Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Photo and Video editing computer - new build

Last response: in Systems
Share
March 10, 2010 12:19:49 PM

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.
March 10, 2010 2:38:50 PM

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.
March 11, 2010 8:23:23 AM

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.
Related resources
March 11, 2010 8:35:31 AM

@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...
March 11, 2010 8:45:33 AM

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

-------------------------------------------------------------------
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
March 11, 2010 8:55:36 AM

Do you do any 3D modelling ? 3D Max or Maya ?
March 11, 2010 8:57:39 AM

No, just After Effects and Premier - which require a lot of rendering.
March 11, 2010 9:40:46 AM

And I dont think for AE and Premier, you would need a workstation card...Those apps need more of CPU and raw computing power...
March 11, 2010 10:52:42 AM

-------------------------------------------------------------------
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
March 11, 2010 11:05:33 AM

^ 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...
March 11, 2010 11:14:43 AM

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.
March 11, 2010 11:18:05 AM

^ I have heard people saying that the SSDs are very good scratch disks as they nearly nearly nil access time...
March 11, 2010 11:50:11 AM

^ 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...
!