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~$1300 CS5 Video Editing and Moderate Gaming Build

Hey I am trying to build my first computer and I would appreciate it if you guys could look over my build. The computer I am trying to build is a roughly $1300 computer for Video Editing in Adobe Premiere and AE CS5 with the capability to do moderate gaming. I have most of the parts selected but I am having a hard time deciding on the final build. I would really like it if you guys could look over the parts I have chosen to make sure this isn’t a terrible build. Also are there other parts like extra wires or cards I haven’t included that I would need to make this a working computer?

Approximate Purchase Date: This month or after sandy bridge comes out if the savings are worth it

Budget Range: $1300 but can go a little higher / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing in Adobe CS5 Premiere and AE and moderate gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reliable one

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences:
CPU: Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor, Socket LGA 1366 $294
Is the 950’s price worth it over say the 930?

GPU: MSI N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $210

I want a motherboard that would allow me to someday add another GTX 460. I have two motherboard and RAM configurations here that I think would be able to do that. I was wondering if anyone can tell me if either of these configurations is better than the other or if they are roughly the same.

MB: ASUS P6X58D-E $235 with
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL $200 or CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G $180


MB: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $210 with
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1333C9 $170

HDD: I am not sure what hard drives to buy but I have a few questions about them. I would like to spend under $200 on HDDs so if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.
Is it worth buying 3 HDD's, one for OS/ Programs, another for Source footage, and a final one for Rendering? How much difference would I see with this compared to a 2 HDD set up?
Also is setting up 3 HDDs complicated? I have never done anything with RAID before and truthfully I am not really sure what it is.
My final question about HDDs is, is getting a SSD drive worth it for video editing? I would not be switching programs or having more programs running than just premiere or AE at one time. Would I actually see a performance increase in rendering or playback?

PSU: I think with roughly this set up and to make sure that in the future I can get duel GPU’s I will need around 700W hopefully costing ~$100. If anyone has any good product suggestions they would be appreciated.

Case: I am not picky about style or size I am just looking for something that everything will fit in and not get to hot. Once again suggestions would be appreciated.

Fans: I am not sure if I need to get extra fans, do cases normally come with enough fans to cool a system like this?

Soundcard: I know most MB’s these days come with soundcards already in them. Are these sound cards actually any good? I really like good quality audio; do you guys think it would be worth it to buy a different sound card? And if so do you have any suggestions about which to buy?

Overclocking: Probably in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Probably in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 on the main monitor and a lower res secondary.

Additional Comments: Obviously I have quite a few questions here so don’t feel pressured to answer them all, any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Or if you have other build suggestions that are completely different or similar to this one I will be sure to take a look at them.

Thanks for your time,
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  3. Best answer
    everyone has good points here...

    don't forget though that Adobe products seem to perform much better on Intel platforms... and with a ~$1300 budget... you should definitely go with the more powerful Intel X58 route

    here's my recommendation for a ~$1300 video-editing/gaming monster:
    - ASUS DVD burner: $17
    - Antec 300 Illusion /w 3x120mm fans: $70 ($50 after mir)
    - 2 x WD Caviar Black 640GB SATA6 7200rpm 64MB cache: $140 ($70 each) -> you can RAID 0 them for a 1.28TB fast 'video-editing' drive (make sure you have a backup option) or a 640GB RAID 1 (mirror) for a 'fault-tolerance' drive... your choice
    - Corsair 60GB SSD /w 3.5" bracket: $125 ($105 after mir) -> you won't regret it.. it'll change your PC experience forever.. an app like Adobe Premier will load in a blink of an eye..!
    - Corsair 650TX: $90 ($70 after mir)
    - Gigabyte X58A-UD3R /w SATA6 USB3: $200 -> stick with the Gigabyte.. this one is highly recommended, has more SATA, eSATA + firewire ports than most at that price range.. all great for your video editing + fast file transfer needs + options
    - Intel Core i7-950: $295
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR3 1333 12GB (3x4GB): $160
    - XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB: $300

    TOTAL: $1,397 (before rebates :))

    with the slight modifications from your original configuration... the price has dropped to allow for that $300 sweet-spot filled in by the new R6950... a much bigger upgrade than the GTX 460... and you have a killer hard drive configuration to play around with for your specific needs...
  4. although if you're just a casual gamer... get a cheaper video card (like the R6850 or GTX 460 1GB you mentioned)... and save some money and get below $1300...
  5. Thanks everyone for your help, it has been extremely useful.
    Here is hopefully my final build, i would appreciate it if you guys could double check it for me. Also are there any spare wires i might need to make everything work? Or is that just something i will need to deal with once i have all the parts and find out things don't reach.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor, Socket LGA 1366 $294
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC Video Card $210
    MB: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $210
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL $160
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $70X2
    PSU: Rosewill RV2-700 700W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V SLI Ready Power Supply $60
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $50
    CD/DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM $17
    Extras: Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound $5

  6. those 640GB WD Caviar Blue's are the exact same price as the 640GB WD Caviar Black's... so that's a no brainer - get the Black's -> 64mb cache/SATA6 vs 16mb/SATA3 cache on the Blue's...

    and i'd stick to a power supply from Antec, SeaSonic or Corsair

    if you're going with a GTX 460.. you don't need a 700w PSU... try this:
    - Corsair 500w: $60 ($50 after mir)
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