AMD PC for photo & video work

It's been almost 6 years I got a new PC and I think there is no better time than now. Below are my requirements and a proposed build.

After doing some research, I hear this is the site that has a lot of experts and people give good reviews of this site. I am looking for constructive criticism and would apprecite your expertise...


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime in the next month or two

BUDGET RANGE: <= $900, after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily will be using for video and photo editing (use Adobe CS4/CS5, Adobe Light Room, Sony DVD Architect Studio, Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Nero 10, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, DVD RW

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU if possible, and full tower case

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I really don’t care as long as I get a PC that will fulfill my requirements

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I will be getting a 24" LCD in the coming weeks (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC and make this PC last me for a few years (3-5)


After reading a few posts, I am beginning to feel that I would require at least 4GB RAM, but I thought 8GB would be more than enough.

Note: This PC will not be used for gaming. I also want the possibility to add 2-3 internal HDD in the future


Here is what I thinking of getting:- proposed build.

Case: $89.99 - COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

Video Card: $134.99 - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130339

RAM: $214.99 - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8Q-8GBRM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231327

PSU: $89.99 ($20 rebate) - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466028

HDD: $74.99 - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.466028

CPU: $199.99 - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470531

MoBo: $99.99 - ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.470531


Total as of today (8/10) is $884.93 (include SH).

Also, do the components come with ancillary items e.g. HDD come with the cables, screws, etc.?

I have never put a PC together, but I have done a few component upgrades/changes to different PC in the past.

THANK YOU.
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  1. Your case will come with screws, your motherboard will come with all the cables, good build, and solid. Do you really need 8gigs of ram? 4 would be enough ;)
  2. Thanks for the info. The reason I went with 8GB of RAM was that reading multiple threads in this forum, I see that 4GB of RAM is the bare minimum, and to future-proof this machine, I went with 8GB.

    Is the brand G.SKILL Ripjaws Series a decent and relieable brand?
  3. sunnybwana said:
    Thanks for the info. The reason I went with 8GB of RAM was that reading multiple threads in this forum, I see that 4GB of RAM is the bare minimum, and to future-proof this machine, I went with 8GB.

    Is the brand G.SKILL Ripjaws Series a decent and relieable brand?

    The bare minimum? no no, 4gigs is fine! And it is a waste of money to get 8gigs, get four now and if you feel that you need more at a later date get more.
  4. So a 4GB (like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277) would be fine for what I will be doing i.e. video and photo editing. I will also be doing HD video work.

    Is the video card ok then or do I need to bump to a 1GB?
  5. Can someone please suggest a CPU Fans & Heatsink that would be best for my build? Again I am looking to purchase from NewEgg and here is the link to their page that lists all of them - http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=574&name=CPU-Fans-Heatsinks
  6. get the Xigmatek Dark Night,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&cm_re=dark_knigt-_-35-233-029-_-Product
    or
    NH-D14
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018&Tpk=nh-d14
    or
    Prolimatech Megahalems
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001&Tpk=megahalems
    or
    NH-C12P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608019

    the nh-d14 is the best though ;)

    note the mega needs fans.

    note, for noctua coolers, go to noctua.com and it will tell you all the mobos and ram it works with, as far as size, height...
  7. oh, also

    Coolermaster V6, V6GT, V8, V10 (v10 is overpriced, but it works good on OC cpus)
  8. WHY DO U WAMT A 9800 GTX+ WHICH IS A 4 YEAR OLD TECH, JUST PUT $15-20 & GET A HD 5770 WHICH IS BETTER IN EVERY RESPECT, THE CPU U SHOULD BUY IS PHENOM 2 965 JUST BECAUSE IT HAS HIGHER GHZ.
  9. sunnybwana I do 3D animation with 3D studio max and maya and i have a similar rig to what you want to build.
    (Antec1200 , 850watt corsair Hx , Asus M4A78-E , Phenom II 1055T@ 3ghz ,8 Gigs Kingston DDR 2 KVR 800Mhz , Evga 9800GTX+, Pioneer DVD 110A , Pioneer DVD 216D , Seagate 320 gig for os and desktop, 500 Gig WD black for photoshop scratch disk and renders , 2x TB WD blacks for music and movies.
    SB Audigiy. Its a great setup for what I do and I would say go for the extra ram , my OS never has to cache onto my HDs because of the extra ram (only occasionally in maya ) and the 1055T was a step up from the 945 that i previously had. I would defiantly get a better video card though anywhere in the range from a 5670 to a 5770, not only do they take less power and are faster then the 9800GTX+ (well the 5770 is ) but they offer eyefinity and for the type of work that you do that is something that mite interest you down the line. 1 more thing the Heat Sink/ Fan combo that comes with the 1055T is garbage , i didn't install it but one of my coworkers did and he said his machine is really noisy because of it , I installed this

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118052 and i get temps at 31 on idle and 37-40 on full load if your looking for a good cooler go here .
    http://www.frostytech.com/, they have tons of reviews for all the current sockets , what was cool about my cooler is i didn't have to take out my mobo from my case it came with attachments that supported the AMD heat sink retention frame. The only draw back is its really big. Hope this helps
  10. My link on newegg.ca didn't work here is the frostytech link to the cooler , when i got it , it was #9 on there top 10 list for best AMD coolers , it has since been bumped off the list but i think its still on there Top 10 for being one of the quietest.

    http://www.frostytech.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2497
  11. Alright, thanks to all for your help with the recommendations. I am soon going to post the system that I think will be final....

    Q: I am also looking to get a decent wireless -n router for <$100. I was thinking of getting the DIR-655 from NewEgg. What do you guys think? I hope I am able to use this with my LCD TV to be able to connect wirelessly.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833127215
  12. tony singh said:
    WHY DO U WAMT A 9800 GTX+ WHICH IS A 4 YEAR OLD TECH, JUST PUT $15-20 & GET A HD 5770 WHICH IS BETTER IN EVERY RESPECT, THE CPU U SHOULD BUY IS PHENOM 2 965 JUST BECAUSE IT HAS HIGHER GHZ.

    Dude, stop yelling.
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