Greetings from a noob builder. Thank you for taking the time to read through my fist ever build. This machine should be a fairly fast, but extremely stable/reliable system geared at heavy raw photo editing, handling/converting my AVCHD video files and 2D Autocad work. I am a first time builder and would consider sacrificing a bit of speed (if req’d) for overall stability/reliability/simplicity. I do not plan to tweak internal hardware much after initial build (unless req’d).
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon…as soon as possible (today is Jan 16, 2011)
APPROXIMATE BUDGET: US$ (1000- 1,200 (without OS and software) … less if possible (don’t want to spend any money on areas that I won’t see any return on investment.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Lightroom 3 (Raw photo processing of Canon 7d files), Photoshop CS4 (current) & possible CS5 (future), Autodesk Acad 2011, Sony Vegas 9 (AVCHD video editing/conversion from Canon HFS100 and video from Canon 7d hdslr), also trying to start populating my current dvd collection onto HDD for DVD media scenario with my AppleTV2, no gaming needs.
PARTS (EXISTING TO BE RE-USED): monitor (22” LCD LG W225), keyboard, mouse, (2) WD mybook home edition wd10000h1cs-00 External 1TB Hard drives (esata, usb2.0, firewire400)
PARTS NOT IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED: A future second (better/primary) monitor (22”-24” intended for photo editing) – do not consider in $1000-1200 budget allowance
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter (have a store within 45 minutes), others?
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: whatever works
PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU = Intel , MOBO = Asus or maybe Gigabyte, EVGA, Video Card = Nvidia, HDD = WD Caviar, Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda, RAM = Corsair, G-skill or equal, Case = ?, PSU = ?
OVERCLOCKING: no SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Have a 22” (1680x1050) now & would like to add another decent 22”-24” monitor soon – see above (don’t consider in budget allowance)
Currently pre-selected components:
Mid or full tower. Does not have to be overly fancy (prefer ease of install/functionality over looks)
* 750W overkill?
* Prefer to spend less if possible
CPU (no OC required):
Debated between I7(920/950) vs. I7 2600 (K or not) or I5 2500 (k or not). I was leaning towards the 1366 due to proven track record and ratings with less potential for compatibility issues, but I think in the end decided on the 1155. I appreciate your insite on this decision (may change everything).
Assuming that the consensus agrees with 1155 over 1366:
Would like to see (2)-esata (for 2 exist. external 1TB drives which have esata & firewire), maybe (2) USB 3.0 and a digital coaxial out (preferred but not a must), firewire?. Pretty much clueless on other slots I should be considering, etc.
* Any problems I may encounter with case?
* Will I need any extra cables if I plan on 3 HDD + 1 DVD (all SATA) not sure if SATA II or III (see notes below)
* Good, fast memory (not the best of the best or fastest of the fastest). Was thinking 12Gig of Triple channel , but now with 1155 (dual channel) I am not sure if 8Gig or 16gig. Working with 1Gig multilayered Photoshop files are not totally uncommon, not to mention 30+ min. AVCHD video files. Would (2) x 4Gig sticks seem like a logical choice if (8 now 16 later) approach is advised? Also, I have read a few posts regarding problems with 1600 speed ram with new chip – maybe 1333 DDR3 (CAS 7/8/9) would be easier on the budget anyway?
Per this site it appears that Support of open GL for Photoshop
Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 and likes – Nvidia w/ 512+ and I assume 1Gig. Better, but Sony Vegas Pro 10.0 benefits from CUDA (don’t have 10.0 and may never get 10.0…really only worried about 9.0 for now). Misc. cards thrown out in photo/video editing systems on site have been GTX260, GTX450, GTX460, GTX470, Quadro cards. I assume some or most of these cards are more than I need. I would like to run (2) monitors soon.
*500-1TB 7200 drive (SATA II or SATA III?) Any benefit from SATA III with a 7200prm drive/ buffer limitations?
* basically for occasional data back-ups as well as burning video
Financial note - would ideally like to keep build closer to $1000 than $1200, but not at the cost of reliability & modest to decent speed. Please advise.
Final note - I will be running Win7 Pro 64 (have seperate budget for OS + software upgrades) and would like to put something together which will serve me well for the next few years and with room to grow and keep up in terms of features, ie SATA III, USB 3.0, etc.
Thank you so much for your time and insight!! I eagerly await any of your thoughts.
Your build looks really great, I think that would probably be your best bet. The K is just so that if you plan to overclock then that'd be a good decision to get the K chips. If not then don't.
If this site can provide any insight (my personal site) check it out, there is a 1000$ budget build section and 1200$ budget build section. Personally follow the 1000$ with the exception of the SSD because your not exactly gaming like the $1200-$1500 one is aimed at.