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November 25, 2011 3:07:37 PM

I'm returning to an old hobby of photography (photoshop CS5, Raw files, video, etc..) and my 5 year old Dell needs last rites pronounced over it. I'm hoping that by building my own system, I'll learn something and end up with a lot more capable system than if I buy another box. The ability to upgrade in a new computer is important as I'm not sure what I'll need a year or two from now--I'm still in the learning curve. I'll gladly take any suggestions you have.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week--hoping to get some post Thanksgiving bargains.

Budget Range: $1,000-1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo and video editing-- some gaming—movie watching.

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com. Honestly doesn’t matter. I’m a good shopper if I know what I need.)

Country: Germany (but I’ll probably buy the parts in the US as they are often much cheaper.)

Parts Preferences: No brand or part loyalty. I’d like a roomy case, for potential expansion and it’s a first build.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050)

Additional Comments: I tend to keep computers for 5+ years. I could spend more, if doing so would be a better ‘value’. I like to get a lot of bang for my buck.



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November 25, 2011 4:44:43 PM

For video editing I recommend Intel's i7 so I'll build around that.

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ------------$119.99------COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced------$25 Mail in Rebate

Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ------------$179.99------Asus P8Z68-V Pro

Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ------$319.99------Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge

CPU Fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ---------$24.99------Cooler Master 212+-------------$10 Mail in Rebate

Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ----------$74.99------Corsair Vengeance (4x4)

Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ----$269.99------HIS IceQ X Turbo 690 2GB GDDR5

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... --------------$89.99------Rosewill Bronze 1000W

DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ------$19.99-----ASUS Black SATA 24X

HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -------------$149.99-----Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb

Total------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$1249.91
Total After Mail in Rebates------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ :sol:  $1214.91 :sol: 
A little over but with overclocking this thing will rip man! :bounce: 
Just my 2 cents do with it what you will.
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November 26, 2011 8:02:18 AM


If you're runnning Premiere CS5, do NOT get the AMD/ATI chipset video card.
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November 26, 2011 6:07:59 PM

Draven35 said:
If you're runnning Premiere CS5, do NOT get the AMD/ATI chipset video card.


Any reason why? My understanding is that CS5 isn't particularly video card dependent--virtually anything will do. I did want a decent card for gaming and all around use, just didn't know there were compatibility issues. Thanks for the alert, just trying to learn as I go.
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November 26, 2011 6:14:51 PM

Hillmanant. Thanks much. Looks like a brilliant set up and about where I want to be. I appreciate the input and for me--it's worth a lot. Rank beginner needs a direction to at least start exploring.
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November 26, 2011 9:33:15 PM

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November 26, 2011 9:37:21 PM

Best answer selected by darenka.
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November 26, 2011 9:41:28 PM

hillmanant said:
Best Answer?


Ooops, first post. Sorry to be dense. I hadn't paid much attention to those 'best answer' things on other posts I'd read. Hands down, the best answer. :wahoo: 
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November 26, 2011 10:43:31 PM

darenka said:
Any reason why? My understanding is that CS5 isn't particularly video card dependent--virtually anything will do. I did want a decent card for gaming and all around use, just didn't know there were compatibility issues. Thanks for the alert, just trying to learn as I go.


Premiere CS 5.x uses CUDA for rendering acceleration. CUDA doesn't work on AMD/ATI video cards. The GPU-accelerated rendering is about five times faster than rendering it in software.
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