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The dream HD Video editing workstation ($1400-1800)

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August 21, 2010 5:06:41 AM

Hi everyone,
Recently with the help of our gurus I finished building a system for my daughter…It was a great enriching experience.
Now, it’s my turn to have my dream machine!!
Here is my next HD Video editing workstation, let me know what do you think?

CPU Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930

GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB DDR5 PCIE2 256B

MoBo ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366

PSU XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W

HDD 2x1TB SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3

DVD/CD Drive Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B 24X Dual Layer DVD

Case Antec Nine Hundred Two

CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

Sound Card M-AUDIO Audiophile 2496 24-bit 96KHz

Memory
I need 12 GB; I prefer (3 x 4 GB) kit that allows room for expansion over (6 x 2 GB). Beside as I understand “the X58 boards can only run at 1333 max with all 6 slots full and this must be forced in the BIOS”!! Also, I wonder if the difference between 1600 and 1333 equal the diff in the price tag!
I can’t make up my mind, I need some help here.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon
BUDGET RANGE: ($1400-1700).
SYSTEM USAGE: HD Video Editing, After Effects (CS5) and audio recording. It’ll not be used in gaming!
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitors, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I use Newegg as standard but I’m going to shop around.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 930
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

All inputs and suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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August 21, 2010 5:15:41 AM

Looks good, although if you're not planning to add any more graphics cards later then a 550 W PSU should be enough. I'd try to get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus instead of the AC Freezer 7 Pro as well, preferably from a site other then newegg. If you're serious about overclocking you might want a Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B or Thermalright Venomous-X.

Normally there's little difference between the price of 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz kits but once you start reaching 4 GB modules then it becomes quite a bit more pricey. Here's a CL9 1333 MHz kit for $269:

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 21, 2010 5:47:03 AM

Thanks Lmeow for your input.
The price on that Ram (Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 MHz) is really great and will save a lot for me!! But do you think the performance will drop that much from 1600?
I’m going to use one GPU but I want to be careful as I can with the PSU..But may be you are right it is over kill!!
I’m concern about the size of the cooler; I don’t want to cover some of the ram slots! Do you think that will not be an issue with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (I know the fan is 120mm but I don’t see the outer dimension)
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August 21, 2010 6:28:29 AM

There's virtually no difference between 1600 MHz and 1333 MHz except in benchmarks. The fan should be 25 mm thick. Those RAM modules have very low heatspreaders, I doubt they'll interfere with the Silverlines.
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August 21, 2010 7:25:51 AM

That sounds great…So, I’ll go with the Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 12GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 MHz. and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.
I think I’m going to stick with XFX Black 750W for future proof or "Proximon" will think he wasted his time teaching us about the best PSUs!!
The remaining question is SSD Now or wait!! There is an anticipation of major change in the character and the prices of solid drivers by the end of the year!!
And my plan was to install the OS on a partition and later on clone it to SSD!! Do you have any recommendation? Go for it now or rather wait?
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August 22, 2010 8:54:37 PM

Best answer selected by sasado.
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August 23, 2010 4:53:36 AM

If you can wait, I don't see why not. If you can't, SSDs seem to be quite a lot cheaper than before.
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June 24, 2011 4:10:06 PM

sasado said:
Hi everyone,
Recently with the help of our gurus I finished building a system for my daughter…It was a great enriching experience.
Now, it’s my turn to have my dream machine!!
Here is my next HD Video editing workstation, let me know what do you think?

CPU Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930

GPU Gigabyte GeForce GTX460-1 GB DDR5 PCIE2 256B

MoBo ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366

PSU XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W

HDD 2x1TB SAMSUNG SPINPOINT F3

DVD/CD Drive Sony Optiarc AD-7240S-0B 24X Dual Layer DVD

Case Antec Nine Hundred Two

CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2

Sound Card M-AUDIO Audiophile 2496 24-bit 96KHz

Memory
I need 12 GB; I prefer (3 x 4 GB) kit that allows room for expansion over (6 x 2 GB). Beside as I understand “the X58 boards can only run at 1333 max with all 6 slots full and this must be forced in the BIOS”!! Also, I wonder if the difference between 1600 and 1333 equal the diff in the price tag!
I can’t make up my mind, I need some help here.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon
BUDGET RANGE: ($1400-1700).
SYSTEM USAGE: HD Video Editing, After Effects (CS5) and audio recording. It’ll not be used in gaming!
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitors, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I use Newegg as standard but I’m going to shop around.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 930
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

All inputs and suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks in advance


This sounds alot like what I am wanting. Does anybody make this similar config that I can custom and buy it from them ready to go?
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