I'm helping a friend with his new computer build. He has no real budget but expects to pay around $2000.
-Adobe video apps
-nvidia (he won't reconsider)
-prefers a single graphic card solution
-performance and acoustics are important. looks don't matter.
-upgradeability if the price is right
Here's what we have so far:
i7-2600k - oced (i7 cause he doesn't only game) GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD7-B3 - This might get downgraded to their $270 one if he doesn't like the price at the end. 590 - he can get one of these from microbytes 12GB corsair vengence - this amount make sense for video encoding apps? CM silent pro 1000w - Very open to changing this. Focus is on the noise and preferably the 1 KW.
2TB WD caviar black hdd
Liteon blu-ray burner
What i need help with:
SSD: is smart response an acceptable solution? What's a decent drive for this?
If smart response isn't very good - what's a good 80GB or so SSD for holding windows, adobe apps and office?
Should he use an ssd and smart response the hdd?
CPU fan: i have a cm-hyper 212 in mine and it works great for me. For him it's too loud (at least the default fans are). What's a quiet cooler that will handle 4.2-4.7GHz? also it can't bump into the ram which is relatively high.
^ Possibility of going with 590 SLI later on?? Also if you see, GTX 570 SLI performs similar to the GTX 590 and costs ~$100 less,...
Some suggestions -
Dont go with Tri-Channel kit, the Z68 boards are Dual-Channel so populate either 2 or 4 RAM slots to get the advantage of Dual-Channel config, so either 8GB or 16GB,...
And somehow newegg has priced this kit very less, so better to make the purchase soon if building within somedays,... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Cooler - If he wants a quiet cooler with very effective cooling, then Noctua would be a very good option, but price is a factor,... Also with the above said RAM, I doubt you would have clearance issues,... But if still skeptical that if all 4 RAM slots will be populated and it might block, then get a cooler like the Corsair H60,... No clearance issues, would perform like a mid-range air cooler,... http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
If he's unhappy with the performance (not really possible unless he gets a bigger monitor) he might think about something like sli 590s. Otherwise, i'd expect him to just upgrade to one or two newer gpus in a few years... unless an extra 590 is the best option whenever he decides to upgrade. So, yeah i tried to keep it capable of sli 590s but some things might get downgraded like the mobo and psu. Actually will a 1000W psu even run two 590s?
ok, changed the ram to 8 gb of sniper, thanks.
Is raiding ssds going to make that much difference? I'd lean towards a slightly bigger one as well.
This noctua? looks good. he wants to stay away from liquid cooling.
^ Actually 1000W is just about enough to run GTX 590 SLI, but if overclocking high is in the cards, then maybe a slightly bigger PSU,... But I see no point going 590 SLI as it would become a Quad-SLI which is not supported by most of the games, also by that time, there would be even more powerful cards which will have better performance,...
SSD - RAID 0 would nearly double the performance of the SSDs, also you get about 120GB in RAID 0 which IMO would suffice for OS, important apps and some games,...
Cooler - That H60, though is a water cooling unit, but is self-contained and maintenance free, so you dont have to meddle with it,... but if he really insists, then its fine,...