Before I purchase the components for my desktop I would like to get a second opinion. All thoughts and input are welcome. I need to know where I can save money, better alternatives, where I am over compensating, parts not compatible etc.
This desktop will be used mainly used for hd video rendering, autocad and solid works. Budget is under $850 but not including monitors, keyboard and a mouse. I am a little flexible on the budget for a subtantial gain in performance. Here's what I got:
What program will you be using for your HD video rendering? While I am an AMD/ATI fan, for some applications Nvidia provides a better rendering solution (for those apps that can use the GPU to off-load processing form the CPU).
Otherwise, your proposed rig is well balanced with no major flaws. You could shave a few bucks off your plan by using a less expensive mobo. Still, you are fine as is with decent future growth potential.
sadams04- Thanks for the different options. I'll look into the different HDDs and PSU. As for the CPU, I really want to build around an AMD processor unless the comparable to its class Intel processor blows it out of the water.
COLGeek- I'll be using Sony Vegas Pro 10 and Action Essentials 2. Any particular GeForce series and number of stream processor cores you recommend?
You want to get as much GPU as you can afford. I would recommend you adjust your build, based on the suggestions given earlier and then look at how much you have left for a GPU, then buy the most you can afford within your budget.
I was considering using the SSD as a boot drive and having a secondary HDD as storage. Does having a HDD dedicated to the OS and programs and having a secondary drive as stroage make a significant difference? I know a SSD will make a difference but what about two bare internal drives in one desktop? I can afford a 64gb SDD but anything bigger than that is too expensive.
for the same price as the grpahics card I originally specified. I'm going to go with it as it is CUDA-enabled as recommended by Sony Vegas Pro 10. Thanks for the find on that article! Luckily I don't have to adjust the build.
Also, is there a performance difference between these two mobos?
I would go with the Gigabyte board. They make great products and it is a newer tech with greater capabilities than the Asrock. Having 2 HDDs, not in a RAID won't yield any meaningful performance increases. With the applications you are using, I would pass on the SSD.