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June 24, 2010 4:06:24 AM

I am about to buy myself a new PC for HD video editing in Premiere CS5. first i was searching for laptop in the range of 1300$ but they all had the slow core i7 720 and slow graphics cards so i decided to ditch that idea and buy a desktop. i would be needing it for AVCHD HD editing and for other programs like Photoshop, Corel and little bit Gaming. i just want a smooth editing experience and am not after fast rendering. following are the components i am planning to buy.


Intel Core i7 930
Asus P6T
Ati HD 5770 1GB
Corsair 6Gb (3x2Gb) 1600
W.D 1Tb Sata II
OCZ 60GB SATA II (SSD) >> Win7 drive
Cooler Master 600W PSU


Will this be enough to gimme smooth and fast experience.

I will be doing some gaming too so i guess 5770 is enough considering i have 19" lcd of 1680x1050 resolution.

Except the SSD drive all the rest of components will be bought locally in Pakistan.

I was thinking to buy Asus P6X58-E from ebay but am not confident on it cause wat if the unit comes out with some problem etc so i rather be safe & buy it locally. There is also an Asus P6T Deluxe V2 available here so that can be an option.

Future upgrades will be of another SSD drive for video editing, another 5770 card and another corsair 6Gb ram trikit.

So !! :) 

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June 24, 2010 4:36:26 AM

Looking good. Hard to go wrong with a i7 930 / Asus P6T / Corsair 6Gb RAM.
What model of Coolermaster PSU are you thinking about? Some are OK; some are very bad.
Any other 550W-650W PSUs available to you?

For HDD think about the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint F3 before WD 1TB HDD.
What model of OCZ 60GB SSD are you thinking about?

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June 24, 2010 5:00:26 AM

It's certain the PSU won't match the quality of your other choices. Read this review of the Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 600. After you read the conclusion you can page back and read the whole report.
June 24, 2010 5:21:37 AM

hmmmm, well corsair models are also available but some of them r out of stock and i dont think buying it from ebay would be a gud idea.

CORSAIR 650 WATTS (CMPSU-650TX) NON-MODULAR (100$ - currently out of stock)
CORSAIR 750 WATTS SLI READY (CMPSU-750TX) NON-MODULAR (130$ - in stock)

Cooler Master 600w is on 60$. so buying the crosair will be twice the amount i have thought of for a psu.
June 24, 2010 5:42:53 AM

Anything in between? Maybe a Corsair 550VX for $75?
What other 500-550W PSUs are out there?
June 24, 2010 5:45:44 AM

CORSAIR 400 WATTS (CMPSU-400CX) NON-MODULAR (50$ - out of stock)
June 24, 2010 6:24:12 AM

Anything from Antec, OCZ or Seasonic available?
Antec EarthWatts EA-500D 500W / Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500 or 600W / OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
June 24, 2010 6:34:47 AM

there is just one other company available which is BlueStorm pro which i have never heard of.

but i can find the crosair models from some other shop locally. so do u think the corsair 650w would be gud enough ?
June 24, 2010 6:40:16 AM

I'm not familiar with BlueStorm either.
I think the Corsair 550VX would be good enough too. It's as 'powerful' as many budget 650W PSUs. It would handle a 2nd 5770 if you ever go that route.
June 24, 2010 6:45:22 AM

FSP BlueStorm II 500W gets a good review. You can add that to your acceptable list
http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article/2007/05/23/450w50...

