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February 2, 2011 1:29:24 AM

im looking to build a new computer and just wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations. i am looking for mostly a media/amateur photo and video editing. i do not need a keyboard/mouse/monitor. here was what i was considering and just wanted to see if this was a good build

Mobo: Asus Sabertooth x58
CPU: I7-950
GPU: EVGA nvidia 9500gt
memory: Corsair 6gb PC3- 1600mhz DD3 Triple Channel
ssd: OCZ Agility 2 60gb
power: Diablotek DA Series 500 watt
case: Coolermaster HAF 922

already have several terabyte hard drives for storage.

just wanted to get some info on if this was a good build for media (hd movies) and some photo and video editing. thanks!

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February 2, 2011 3:15:05 AM

Hello npowers86;

For the video card I think you'd want to change out that 9500GT with an updated EVGA GeForce GT 430. It's even $5 less expensive after rebate
9500GT vs GT 430 vs GT 240 compare the feature sets.

Not sure about that Diablotek DA Series 500 watt PSU. How did you happen to pick that one?
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February 2, 2011 5:55:19 AM

Hmm best elaborate apps/software for photo/vid edit :some do not leverage on GPU at all hehe
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February 2, 2011 10:39:03 AM

WR2 said:
Hello npowers86;

For the video card I think you'd want to change out that 9500GT with an updated EVGA GeForce GT 430. It's even $5 less expensive after rebate
9500GT vs GT 430 vs GT 240 compare the feature sets.

Not sure about that Diablotek DA Series 500 watt PSU. How did you happen to pick that one?


Thanks for the recommendation of the GT430, i looked at the specs and i am going to go with that one.
As for the Diablotek i saw some reviews on amazon.com that seemed like it was ok, but im starting to think i need to move up to something a little more dependable so i will def. look into the one you recommended. i really appreciate the reply
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February 2, 2011 10:39:20 AM

Best answer selected by npowers86.
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February 2, 2011 10:41:07 AM

batuchka said:
Hmm best elaborate apps/software for photo/vid edit :some do not leverage on GPU at all hehe


mostly Photoshop CS5 and Premiere CS5. then just general hd movies and tv shows
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February 2, 2011 11:10:32 AM

The i7-950 is a good match for your Photoshop and Premiere work.
Let us know how things work out for you.
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February 2, 2011 11:13:23 AM

A great deal on a very good PSU at the momentAntec NEO ECO 620C 620W $70 with a $5 off w/ promo code EMCKHKJ42, ends 2/7 and a $20 rebate. Net cost $45.
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February 2, 2011 12:07:30 PM

yea for a while i was considering the i5-760 but i decided to pay a little more for the i7-950 and the x58 mobo to future proof the system a little more. and with sandybridge being recalled i dont wanna wait a few months for my build.
i am def. going to go with the antec psu, thanks for all the recommendations i will be sure to let ya know how the build goes
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February 2, 2011 8:13:18 PM

WR2 said:
A great deal on a very good PSU at the momentAntec NEO ECO 620C 620W $70 with a $5 off w/ promo code EMCKHKJ42, ends 2/7 and a $20 rebate. Net cost $45.


i have just a few more quick questions if you dont mind, you have been alot of help so far and i really appreciate it.

i was starting to wonder if the i7 950 would be a large enough increase from an i5 760 to see much of a difference, because when i look into the prices for the i5 and the mobo it is alot less money. if there is alot of difference i will stay with the 950 but just seeing if it was overkill to move to the i7 if that was not something i needed to do.
i know the ssd will help alot on photoshop so i dont know how much the processor is going to do beyond taht

also my friend has offered to sell me a sapphire radeon 4870 1gb for 50 dollars that works well, would you recommend this over the nvidia we spoke about earlier?

thanks again
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February 2, 2011 9:50:43 PM

It is a fair question and the answer probably lies in what emphasis you want to place on the amateur photo and video editing end of your tasks.
This is where a i7-950/X-58 triple channel RAM would stand out most.
But if you're only using the system a small percentage of the time for the photo and video editing or if your photo and video editing tasks aren't heavy duty the i5-760 and a good 1156 motherboard would be a fine choice too.

I would not recommend the HD 4870 even though its a superior gaming video card. The GT 430 is just too much superior in audio, movie and video enhancements.

Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz CPU $205
GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3 1156 HDMI USB 3.0 $109 and $10 rebate
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600 RAM $50

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