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June 7, 2011 3:53:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: by the end of summer

Budget Range: appx. 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Rendering video in 1080p in Premiere, Editing (and rendering/previewing) footage in premiere's timeline, After Effects Rendering, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers. I've got a 600w coolermaster RP-600-PCAR that if can be used would be great, but it's been four years since I built the PC i'm using now so I'm slightly out of the loop regarding current power needs. I've also got a 20'' samsung 206BW monitor that runs at 1680x1050, but I wouldn't be opposed to the idea of a new monitor that runs at 1920.(e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using**

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg & mwave

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: definitely an evga fan when it comes to graphics cards, and I know asus used to be the it brand for mobo's but it seems they may be falling out of prevalance. definitely an intel cpu though.

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: sli

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 currently, but not opposed to getting a new 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 monitor

Additional Comments: Not really sure about cases yet, i've been looking around, and I must say that the obsidian 650d is damn sexy. i got a gamer case for my last build and i would just like something sleeker this time around, although that may come at a price for cooling.

I've been looking at the 2600k i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for a processor, as I know A LOT of the rendering process of video is done by the CPU. So this is not something that I would want to slack on. RAM is also a big deal, as video previews are done through a large utilization of RAM, so I was thinking 4-6 gb min depending on the mobo. I also want to be able to play the latest games smoothly, so I was thinking of a card like the GTX 480, and possibly SLi it in the future.

Thanks in advance for the help.
June 7, 2011 8:59:17 AM

How about a sleeker gaming case? I think you should perhaps get the monitor a bit later.

This build involves a large combo kit, so parts aren't interchangeable.

  • Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    This is a frequently recommended drive that will be adequately fast and hold your data.

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
  • ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
    An adequate single card. Two of these will pull up to 500W, so if you do go SLI a 750W would be bare minimum.

  • Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
  • ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    The plain P8Z68-V would do just as well, but this is part of the deal.

  • COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    A sleeker gaming case with adequate ventilation and room.

  • CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1866C9
    Sandy Bridge builds benefit more from frequency of the RAM than timings, so this RAM is pretty nice really. Not worth too much more, but it's part of the package.

  • CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power ...
    It's a nice PSU, but just barely adequate for SLI 570s.

  • Corsair Force Series CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT-A 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    This can be used as a boot drive OR it can be used as a cache for the HDD. This is a feature of z68 boards. So you can choose to have a very fast boot drive for just your OS, or you can have a somewhat faster HDD for everything.

    TOTAL: $1,444.97

    You would also need a DVD burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Could be done differently for sure, but I thought this was a nice mix for the price.
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    June 7, 2011 9:06:24 AM
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    June 7, 2011 3:37:06 PM

    Have you seen Fractal Designs cases like the Define R3? Those are sleek, professional looking. Also a fan of the Silverstone Fortress FTO2.
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    June 8, 2011 6:45:38 PM

    Hey, for you guys who gave me builds, can you provide some reasoning behind the parts you chose, i.e. why one motherboard over another? Also, are the power supplies you guys suggested enough to power the graphics card you recommended if I chose to go sli in the future?
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    June 9, 2011 4:54:20 AM
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    June 9, 2011 9:13:13 PM

    There are some good deals today for e-blast subscribers... you just have to give them your email address.

    http://www.newegg.com/emailpromo/?cm_sp=ShoppingGuide12...

    Note the two WD Caviar Green drives. A bit slow but reliable, paired with the SSD would be good value.
    Note the NZXT Phantom case. Very roomy case, adequate cooling, if you like the looks.
    Note the discount on Win 7.
    Note the Asus 23" monitor.
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    June 25, 2011 4:47:15 PM

    Best answer selected by massivebacon.
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    June 25, 2011 4:59:13 PM



  • I ended up doing a sort of conglomeration of this build and some other ones I found online through both Tom's Hardware and the official Adobe Premiere forums.

    Here's what I did:
    Corsair 650D Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    i7-2600K CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Asus 24'' Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Noctua NH-D14 Cpu Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Crucial 64GB SSD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Corsair TX850 Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Seagate 1TB HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    16 GB, 2 (2 x 4GB) G.Skill 1600 RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Total comes in around 1580 with rebates.

    Thanks for your help guys, I really appreciate it, and I'll totally come back here to ask for help again when this system inevitably becomes obsolete :) 



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    June 25, 2011 8:48:24 PM

    That's a good one, but did you have any issues with the four 4GB sticks of RAM? Did you have to tweak the voltages or lower the speed to get them stable?
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    June 28, 2011 6:53:53 AM

    nope, they are all stable at the 1.25v at 1600! and for those who saw the above build,
    witcher 2, max settings (minus ubersampling), 60+ fps.
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