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October 16, 2011 4:11:15 PM

Hey guys, through all my research for this build I have found your forum again and again, so I decided to just ask you for advice myself!

First custom PC for me, and I plan on having it built for me because of this.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP (As soon as I am confident of my/your choices)

Budget Range: $1100 or lower

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Editing 1080p video using Adobe. Semi-professional. Rendering speed important.

Parts Not Required: Already have two Samsung 1080p monitors with DVI and HDMI. Don't need to worry about speakers, mouse or keyboard either.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: None

Country of Origin: I am in the US

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: I don't know what I am doing, so all this is a learning experience for me.

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Current build:

CPU: Intel core i5 2500k

Cooling: Coolermaster V6 (6 copper pipes)

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 (onboard video, DVI and HDMI, SLI and X-Fire, SATA3, USB 3.0, etc.)

RAM: 8GB (4x2GB) PC8500 DDR3 1066 Dual Channel

Video: Unknown... Whatever works here and is cheapest

HD: Don't really care here. I have a couple 2.5TB Western Digital Externals so storage is not an issue

Case: PowMax Black Mid TowerATX case with front USB (is this compatible?)

Power Supply: Corsair 750W ultra quiet ATX power supply, SLI and X-fire ready

OS: Whatever Windows version works best. 7 Home Premium 64bit?
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That's all I have so far. Thanks very much in advance for any help!

- Tom
October 16, 2011 4:23:53 PM

Change Core i5 to a i7
Change ram to DDR3 1600
Get a Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB as system drive
No need for 750w when using onboard graphics
You may want a discrete graphic so onboard video won't share your system ram
like a Nvidia GT430
Win7 HP is fine, unless you want to go beyond 16GB you will need Win7 Pro 64bit
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October 16, 2011 6:20:54 PM

Got it!

Switched to:

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600k Sandy Bridge 3.4ghz Quad Core 8000k
RAM: (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3 1600
GPU: Nvidia GT430 PCI EXpress 16x Dual Head, HDMI (1GB, is this robust enough?)

Would 500W be enough for this build? I could switch the 750W to an Antec Earthwatts 500W Extra Quiet ATX Power supply if that sounds like a good idea.

Thanks for the advice about the OS as well! I saw some numbers that seemed to indicate that 64bit could slow down some processes in certain circumstances or I would have gone for it in the first place.

Thanks very much for the advice!

EDIT: Any thoughts on the Coolmaster V6? Is this overkill?

- Tom
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October 17, 2011 4:22:00 AM

cpu - core i7 2600k
gpu - at least nvidia gtx 560 ti or higher
iirc win 7 professional supports max 32 192 gb ram according to this wikipedia page, home premium supports up to 16 gb. if you increase your ram in the future, you might want to keep that in mind.
adobe's system requirements for premiere pro cs 5.5
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html
Quote:
Supported NVIDIA graphics cards for GPU acceleration
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)

and try adding an ssd for faster response/boot time/loading time etc of your system.
tomshardware's best ssd for money
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October 17, 2011 4:26:42 AM

I agree with all changes but must insist on at least a 440 maybe even a 550 ti if it's adobe then you could even enjoy a game if you wanted, as in a step or 2 above PS3/360. If not at least a 440, The core cuda core usage for most accelerated applications as I understand is "around" 100. This may not be 100% accurate as it is really hard to measure and the tests I saw were done previously more complex cuda cores, a la 9800 gtx. Sorry I read this advice and clearly I had been drinking.
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October 18, 2011 12:21:17 AM

How about a Geforce GTX 560 1GB PCI EXpress 16x dual head HDMI? I don't know what the significance of the "ti" is, so I will look it up.

Switched to the Coolermaster Hyper 212. Thanks for the advice!

Unfortunately because I am having this built FOR me, I don't have all the freedom of choice for every part. The PSU is one of these parts. Would the Antec Basiq 500W work?

Thanks so much for all your help, guys!

EDIT: My bad, rechecked the list you posted of supported cards, Roy. 560 isn't on there.
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October 18, 2011 3:02:37 PM

Then grab the Corsair 750w they have.
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October 18, 2011 11:15:38 PM

If rendering speed is important, I would look to the 2600K and a much cheaper videocard as mentioned the 560 is going to be way more than can be used by the acceleratd applications.
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October 19, 2011 6:51:13 PM

What would you recommend? I am definitely over budget with something as expensive as the 570.

