I apologize in advance for the long inquiry but I want to be as thorough as possible so I can get the best feedback.
I'm starting my masters program in the fall and between that and my job, I will be dealing a lot with HD video, web design, photography, graphic art, etc. I have Adobe CS5 (Windows version) that I plan on installing on my new system. I have access to Mac computers at the school but I don't want a Mac for my main computer at home (I won't get into that topic). Please take my student discounts in consideration. It is possible I will be able to get a windows OS for free from my school.
Here is my info:
Approximate Purchase Date: (I'm in no real rush but the closer the better)
Budget Range: $1000-1500 without the monitor and after Rebates. Preferably I would like to stay at the lower end of this range unless the extra $500 will make a dramatic difference.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (18mp photo editing and merging and stitching, HD video editing, HD rendering, HD capturing, HD processing, graphic design (possibly 3D), web design, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, and all the basics)
Parts Not Required: I'll find the monitor and maybe an OS.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: The most cost efficient.
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: I would like a fast drive. I like the appeal of a SSD for the OS and main programs but I will need an additional drive for storage if I go that rout.
SLI or Crossfire: Don't know
Monitor Resolution: NA unless you know where I can get a real good monitor for real cheap.
Additional Comments: I want this computer to last. I don't care about looks or noise or anything like that.
I've been researching new builds and have come across so many different opinions and suggestions on HD video editing builds. This suggested build (See link below) seems to be from the most credible source I could find but it doesn't seem like their budget configuration is the best bang for the buck. For example, the motherboard and graphics card is a little dated. I would also like a faster drive.
The build is at the
bottom of the page from this link:
^ No doubt the i7 2600K build would be the better option,...
Will any of the apps that you will be using, will use CUDA ?? Premier PRO Mercury playback engine ??
I'm still a novice at Premier PRO but it is the editing software I will be using. I don't know about the Mercury playback engine. I will have to do some research. All I know is I will be using the Premier Pro in my CS5 master collection.
Thanks baddad. I agree with your assessment for longevity and if this setup will last me a couple more years than the first one listed by gkay09 ($1060 setup), it would be worth it. However, your setup is pushing the limits of my budget at $1724 on newegg.com. Maybe I can search for some deals or maybe I can start with some smaller hard drives. Is this card CUDA compatible (see previous posts)? If not, maybe the extra processing power on this card will compensate for the lack of compatibility. Do you think this setup is really worth the extra $664? I do plan to eventually SLI by the way. Also, I heard that using a SSD as a scratch disk will wear it out sooner than later so your RAID suggestion seems to be the way to go. 6TB will be nice to have in the future especially as I take on projects but I think two 1tb drives would be sufficient for now.
^ The mobo is good if you really value the 2 year additional warranty,... But you should also take into consideration the onboard chipset - P67.
The Z68 chipset board have a feature called QuickSync - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/intels-quick-sync-video-te...
So if this would be of little use, then get the P67 board,... Or the Z68 would be better