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a b B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2010 7:07:17 PM

I have been doing a TON of research for months and I was really hoping to get some feedback on this system I am about to order from Newegg. I will be using CS5 Premiere and After Effects, AVCHD video, no overclocking or RAID, and hope to take advantage of CUDA and Mercury playback engine…

(1)Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 $284.99
(1) GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
(1) GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $219.99
(2) G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $309.98
(1) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $109.99
(1) COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $129.98
(1) Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler $39.99
(3) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $224.97 (three separate discs for media, exports and proj files, and scratch/media/page file)
(1) Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $179.99 (OS and Programs…higher 10,000 RPM speed)
(1) ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor $189.99
(1) Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / SATA Power $21.99

Total $1,931.84

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2010 8:35:18 PM

There is an i7 950 that is not much more expensive and a little faster.

Raptors are outdated. For the same price you can get a 90GB OCZ Vertex2, Corsair Force or Gskill Phoenix SSD which is a much faster boot drive.

Seasonic has a silver certified 750W PSU for the same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 12:16:56 PM

Excellent, thank you for the advice! I'll look into it now. Since I posted this I also upgraded the PS to 850w and replaced the 12gb memory (six 2gb dimms) to 12 gb with three 4gb dimms.
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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 12:25:28 PM

I looked on Newegg but can't find any of those brands that are 10,000 RPM. I definitely want my boot drive to be 10k RPM and it looks like my options are Western Digital, Lenovo, IBM, HP, Axiom, and Cisco.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 3:50:17 PM

SSDs are not hard drives, they are RAM Disks. There is no RPM, nothing spins. They are far faster than any physically spinning platter.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 3:55:17 PM

Completely agree with dndhatcher. SSDs are an order of magnitude faster than 10k rpm drives. Check out this article on the new VRs (from Anandtech).

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While you are getting much more storage for your dollar with the VelociRaptor, a higher performance alternative would be to combine a good SSD with a 1TB drive. Using the SSD for your OS and apps, and the TB drive for all of your music, photos, videos and games. It's this sort of configuration that I use in my personal desktop (except I have two 1TB drives in RAID-1).


If you're unfamiliar with SSDs, here are a few articles for an overview:
Anandtech's SSD Relapse - a good overview of the technology, but a few months old, so the product recommendations are a bit dated.
bit-tech SSD Buyer's Guide - pretty recent, good overview of the various controllers
techreport article on SSD value - recent, includes comparisons vs. traditional HDDs.
Anandtech article about the C300's value compared to other drives
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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 6:19:50 PM

I complete missed the SSD part!!! I am familiar with them and I definitely agree on what you have said. I will look into them now.

Thanks again!
Ben
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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 6:20:04 PM

Best answer selected by Jacobson.
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