I'm looking to build a system for video editing and some gaming. I've actually been intending to buy a Mac Pro, but Apple still hasn't released an update, so I'm hoping this system will get me by in the meantime with video editing (and then serve as my gaming comp if and when I get that Mac...
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of July
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Avid Video Editing, Photoshop and After Effects work, Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, Fry's
CPU AND MOBO:
Core i7 930 Processor - $290 (NEWEGG)
Gigabyte X58A UD3R Motherboard - $210
Purchased together from Fry's for: $420
Thermaltake 850 W Power Supply - $120
Crucial 6GB Triple Channel Memory - $165
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB - $90
Gigabyte GForce 470 - $310 (NEWEGG)
Asus DVD Burner Optical Drive - $50
Antec 300 Case - $55
Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit OEM- $140 (AMAZON)
9% TAX: $121
OVERCLOCKING: Not right away...need it to be stable for work...if I get a Mac for the editing and graphics stuff, I might start playing around with that.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So I'm basing this build mainly off of the lastest Enthusiast build from Tom's. I know ATI Cards are the better value now, but I edit on Avid Media Composer and they "officially" only support Nvidia cards, so I'm playing it safe there. My biggest questions are with the Motherboard (the Gigabyte vs. Asus, with the Gigabyte seeming to be the better value) and the case (I'm concerned about the size of the NVidia cards in a midtower and the heat they throw). I'll hear any suggestions on case, but definitely prefer something less flashy and functional, and trying to avoid a full tower. Definitely willing to go a bit higher in price on the case for something better...
A good case is very important to overall system cooling .
I would like to suggest to you this case . This case' size is big enough to use the newer mobo's (easier to assemble system) and leave good room for cooling .
This case has 4 fans . 1-front, 1-side ,1-top ,1-rear to move air thru your system.
the side fan blows directly onto the area that houses the video card/s .
Definitely has enough space it seems, and I also like that you can run cables behind the motherboard easily. The ability to switch off LED lights (arguably the least important thing to look for in a case, I know) is kind of nice too. Here's a review: