AMD Phenom x6 II 1055TD Evo multimedia build

My Dell XPS 435T got fired when a brown-out happened while updating the BIOS. After taking it to two repair shops and talking to Dell to replace the CPU and/or MB, I decided to have another computer built. Since I'm my mother's caretaker, I will have someone else build the computer. i plan to edit/recode video for a possible new business in the new year and I do write and do heavy Internet research. A local computer shop recommended the following build. I have recreated it as best as possible from NewEgg's stock. The computer shop doesn't want to use any parts from my Dell that aren't Dell-specifc so I may have a relative who does this on the side build it if he has time. The build follows:

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case

ASUS M4A87TD Evo AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II x6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6x512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -- Bare

Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Drive -- Bare

Crucial Real SSD C300 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLS Solid State Drive

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (pc-10666) Desktop Memory

Gigabyte Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Lite-On Black 24x DVD-R 8x DVD-RW

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W Contonuous Power ATX12V V2.3/EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 Plus Bronze PFC Power Supply

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-pack for System Builders -- OEM

The total price for this system is currently $973.86.

My Dell system has a SoundBlaster X-FI Sound Card that I want to add to this build, a 16x DVD-RW drive, a DVD-ROM drive, and an ATI Radwon 4870 video card.

It's important for this system to be as silent as possible as it will sit right at my feet and being a pianist, I have exceptional hearing.

I'm not sure about the Power Supply due to several specifc negative reviews on NewEgg. Any help on this is appreciated.

Also, do I actually need the SSD since I've read reviews earlier this year that indicated the performance didn't justify the expense.

Also, I have a Hiatchi 750GB 7200RPM drive from the Dell that housed both apps and data. I'm not sure if it's good or not since Windows 7 Ultimate showed it as red before the CPU and/or motherboard got fried.

My last question is do I need Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 7 Professional? When I researhced my last system 15-24 months, PC World, PC Magazine, Extreme Tech, Toms and the forums all agreed that Ultimate was better for video encoding work. Is this still considered reliable or will Windows 7 Pro be as good? I know that Ultimate was better in Windows Media Center for DVR/TV recording. I have been and will continue to use open-source software, so any suggestions along those lines will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. Edit: Also, I'm concerned about the card suggested by the computer shop. After looking it up on NewEgg, this particular video card, Gigabyte Radeon 5450 1GB, seems to have problems being recognized by Windows 7 and Ubuntu, my particular flavor of Linux. That's why I'm wondering if my Radeon 4870 HD 1GB card would work in the new build. I had no problems with it in the Dell. Thanks again.
  2. 1. Reuse that HD 4870
    2. Consider Rosewill Green 630 + Destroyer combo $95
    3. If u stay near a Microcenter consider 1055T + MSI 870A-G54 bundle @ $220?
  3. I agree to reuse that 4870. it is much more powerful than the 5450 recommended by the shop.

    The Solid state drive is probably not necessary although that is a good option. At only 64 GB you will probably fill it up with programs quick. Especially if you partition it and dual boot linux/windows. It will be faster than a mechanical drive but it might not be required.

    The case/power supply suggested by batuchka is also a good option.
  4. Well if TS just had to have a SSD i'd rather take this $99AR 60GB Sandforce based one ^^
  5. if you get the SSD, you won't need both the 2TB *and* the 320 GB. you could add the $42 for the 320 GB to the $139 for the overkill Crucial SSD and get the Mushkin Callisto 90 GB SSD for $179.99. 90 GB will not fill up as fast as 64 will.
  6. batuchka said:
    Well if TS just had to have a SSD i'd rather take this $99AR 60GB Sandforce based one ^^

    For some reason, I was thinking the Crucial one was based on Sandforce. While the Crucial one offers decent performance and some of the highest read throughput, it suffers in write performance (for the 64GB model). The sandforce controller the OCZ is based on is usually considered the best available controller.

    You can read about the Crucial drive in this Tom's Hardware review.,2705.html
  7. This drive is currently on sale for $95 after promo code on newegg but only for the next 10 hours. It is also based on the sandforce controller
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    promocode 24HRSALE1215B
  8. I want to again shout Thanks to everyone for their help. The SSD was being sold as a way to speed up paging and even through sleep-fogged brain that afternoon -- after a sleepless night up with Mom and a long day shuttle around re computer --, I wasn't sure of the need for the SSD AND the 320GB HD. I guess my concern is performance=money reasonableness. This is after all a replacement for a computer bought less than 15 months ago. At this time, I'm not sure if the speed of SSD versus the money is justifable since it takes funds for other needs. Still an open mind and a great deal of respectfful reverence for the gurus who help here at TH based on prior help from TH gurus.
    I have several links to digest info. Again big THANKS for all the help so far.
  9. Waiting on SSDs isn't a bad thing either - in the enterprise scene Sandforce actually has SATA 6GB/s SSDs so it could be that at some time we could see it trickle down to the mainstream/desktop scene? Yep u are welcomed and cheers
    Sandforce has announced its release of a new SATA3 SSD processor that is capable of, not only equaled 500MB/s read and write speeds, but also, random read and write IOPS at the 4k random transfer level will sustain an unbelievable rate of 60k.

    The topic was the announcement of new SandForce line of SF-2000 processors at the enterprise and industrial level but even Kent agreed that such a conversation wouldn’t be possible without a bit of ‘spillage’ into the consumer area.

    The trend has always been such that enterprise and business get first kick at the cat followed by the consumer so keep an eye open for manufacturer news on their new SandForce SATA3 release any time soon.
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