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2500€ Gaming / video-editing "light" PC

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February 16, 2012 1:33:02 PM

System Usage: Quiet Productivity / High-def Movies / Gaming / Video-editing "light"
Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, I'd like to order Monday.
Budget Range: approx. 2.5k€
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ditech.at
Country: Austria
Parts Preference: nvidia gpu for adobe premiere acceleration; SSD for OS
Additional Comments: as quiet as possible, especially when load is low (e.g. surfing, working with MS Office)

SILVERSTONE Fortress Midi-Tower SST-FT02B black
Fan Controller SCYTHE Kaze Master Ace, 4-channels, black
ATX 850 Watt, CORSAIR AX850, 80Plus-Gold

Mainboard S-2011 ASUS P9X79 Pro, ATX
INTEL Core i7 - 3930K, 3,20GHz, LGA2011, 6-Core, Boxed
NOCTUA NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler
2x Corsair DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Low Profile, CML8GX3M2A1600C9B) = 16GB

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Phantom

Solid State Drive 2,5" SATA 6Gb/s SAMSUNG 830 Series, 256 GB
SATA 6Gb/s WD Caviar Green, 3 TB, 64MB Cache

Soundkarte ASUS Xonar DS 7.1, PCI, retail
DVD-+R/-+RW SATA PLEXTOR PX-L890SA, Lightscribe, retail, black

Is this reasonable? Especially, did I choose wisely in regards to mainboard and RAM?

I know that the 3930K is expensive and that the Core i5-2500K is still the recommended choice, but I tend to buy new pc's only every five or six years, so bearing this in mind and my interest to try video-editting, I think it's wise to invest into the newer platform.
In regards to the GPU, this one is supposed to be the quietest 570 when load is low and I can easily upgrade to a newer gpu in 2,3 years (more easily than change the mobo/cpu).

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
February 16, 2012 1:38:39 PM

Hmm I need to take a look at that motherboard, but the new NVidia GPU's are coming out in only a few months so the 5XX series will become obsolete, so either wait till then or go with one of the Radeon cards. As far as RAM, looks good to me. You'll use the 16gigs for video editing.
February 16, 2012 1:49:12 PM

Thanks for the reply! How about 32gigs of RAM, would only cost 90€ more?

I understand that the 5XX will be obsolete soon. I need to buy the PC now, I can't wait any longer. I don't know much about the Radeon cards. I looked @ http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi... and it says: Best PCIe Card For ~£260: Tie b/w GeForce GTX 570 and Radeon HD 6970.

I went with the Gainward 570 Phantom, because I read great things about its noise-level when load is low. And I can also easily upgrade the graphics card in 2 or 3 years.

But if you have a better recommendation, please tell me.
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February 16, 2012 2:01:55 PM

Yeah, don't get me wrong, that's a great card, but I'd recommend going with the 6970 or the 7950, the 7950 specifically, which is a bit more expensive, but is the "latest and greatest" 28nm technology, so it won't go away for a while, letting you run most games you want for probably 5-6 years like you said. Also, 32gigs would probably be overkill unless you want to run say Blender, Cinema 4D, or Photoshop at the same time you're editing, which will make the workflow more efficient, but... it's really your choice.
February 16, 2012 3:43:14 PM

go with asus sabertoothx79
and go with 4x4 gb low profile. And as termhn said kepler is comming or go with 7950
February 16, 2012 3:58:57 PM

fegefeuer said:
System Usage: Quiet Productivity / High-def Movies / Gaming / Video-editing "light"
Approximate Purchase Date: Ideally, I'd like to order Monday.
Budget Range: approx. 2.5k€
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ditech.at
Country: Austria
Parts Preference: nvidia gpu for adobe premiere acceleration; SSD for OS
Additional Comments: as quiet as possible, especially when load is low (e.g. surfing, working with MS Office)

SILVERSTONE Fortress Midi-Tower SST-FT02B black
Fan Controller SCYTHE Kaze Master Ace, 4-channels, black
ATX 850 Watt, CORSAIR AX850, 80Plus-Gold

Mainboard S-2011 ASUS P9X79 Pro, ATX
INTEL Core i7 - 3930K, 3,20GHz, LGA2011, 6-Core, Boxed
NOCTUA NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler
2x Corsair DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (Low Profile, CML8GX3M2A1600C9B) = 16GB

Gainward GeForce GTX 570 Phantom

Solid State Drive 2,5" SATA 6Gb/s SAMSUNG 830 Series, 256 GB
SATA 6Gb/s WD Caviar Green, 3 TB, 64MB Cache

Soundkarte ASUS Xonar DS 7.1, PCI, retail
DVD-+R/-+RW SATA PLEXTOR PX-L890SA, Lightscribe, retail, black

Is this reasonable? Especially, did I choose wisely in regards to mainboard and RAM?

I know that the 3930K is expensive and that the Core i5-2500K is still the recommended choice, but I tend to buy new pc's only every five or six years, so bearing this in mind and my interest to try video-editting, I think it's wise to invest into the newer platform.
In regards to the GPU, this one is supposed to be the quietest 570 when load is low and I can easily upgrade to a newer gpu in 2,3 years (more easily than change the mobo/cpu).

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.



Okay! "Quiet Productivity / High-def Movies / Gaming / Video-editing " Buy the i7 2600K video editing light or heavy needs hyper threading. 39630K is really expensive. X79 chipset MOBO is quite expensive too. If you want to lessen the cost gor i7 2600K and Z68 motherboard.
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