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May 8, 2010 7:41:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next month

BUDGET RANGE: $700-$1000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: After Effects, video editing, gaming (Valve and its ilk)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitors, hard drives, mouse, case

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.ca, ncix.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: nVidia video card (for Adobe products)

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

I'm about to pull the trigger on upgrading my computer, starting to purchase parts this next week. I already have a good case, DVD burner, and four hard drives -- pretty much all the major hardware, however, needs to be replaced.

These are the parts I decided on. Before I go ahead and start ordering, does anyone have any thoughts? Are there any obvious conflicts or missed opportunities? The computer is mostly used for After Effects, so it needs a healthy amount of RAM, stable multiprocessing, and the video card needs to be nVidia (After Effects tends to have issues with ATI, and some features are nVidia-only). I also do a bit of gaming, mostly Valve games and the like.

RAM
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35710&vpn=OCZ3G1...
$140

Power supply
Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$80

CPU
Intel Core i5 750 BX80605I5750 Processor - 2.66GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, Lynnfield, Retail
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...
$210

Video card
BFG BFGEGTX260MC896OCDE GeForce GTX 260 Overclocked MAXCORE Video Card - 896MB GDDR3, PCIe 2.0 x16, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Dual VGA Support
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item...
$190

Motherboard
Gigabyte P55A-UD3 ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E 2PCI RAID GBLAN CrossFireX USB3.0 SATA3 Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=46237&vpn=GA-P55A-UD3...
$145
May 8, 2010 8:43:48 AM

I would probably change most of your components, but first edit your post to match the format in the Build Advice sticky in my signature.
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May 8, 2010 9:32:58 AM

i wouldnt skimp out on the power supply. get an antec, corsair, or seasonic. The psu is that last thing you want to skimp out on....period.
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May 8, 2010 9:33:49 AM

Also, if you're buying an i5 system, get a 4gb or 8gb kit of ddr3 ram.
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May 8, 2010 2:38:48 PM

Get 8 GB of RAM. Since 6 GB is just about enough. Also the i5-750 has dual channel memory controller, so it's performance is optimised if you use memory in form of 2 X 2 GB, 4 X 2 GB, 2 X 4 GB, ie, basically, an even number of modules.
OCZ OCZ3G1333LV8GK Gold 8GB DDR3 2X4GB DDR3-1333 PC3-10666 CL 9-9-9-20 1.65V Dual Channel Memory Kit
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=52468&vpn=OCZ3G1...

A better is psu is recommended than the one, listed.
Corsair TX750W
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...
It's expensive, but worth it.
However, the reviews on the one you've listed do seem favourable, so it might be good enough for you.

Wouldn't a professional graphics card like nvidia quadro fx handle After Effects better? Ofcourse, it would be useless for gaming, but the games you seem to play (valve & the like) don't require heavy gpu muscle. It would be expensive if you wanted one with more than 512 MB GDDR3 memory. But the payoffs in having more processing power might make it worth (just an idea, not sure).
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May 8, 2010 5:47:32 PM

jbakerlent said:
I would probably change most of your components, but first edit your post to match the format in the Build Advice sticky in my signature.

Sorry, I reformatted the post.

ksampanna said:
Get 8 GB of RAM. Since 6 GB is just about enough. Also the i5-750 has dual channel memory controller, so it's performance is optimised if you use memory in form of 2 X 2 GB, 4 X 2 GB, 2 X 4 GB, ie, basically, an even number of modules.

Do 2x4gb modules go on sale fairly regularly? Would I benefit from waiting a month, stalking sites for a decent deal, or is $250 what I should be expecting to pay?

ksampanna said:
A better is psu is recommended than the one, listed.

What are the practical returns from a better psu? Is it mostly a peace-of-mind thing, or would I actually see a difference in terms of stability?

ksampanna said:
Wouldn't a professional graphics card like nvidia quadro fx handle After Effects better? Ofcourse, it would be useless for gaming, but the games you seem to play (valve & the like) don't require heavy gpu muscle. It would be expensive if you wanted one with more than 512 MB GDDR3 memory. But the payoffs in having more processing power might make it worth (just an idea, not sure).

The Quadros and the 260 are actually very similar cards, and I really don't want to sacrifice gaming completely.
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May 8, 2010 9:40:33 PM

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Do 2x4gb modules go on sale fairly regularly? Would I benefit from waiting a month, stalking sites for a decent deal, or is $250 what I should be expecting to pay?


I dunno about deals, to be honest. Or whether any new low cost module is goin to be released soon ...
Instead of 2 X 4GB, then get a 4 X 2GB. Same performance, lesser cost.
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) $220.99 + shipping
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

* I listed newegg here since NCIX's 4 X 2GB modules were expensive, also had fewer choices.

Actually, getting 8 GB is just for you to allow more headroom, while multitasking. I don't know exactly how much RAM After Effects really utilizes. So if you think the 6 GB OCZ you listed, cuts the mustard for you, then go ahead with it. Otherwise, if your budget allows, then do get 8 GB.



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What are the practical returns from a better psu? Is it mostly a peace-of-mind thing, or would I actually see a difference in terms of stability?


Its both. A good PSU uses high quality capacitors, etc, which assure long life. Should you be forced to run them out of their spec (like while overclocking, etc) they provide good stability, even then. But again, if budget is a constraint here & you are not into overclocking, then I suppose the PSU you listed should be good enough for you.
This one has a mail-in-rebate, but you'l have to order on or before 9th may itself.
Corsair TX750W $89.99 after rebate
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26415&vpn=CMPSU-...

If you'r not into overclocking, or sli-ing, then even a 550W psu would be good enough for you. It would be nearer to the price range of the psu which you've listed.
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX $99.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Don't skimp out on the psu. Get a lower priced, lower memory RAM if you will, but do get a good psu. You'l never regret it.

Hope I've not confused you further :) 
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May 15, 2010 12:02:52 AM

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