Thanks guys!
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October 22, 2011 12:00:01 PM

Current setup:

CPU: Intel i7 2600k

GPU: Geforce GTX 570 1GB

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) 12800 DDR3 1600 Dual Channel

Hard Drive: 250GB Hitachi 7200 RPM SATA2 (to keep costs down)

DVD drive: LG 22x DVD Recorder Dual Layer

Power supply: Antec Earthwatts 500W Extra Quiet Power Supply

Case: PowMax Mid tower ATX Case

Windows 7 Pro 64bit with SP1

Comes out to around $1300 - can I downgrade the video card? That is the only thing I think can get the cost down at this point.

What do you guys think?
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October 23, 2011 6:54:11 PM

Does the GPU have to be a Fermi? The 560 is not listed as compatible with Adobe CS 5.5, but it has plenty of Cudas. The 570 would be ideal, but so much more expensive. Thoughts?

Thanks!
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October 23, 2011 7:09:41 PM

it all comes down to your budget. seems like 570 would be good for your performance, but it'll be bad for your wallet right now. imo you'll get plenty of performance out of gtx 560 with 1gb ddr5 and will save you money. try to track down some photoshop benchmarks using gtx 560 - search tom's or anandtech or use google and see if it will deliver the performance you want.
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October 23, 2011 7:35:02 PM

If you want to stay with the 570 you will want a more powerfull PSU
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October 23, 2011 7:39:20 PM

Looking into the 560 now... And I realized the cheapest case (Powmax ATX mid tower) probably is not the best idea, so my costs are going to go up again! I am now looking for a cheap but quality/compatible case.

As for the PSU, I saw that the 570 needed a bigger one so I upgraded to an Antec NEO 620W.

I noticed on eBay that people are selling used GPUs. Bad idea? Wayyyyy cheaper than new:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSI-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-570-N570...

If I get something like that my costs will go way down.

Thanks guys!
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October 23, 2011 7:45:23 PM

Groggy it's like flipping a coin. Take a risk and it fails then you pay.
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October 23, 2011 7:49:32 PM

Oh yeah you asked about the ti designation, it shows the hardware difference between the 460/560 (basicly) and the 560ti
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nvidia-geforce-gtx-...

scroll down to Those spec look familiar.

Ti is a designation of high end part which They slapped all over one series of cards in the early 2000's
I had on a 4200ti 64MB. It was almost pointless as the entire series had that attached.

4200ti 4600ti 4800ti. It was to infer hi quality. Ti stands for titanium.
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October 23, 2011 9:22:49 PM

Thanks spentshells! I guess I will avoid the potential problems with the used GPU. I have learned from other used products I have bought in the past that buying new removes a lot of headaches.

That being said, I am about $300 over budget with the 570 and the current case I have picked out (Antec Six Hundred).

Everything else is pretty much covered and not able to be downgraded.

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Full setup:

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k,

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212,

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3,

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3 1600 Dual Channel,

GPU: GeForce GTX 570 1280MB PCI EXpress 16X dual head HDMI,

HD: 250GB Hitachi 7200rpm SATA2 UDMA 300 8m Cache,

DVD: LG 22x DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW,

Audio: Realtek HD digital audio (onboard),

PSU: Antec NEO 620W Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply SLI and X-fire ready,

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit DVD w/SP1,

Case: Antec Six Hundred Black Case Side Window front USB

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Total: about $1400 with assembly, so I am definitely way over budget
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October 24, 2011 3:57:13 AM

Well move down to the 560TI if you are over budget, It will be support in the same way the other cards are. If you are video editing get a bigger hard drive.
To make this all work out I suggest a cheaper case.
Im not sure where you are shopping but newegg is out of the antec 600
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October 25, 2011 12:12:26 AM

Thanks again, shells!

Would any of the Antec Sonata cases work? Cases are the items I probably know the least about, so compatibility with my setup and a case is a bit of a mystery to me.

I don't care AT ALL about looks. Just expense and how well it works for my setup.
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October 25, 2011 4:44:54 AM

No look at something else. The sonata is a nice case ( I have one in my step daughters computer) I wouldn't recommend it for a larger graphics card like you have selected. It has really poor cooling.
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October 30, 2011 7:27:05 PM

Thanks again spentshells! I finally pulled the trigger (and went over my budget).

Setup:


CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k,

Cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212,

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3,

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) PC12800 DDR3 1600 Dual Channel,

GPU: GeForce GTX 570 1280MB PCI EXpress 16X dual head HDMI,

HD: 500GB Western Digital 7200RPM SATA3,

DVD: LG 22x DVD Recorder Dual Layer +R/RW -R/RW,

Audio: Realtek HD digital audio (onboard),

PSU: Antec EarthWatts 650w Extra Quiet ATX Power Supply,

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64bit DVD w/SP1,

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3

---------------------------------- Total: $1,492 (built, shipped and ready to go)--------------------------------------

Thanks so much for all the help, guys!
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October 30, 2011 7:34:56 PM

Best answer selected by groggy.
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