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August 4, 2011 4:39:38 AM

Photo editing PC, some video. Finally have almost all my parts. Really only need a GPU, so any recommendations welcome. Guess I'm leaning towards someone's 560 or 560 ti version right now.

My last build was in 2007, Asus p5wdh deluxe. E6600. Still going strong. My wife inherits it now.

Some of these parts (power supply, RAM, HD drives) were bought back in Feb. when I thought I would do a P67 build before the fiasco with all the P67 boards, so I held off for Z68. Hope they work because I can't return that stuff now!

Here it is:

mobo: ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard. Gigabye, a few Asus boards, now looking forward to this Asrock board. Love the FDD.

cpu: i7-2600K

ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Bought for my cancelled P67 build. Made sense to keep it rather than pay restocking. Will eventually pick up 8 GB more.

os drive: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

psu: NZXT HALE 90 HALE90-650-M 650W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

secondary os drive (I multiboot): Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

several storage drives, bought when on sale + ones I've been using. I've had good luck with these Hitachi's:HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C 0F10383 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

DVD/CD: LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model
or I can hook up my old IDE burner thanks to the IDE port on the Fat Board :) 

Case: AZZA Hurrican 2000 CSAZ-2000 Black SECC Japanese Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Like the "warm swappable" SATA drive bays. Not true hot swap, but apparently just hitting sleep mode is enough to swap. I have HDD on shelves, so good feature for me. Last build was mid-tower. Much more room in this beast.

Awesome monitor for color management I use now will be moving over to the new build: NEC Display Solutions P221W-BK-SV Black 22" 1680 x 1050. Didn't buy from the egg, got better deal elsewhere but here's the egg link:

Looking forward to using the onboard video while I search for deal on GPU. GPU recommendations welcome. I've just been reading reviews and watching for deals.

There it is. Looking forward to putting it all together soon.

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August 4, 2011 9:13:04 AM

GTX560 would be plenty for your resolution and use!
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August 4, 2011 4:00:27 PM

Do you need a $250 board meant for SLI for video editing? Especially when the on die graphics (Lucid Virtu) do just fine for that. <----- more on that board <----- Asrock Z68 Lucid Virtu info. <----- A review of that board <---- more info on those graphics along with benchmark scores $114.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - mATX, Virtu, Smart Response, USB 3.0, XFast USB
August 4, 2011 4:55:02 PM

Why_Me said:
Do you need a $250 board meant for SLI for video editing? Especially when the on die graphics (Lucid Virtu) do just fine for that.

Pro3 is a good board, but not enough SATA connectors for me. I use a bunch of drives. And nice to have room to expand. And no IDE port on that board. Somewhere I've got an unreliable IDE external housing, but I like being able to throw an old IDE drive onto the board to move data off. It's there for those rare times I need it. Nice not having to dig around for that external housing I misplaced or a friend borrowed and didn't return. $250 seems reasonable, probably a little low, for the Fat board. No complaints about the price.

Paid more for the asus p5wdh deluxe board I bought for similar reasons, and now it's still plenty good for a lot of other uses. Paid a little more for the Fat board for the same reasons. Has enough bells and whistles it'll make a good plaything when it's time to build again.
August 4, 2011 5:09:05 PM

roscolo said:
Thanks. What do you think about this one. Only $35 more after rebate. Got a great review at Hardocp. Probably overkill for me, but if it's more bang for only $35, I would probably go for it:

Great card if you get interested in gaming as well!
August 4, 2011 7:16:51 PM

rolli59 said:
Great card if you get interested in gaming as well!

August 5, 2011 5:58:18 PM

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August 5, 2011 6:00:18 PM

Thanks for the help guys. All my stuff is due to show up today, so I'm like a kid on Xmas. Curious how the onboard video will perform 'til I get a discrete card.