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Advice for first i7-950 build

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November 12, 2010 1:17:05 AM

Hello,
I am upgrading from my 2002 Pentium 4 and I want to start doing HD video Editing.
This will be our main family computer and media centre.
I am interested in a quiet PC and I plan on keeping this computer for many years so I want to future proof as much as possible.
I expect this is overkill for my current needs but if it lasts me 8 years like my last one then I am happy.
This is my first build and I have learned a lot from this site and there is even more to learn??

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: November 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $2000 - $2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Sage TV Server, Blue Ray, HD video editing, photo editing,

REUSING PARTS: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor Samsung SyncMaster 245BW 1920 x 1200

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) / SHOP FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Unlikely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

PARTS: I put this together about a month ago and decided to wait for the Radeon 6000

CPU: Intel Core i7-950

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E
or
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
The Asus does not have esata but otherwiswe seems highly recommended. Should I care there is no esata?

RAM: Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
I can't remember which site recommended this memory?

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850
I picked this one for its lifetime warranty and I understand it can also do some of the processing for HD.
Should I get a 6850 or 6870 instead? Currently, this computer will not be used for much gaming. Are these overkill for me?

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive
For boot drive.

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
2 F3 drives in RAID 1 for stuff I want backed up.
1 F3 drive for Sage TV files and stuff I don't need backed up.

PSU: SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W
I don't expect to need a second graphics card

Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case

DVD: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler
I wonder if I need this right away or if I should add it later?

I also have not figured out what I should get for fans for the case and the cooler.

TV: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
Hauppauge HD PVR High Definition Personal Video Recorder 1212 USB 2.0 Interface
SageTV HD Theater 300

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Am I missing anything?
Thoughts?
Any changes I should consider?

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November 12, 2010 5:46:47 AM

Some suggestions -

Mobo - Get this one, has 5 years warranty and is equally good
ASUS Sabertooth X58
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - Get this one...even the one you have listed is very good, this is as good and cheaper
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU - How abt the one with 7 years warranty ?
Corsair 650HX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

SSD - These are also good options -
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

HDD - why not the 2TB for backup ?
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Video card - IMO those are not required...get the HD 5670, it would suffice and anyways you can replace them easily if you want to...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

BD - Just a little more for the Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 12, 2010 6:05:24 AM

AMD version

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...


If you game get a GTX 460/HD 6850/HD 5870.


SeaSonic X650 Gold (or the Corsair above)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze (modular)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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November 12, 2010 7:33:43 AM

Thanks gkay09 and mosox

I think I will stick with Intel this time.

So, the Sabertooth is $50 cheaper, 2 years longer warranty, has eSATA and misses out on some of the overclocking features compared to the P6X58D-E.

The G.SKILL runs at 1600 rather than 1333 and is $18 cheaper.

Both recommended 650W rather than the 750W I had. The Corsair adds 2 years more warranty is Bronze rated and saves $50. The Seasonic 650W saves $30 and keeps the same 5year warranty and Gold rating.

How important is the Gold vs Bronze rating?

Did you recommend the G.Skill or OCZ SSD for any reason other than price? The Crucial looks like it has faster reads and slower writes which I figured would be better for an OS drive?

Spinpoint F4 vs F3. I originally was going to go with 2 500Gb drives and decided to go crazy with 2 1TB drives for $24 each extra. My plan is to use one for my important data and have it backed up with Raid 1. I understand I need 2 identical drives for Raid and I still want them to be fast. The F4 is 5400rpm. Is it not slower than the F3 at 7200RPM?

The LG looks like a better choice for BlueRay. Does it come with software to play BlueRay?

Thanks for your suggestions.
November 12, 2010 7:51:44 AM

^ Mobo - Sabertooth is a very good choice IMO

PSU - Gold vs Bronze rating doesnt matter much, but IMO 2 years additional warranty matters though, that is the reason why I suggest the Corsair...

OCZ, GSKillz SSD mainly for the price...

HDD - For a storage drive, 5400RPM would suffice IMO...but its your call though...
And get the HDD from here, saves good money...
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&tit...

BD - I doubt it come with software as its an OEM drive...
November 12, 2010 5:58:22 PM

I would consider using NVIDIA for its CUDA. More Video Editing Applications are coming out with CUDA support these days. HD is achievable by pretty average GPU's these days. Most consumer video editing applications still rely on the CPU for the majority of what they do. The GPU plays a limited role in some things and practically nothing at all if there is no CUDA support.
November 12, 2010 7:35:57 PM

Wamphryi said:
I would consider using NVIDIA for its CUDA. More Video Editing Applications are coming out with CUDA support these days. HD is achievable by pretty average GPU's these days. Most consumer video editing applications still rely on the CPU for the majority of what they do. The GPU plays a limited role in some things and practically nothing at all if there is no CUDA support.


Thanks Wamphryi, can you recommend a model. I have not really figured out GPU's nor CUDA but I do want to do some video editing.

I am also hoping to display BlueRay dvd's on my 50" Panasonic Plasma. Do I just need a BlueRay optical device and a gpu with HDMI?
What software do I need for BluRay?

Thanks for your help!
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