Epsilon and Silverstone are probably better options that Coolermaster linked earlier. If you have a model in a good price range we can try and find some reviews.
June 24, 2010 6:51:25 AM

well this is the list of other shop which have bluestorm etc http://czone.com.pk/html/power_supplies.htm

1$ is 85 Pkr, mean 4250 Pkr is 50$ while 8500 Pkr is 100$.

i can go upto 100$ cause PSU is v.imp to be a gud one in such an expensive rig.
June 24, 2010 2:24:53 PM

For your upgrade goals I think the CM Silent Pro M600 is the best option I've seen that doesnt bust your budget limit.
June 24, 2010 4:11:18 PM

alright, wat about the SSD model, should i spend more on ram or buy an ssd?
June 25, 2010 6:45:18 AM

i need to buy an SSD 80Gb model quickly. so need to know which one to got for. also is asus p6t board from a local shop a better option or to buy asus p6x58-e from ebay usa a gud option. as p6x58-e have usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s which will be gud in long term.

need help !!
June 25, 2010 7:23:20 AM

I'd stick with the local Asus P6T. If you find a real need for USB 3 or SATA 6 you can always get an add-on card. USB 3.0 add on card or SATA 6.0Gb/s Controller Card

For an OS boot SSD you could get by with a 30GB or 40GB drive. How much do you plan to spend?
For under $200US
60-64GB
Kingston V+
Corsair Force
OCZ Agility 2
OCZ Vertex 2

June 25, 2010 8:36:10 AM

i need to get 80 or 80+ so i can put some videos on it for quick editing too. i can spend upto 250$ max, on which i guess i can get a 120Gb. well u advise which ones to buy in 80 and 120.

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June 25, 2010 2:10:59 PM
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@ 120-128GB capacity you're going to be looking at prices ~ $320-350US for the best models of SSD:
Corsair Force / OCZ Agility 2 / OCZ Vertex 2 / Kingston V+
@ 80GB Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XX 2.5" might be in your price range.

Since your OS install only needs about 10-12GB of disk space you really should be OK with a 64GB 'Sandforce' model.

I'm also thinking a 64GB SSD and 6GB more RAM would be better than a 120-128GB SDD.






June 25, 2010 7:19:25 PM

http://cgi.ebay.com/Corsair-REACTOR-60GB-SSD-R60-CSSD-R...
http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-2-5-80GB-X25-M-SATA-II-MLC-SS...
http://cgi.ebay.com/OCZ-Apex-60-GB-SSD-flash-MLC-SATA-I...
http://cgi.ebay.com/OCZ-SOLID-2-2-5-60GB-SSD-SOLID-STAT...
http://cgi.ebay.com/OCZ-SOLID-2-2-5-120GB-SSD-SOLID-STA...


above are possible models i am thinking to buying as they can be shipped to my country and are cheapest from others. also can i stick 8gb (4x2gb) ram in p6t and core i7, i mean do it have to be trikit or i can put any random no of sticks, ofocurse they will be same model but i mean can they 4 or 5 sticks etc.

http://cgi.ebay.com/OCZ-Gold-6GB-3x2GB-240-Pin-DDR3-SDR...

wat if i just buy a 60gb SSD and get 2 units of the above ram or i can get 80GB SSD and get the following ram unit.

http://cgi.ebay.com/CORSAIR-CMX8GX3M4A1333C9-XMS3-8GB-k...
June 26, 2010 6:07:24 AM

Buying a used SSD (Intel 80GB X25-M) from someone with just a 7 day return policy is just not a good idea.

What AVCHD editing software will you be using? What do users of that software recommend?
After looking around a bit I'm starting to think you'd be better off with 12GB of RAM and just the Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 or Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD.
June 26, 2010 7:15:51 AM

Out of the SSDs you've listed I think the OCZ Solid 2 is probably the best.
It got decent reviews, supports TRIM under Win7 and the performance isn't far off the top 'Sandforce' controller SSDs like the Agility 2 or Kingston V+. Both reviews I looked at said the drive performed close to it's advertised specs.
June 26, 2010 7:23:39 AM

alright mate thanx for taking time out for me. i am now clear which components to go for. thanx once again !!
June 26, 2010 7:24:48 AM

Best answer selected by mianmars.
June 26, 2010 7:32:45 AM

Your welcome. Be sure to let us know how things work out for you.
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