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Hi everyone,

This is my first post here. I am planning on building my first build. I want a build that will do all of the Adobe Master Collection CS5.5 which includes Premier Pro CS5.5, After Effects and Audition CS5.5. I am a professional Oil Painter (still lifes, landscapes etc.) and want to develop how-to videos (including DVDs) about how I create a painting. I have below what I believe will do the job though some items may be missing. I also want to be able to have 3 USB ports in front and be able to connect to our wifi network. I would like to stay under $3000 (9ncluding the Dell Monitor).

I would appreciate any suggestions.

Part Price

Corsair 600T Case $160.00
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $209.00
Intel i7 2600K $320.00
Crucial 4GB DDR3 PC3-10600 1333MHz 240-pin DIMM (4 sticks) $200.00
CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $120.00
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $260.00
LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black IDE Model GH22NP21 - OEM $28.00
PLEXTOR Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Blu-ray Writer PX-LB950SA LightScribe Support $147.00
Windows 7 Professional 64bit (OEM) $129.00
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse $60.00

Total $1,633.00

Dell 27 inch UltraSharp IPS Monitor $1,000.00

Grand Total $2,633.00
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  1. Are you getting a dedicated graphics card or are you using Intel HD graphics?
  2. gmcizzle said:
    Are you getting a dedicated graphics card or are you using Intel HD graphics?

    I believe I need a pretty good graphics card to be able to edit videos in Premiere Pro. Not sure which one to get.
  3. 4thSilver said:
    I believe I need a pretty good graphics card to be able to edit videos in Premiere Pro. Not sure which one to get.

    I Recommend getting GTx 580 3GB because it's highly recommended if you do Premiere Pro because my bro's GTs 450 was so slow, it took 3 days just to finish a movie about 1H 13m after rendering/encoding it(I think this involve in CPU lol)... He increased his ram to 16GB and no improvement... GTs 450 is just too slow that the 3D he created was lagging...
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    The performance gap between a 580 and a gts 450 is as big as you can get. If you aren't gaming then the 580 is a bit unnecessary. Also, a $210 motherboard is unnecessary if you don't plan on running dual graphics cards. The PSU you have is fine, but I would get a more reliable one if this is going to be a workstation PC. Getting an SSD will be one of the best performance options.

    Here are my suggested changes:

    Add a very reliable SSD:


    Better PSU:

    Since your budget is high then a 580 with 3gb VRAM should do nicely, although I still think it's a bit much for a workstation PC. Still, a great alternative to a more expensive Quadro card.
  5. I just checked the Adobe certified GPU-accelerated cards for nvidia for using with Premier Pro. They are the Tesla to Quadra 6000 ranging from $3000 to $4000. I need to do more graphics card research. Not sure I want to spend that much on a card alone.
  6. Dude. You don't need those graphics card unless you are going to do a Pixar movie.

    Just get a cheapo card and you're fine.
  7. I notice the Nvidia GTX 570 and 580 are also certified so I will be getting one of those.
  8. Another question: I will probably be waiting for an Ivy Bridge motherboard that contains more than 2 USB 3.0 ports. If I am going to spend $3000 plus I am going to want to be future-proofed for a good five years. I also already have 3 external hard drives(2-2TB and 1-3 TB). I do a lot of photographing and videographing and need the photo/video upload etc. speed. I obviously don't have it now and the agony of transferring so many very large files at USB 2.0 speed is a real pain. I am very surprised that Intel did not incorporate USB 3.0 into a Sandy Bridge chipset. So I will probably not be building my Premiere Pro PC until January 2012+ so I can build around an Intel Ivy Bridge i7 CPU.

    At that time hopefully Corsair will have upgraded the 600T case to have 4 USB ports in the front although I understand there are 3rd party female USB-3.0 add-ins that can be plugged right into a 5.25 slot.

    After the very useful suggestions above I will be putting in an SSD as what I call my program drive which will have all my programs (Windows 7, Premiere Pro, Photoshop etc.).

    I will be adding at least 2-3TB data internal HDs (not in RAID) and use externals as backup drives (everything needs to be backed up at least once).
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