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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.