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April 7, 2010 4:01:31 PM

I want to build a system for photo editing with products like Photoshop and video editing with products like Sony Vegas and ProShowGold. The video will include burning Blu-Ray. I'd like to be able to do a few things (like surfing the web) while a burn is going on without slowing everything down. I want to have a system that support USB3 and current pre-built systems don't have it yet.

I went to newegg and I think I went a little overboard. I showed it to a friend who said the i7-920 is triple channel so memory should be in multiples of 3, however the board has four memory slots and chips are normally in pairs so it's not easy to get a 3 multiple. I think I'm way in over my head. Do you think I should build a system, am I overbuilt, would a pre-built fit my needs (which)? Thanks for whatever help you can give.

ASUS P7P55D-E Premium LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard - $280

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3
12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M4A1600C8 - $278

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache
LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor -$288

POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI
Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $300

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI
Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC
Power Supply -$280

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX
Full Tower Computer Case - $180

2 - Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drive $90 * 2 = $180

LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - $149

LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo
Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - $109

ACCESSORIES

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full - $269

Rosewill RNX-56USB Conexant Hardware Based 56Kbps USB (Plug & Play)
V.92 PCI Date/Fax/TAM modem- Windows7 Ready - $25

Microsoft ZG6-00006 Black 103 Normal Keys 10 Function Keys PS/2 Wired
Standard Keyboard 500 - $12

Acer B243HLbmdrz Black 24" 5ms Widescreen White LED backlight LCD
Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 8,000,000:1 Built-in Speakers - $300
April 7, 2010 4:08:23 PM

If you could post in the format found in the How to Ask for New Build Advice thread, that would be helpful. Specifically budget, intended usage, and monitor resolution would help. If you could provide that, people will be able to suggest better builds for your needs & budget.

For starters though:

1) The i7-920 won't fit in that motherboard. You either need an i7-860 to go with that motherboard or you need a 1366 motherboard.

2) Corsair memory is typically overpriced for what you get, especially the Dominator line.

3) 1200 W power is total overkill for your needs.

4) Most people don't really need the full retail version of Windows. Unless you plan to change your motherboard frequently or expect to contact Microsoft for support, the OEM version should suffice.

5) Do you really need both a Blu-ray burner and a Blu-ray combo drive? I would think that you could get away with a burner (which will also read Blu-ray) and a standard DVD-R/W drive.

6) The video card you have is a gaming card, which is fine, but you could get a much less expensive one if you don't intend to game.
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April 7, 2010 4:21:33 PM

Sorry
BUDGET: $1400-$1800 (I know what I've picked is well over that, I need to cut back somehow)
INTENDED USE: Video and Photo editing, I will be burning Blu-Ray DVDs
MONITOR: What would be equivalent to a full 1080p HD TV.
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April 7, 2010 5:12:53 PM

I've included the links to newegg for the post

ASUS P7P55D-E Premium LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Intel Motherboard - $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD8GX3M4A1600C8 - $278
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor -$288
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWERCOLOR AX5850 1GBD5-MDHG Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TPQ-1200 1200W Continuous Power with PowerCache Technology SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply -$280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 - Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $90 * 2 = $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - $149
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ACCESSORIES

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Full - $269
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RNX-56USB Conexant Hardware Based 56Kbps USB (Plug & Play) V.92 PCI Date/Fax/TAM modem- Windows7 Ready - $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft ZG6-00006 Black 103 Normal Keys 10 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard 500 - $12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 7, 2010 7:44:34 PM

I completely agree with coldsleep's suggestions.

You haven't posted in the format suggested by coldsleep yet and you still have an incompatible motherboard/CPU. Will you be doing ANY gaming with this system? If not, there's absolutely no need for the 5850. Spending $180 on a case with your budget seems a bit sketchy too.
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April 7, 2010 7:47:59 PM

Based on my inferences about what you're trying to do, here you go:

CPU - i7-930 - $295 (free shipping)
HSF - Hyper212 Plus - $35 ($7.50 shipping)
Mobo - Asus P6X58D Premium - $310 (free shipping)
RAM - G.Skill PI Series 1600 MHz CAS 7 6 GB kit - $185
Graphics - Gigabyte ATI 5770 - $155 ($10 MIR, free shipping)
HDD - Any 500 GB platter hard drive. For boot/performance drives, this includes the Seagate 7200.12 series (500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB Barracuda, the Samsung Spinpoint F3 series (500 GB, 1 TB), and the WD Caviar Black 1 TB (WD1002FAEX) and 2 TB.
Optical - Plextor Blu-ray burner - $250 (free shipping)
PSU - Anything 80+ Certified and Active PFC. Tuniq Potency 550 W 80+ Certified Active PFC - $60 (free shipping)
Case - Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 - $170 ($30 shipping)
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium OEM - $100

Total: $1740 (configured with 2x $90 1 TB hard drives)

You could bring the cost down a little by going with an i7-860, a P55 motherboard and 4 GB of RAM, but I think that going with an i7-930 might be more desirable for rendering and longevity.

Is there a specific reason that you want a full retail copy of Windows 7 Professional? I think you'd probably be fine with an OEM version and with Home Premium, unless there's a specific feature in Professional that you need.
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