Rate My $1.8K Video Editing & Database Rig Build, & Offer Suggestions

Approximate Purchase Date: Before Christmas, 2011

Budget Range: $1,500-$1,800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo database, genealogy database, Photoshop editing, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 HD video editing. No games, ever.

Parts Not Required: Monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers, 3.5" floppy drive

Preferred Website for Parts:

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Intel i7 2700K, ASUS motherboard, full tower case, Nvidia GTX 570, don't want liquid cooling

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 2048 x 1152 (monitor one), 1600x1200 (monitor two)

Additional Comments: Need to replace my decade-old system, as follows:

Existing System From 2001:

Building my own finely-tuned system for just over $2,000 ten years ago has surprisingly allowed me to keep running everything I've thrown at it, even a decade later. I don't play games. I do photo and genealogy database work and Adobe CS5 Photoshop and some basic Premiere work.

My main desktop system is an eight year old Athlon 1700+ 1.46Ghz system with 3GB RAM, dual 7200rpm 100GB hard drives, and the fastest 1GB video card available for the motherboard's AGP video slot.

I've also managed to keep this original decade-old Windows XP Pro installation intact and running smoothly without ever re-installing or wiping a hard drive clean.

New System For 2011/2012:

My goal for a new system is to build it around the i7 2700K processor and to have tons of hard drive space, along with one of the lowest end video cards that supports the Adobe CS5 Mercury Playback Engine, and I've chosen the GTX570. I want to use this new system to edit 1080p video in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 using the Mercury Playback Engine.

When I planned a new system a while back, 1TB hard drives were as low as $40, but now they have skyrocketed to between $140 and $240 each, raising the total price of my three 1TB hard drives from $120 to between $420 and $720 -- ouch. I've decided to just get one 1TB to 3TB drive for now until the hard drive market returns to where it was, and wait until then to add the two additional drives. I don't plan on running RAID now, but may want to run RAID 5 in the future when drives prices become reasonable again.

Here's a basic system I was considering, with parts all from NewEgg:

Processor: i7 2700K for $369.99

Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V LE $132.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $79.99

Graphics Card: EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 $339.99

Power Supply: SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W ATX 12V $129.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition $139.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s $289.99
(I'd like to also use my 2 old 320GB Ultra ATA/133 IDE drives -- will this motherboard let me or will I need to buy a separate controller card?)

DVD Burner: LITE-ON IHBS112-04 $79.99
(I'd also like to use my current old LITE-ON DVD burner as a second unit, for making non-BluRay copies)

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit $189.99

Total Price: $1,752.91

Am I forgetting any components?

Do you have any recommendations on better component choices, or components that will work better together than these, at the same price-points?

Would any pre-built Cyberpower, iBuyPower or Alienware systems for $1,800 or less be able to offer nearly the same performance numbers, such as this Cyberpower rig, for example:

Thanks kindly for your time and assistance.

Best Regards,
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  1. You need a separate card for the HDD's the ide connection is available only in very few motherboards these days.

    Other than that you seem to have everything.

    As for the pre built. It all depends on what you value, performance would be about the same I think.
    And you can shave off a few bucks from your current one by using i7 2600k and overclocking it if needed.
    Also don't know if you need all the features win7 ultimate has vs professional or Home Premium.
    Check them out since you can easily save $100 if you don't need it all.

    A motherboard with PCIe Gen3 support might be good so that you can upgrade graphics card later on.
  2. Thanks, rvilkman.

    I'll see if I can find a cheap IDE card, and a motherboard such as you suggest, with PCIe Gen3 support, sounds like a great idea for an extra $40 or $50. I don't know if my new rig will last ten years like my current system, but I am looking for longevity.

    I don't mind paying a bit extra for the i7 2700, and I want Windows 7 Ultimate for some of its virtual XP process features.

    Any other thoughts, anyone? Thanks!

  3. Best answer
    3930K Production Benchmarks

    Considering your longevity with machines, and the slant towards production I think you should at least consider Sandy Bridge-E. The programs you're running were designed with parallel processing in mind and going from 8 cores (4/4HT) to 12 (6/6HT) will pay dividends.

    The entire article I linked is a great read and it's shown that you can get started with X79 at reasonable (relative to what you're currently considering) prices.
  4. Thanks, a4mula.

    Yeah, my biggest decision has been choosing between the 2700K and the 3930K. I'll reconsider the 3930K based on your advice.

  5. I'm still debating whether to invest in the 3930K or save money and purchase the 2700K.
  6. I've decided to tweak things a bit, adding an SSD drive. This is the adjusted build -- what do you think?

    LG Black 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support SATA
    WH12LS39 LightScribe Support
    Item #:N82E16827136241

    Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
    Item #:N82E16819115070

    ASUS P8Z68-V LE ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
    Item #:N82E16813131773

    Koutech IO-PIR133 PCI IDE Controller Card
    Item #:N82E16815104214

    Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822148844

    Koutech IO-FPM530 Multi-in-1 USB 3.0 Multifunction SuperSpeed Front
    Panel Card Reader with eSATA / HD Audio Ports (5.
    Item #:N82E16820162031

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3
    12800) Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231315

    SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817256059

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
    Item #:N82E16832116992

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #:N82E16820148442

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced Blue Edition RC-932-KKN3-GP Computer Case
    Item #:N82E16811119213

    EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 012-P3-1570-AR Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814130593
    *Grand Total:* $1,931.88

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