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December 30, 2011 9:26:49 PM

After tons of reading, I still vascilate from gung ho to paralysis. I would greatly appreciate help in this process.

My objective is to build a respectable system for editing HD Video (mostly AVCHD). Here is what I am considering:


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ASUS P9X79 WS LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS
$399.99 -$20.00 Instant $379.99
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model F3-19200CL11Q-16GBZHD
$299.99 $299.99
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Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition Sandy Bridge-E 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73960X
$1,049.99 $1,049.99
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ASUS ENGTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
$499.99 $499.99
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CORSAIR H100 (CWCH100) Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
$119.99 $119.99
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CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Power ..
$229.99 -$10.00 Instant $219.99
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ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS
$99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99
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Corsair Carbide Series 500R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$139.99 $139.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
64MB Cache
$129.99 -$5.00 Instant $124.99



Am I crazy to go with the i7 3960x? Is it overkill? I don't see the i7 3930 available nor the i7 2700k. If I went to the i7 2600k, would it be 5%, 20% 40% less of a machine than what I propose? Would love an estimate to help with the cost benefit analysis?

I am very unclear what to do with my storage. Some say go with 1HDD (1x1TB) for OS/Programs, 2HDD (2x1T) in Raid 0 for editing, and then 1HDD (1x1T or 1x2T) for other. I have a 2T NAS for backup. Does the Raid0 significantly improve performance. Is it easy to make the Raid0?

Do I need the 1050W power? Do I need the H100 cooler?

Can the BluRay Burner also burn DVD? If not is there such a thing?

Assume that Windows 7 Pro is best?

All help/comments appreciated...

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December 30, 2011 9:53:00 PM

With that budget I'd phone a local tech guy and get him to sort it.
December 30, 2011 10:15:18 PM

I would go with the i7-3930k processor instead because its $500 cheaper and only .1 gH less than the one you have picked out. Its sold out on newegg.com but its always going in and out of stock on newegg and you could probably find the same one on a different web site.
you'll need to go with at least 900w powersupply.
you don't need a water cooler unless you are planning on overclocking and if you are going to overclock you could just a cpu cooler and do it just not as good as water cooling.
a bluray burner can also burn dvds
you might need a bigger case depending on your videocard

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December 30, 2011 11:37:13 PM

Thanks for you help.

I hear you on the 3930...I suppose going to the 2700k is a whole different story?

What are your thoughts on storage - I've heard that setting up a Raid0 for your work space makes things fast, and ok if you back up? That would require 1HDD for os/programs, 2HDD for Raid0, and then maybe another? I do have 2 x 1T Nas's. Does something like this give me substantial performance benefits or am I just as well to have a 1T for os/programs, and 2T for filing, editing, and storage?

I thought that Tower was pretty large. Any other recommendations?

Also - on GPU - thinking of the GTX 580 - all all manufacturers the same? Do they all come with the same amount of memory. If not what do you recommend?

Thanks so much!
December 30, 2011 11:42:05 PM

Richard3 said:
Thanks for you help.

I hear you on the 3930...I suppose going to the 2700k is a whole different story?

What are your thoughts on storage - I've heard that setting up a Raid0 for your work space makes things fast, and ok if you back up? That would require 1HDD for os/programs, 2HDD for Raid0, and then maybe another? I do have 2 x 1T Nas's. Does something like this give me substantial performance benefits or am I just as well to have a 1T for os/programs, and 2T for filing, editing, and storage?

I thought that Tower was pretty large. Any other recommendations?

Also - on GPU - thinking of the GTX 580 - all all manufacturers the same? Do they all come with the same amount of memory. If not what do you recommend?

Thanks so much!


If you were going to get the 2700k then you may as well get the 2600k and overclock it to about 4.6GHz and you will have a really strong set-up! Good job.
December 31, 2011 12:21:33 AM

Richard3 said:
Thanks for you help.

I hear you on the 3930...I suppose going to the 2700k is a whole different story?

What are your thoughts on storage - I've heard that setting up a Raid0 for your work space makes things fast, and ok if you back up? That would require 1HDD for os/programs, 2HDD for Raid0, and then maybe another? I do have 2 x 1T Nas's. Does something like this give me substantial performance benefits or am I just as well to have a 1T for os/programs, and 2T for filing, editing, and storage?

I thought that Tower was pretty large. Any other recommendations?

Also - on GPU - thinking of the GTX 580 - all all manufacturers the same? Do they all come with the same amount of memory. If not what do you recommend?

Thanks so much!





if you went with the 2700k you would have to get a different motherboard.
more than one HDD will not improve the performance of the pc but the more rpms the HDD has the faster the HDD is.I guess if your going to do video editing than two HDDs would be good to store you video editing files in one and everything else in the other.
There are some mid atx cases that are big enough to fit a large video card but thats something you want to be sure of.
I would recommend the
EVGA 03G-P3-1595-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) Classified ULTRA 3072MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
its an 580 and it has 3gb of memory and it clocks at 900mhz
December 31, 2011 2:16:56 AM

Wow - such great help. Thanks everyone.

So to be clear - money aside, should I go with the 2700 or the 2600 instead of the 39XX, as in the 2x+ in cost isn't justified in performance. I don't know much about OC'ing, but I am all for getting the best system at the best price.

Sounds like I am hearing that it makes sense to go for even the 2600 if I can figure out OC'ing?

Thanks again.

R
January 1, 2012 9:52:37 PM

between the 2600k and the 2700k you should chose the 2600k but if you have enough money you should chose the 3930k because it would be a lot longer before you would have to upgrade because the 3930k is a six core processor and both the other two are 4 core and with video editing a six core would offer better performance.
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