An Editing Beast Build - Need Help.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month

Budget Range: $2000 - $2500 (with a little wiggle, but keeping it lower is better obviously)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo / Video Editing, Graphics work, Gaming, Regular surf the web stuff

Parts Not Required: Nothing outside the box itself.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Dig the new Antec P280 case. Nvidia card preference for Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe products.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: If I buy the Dell U2711 then: 2560 x 1440

I'm debating Picking up a Dell U2711 based on the $700 price on cybermonday (today!? so I may update this later if I pull the trigger) - I'm only debating because the Samsung SyncMaster LS27A850DS sounds really good as well and is new! at $850...

I'd PREFER my system be as quiet as possible - this is especially the case when idle. (I sleep in the same room!)

SO My current cart at is as follows... ( I am linking each item to it's product page on ncix)

Case: Antec P280 ATX Tower Case Black 3X5.25 2X2.5 6X3.5IN 2X120MM Top 1X120MM Rear Front USB3.0 No PSU

Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core 12MB 3.2GHZ Hyperthreading Unlocked LGA2011 Processor

Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 Pro ATX LGA2011 X79 DDR3 4PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Audio Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL F3-17000CL11Q-16GBZL Ripjawsz 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-2133 CL11-11-11-30 Sandy Bridge E Memory Kit (TWO of this kit for 32 GB total)

Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 1200W 24PIN ATX12V Active PFC 80 Plus Gold SLI Modular Power Supply 80MM Fan

HDD: OCZ Vertex 3 Max Iops 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 6Gbps Sandforce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 Intelli Power 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 Extreme Performance CPU Cooler System LGA775 1366 1156 AM2 AM3 ((Though Not Listed - It DOES Support socket 2011)

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD Fermi 732MHZ 2560MB 3.8GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

I'm coming in so far at $2,739.40 which.. is doable - but I also haven't hunted any deals I just built it strait up on NCIX for the time being. I tend to like NCIX only because I've ordered from them before... and have always had great experiences.

That's where I am at so far... I'd love all the advice I can get to be honest. I know the 2600k processors are champions and if I was just gaming I'd be all over it. But because I intend to move into more photo/video/graphics/effects editing
I felt the extra cores and cache made the 2011 socket make sense. Plus it should still be a beast when I do game ;)
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  1. This memory is faster (lower CAS) and cheaper

    Consider the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, same performance, usually cheaper.

    HD - Green = slow

    I'm not impressed by the H100

    Consider the new 560-448 coming out on Tuesday ..... its a 560/570 hybrid of sorts at 560 pricing.

    Neither the 560 nor 570 requires anything more than an 850 watt PSU. The XFX Core Edition (9.5), Corsair HX850 (10.0) and Antec SG850 (10.0) ...... jonnyguru performance ratings in parenthesis ..... are all good choices but all cost a lot more than the CP-850 which also garnered a 10.0 performance rating..... but that one is $115. Unfortunately, it doesnt fit in the Antec 280 ... you'd need a P183, P193, 1200 or DF-85
  2. Unfortunately the Mushkin memory you mention would leave me with a lot LESS ram. It seems in quad channel memory I have only a few options.

    The Green HD - I was just thinking for 'bulk storage' more than anything... I'm not 100% sure what I want to do for a major editing storage solution... a raided NAS or what... so for now I'm starting simple, and figure I can always use an extra 2gb for music / game installs / whatever.

    Don't want to 'impress' with the H100... It just seemed like a reasonable cooler that wasn't a GIANT tower inside the case straining the mobbo. I'd like to go as quiet as possible and it sounds like on low/medium settings the H100 is reasonably quiet and will provide decent heat control. I'm just looking for a simple solution to heat/audio control. It seemed ok? *shrugs*

    Good call at the 560-448 very interesting. I'm actually looking at a 570 with 2gb vram. If I go to that high res monitor and am doing graphics work I think it would be a huge boon. Plus with the 570 I'll morel likely be able to SLI in the future it seems. (biggest concern with a 570 is the potential noise)

    Which also addresses the PSU issue.. from the PSU calcs I tried they are all suggesting 1000W at least if I intend to SLI ever, and am running like 32GB of ram, and a power hungry SB-E processor. I also figure if I OVER estimate power usage the PSU won't be stressed and will usually run quieter.

    That jonnyguru site is awesome! Thanks.
    I really appreciate your thoughts. I hope my above doesn't sound like I don't appreciate - I'm just going through my current thought processes.
    It's been ages since I've built a system and just trying to figure it all out.
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