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Need advice on a New Build - $ 1600-2000 Desktop/HTPC

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July 7, 2011 3:01:00 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this or next week

Budget Range: $ 1600-2000 After Rebates including monitor

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photo and video editing (Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Premier Pro CS5 for Full HD Video Editing), watching HD movies on PC, connect PC to Home Theather through HDMI cable to stream HD content and watch it on 55 LED HDTV, possible upgrade to 3D video in the future, use as server for home network, MS Office 2007-2010, Internet browsing, some games
 
Parts Not Required: MS Windows 7 64-bit, keyboard, mouse, speakers
 
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel CPU, ASRock or Asus mobo, nVidia video card with a 27" LCD and ATX mid tower case
 
Overclocking: Maybe, but not in the nearest future
 
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, but not in the nearest future

Monitor Resolution: need advise on this topic

Additional Comments: Planning to built PC to use without upgrades for at least a couple of years. I would like it to be quiet and with good cooling and ventilation. Do I have to change anything, lets say 120 gb SSD or less powerful or different PSU or something else? Is it overkill for my needs? Need any suggestions about this build. Thank you in advance.

CPU:
Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Motherboard:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Video Card:
EVGA 012-P3-1577-KR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD DoubleShot 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-8GBXH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
SSD:
OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
2 X SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Blu-Ray:
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu-ray 3D feature IHBS112-29 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Power Supply:
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850 V2 850W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Seasonic SS-850HT 850W ATX12V v2.31,EPS12V v2.92 80Plus Silver Certified, Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Case:
SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT01-BW Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Uni-body Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
Fractal Design Define R3 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
CPU Fan and Heat Sink:
XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler bracket included I7 i5 775 1155 AMD and dual fan push pull compatible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
 
Monitor:
SAMSUNG S27A550H Rose Black 27" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
ASUS VE278Q Black 27" 1920x1080 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 300 cd/m2 ASCR 10,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 7, 2011 4:06:27 AM

here is a deal of evga gtx 570, only 250$,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
power supply you listed is an overkill.imo
but if you are familar with it or trying to sli, seasonic is great.
the monitors you listed are both high quality, asus looks cool.
for case lian li pc will be nice.
for ssd, go with the OCZ Vertex 3 imo.
for blue ray burner,
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blue-ray Burner BWU-500S
hdd is really nice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your ram listed is good, better go with a cheaper but of same performance
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i always trust asus over asrock

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good luck



July 8, 2011 1:40:52 PM

manu 11 said:
here is a deal of evga gtx 570, only 250$,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
power supply you listed is an overkill.imo
but if you are familar with it or trying to sli, seasonic is great.
the monitors you listed are both high quality, asus looks cool.
for case lian li pc will be nice.
for ssd, go with the OCZ Vertex 3 imo.
for blue ray burner,
SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blue-ray Burner BWU-500S
hdd is really nice.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
your ram listed is good, better go with a cheaper but of same performance
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i always trust asus over asrock

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
good luck


Thank you for the respond. The video card is remanufactured and has only 90 days warranty instead of lifetime or at least 3 years. Kind of afraid of such a short period of of time.
I am not familiar with any psu choose them based on reviews. In your opinion Seasonic is better than corsair in general or for sli only?
Why Sony? LG is much faster in read and write speeds and has 3d and lightscribe.
I like Vortex 3 as well. The only thing do I really need 120 GB or 64 GB will be just fine for OS, Office 2007, photoshop, premiere, some sound editors and some other programs. Not really into heavy gaming.
And I definitely would like to save money on the RAM if there is no real difference in speed or performance.
Mobo most likely will be Asus due to quality and on-board blutooth unless somebody wil explain why and where ASRock is better.
Thanks again.
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July 9, 2011 2:26:12 AM

i think the optical drive will be fine if you like the lg one. i had the sony drive and it just works fine. and i love it.
yeah for ram a decent 1600 mhz and cl8 or 7 will be fine for any type of gaming or multitasking.
yeah for ssd, choose your type of size like 64gb 120 or 250gb, but i will tend towards the 120gb for its larget capacity.
ok, if you are afraid, just leave it if you have the budget , just take the 570 you listed.
anyways, build looks solid, good luck!
July 9, 2011 4:03:57 AM

Looks good. I would look into a smaller monitor though. I have an Asus 26" that does 1920 x 1200 and that resolution *almost* is too small for the monitor. (i.e. the monitor should be 2000x1600 That IS NOT a standard but is simply there to make my example) The monitor you are looking at will more than likely give you less screen real estate than you realize. You are essentially getting the screen real estate of a 22" monitor getting expanded onto a 27" screen. Basically, everything will be too big to sit and work at comfortably. This will become a problem when working in Photoshop as things won't be "true" and nearly as "crisp" as you desire. I use my 20" viewsonic monitors for graphical work because of this fact. My Asus is left to web-browsing and watching video (BD-player to HDMI, PC-to DVI for SD and HD content, etc...) You will not understand this if you don't do intenst graphical work but, if it is something you do in any realm of profession, look someplace else. You will be disappointed.

I would opt for the Corsair PSU, but I'm a Corsair guy.

I would also get Corsair RAM, again, just me.

Case comes down to whatever you think looks good. The Corsair Obsidian is a nice case, but is a bit expensive.

Stay away from Samsung HDD. I have repaired many-a machines with those drives in. I use Seagate primarily and Western Digital if it's a better deal, but never anything else for HDD.

OCZ SSD's are nice, keep that.

Don't get an ASRock board for this intense of work, they don't work as hard as an Asus will, in my experience.

Stick with your nVidia for graphics. Adobe like nVidia graphics, makes rendering a treat!

I don't use Lite-On for personal builds, they are cheaper quality drives. Something along the lines of Pioneer or Sony (Sony NEC Optiarc are better than Lite-On, not a pioneer though)

a 120GB SSD should be great for Adobe apps. I have a 96GB SSD and it's a nice size. I have games installed on a separate HDD and don't notice a difference than when they were on the SSD except that I have more free space on the SSD. Adobe Suite is nice on a SSD but, I don't use it professionally on the machine mentioned so it too, is one a separate drive. (I've got it on a SSD in another rig though and it is SWEET!)

Good luck! Looks like quite the nice setup! Re-evaluate the monitor size though, you WILL NOT be pleased if you are professionally editing.
July 9, 2011 7:50:04 PM

Sorry, I am not really familiar with monitors and didn't fully understand what were you talking about. Photo and video editing are not my profession. More like hobby. So, which monitor would you suggest to get if I want 27 or 24 inches? Thanks.
July 9, 2011 8:14:44 PM

I would get 24, save the big stuff for TV's. I would lose one BD-drive and save that money for a TV, if you really want a large screen to watch HD content on. Monitors are great and I love HD on my 26" but on the 42", everything is better. If I did it again though, I would probably get a 24" because 26" can be just a bit big if you sit at your desk with it 1-2 feet away.
July 10, 2011 4:34:21 AM

yeah, 24 inch are just fine.
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