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2K budget - AV workhorse (similar to a gaming machine?)

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February 9, 2010 12:11:52 PM

Howdy,

My buddy is looking at building a new rig. After my success on here, I thought I'd pose his requirements on his behalf.

  • APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next two weeks.
  • BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) 2,000 before rebates.
  • SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: crunching graphics and AV production, surfing the web.
  • PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, display. No O/S required either. Planning on 64-bit Windows 7.
  • PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (although will use newegg.ca)
  • COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada
  • PARTS PREFERENCES: No specific allegiance ... a full tower is preferable for expandability.
  • OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
  • MONITOR RESOLUTION: dual monitors, 1600x1200
  • ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet PC.

    Here's the type of software he typically runs (graphics and AV production world):

  • Cinema 4D release 11.5
  • After Effects CS4
  • Photoshop CS4
  • Etc, etc Adobe CS4
  • Avid Xpress Pro HD for video editing (also Adobe Premiere CS4)
  • Propellerhead Reason 4 for dabbling in music production
  • Cubase 5 with a whole host of plugins called “VST’s” (huge RAM suckers, btw)

    For storage, I was thinking a couple of 1 TB HDD's. Anything fast.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Cheers,
    -pablo
    February 9, 2010 1:26:24 PM

    It's different from a gaming machine.

    Here's the basic parts (prices from Newegg.com):

    CPU: i7-920 $289
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $210
    RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
    HDD: 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $180
    PSU: OCZ Z-Series 650W 80+ Silver $90 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $25
    GPU: Workstation GPU (ATI's Fire line or nVidia's Quadro line)

    Total w/o GPU: $1,064. Workstation GPUs are very expensive, but designed specifically for what you want to do. May also want to consider sticking in a SSD if it's in the budget.
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    February 9, 2010 1:31:27 PM

    I just recently purchased parts for a Video Editing/Rendering PC. I ended up spending just under $1500 for mine. I realize this is under the your budget .

    Here's what I'd recommend for you, please have someone else look it over first, since my parts aren't here yet, I haven't gotten to build it and start testing it.

    Motherboard/Power Supply Combo - $479.98

    Video Card - $189.99

    RAM/Processor Combo - $433.98 (before $20 MIR)

    Data Hard Drive (x2) - $179.98 (You can either use these as two separate storage drives, or you could put them in a RAID 1 for data protection.)

    CPU Cooler - $36.98

    Blu-Ray Burner - $199.99 (free Blu-Ray Media)

    System Drive (SSD) - $289.95

    Case - $159.99

    Total: $1970.84 (Before Tax/Shipping/MIR - $20)

    The only differences between our builds are: I didn't get a SSD, and instead got a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB.; I got the Antec 900 which is a big Mid-Tower, rather than a Full Tower; and I didn't get a Blu-Ray Burner.

    You could take out the Blu-Ray burner if he won't use it and save $175 (might be able to add some more RAM as well as just put a regular DVD-RW, which runs around $25).
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    February 9, 2010 1:33:10 PM

    MadAdmiral said:
    GPU: Workstation GPU (ATI's Fire line or nVidia's Quattro line)


    He would definitely want a Quadro, since Avid doesn't support ATI's officially.
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    February 9, 2010 1:41:29 PM

    Like I said, I don't know a lot about the workstation GPUs (obviously). All I know is that they're intended to put out extremely high quality graphics at a slower rate. They're more about finese while the gaming GPUs focus on brute force.

    You'll have to check nVidia's or ATI's websites for details.
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    February 9, 2010 1:49:41 PM

    MadAdmiral said:
    Like I said, I don't know a lot about the workstation GPUs (obviously). All I know is that they're intended to put out extremely high quality graphics at a slower rate. They're more about finese while the gaming GPUs focus on brute force.

    You'll have to check nVidia's or ATI's websites for details.


    I was just pointing it out for the OP's benefit, so he doesn't buy an ATI card and expect it to work with his Avid software.
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    February 9, 2010 1:52:26 PM

    Hi everyone,

    Great information. Especially regarding the graphics card information. Thank you everyone so far!

    Cheers,
    -pablo
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