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Looking for advise on AVADirect Build

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May 6, 2011 2:05:38 AM


I am mainly a power user. Horsepower used mostly for video encoding, video editing, picture editing, watching movies, tivo file server, moving big files around. I'm not into gaming but I like to have a slick system (within the budget limit of around $1200). This is what I have come up with via AVADirect. I would consider a self build if it was significantly cheaper, if not I would just assume have someone else do the assembly and testing work. Does this set up look like it will work given my wants and needs?

Thanks in advance for any help :) 

All in cost $1081.94

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 (RC-922M-KKN1-GP) Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU, Steel
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX TX Series Power Supply, 650W, 80 PLUS®, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, SLI Ready
ASUS P8P67 PRO Rev 3.0, LGA1155, Intel® P67, DDR3-2200 (O.C.) 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, 6 Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDA, GbLAN, BT, FW /2, ATX, Retail
INTEL Core™ i5-2500K Quad-Core 3.3GHz, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 6MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST TB VT-x XD, Retail
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum, Retail
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) Vengeance™ PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
MICROSTAR N450GTS Cyclone 1GD5/OC, GeForce® GTS 450 850MHz, 1GB GDDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI+mini HDMI, Retail
SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail
SAMSUNG 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail
RAID No RAID, Independent HDD Drives
ASUS DRW-24B3LT Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM

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May 6, 2011 2:53:18 AM

I made a list of the same parts, but it only came out to ~$100 cheaper.
However, I would suggest trading out that video card. it's not a good one by a long shot. See if they have the option for a 6850, 6870 or 560.

I would build it yourself. $100 dollars is enough to go from a gts 450 to a GTX 560 ti (much better card for editing and such), and assembly is usually very easy.

You can take a look at this guide and see if it's something you can handle: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/274745-31-step-step-g...

Hope it all goes well!
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May 6, 2011 2:53:22 AM
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May 6, 2011 2:55:58 AM

^ good, but I would upgrade GPU for video editing/gaming. Also, the 2500k has plenty of muscle, beating out the Phenom II X6's easily.
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May 6, 2011 4:48:19 AM

Video encoding, using multi-threaded apps, will benefit significantly from the hyperthreaded 2600K.

Here's some Handbrake figures for instance.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/01/03/intel_sandy_b...

There's no gaming involved here, so really the GTS 450 is overkill. Now, something for CUDA might be nice, but only if it's in the budget.
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May 6, 2011 5:00:07 AM

Valid points. so, get the asus direct CU GTX 460 768MB (for extra CUDA cores) and 2600k? should be in budget.
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May 6, 2011 5:36:40 PM

Good stuff! Thanks for the input. Still not decided on self build. I like the ability to have someone to call if things go wrong. I read enough reviews to know that parts can arrive DOA. It may be better knowing that all parts are tested before arrival at my door. I will likely go with the i7 that was recommended. I'm pretty clueless on graphics cards so I may go with the recommended Asus GTX 460. It wasn't commented on but I assume the CPU fan CM Hyper 212+ is OK as well. Thanks again.
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