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June 21, 2010 6:15:53 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: over next 2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD Video editing, Photoshop work, web surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: need it all - replacing an OLD machine

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preferred but live near a Microcenter, glad to go to Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, etc.

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7-930 processor - otherwise open

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: eventually 2, 24-27" monitors, would prefer 1600X1200 - Monitor NOT INCLUDED in this build price.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet, fast machine, and am not comfortable with water cooling. It has been over 15 years since I've built a machine but should be comfortable enough to mess with the MOBO Bios/etc.

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Already selected:

PROCESSOR: Core i7-930 - $199.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Thinking about and would appreciate help/recommendations on the rest:

CASE: Antec Three Hundred - $54.95

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Antec-_-11129042

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $209

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034CSTFY/ref=s9_simh...

Wondering if this is a bit too sophisticated for me but like the SATA 6 and USB 3 support.

MEMORY: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HARD DRIVE: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $79.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thinking about a 64GB SSD Boot drive - any thoughts on this? Boot/Windows/whatever HD video editing software platform I choose - open to waiting till the fall for SSD if recommended

Also thinking about whether I should do 2 of these in a RAID 0 configuration for speed for video editing/rendering (?) - I have no RAID experience

GRAPHICS CARD: Need recommendations. Absolutely no idea. Was thinking something that I could do some light gaming on if chose to do so, or simply something that will meet my needs now understanding I can upgrade later. Wondering if any cards help with video editing? Also need dual monitor support as mentioned above. Most of what I read says I don't need much here (?)

PSU: TR2 RX 750W Modular Power Supply - $89.99 (larger than I need in case of future video card upgrade and future drive additions)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

DRIVE: DVD RW drive - will choose one in the $20-30 range - Blueray likely in the future

CPU COOLER: Need recommendations

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Thanks in advance for all of your help!
June 21, 2010 11:36:19 PM

According to hardwaresecrets the TR2 RX 750 could not deliver it's rated maximum. And that the 12V rail was unstable and out of spec by 580 watts. So it probably would be fine for a low power system with something like a 5770 in it, it might be a better idea to get a better quality unit, even if it has a lower stated wattage.

This will be a very good performer: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB $180

I reckon this would be a good option for a graphics card: HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB $157 As it will be decently quiet, powerful enough for some decent gaming, good scaling in crossfire. Low power usage; a good 550W PSU could power two of them.
I think OpenGL/Cuda if they are utilized by an application will allow a graphics card to do some of the work in video editing. Nvidia cards are usually considered to be better at this than ATI cards.

I'll probably come up with a heatsink suggestion tomorrow.
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June 22, 2010 2:12:46 AM

Thanks for the info on the PSU. Switching to a Corsair & went with:

650 - http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-650TX-650-Watt-Cert...

$70 with rebate

Also went with g.skill ram with a nice combo deal on the Antec Three Hundred Case:

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Thanks for the guidance on the SSD & video card.

All - Still looking for feedback on the rest of the setup along with video card, CPU cooler, hard drives (& pos RAID config), and most importantly the motherboard. Hoping the Gigabyte isn't too much for a relative newbie.
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June 22, 2010 12:57:28 PM

The reason I didn't mention the motherboard is because it is a very solid choice. It is a high quality board with a low end price. I don't really think the saving on a decent mobo that is cheaper would be worth it. I would not say that it's too much for a newbie.

The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is a good choice for a harddrive as it is relatively quiet for a HDD, a good performing one and at a good price. I don't know much about RAID.

Your case only has two exhaust fans, I would buy one of either of these as an intake in the one of the front bays to help create good airflow with cool air involved: Scythe S-Flex 1200RPM or Scythe S-Flex 1600RPM $20. These are amongst silentpcreview's recommended silent fans, I choose these (the 1600RPM one especially) as it has higher airflow than the other fans they recommended while still being quiet.

Now for the heatsink. I would not call myself an expert. However over the past few months I've built up my knowledge of heatsinks. The Scythe Mugen 2 $35 ($7.56 shipping) In benchmarks I often see it come out as one of the best for cooling and noise performance. The down side to this is the size and being more awkward to install than some coolers, altho you wouldn't have to do this often, so only a minor downside. This is probably the thermal compound I'd suggest: Arctic Silver 5 3.5g $10.
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June 23, 2010 4:43:14 AM

Progress:

Purchased the extra fan and the Mugen heatsink (quite a monster).

Purchased the OCZ Vertex 2 after reading and learning way too much about SDD drives: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Purchased - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Purchased - Lite On DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Purchased - Windows 7 Professional OEM

All I have left is the video card and seeing what I can do tomorrow & take a look at the previous recommended. Was thinking I could do a $100 card but may end up in the 5770 range. Still unsure of gaming, but....
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June 23, 2010 5:50:56 AM

I could really use some guidance on the video card. Seeing if I can get away with something simpler now:

This seems like a good deal for $60

MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


or how about this for $67

SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It seems like much beyond this I get into the low 100's then figure why not go up a bit more to the 5770's... but if I can get away with one of these now I just may do that.

Thanks in advance!


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June 23, 2010 2:47:37 PM

I'd say the GT 240 is probably the better option as while they are both pretty even in gaming the 240 wins against the 5570 more often than it loses, and if your video and photo applications utilize CUDA/OpenGL etc then the Nvidia card would have a distinct advantage there.
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June 23, 2010 11:46:13 PM

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June 24, 2010 12:39:04 AM

The OpenGL point is mostly moot now, as with the Catalyst 10.6 drivers, 5000-series ATI cards support OpenGL 3.3 and 4.0.

But I agree, the GT 240 is still probably a better choice, unless you anticipate driving 3 monitors off of one card, or you want to stream HD audio over the HDMI output.
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