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
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.
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.
^ If you are willing to wait till the SB comes out, then certainly do,...
From the performance previews, the i5 SBs are as powerful as the current-gen i7s, so it might be a good idea to first check how they perform and then make the purchase,...
Here are some suggestions for rest of the build,...
Choose a 700W+ PSU if you want some headroom,...
Brands - Antec TP / Corsair TX/ Silverstone/ Seasonic/ XFX
HDD Setup - SSDs would be very good photo editing as they are very suitable as scratch disk, but for video editing I am not sure,... but in general they would speed up the launch of apps, significantly reduce app load and boot up times,...
Fans - Good cases do come with sufficient fans, but generally more the better but would have to make sure that you dont go overboard and it would lead to noise issue,...
Sound - The onboard these days are very good, only if you are a audiophile or have an exotic speaker setup, then go with a sound card,...
- 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
- 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
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...
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.