Photo and Video editing computer - new build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Week

BUDGET RANGE: I am willing to spend a bit to get a good machine but everything within reason. I want value for my money but am willing to spend money.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop with large files, Premier, After Effects. I am looking for quick render times.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers, mouse, keyboard, monitor

Power (already have this):Thermaltake Toughpower W0224RU 850W ATX 12V 2.3

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe - probably not though

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600 30"

Case: Zalman GS 1000 or Corsair Obsidian 800
Mother Board: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
Video Card: Recommendations?
Sound: onboard

HDD boot: Samsung 10,000 RPM 120GB (already have)
HDD cache: perhaps an SSD drive?
HDD storage: a few drives I already have

So any thoughts on this system? I think trying to pick a video card is always a headache.
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  1. Case: Don't spend $200-300 on a case. That's bordering on retarded. The most expensive case you should ever buy is the HAF 922.

    RAM: Too expensive again. Buy two sets of either G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $360 or Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 for $460. The G.Skills are faster for the same price, and the Mushkins are the fastest sticks on the market.

    GPU: I would look into if nVidia cards fair better with your system or not. Another thing I would look into is the workstation GPUs (ATI's Fire or nVidia's Quaddro lines). These are perfect for your uses. Buy the biggest one you can afford.

    HDDs: If you get a SSD, you should only put the OS and applications on it. SSDs hate constantly writing data. If you decide to get an SSD, make sure that you leave a 20% cushion for free space, otherwise the drive will slow down considerably. Here's a good 128 GB SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB for $320.
  2. Thanks for the reply.

    I like the large sized cases but you probably do have a point. The Corsair case is a bit over the top. I could always just stick with the old LianLi case I have but I was hoping to improve airflow a little.

    Thanks for the Ram suggestions, I'll check into those.

    Video Cards - I'll check those too and post and link to what I find.
  3. @MadAdmiral those Mushkin RAMs are unnecessary for his usage...

    @htmp_newb, stick with that Corsair RAM you have...

    And as for the graphic cards, it would depend...If the apps that you use take advantage of Nvidia's CUDA / ATI's Stream, then I would get the one that it supports...
    And Workstation cards might or might not affect much...again this depends on the s/w that you use...
  4. Well I was trying to edit my first reply with the updated info but I guess I can't.. so here is the new suggestion

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    Update - New revision

    Power (already have this):Thermaltake Toughpower W0224RU 850W ATX 12V 2.3
    Case: Zalman GS 1000
    Mother Board: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB
    RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    Video Card: ATI 100-505553 FirePro V5700 512MB PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
    Sound: onboard
    HDD boot: 10,000 RPM 120GB (already have)
    HDD cache: 15,000 RPM drive - Fujitsu MBA3073RC 73.5GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache
    HDD storage: a few drives I already have
  5. Do you do any 3D modelling ? 3D Max or Maya ?
  6. No, just After Effects and Premier - which require a lot of rendering.
  7. And I dont think for AE and Premier, you would need a workstation card...Those apps need more of CPU and raw computing power...
  8. ^ Was searching for the forums and found something useful...
    Check this thread...And also you can post there to get more accurate suggestions for your requirements...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/275241-33-5770-260gtx-graphics-after-effects
  9. thanks for the link. It looks like that thread liked this card
    5770PE51GT Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
  10. ^
    Get this HD 5770 instead of that one...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

    And read the last few comments...
    The raw power of the HD 5850 with its high Double Precision output, makes it even more better choice down the road...But its kinda costly thought at $300...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150442
    You can PM TheGreatGrapeApe...am sure he can help you make a better decision...
  11. -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Update - New revision

    Power (already have this):Thermaltake Toughpower W0224RU 850W ATX 12V 2.3
    Case: Zalman GS 1000
    Mother Board: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB
    RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150442
    Sound: onboard
    HDD boot: 10,000 RPM 120GB (already have)
    HDD cache: 15,000 RPM drive - Fujitsu MBA3073RC 73.5GB 15000 RPM 16MB Cache
    HDD storage: a few drives I already have
  12. ^ And a 15K drive ? Not going with SSD ?
    2 of these in RAID 0 for about $200 for 60GB will be very fast and will be good scratch disks...
    You can actually use them as boot drives too...
  13. Yeah, I thought to go with a 15k drive instead of a SSD. I have a 10K drive already so I would use that for my program drive, then for a new 15k cache drive since SSD isn't good for cache. I guess I could put both the cache and the programs on the same drive but I thought it might make things smoother to separate them.
  14. ^ I have heard people saying that the SSDs are very good scratch disks as they nearly nearly nil access time...
  15. Take a look at this page. It looks like the SSD would be much better as the system drive. Small writes are not that great on a SSD
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-notebook-portable,1913-5.html
  16. ^ The SSD have come a long way...that benchmark is an old one...I would suggest you to browse even more about the SSDs before making the purchase...
    http://www.anandtech.com/storage/
    Am still not convinced with the 15K drives over the SSDs...
  17. For quick encoding times I would recommend taking a look at WinFast PxVC1100(CRI Dual-CS Coder). The card itself is available at NewEgg , but I’m having problems finding that CRI Dual-CS Coder plugin for Adobe CS 3/4.
    Anyway, I’m building a similar system, you are more than welcome to join in our discussion here, maybe we can share some ideas.
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