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February 24, 2012 1:47:53 PM

I'm planning on making my first custom build PC within the the next month. The primary use will be for video video editing and rendering. I've never done it before I'm not sure how compatible all my parts are but I think these all work well together. My budget limit is around 1500$.

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Transfer Kit

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222BB/BEBE - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I know I'm missing a case and cooling I'm don't know yet what a good one would be. Could any of these parts be swapped for better ones at similar price? I've herd I can get a better GPU for only slightly more. Right nowthis build cost is around $1200

Also I found a site ibuypower.com I configured a similar build there for around 1200$. However I've heard some say that the quality of the builds are not good or the parts are cheap. What I'm looking for is a quality build that will last me for many years. However, since I've never built a myself, I'm not sure how well I can do it myself. If ibuypower is reliable, should I buy from them to ensure the computer is of sound qaulity, or should I order the separate parts and take caution is building it myself? Which is the better the option for me? Thanks for any helpful replies.

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February 24, 2012 2:12:10 PM

I've just ordered very similar parts. Mine will cost $400 more give or take, and I'll explain some of my choices.

1. THE CPU - I went with I5 2500k. I do games, and the extra $100 will never be noticeable.

2. SSD - I went with the Samsung 830. Supposedly the quality is much better, but then M4 was definitly on my list for a long time...

3. RAM - I went with the 2133 Ripjaw's as overclocking is a priority for me.

4. VID - I went with 7970 - It's always been my philosophy to buy the best single card that you can afford, as SLI/X-Fire isn't as effective as a single card, and the 7970 is a BEAST, but so is the 7950, which you should REALLY consider.
February 24, 2012 2:12:53 PM

I think you've done a good job with your parts selection, and I'll let others comment on the 3848939 different video cards you "should" buy, although I think what you've chosen is pretty groovy for YOUR mission.

I will say that I was in a very similar situation. I shopped cyberpower and ibuy until I was nauseous. I was very afraid of messing up doing it myself. But after many hours of reading and research I felt comfortable giving it a go myself. I'm not the most technical person and I'm average mechanically inclined. But I put it together with no issues, and had a blast doing it.

This forum will give you plenty of support, and if you do a little reading and google "how to build a pc" you should have no troubles and you'll have a lot of fun doing it.

I would suggest an aftermarket CPU cooler. The Hyper 212 Evo is a popular choice and a great value.

Most folks seem to get the 1600 RAM and personally, I prefer something lower profile to avoid clearance issues. The epeen extreme fins look fancy, but I hate crowded cases. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the case, I was glad I bought a large/mid size tower. Antec and Corsair have excellent choices in the mid $100 range and you won't be sorry for not skimping on a nicer case.

Don't forget your Windows 7 64 bit. The OEM version is fine. It will bind you to that mobo but if you ever switch, a phone call to Microsoft will get you a new key, and its a lot cheaper.

Also double check whether that mobo comes with a mobo speaker. If it doesn't, spend another $8 and get a mobo speaker so you can hear the POST beeps.

650W is plenty for your PSU and for about the same money you could get a modular, for less wires-to-nowhere. Stick to Corsair or Antec. I love my modular Corsair. Here's a link to newegg but I got it on Amazon for under $100. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since you'll be doing a lot of video rendering, and maybe conversions, the onboard graphics will be nice for you. The Intel HD3000 comes on that chip you've chosen and your mobo supports using both the onboard graphics as well as the video card. One is better at video stuff, the other is better at gaming.
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February 24, 2012 6:47:41 PM

Great advise all around. If you are looking for a cheap mid tower with lotsa room I will suggest the Coolermaster Centurian 5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Its dependable, stylish, comes in many colors, wont break the bank, and most of all, great cooling. I suggest this case to most of my customers that are looking to get the most bang for the buck and dont want a 4 foot tall tower like mine =)
February 24, 2012 7:27:31 PM

jargus said:
The primary use will be for video video editing and rendering.


If the primary use is video editing then get some more ram. From what I've heard (since I don't edit video) the more ram the better and it is relatively inexpensive anyway.
February 24, 2012 8:22:12 PM

Time to pipe in :) 

I've had a couple of friends buy their media workstations from this place with no complaints:

http://ironsidecomputers.com/

I have a couple of questions for you though:

What application do you use for editing and what does the rendering? If it's Adobe, you would be kicking yourself if you don't get a GTX 570 for the Cuda acceleration.

I would also echo the suggestion to get more RAM in there. While a SSD would be fast for booting and loading programs, it really won't do too much for editing unless you use it as a source disc which is extremely cost prohibitive. Are you planning on using external drives for media source (if you do, make it ESATA).

-Rob
February 25, 2012 11:51:27 AM

pdxgfx said:
Time to pipe in :) 

I've had a couple of friends buy their media workstations from this place with no complaints:

http://ironsidecomputers.com/

I have a couple of questions for you though:

What application do you use for editing and what does the rendering? If it's Adobe, you would be kicking yourself if you don't get a GTX 570 for the Cuda acceleration.

I would also echo the suggestion to get more RAM in there. While a SSD would be fast for booting and loading programs, it really won't do too much for editing unless you use it as a source disc which is extremely cost prohibitive. Are you planning on using external drives for media source (if you do, make it ESATA).

-Rob



Couldn't agree less with you. 16gb is a must for video editing nowadays.
February 25, 2012 2:06:45 PM

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Couldn't agree less with you. 16gb is a must for video editing nowadays.


Not sure if you meant "Couldn't agree more". If you read my last post I echoed the suggestion to pack that sucker up with RAM.

Really with RAM prices as cheap as they are right now there's no reason not to pack that box with it. I've got my box at home stuffed to 24GB. After Effects eats it up like candy to a toddler.

_Rob
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