Your opinions please - Upgrade? Downgrade?

I need is a solid computer that can handle graphic design as well as video editing, for long periods of time - I host big events and can't have the system crash in a middle of a song/speach etc.

MOBO - Gigabayte GA-Z68XP-UD4
CPU - INTEL Core i7-2600 3.4Ghz 8M
Memory - Kingstone 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3
GFX: GTX570 1280MB
HD - Hitachi 2TB 64MB 6gb Sata3
Power Supply - AcBel 550 Watt IPower

Your opinions? Should I change anything?
Upgrade? Downgrade?

Much thanks!
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  1. you'll want to up the memory to at least 8GB for video editing, probably to 16GB.

    As long as your SW uses the CUDA stuff from the GPU that's probably a good card for you.

    The PSU has to go though, you want the stability from it to run a system like that without hitches. I would say go with a quality unit from Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone or XFX.

    XFX Core 650W is pretty decently priced.
    And if you want higher end, then Seasonic X-series 560W or higher.
  2. I agree that the PSU is a horrible choice, and you for sure want to increase your RAM.

    For the PSU try something like this:

    - Antec High Gamer Series:
    - Seasonic MII 620:

    Get something like this (2 for 16GB):

    I would also change out your HD - I am not a huge fan of Hitachi HDs as I've had way too many of them fail really easily on me over the last few years. Maybe go with a 64GB Crucial M4 for your boot drive and then get a Seagate 1 or 2TB HD for your secondary storage. In a build for what you need it to do you should *FOR SURE* have your OS separate from your data in case you ever need to reformat.

    Crucial M4:
    Seagate 2TB:

    And then for the GPU get this:
  3. Thanks for the replys, some conclusions:

    Will do, prolly gonna go with 16GB like you guys suggested.

    I'm a big fan of Seagate myself and I was thinking of getting this one instead
    Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    it's random read/write seek time is much faster.

    A few questions:

    What do you think of my choice? I'd love to hear it's shortcomings.

    The Seasonic one is half the price for me, does it measure up to the Antec one?

    I don't know EVGA, are they any good?
  4. HDD*: I've used seagate drives with success, just make sure you have sufficient cooling for the drives.

    PSU: Either one works just fine.

    EVGA is good, but if you have MSI TwinFrozr models available at a reasonable price, they are very nice as well. They have great cooling and are much quieter than the more or less standard models that EVGA has.
  5. Thanks.

    I chose these,



    As you can see in the Memory Specifications section, the CPU supports DDR3-1066/1333 Mhz but the memory I presented is 1600 Mhz.

    1. Will they work together? Meaning, the CPU will limit the memory to only 1333 Mhz but will work fine, right?
    2. I'm asking this so I can upgrade the CPU to 1600 Mhz in a few years.
    Is that a valid consideration or should I just downgrade the memory / upgrade the CPU ?
  6. They work together, the Z68 motherboard you selected will allow you to run the memory at 1600mhz. The CPU frequency and memory frequency are not tied together as much as they used to be so you will be fine with your selection.
  7. Quote:
    What do you think of my choice? I'd love to hear it's shortcomings.

    I've used and formatted tons of drives and I've had the best luck with Western Digital and Seagate, the worst with Hitachi. Seagate makes some excellent drives and they last a long time. The Western Digital Caviar Black is widely regarded as the best right now but you will be paying a huge premium for them due to the HD shortages.

    You should also heavily consider an SSD for your boot drive - you don't want to have your data and OS stored on the same drive in case you need to reformat or clean out Windows.

    The Seasonic one is half the price for me, does it measure up to the Antec one?

    Seasonic is widely regarded as one of the best on the market and actually is the OEM manufacturer on a lot of Antec, XFX, and Corsair PSUs.

    I don't know EVGA, are they any good?

    Yes - they are pretty much all I buy for NVIDIA cards - they have an excellent tech support and RMA department if something goes wrong.
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