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Check my new build? (Still need a cooling option)

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January 25, 2011 7:00:54 PM

Well, everything's pretty much ready, but wanted to run the new build past the real pros, just to double-check if I've missed anything (obvious or otherwise). Still looking for a good cooler reccomendation, too.

Primary functions: Encoding video, Media, Gaming, Web

Parts:
Case (Re-using): Antec P182 ATX
http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?Type=Mg==&i...

Power Supply (Re-using): Rocketfish 700W (Not great quality, but it definitely does it's job)
http://www.rocketfishproducts.com/products/computers/RF...

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D-E Pro
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=48014&vpn=P7P55D%2DE%...

Processor: Intel Core i5-760
http://www.anitec.ca/product/741131/intel-core-i5-760-2...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws - 4 GB (2x2 GB) DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42745&vpn=F3%2D12800C...

Video Card: ASUS ENGTX460
http://www.anitec.ca/product/798666/asus-engtx460-direc...

Hard Drives: 1 x 150 GB Western Digital Velociraptor - 10000 RPM, SATA2 (OS Only)
[RAID0] 2 x 2 TB Western Digital Caviar Black - 7200 RPM, SATA3

Optical Drives, Keyboard/Mouse, Speakers, and Monitor all present and accounted for

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Main thing, wanted to make sure that I hadn't overlooked anything, and also looking for a good cooling reccomendation. The case has pretty good airflow (even if PSU cabling gets a little tricky sometimes), but with video card in there too, I get a feeling that I'm gonna want to go beyond stock cooling on the processor. According to the manual, the case should be able to take a cooler up to 152 mm. Any ideas?
January 26, 2011 2:18:54 PM

I am not sure about your budget, but I have been down that road before: buying a powerful multi-core pc to encode video to dvd/bd and blank disks on end. This is an expensive road I'm not driving anymore. I migrated everything to a home media server. No need for powerful cpus & non-stop blank media purchases. In the end, I save money. I no longer have to buy dvd/bd disks & save both money & time (encoding video). You also would run out of storage space eventually. A server is a small footprint like a matx case. Mine is 4TB right now running a headless Linux server OS administrated through SSH (a DOS box). What can it do? How about what can't it do? Can stream to UPNP (PS3/XBOX/media players) and share files with Windows. Low-power 15W single-core AMD cpu. It's not a NAS (network attached storage) so it's 100% customizable. I'm also hosting a web server on it with a personalized newspaper that auto updates daily from RSS. And it does have a firewall as well for its services. The OS is free & has frequent updates.

Corsair & ASUS have been making network media players for a while now. They play almost any media files on a network.

Let me know what road you wanna take. Do you shop at newegg.ca? It's a pretty good service.
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January 26, 2011 2:40:45 PM

Consider opting up to Sandy Bridge (no pud intended to the poster above me). Building an LGA1155 machine versus the LGA1156 you laid out will be very close to the same costs and you WILL see a performance increase. The i5-2500 with an Asus P8P67-M PRO motherboard is a good option.
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January 26, 2011 3:59:54 PM

With all that space in your p182 and your price range...get the ASUS P8P67 PRO ATX board instead of the mATX.

Also...with the P67 boards...make sure your ram is 1.5V DDR3 with the lowest CAS latency in your budget range. G.Skill makes some good RAM for the P67.

Cooling wise, the sandy bridge cpu's run really cool even on the stock cooler. However, some decent low cost cooling solutions are the GELID Tranquillo CC-TranQ-01-A, the Coolermaster Hyper 212, or the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283.

Lastly, check out Newegg.com I think they operate in Canada too.
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January 27, 2011 5:31:59 PM

I know, the Sandy Bridge option is uber-sexy. Once I saw the benchmarks and stuff that had been released, I definately did a keyboard -> face or two. Unfortunately, everything's already been bought. It's all sitting in a pile, waiting to be put together. I'd change over to Sandy if I hadn't already got the mobo and processor yet, but unfortunately they're already snagged.

Keeping in tune with the original post thought , does it look as though I've missed anything? And again, still looking for opinions on the best cooling options for my case and processor combo. Thanks in advance!
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February 2, 2011 11:53:56 PM

Well, since the Sandy Bridge option has now been nerfed as a total no-go, does anyone else have any constructive suggestions to offer? In terms of compatibility or cooling?
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February 3, 2011 12:18:34 AM

Well SB is coming out again in 2 months I think it'd be smart to wait and get it. Of course if you don't have the patience then don't wait, but I would suggest you do.

Also I will say your GPU choice is pretty bad. No offense.
It goes like this, 460 1GB SE<460 768mb<460 1GB

The 460 SE is the downgraded 460 in general, it is basically in between the 460 768mb and 450 GTS. It's like the time they renamed the 9800GT. That's basically the 460 SE. It's garbage and should be taken off for ripping peoples money off.

Also, CUDA for encoding/transcoding for video editing is pretty bad. Sure sure it's good for speed but the quality comes out to be worse than if you did the encode/transcode with your CPU w/o assistance from the CUDA.

SOURCE:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-e350m1-amd-b...

Also your picture quality isn't going to be as crisp as say going with a 6850. Read this entire review to see what I mean, but this is more noticeable to see than AMD a pretty decent job with video quality. Which should matter to a video editor.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hqv-2-radeon-geforc...
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February 3, 2011 2:03:39 AM

Hey, aznshinobi, thanks for the reply and the comments.

Well, I guess I should've mentioned in the top post that the mobo, RAM, processor, and GPU are already bought. Also, I made the list of stuff at work, so it's possible that I have a different GTX460, but I'll check that out when I get home. Definitely don't wanna skimp out there, so thanks for the warning.

I actually just read that HQV comparison today, and was kinda mentally kicking myself, but it's another thing that I'll look into. As for the Sandy Bridge, maybe next time. Mobo and processor are already bought, and unless I can hock them and wait another 2 months with my old beast, they're going in.

I'll definitely take a look at my GPU, though, make sure I got the make and model correct.

EDIT:

Alright, got the wrong video card model up in the stats. It's the ASUS GTX460, no SE. I hope that doesn't somehow make it worse. <.< I'll edit it in the top post, too.
http://www.anitec.ca/product/798666/asus-engtx460-direc...
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