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March 5, 2010 1:53:33 PM

Hi All! I need advice on components for a new build I'm planning with either an Nvidia FX or an ATI FirePro workstation graphics card. I've been a gamer and this is my first foray into attempting to build a system for 3d rendering and hd video editing. It would be on the prosumer level (weekend warrior) Any help or advice would certainly be appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3/10/2010

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 / After Rebates...is this possible??

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Using Blender and/or Lightwave, Vegas Video, Photoshop, anything else that I find that's useful...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, dvd burner. I also have a Lian Li aluminum mid-tower case from a previous build.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't care, whatever works together the best.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (but I'd rather not have to)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Might be more convenient to use multiple monitors for running the software, but I don't think it's essential.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Using this to create video presentations
running maximum 20min in length, going to a 720p projection system.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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March 5, 2010 2:42:19 PM

I don't know much about workstation GPUs, so you might need to find help on that somewhere other than me. Do you need an OS?

CPU: i7-930 $299
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $90 after rebate

Total: $969 w/o GPU, OS. Grab the best GPU you can afford. Windows 7 Home will cost $105.
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March 15, 2010 11:01:44 AM

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March 15, 2010 11:10:16 AM

I bought all my components based on your recommendations. I'll be using an Nvidia FX1800 for my GPU, which I believe will be a good match for this system, and for the software that I intend to use. Got everything in and I'll be assembling it this week. Your advice was a big help in my going forward with this project. Thanks again!
MadAdmiral said:
I don't know much about workstation GPUs, so you might need to find help on that somewhere other than me. Do you need an OS?

CPU: i7-930 $299
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
PSU: Corsair 750W 80+ $90 after rebate

Total: $969 w/o GPU, OS. Grab the best GPU you can afford. Windows 7 Home will cost $105.

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