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January 21, 2011 12:08:11 AM

I want to build my first desk top. I looked at macs and found I can get similar performance with a custom build for around $700 cheaper. So my question is are the parts I choose going to work together? Did I pick a sufficient case? Will this be sufficient for minor photo,video,and music projects? This the list I came up with:
2.93 GHz Quad core Intel i7 870
Corsair xms3 8 gb 1333 ddr3 SD RAM 4x2
Samsung spinpoint F3R HE 1035 1tb sata hard drive
ATI radeon hd 5750 1gb gddr5 sdram graphs card
Msi big bang trinergy lga 1156 Intel p55 mother board
Pioneer black blu-ray burner SATA bdr-206bks-oen
Cooler master storm scout sgc 2000
Corsair cmpsu 750tx 750 w atx 12v
Asus 90-yaaoeo-ovanooz 7.1 soundcard
Siig nn-ec212 s2-2 2 port fire wire 800 express card
That put me around $1470 before tax and shipping fees. If this is a good build what OS do you recommend?

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January 21, 2011 12:40:40 AM

I'm just curious why you are getting a high end mobo, a $90.00 case, 8GB ram and putting a low-mid tier GPU. Nothing against the 5750, just doesn't seem to fit in this build.

The case seems fine, I don't have experience with it, but Cooler Master makes good cases and it was well reviewed. You could find something for less unless that would work just fine. You aren't getting any aftermarket coolers so I'm assuming no overclocking, and the 5750 doesn't run that hot so you shouldn't need all of that airflow.

I would say that PSU is a little more than you need as well. It will work just fine, but you could save some money and get something a little smaller.

If the photo/video editing you will be doing is truly light you don't need 8GB of RAM. But RAM prices are coming back down so no big deal.

Unless you are an audiophile or need complex control over your speaker output there is not much need for a soundcard, the onboard sound should be fine. You did say light music editing, so you may want the soundcard, just something to think about.

That motherboard seems like it has a lot more function than you need. It's designed for people who plan on overclocking and running three high end video cards. You could save quite a bit there.

Sorry if I sound negative, just trying to show you where you could save some money and maybe add a bit of balance to your system. That being said it's your build, your money, everything will work, and you will have lots of headroom if you want to upgrade.

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January 21, 2011 1:00:13 AM

The 5750 isn't underpowered, if this build is primarily for video editing and such. It would make more sense to buy an Nvidia card though, for CUDA cores.

The PSU is definitely overkill. An efficient, stable 500W PSU would be more than enough.

8GB of RAM is the least I'd consider for a video editing rig. Many gaming rigs can already take advantage of having more than 4GB of RAM.

I do agree that the sound card is unnecessary and that the mobo is a bit excessive for this build. Not bad for a first try though.
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January 21, 2011 1:32:16 AM

This is a terribly unbalanced build, pretty much everything needs to be changed to get this to a good build point. For a 1400 dollar budget you're looking at a pretty high-end system just begging to be overclocked there are several guides online on how to overclock so you should be able to learn.

I'm not going to provide links because I'm not sure exactly what city, state, and country you live in and that will change where you purchase. Price estimates are made based on the US site http://www.newegg.com/

CPU- i5 2500K (this actually has better performance than the i7 you picked out and is cheaper) ($225)
Mobo- GA-P67A-UD3 ($130)
RAM- 8gb ddr3 mushkin silverline 2x4 ($83) after code $78 this is going to be cheaper and better than the corsair
GPU- ati 5850 asus ($215) after MIR 185 this is significantly better than the gpu you picked out and is currently the best deal for a monitor resolution of 1920x1080
Blu-Ray- waste of money unless you really burn blu-ray if not purchase the lite-on iHOS104-06 - OEM ($50)
HDD- good choice ($70) 55 after code
PSU- get the ea650 instead it's more than enough and good quality ($65)
Sound Card- onboard will sound just as good only purchase if running 1,000+ worth of audio equipment
Firewire card- if you really need it get it ($90)
OS- Windows 7 Pro 64 bit oem due to its xp compatibility mode you can get it for ($140) or if you don't use programs in xp get home premium 64 bit oem for ($100)
Case- If you like mac design you're gonna love fractal design get the define r3 ($110) price quoted from NCIX US due to availability

Total w/ no promos, combos, MIRs, etc. included: $1138 (this build with savings should be able to shed a 50 maybe two)

What to do with the extra cash?

Buy an SSD these drives are used to store your OS and heavily used applications they will greatly improve boot times as well as application launch times. I recommend waiting for the new SSDs coming in a couple months and for now stick with the HDD.

Buy a monitor or a better one if you already have one can't recommend one since I don't know what you're coming from.

Give money to charity :lol: 

Please research a bit more thoroughly before purchasing, building a pc takes a bit of work and at least a week of research
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January 21, 2011 1:34:55 AM

the 5750 will also do then you could invest more in SSD(s) later on but the 5850 will be able to handle anything for 3 solid years of lite editing and rendering.

As for CUDA, it would help you could switch the card in my above build for an nvidia that is better for video editing. the evga superclocked gtx 460 01G-P3-1373-AR is 215 before MIR and 185 after
Please don't take my previous post as offensive in anyway it was only ment as constructive criticism.
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January 21, 2011 2:14:42 AM

I really appreciate the help from everyone and no offense taken from any one. lol Like I said I'm very new to the DIY systems I have been checking out forums, watching some videos on YouTube,and looking at some builds people have done. Right now I'm using an imac 17 inch with a 1.83 Intel dual core processor and very little ram. I use an external audio interface(mbox 2 pro). It was a good set up to learn on but when I wanted to upgrade to a better daw(pro tools) I was not able too so I've been looking at my options since. I have not yet done any video or photo work it has been mainly audio but I would like to try some projects. But a again thank you for the suggestions and constructive criticism on the choices because I would like to learn more. I live in Mississippi and make frequent trips to Louisiana and Connecticut I know there was a couple comments on location.
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January 21, 2011 2:31:43 AM

Best answer selected by rocky203.
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January 21, 2011 2:36:18 AM

This is probably going to be a stupid question but does over clocking benefit solely in gaming or would it benefit me with editing as well?
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January 21, 2011 4:41:23 AM

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This is probably going to be a stupid question but does over clocking benefit solely in gaming or would it benefit me with editing as well?


Overclocking will aid editing as well as gaming it's a good thing as long as you play it safe with the voltages too keep temps below 50 C (70 C is the actual max but below 50 C you'll get the full life of the component)

Do you live near St. Louis/ Brentwood if yes you'll be able to pick up the CPU i chose for significantly cheaper at microcenter.
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January 26, 2011 2:47:30 AM

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January 26, 2011 2:55:24 AM

I went back and did some more research I have looked through my parts several times and I think I have a good build. I read up on the sandy bridge the bench marks are fantastic. My psu may still be a little much and I've learned that corsair under rates them but I went on a psu calculator and it put me in the 500w range so I wanted to leave some bedroom if I plan to add on. I don't think I'm going to try overlooking. I believe the performance of this rig will suit my needs. I don't believe there are any conflicts with the parts listed however if and one sees any holes in this build please let me know
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