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August 4, 2010 4:35:38 AM

Posted here about a month ago, ordered parts, but order cancelled. Made some changes and would like feedback.

Will be using Avid Media Composer for digital editing. This software requires Intel processor. Too many issues using AMD. Thus, the processor must be Intel.

My primary goal is to build a very reliable computer. Will not be over-clocking. Will be editing HD, thus and the recommended video card must be NVidia Quatro FX 1800 or better.

I posed a few questions on the build. Please feel free to respond to any of them.

I will be buying the parts within the next day or so.

Intel Core i7-930 $289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $284.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Memory
CORSAIR XMS 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Ultra Stable Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1333C8 $184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are running combo specials (see link beneath) on this board and memory. Are any of the selections on this site better than what I chose as far as reliability goes?

Motherboard and memory Combo deals - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...

Graphics Card $449.99 (Will not be buying at this moment. Price usually is $50 less...may shop around.)

PNY VCQFX1800-PCIE-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard drive A - for programs and OS
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard drive B – for files and storage
Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $199.99



Power supply (This is probably overkill, but will most likely upgrade graphic card and other parts eventually)

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $168.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $169
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



2 DVD Burners (Are these burners any good?.... could I get something more reliable or better quality?)

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $1930.89 (if I included graphic card, which I will shop around for.)





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August 4, 2010 5:29:41 AM

This would be my suggestion -
i7 930 + ASUS Rampage III Gene(I dont see you using more than 1 card, so the mATX factor wont be an issue and as for this board, IMO this is a better buy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
Without combos, this is cheaper and is better with better timings...
Mushkin DDR3 1333MHz CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 1000W ?? Well even for GTX 480 SLI, you wont need that...
Get this
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W - This can run 2x HD 5870 gaming cards, so any workstation card wont be a problem and also this is one of the best 80+ Gold Certified PSUs and very silent...
10% off w/ promo code psu0813, ends 8/16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - IMO this would be a better buy -
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just check the added features that this one has...
And as for space, this can fit any card out there even the 12.5" Long HD 5970...And has very good airflow...

HDD - IMO the WD Black is better - but you might want to go RAID 0 or have an external backup of your work as mechanical drives can fail and will lead to loss of data...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For OS and apps - IMO a SSD would better suit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$1270 Not including the graphic card...And there is no compromise in quality or features with the above build...

Video card - You might want to check out this
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-quadro-4000-us.htm...
http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html
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August 4, 2010 5:58:08 PM

gkay09 said:
This would be my suggestion -
i7 930 + ASUS Rampage III Gene(I dont see you using more than 1 card, so the mATX factor wont be an issue and as for this board, IMO this is a better buy)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
Without combos, this is cheaper and is better with better timings...
Mushkin DDR3 1333MHz CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - 1000W ?? Well even for GTX 480 SLI, you wont need that...
Get this
SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W - This can run 2x HD 5870 gaming cards, so any workstation card wont be a problem and also this is one of the best 80+ Gold Certified PSUs and very silent...
10% off w/ promo code psu0813, ends 8/16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - IMO this would be a better buy -
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Just check the added features that this one has...
And as for space, this can fit any card out there even the 12.5" Long HD 5970...And has very good airflow...

HDD - IMO the WD Black is better - but you might want to go RAID 0 or have an external backup of your work as mechanical drives can fail and will lead to loss of data...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For OS and apps - IMO a SSD would better suit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$1270 Not including the graphic card...And there is no compromise in quality or features with the above build...

Video card - You might want to check out this
http://www.nvidia.com/object/product-quadro-4000-us.htm...
http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_family.html


Thanks for the MB and other computer part info.

Could I get by without a video card for now and put one in later? I won't be using this computer for video editing until September or later. I would mostly be using this computer for Web Browsing and MS OFfice type applications for now.

The NVidia Quadro FX 4,000 list for $2,195, Would be better off buying a I7 980x processor.

Not sold on SDD yet. Reading too many articles about hassles people are having with them.
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August 5, 2010 12:52:09 AM

Turns out Quadro 4000 is a new card that replaces the Quadro FX 3800. It sells for $800 +. Thanks for the heads up on that one.
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August 5, 2010 4:28:22 AM

^^ The X58 boards dont come with onboard video, so you would have to get one...
Maybe this card would hold on till then...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And as for the SSD, what issues that are majorly reported ?? If it is performance degradation, then those are very much non-existent with the current ones...
Read about them here - www.anandtech.com

And Yes the Quadro 4000 is not Quadro FX 4000...It is the newer card, based on Fermi...
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August 5, 2010 1:27:01 PM

Performance degradation is not my primary concern for not using SSD. Rather, my main goal is to build a stable machine that hopefully won't have any issues. I checked out the reviews on the two SSD's you recommended and compared them to the VelociRapter. The first SSD and the VelociRaptor both get 78% approval rating of 5. The second SSD has 100% of 5, but only has about 8 reviews. So, it's difficult to get a handle on this SSD. When I compared the bottom 1 and 2 ratings for the first SSD and the VelociRapter the ratings don't compare as well. The VelociRapter gets 8% 1 and 2's while the SSD gets 15%. That's almost double the disapproval rating.

I have a general question about building these computers. It seems value is an important element in these builds. Having the latest and greatest is not so important. Probably because a lot of these extra features are non-essential. Is another reason because many builder often replace parts every couple years? Say the motherboard or processor might be considered slow in a couple years, so you replace them?

Do you have a keyboard and mouse you might recommend?
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August 6, 2010 4:23:41 AM

Hmm I would not totally go with the reviews based on newegg...
More than the approval, you should check out the performance difference...

As for your question, it totally depends on the user...Some people are still content with 5 or 6 year old machines and it still does what they want to do...
So if your requirements changes, that will decide if you would want to upgrade or buy a new PC...

And a good wireless KB and Mouse
http://www.pcconnectionexpress.com/IPA/Shop/Product/Det...

Or this mouse
http://www.meritline.com/microsoft-wireless-laser-mouse...
And a good standard KB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 6, 2010 2:45:48 PM

Thanks for all your help.
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August 6, 2010 2:46:16 PM

Best answer selected by NikosN.
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