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Rate custom build computer system under $2500

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December 6, 2010 2:38:22 AM

Hello, 1st time trying to build a system. I need a video editing system under $2500... thanks for all your help.

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 Processor $299.97

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium $294.99

RAM: should I get 12gb or 24gb & why? thanks...
Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 240-pin DIMM $274.99

Video Card: GeForce GTX 470 $309.97

Hard Drive: WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gbs $112.99 x 2 hard drives

Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray Writer 16x DVD /-R/RW Write Drive LightScribe SATA $129.99

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 or 932
922M Mid-Tower Case $99.97
932 Full Tower Case $139.97

Power Supply: Corsair 700W, ATX, 140mm Fan $109.99

Not sure if I should get Windows 7 (Home Premium 64BIT or Professional 64BIT) ?
I have not looked for a monitor yet but will be getting a full HD 1080p screen.
Also, if you have any knowledge of any &/or all parts I've chosen, their advantages &/or disadvantages is very much appreciated... Thanks
December 6, 2010 6:53:46 AM

Some suggestions - Have you checked in other stores ? They offer better pricing on many parts...

Mobo - Get this ASUS X58 Sabertooth
you can club the combo with the Mushkin 12GB RAM(24GB is not required)

CASE - IMO the 922 would suffice or this one is very similar to the 922 - HAF 912

PSU - If you might go with another 470 in SLI later on, then get the 750TX
Or this

HDD - IMO this would be better - Samsung F3 1TB

GPU - Cheaper here

OS - Depends, just confirm whether the apps that you would use, needs the PRO or not then make the purchase...
December 6, 2010 4:41:08 PM

Thanks for your response gkay09

Yes I have checked other stores & Tiger will price match so that's not an issue. I need good support (Tiger Direct or Canada Computer) cause they will put it together and I have no clue about computers or even how to install windows, and yes, I'm a dummy when it comes to computers... lol... I just need a clean install cause this will be a workstation with no internet access, I have my laptop for that. I will use CS5 and maybe try Avid too for video editing. Besides the price,

1) what is the difference between the motherboards (ASUS Sabertooth X58 and ASUS P6X58D Premium) ?

2) as for ram, was told, maxing ram will improve stability and performance when video editing, so would 24gb over 12gb be worth it? I dont want to regret buying another under power rig by saving a couple hundred $, also, you picked DDR3-1333 over DDR3-1600 that I found online, isn't more power better?

3) mid tower is fine, so there is no need for a full tower, is that correct?

4) ok, 750w psu is better :)  didn't know what SLI was, but guessing, to run 2 video cards? when is this a benefit?

5) you wrote "HDD - IMO this would be better - Samsung F3 1TB"... what is IMO?
hope this chart works below... crossing fingers... lol
Hard Drive: ~ Samsung F3 ~ WD1002FAEX
Interface: ~ SATA-3G ~ SATA 6Gb/s is this better?
Buffer Memory: ~ 32MB ~ 64MB doubled is this good?
Data Transfer Rate on Serial ATA: ~ 300 MB/sec ~ 126 MB/s is this bad?
according to specs, which is better to have SATA3 or SATA6?

6) GTX 470 Superclocked? advantages and disadvantages of a Superclocked over the base GTX 470?

7) OS... I researched MS for the difference in windows 7:
home premium 64bit maxes ram @ 16gb (which would be ok if I only install 12gb)
and professional 64bit maxes ram @ 192gb (allows to max 24gb if it benefits editing)
is this correct?

once again thanks
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December 7, 2010 2:35:21 AM

^ I think even ncix does "Full PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty", but if you are comfortable with other stores and also as they price match, then its fine...
As for your questions,
1) The Sabertooth has very similar features except that it doesnt have power VRM for high overclocks(Which is not required as you might not overclock, but even if you want to try, the Sabertooth is good enough for say upto 4GHz without any issues)
And the Premium has Dual Ethernet which also would be of very little use,...Other than these, there is not much difference,...
But the advantage that Sabertooth has over the Premium is the 5 years warranty compared to the 3 years on Premium...

2) Till what I have seen, rendering and 3D apps take better advantage of more RAM,... Video editing is more dependent on the CPU cores,...But anyways you can add more RAM even if you want to later on without having to change anything on the PC(Just pop in the RAM and it is good to go, no change in settings or installing anything)

3) Yes, Mid Tower is fine, also that HAF 922 is a BIG Mid Tower, so you wont have any space issues and also has very good airflow...

4) PSU - Seeing your requirements, I doubt you would need to go SLI, a single 470 would do just fine, so you wont need that 750W IMO,... Get the Corsair 650TX instead, has plenty of power for single card config and give some headroom for other upgrades...

5) IMO - In my opinion.
As for the HDDs,
Interface -> It is just a marketing gimmick by companies...Mechanical HDDs have yet to saturate SATA 3GB/s speeds, so going with SATA 6GB/s has no effect.
Buffer -> Generally more the better, but when taking into account the overall performance, the F3s with 32MB offer as good or in some cases even better performance than the Black

6) Superclocked - These have higher clock speeds.
Advantage - Faster
Disadvantage - Might pull comparitively more power and give out more heat, but if the overclock is not much, then the difference would be minimal.
Also wanted to ask why did you pick out the GTX 470 initially ? Any specific reason ?

7) OS - Yes you are correct about the memory limitation, and as you might go over 16GB, better to get the PRO
December 7, 2010 6:59:11 AM

System requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 is the reason for choosing "GTX 470" graphics card which is supported for GPU acceleration. It offers significant additional acceleration by the Mercury Playback Engine using the NVIDIA CUDA technology, blazing performance and a fluid editing experience, also accelerates rendering and encoding, more info @
plus its cheaper than spending $1000 for a Quadro card... lol
also, the Benchmark of the High End Video Card Performance Test top 4
I still dont understand all this computer language (copy & paste from the links I have, but I'm guessing this is an awesome card.

Forgot to ask bout this in the original post, is this necessary or required? Hyper 212 Plus
December 7, 2010 9:18:00 AM

^ Hmmm, was about to confirm the same...
As for the cooler, if you wont overclock, then the stock cooler would suffice, but with an aftermarket cooler, the CPU would run cooler...