, though.

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=yZD4yFdLw1l3gZ35&...
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January 18, 2010 8:13:23 PM

Before going P55 if you are running SLI you must know that P55 will reduce PCIEx16 to x8 lanes... it's not that big problem but like little decrease in performance (around 4%... maybe more, i don't know how a pair of 9800 GTs would work considering that)
Great decision with the pair of cards you chose... they show such a great performance... even against GTX series cards...
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January 18, 2010 8:18:18 PM

grossemesser said:
. . . if you are running SLI . . .


I would only go SLI if I decided to change the video editing and playback purpose of my workstation, which I don't anticipate doing. Thx though.
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January 18, 2010 8:23:18 PM

Why 9800 GTs? Why not the newer 250 GTS or even a single more powerful card? Nvidia cant run 3 monitors on one card, but ATI 5000s can. Within the next two months, nvidia will be releasing the 300 series, which may be a consideration for you if your need is not urgent.

If that 2200 memory is substantially more expensive than 1600 its probably not worth it. Every article Ive seen testing RAM speeds resulted in speeds over 1600 not gaining much performance.
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January 18, 2010 8:24:35 PM

branflakes71 said:
. . . double-check Asus regarding memory compatibility . . .


The G.Skill specs read: "Engineered Specifically For Intel Core i7 860/870 CPUs" and "Tested to [be] compatible with the following motherboards: ASUS Maximus III Formula, ASUS Maximus III Gene, ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i, ASUS P7P55D Premium, ASUS P7P55D Deluxe, EVGA P55 Classified 200, EVGA P55 FTW 200, EVGA P55 FTW and MSI P55-GD80"

Do you think I should be able to rely on that?
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January 18, 2010 8:28:20 PM

you are being wise in chosing a pair of 9800 GT instead of the GTS 250s... SAME card, just rebranded...
when Fermi comes out it will be the most expensive cards on the market... so you better get ATI or an older series nvidia
And also... are you sure about Windows7?? I'd rather get Vista 64-bit but that's just me
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January 18, 2010 8:31:48 PM

dndhatcher said:
Why 9800 GTs?

I already own one ASUS 9800 GT, though I could still RMA it. Do you really think it would be worth it for two 250 GTS (I have no interest in waiting for the 300 series)?

dndhatcher said:
If that 2200 memory is substantially more expensive than 1600 its probably not worth it. Every article Ive seen testing RAM speeds resulted in speeds over 1600 not gaining much performance

There's not a substantial price differential, and I've always been advised to get the fastest memory available for my mobo. You disagree?
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January 18, 2010 8:34:33 PM

grossemesser said:
you are being wise in chosing a pair of 9800 GT instead of the GTS 250s... SAME card, just rebranded...

Thanks for that. I agree.

grossemesser said:
are you sure about Windows7?? I'd rather get Vista 64-bit but that's just me

I bailed on Vista long ago but am happy in Windows 7 64-bit.
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January 18, 2010 8:45:57 PM

Then i only have to say... maybe it's better to get a CoolerMaster or Thermaltake PSU... well-made ones, better quality i belive... and don't forget the modular design so you won't have so much trouble guiding and hiding all of the cables
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January 18, 2010 9:03:53 PM

grossemesser said:
you are being wise in chosing a pair of 9800 GT instead of the GTS 250s... SAME card, just rebranded...
Same performance specs, but the newer 250 GTS uses less power and does seem to outperform the 9800 GT in the benchmarks I have looked at. Why go with the older, power consuming, slightly slower model? Maybe if the price was significantly lower...



I think you are the only person I have ever heard choosing Vista over Win7. Win 7 is more efficient and reliable and basically beats vista in every category.


Corsair has one of the strongest track records for reliable power supplies across every model. I would not choose a Coolermaster or Thermaltake unless there was a substantial price difference and I saw a couple professional reviews vouching for the stability of the specific PSU model.
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January 19, 2010 1:09:26 AM

This is not a dndhatcher vs grossemesser thread... don't take it personally... we're just having dialouge and not fighting. I'm talking based on my personal experience and mean no harm. About Win7 vs Vista... what's the problem with me using Vista rather than 7??? That's MY opinion, besides it doesn't really matter if i'm the only one against lots of people, you're like saying that because more people say someting, then that's the right thing to do...
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January 19, 2010 2:06:00 AM

Here is an updated description of my proposed build (I have made some changes based on recommendations received in this forum, and I have added links to the newegg product pages):

Proposed Components (Revised)

CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214)

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131400)

Graphics Cards (x2, but not for SLI, see below): ASUS EN9800GT/DI/512MD3 GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121352)

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145285)

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006)

Case: LIAN LI PC-7F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112194)

Additional Info

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: 800-1200 After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: hi-def video editing and playback for three video monitors (two in clone mode), surround sound digital audio on mobo (already have digital audio mixer, amp, speakers, etc.)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, HDDs, DVD Drives, video monitors, sound mixer, sound amp, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS/Nvidia graphics and mobo
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI: No (maybe in future)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: n.a.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need a quiet setup for sound studio; will need to buy Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)

Please continue giving me your honest recommendations. I am grateful for all your opinions, which are welcome and respected.
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January 19, 2010 5:09:49 AM

whistler49 said:
The G.Skill specs read: "Engineered Specifically For Intel Core i7 860/870 CPUs" and "Tested to [be] compatible with the following motherboards: ASUS Maximus III Formula, ASUS Maximus III Gene, ASUS SABERTOOTH 55i, ASUS P7P55D Premium, ASUS P7P55D Deluxe, EVGA P55 Classified 200, EVGA P55 FTW 200, EVGA P55 FTW and MSI P55-GD80"

Do you think I should be able to rely on that?



Looks good, then, on the RAM. :) 
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January 19, 2010 4:48:56 PM

grossemesser said:
This is not a dndhatcher vs grossemesser thread... don't take it personally... we're just having dialouge and not fighting. I'm talking based on my personal experience and mean no harm.
I agree totally. This is a dialog and I am just giving my contrasting opinions and maybe some explanation as to why I disagree with you on some points.
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January 20, 2010 6:03:24 PM

Best answer selected by whistler49.
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