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My 1st build: i7 for photo/video editing, and some gaming

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November 26, 2010 9:54:36 PM



What do you think of this build for manipulating lots of big files in Photoshop CS5 and a moderate amount of HD and SD video editing (mainly in Premier Pro CS5), and a little bit of gaming? Any thing look like it won't work? Any cost savings or low-cost performance boosts I missed? I am thinking I can install Windows, Photoshop, and maybe Premier on the SSD. Hopefully I have some room left that I can use the remainder of the SSD space as a scratch disk for Photoshop. I have never built a system before, but have worked on them in the past and done plenty of card swaps, memory upgrades, etc. Any tips? Thanks!

Public Wishlist name "Ryans i7"

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November 26, 2010 10:13:00 PM

My two biggest worries are that the PSU won't be enough especially if I want to add another video card down the road, and that the case will be too cramped. The total price is around $2000 right now but I have a little wiggle room, no hard budget.
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November 26, 2010 10:36:46 PM

Looks like a very competent PC.

I think the GTX470 is about right. I understand that nvidia CUDA support is helpful for photoshop. If you think you might want more, get a GTX480 or GTX580 up front.
Any of them will run on a good 600w psu. I do not like to prepare for sli if you don't need to.

If you think you want to plan on sli any way, get a quality psu of 750w.
My short list of quality psu's would include Corsair, Seasonic, PC P&C, XFX, and Antec.
I would jump on the seasonic X750. Modular, gold certified efficiency, and top quality. Use promo code emczznt45 for a $50 discount :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If that is no longer available, look at the XFX750:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Asus rampage III is a fine motherboard, but more expensive than it needs to be for you. Triple sli capability is not needed.
The sabretooth will do the job as well at half the price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I like the 5 year warranty too.

Any high end build should include a oem cpu cooler. Most any will do. It will let your cpu run cooler and quieter. If you OC, and it is easy on X58 motherboards, a cooler will let you go higher and easier.
Today, you can't beat the CM hyper 212 for $15 after rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nothing wrong with the case, all will fit.

As to advice for a first time builder, download and read the motherboard and case manuals.. cover to cover. Many issues will be answered, and some raised.
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