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New Computer apx. $4000 budget

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: Between $3000 AUD and lets say close to $4000 AUD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Master Collection (Rendering), High demanding video games, (other things, but lets face it, with the other stuff in mind, there wouldn't be anything that I also need to add)

Parts Not Required: Speakers, mouse, keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon (unless they can't do international shipping), tigerdirect

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences: Intel and Nivida

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

Monitor Resolution: 5760 x 1080 (3x 1920 x 1080)

Additional Comments: Already got two EVGA GTX 680's in my shopping basket, need three screens 24" preferably with a small frame so they can fit together without much of a black space, would like 1.5TB main HD
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  1. Just a hint but www.pccasegear.com usually have cheaper prices or if you live in Queensland www.umart.com.au
  2. Note the word usually.
  3. Well if you say so, I haven't found a case where that has been true. Well either way, the budget is as it was, so if the parts come off another website it won't bother me.
  4. I would say take this one and make some changes depending your taste

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3930k-overclock-radeon-hd-7970,3158.html

    there you have benchmarks and everything
  5. So has anyone got any recommendations for screens? I'm looking for them to be 24" LED 1920x1080 with 120HZ refresh rate
  6. Hggh12345 said:
    Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

    Budget Range: Between $3000 AUD and lets say close to $4000 AUD

    Additional Comments: Already got two EVGA GTX 680's in my shopping basket, need three screens 24" preferably with a small frame so they can fit together without much of a black space, would like 1.5TB main HD


    Dual GPU is not supported by Premiere Pro, so it is a waste of money to get two cards. A single 680 supports 3 screens. Samsung F2380 with small bezels may be an option.

    Have a look here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

    Your disk setup is the weakest point. You need at least three different 7200 RPM disks for a beginner/hobby system editing easy codecs, but with DSLR, RED or EPIC material, you need a way better disk setup.
  7. Hggh12345 said:
    So has anyone got any recommendations for screens? I'm looking for them to be 24" LED 1920x1080 with 120HZ refresh rate

    Can they be higher size?
  8. azeem40 said:
    Can they be higher size?

    Well I would prefer 24" as I'm used to using that, they also can't be much bigger than that as they won't fit on my desk
  9. Harm Millaard said:
    Dual GPU is not supported by Premiere Pro, so it is a waste of money to get two cards. A single 680 supports 3 screens. Samsung F2380 with small bezels may be an option.

    Have a look here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/947698?tstart=0

    Your disk setup is the weakest point. You need at least three different 7200 RPM disks for a beginner/hobby system editing easy codecs, but with DSLR, RED or EPIC material, you need a way better disk setup.


    In relation to the comment about the hard drives, I'm currently using one 7200 RPM 1TB disk and that seems to work well with Premiere Pro, it's never seemed to be slow?
  10. Best answer
    my recommendation

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/cgi-bin/ShoppingCart.asp?prchbcart=y&msg=

    intel i7 3960k
    noctua nh d-14
    asus x79 sabertooth 3 way sli
    corsair xms 4x4 gb 1600 ddr3
    2 x evga gtx 680 2gb
    ocz 1250 w 80+ gold psu
    lg blue ray burner
    seagate 3 tb 7200 hdd
    crucial m4 128 gb sata 3
    3 x asus 24" 1920 x 1200 ips professional monitor
    cooler master storm tropper full tower case

    cost :$4,357.86
  11. serialkiller said:
    my recommendation

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/cgi-bin/ShoppingCart.asp?prchbcart=y&msg=

    intel i7 3960k
    noctua nh d-14
    asus x79 sabertooth 3 way sli
    corsair xms 4x4 gb 1600 ddr3
    2 x evga gtx 680 2gb
    ocz 1250 w 80+ gold psu
    lg blue ray burner
    seagate 3 tb 7200 hdd
    crucial m4 128 gb sata 3
    3 x asus 24" 1920 x 1200 ips professional monitor
    cooler master storm tropper full tower case

    cost :$4,357.86


    Could you please post links for each of these items? The shopping cart link doesn't work because it relies on cookies that are on your computer, not mine. And the i7 3960k? I couldn't find a link for that
  12. Hggh12345 said:
    In relation to the comment about the hard drives, I'm currently using one 7200 RPM 1TB disk and that seems to work well with Premiere Pro, it's never seemed to be slow?


    See this blog: http://blogs.adobe.com/toddkopriva/2011/02/optimizing-for-performance-adobe-premiere-pro-and-after-effects.html

    Even Adobe confirms that three different 7200 RPM disks is the practical minimum, but if you use complex and heavily compressed codecs like RED 4K or EPIC 5K, even three disks is not enough. You have to keep in mind that SATA is a half-duplex connection and that slows everything down to a crawl for video editing. Look at some of the Hardware FAQ's under the Overview tab here: http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/hardware_forum?view=overview

    I suggest you try the http://ppbm5.com/index.html Benchmark test and see how fast/slow your system is.
  13. serialkiller said:


    Why two GTX 680 cards, when only one can be used? Seems like a pretty effective way to throw money down the drain.
  14. As he is gonna play on 3 monitors at high to ultra res
  15. serialkiller said:
    As he is gonna play on 3 monitors at high to ultra res


    That is handled by a single card. At least for normal monitor resolutions, up to 2500 something. Not if you are talking about 4K monitors, then it is a different ball game.

    I would rather save the $ 600 on the second 680 card and use it to improve the disk setup. Look here http://www.videoguys.com/Blog/
  16. Harm Millaard said:
    Why two GTX 680 cards, when only one can be used? Seems like a pretty effective way to throw money down the drain.


    I've been offered a deal that for this computer I don't have to pay $3000 of it, so I'm trying to future proof it as much as possible
  17. Harm Millaard said:
    That is handled by a single card. At least for normal monitor resolutions, up to 2500 something. Not if you are talking about 4K monitors, then it is a different ball game.

    I would rather save the $ 600 on the second 680 card and use it to improve the disk setup. Look here http://www.videoguys.com/Blog/


    Go on about the disk setup?
  18. As the ops wish

    i feel about that same like you guys.
  19. Quote:
    Go with triple 23" monitors instead, i found a monitor with really thin bezels!

    GPU: 2X http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2295396&CatId=7387 =1020$
    CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1380574&CatId=7377 = 570
    MOBO: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1610190&CatId=7381 =255$
    RAM:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1586699&CatId=4534 = 165$
    PSU:http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=581510 = 200$
    MNITR: 3X http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1990489&CatId=4420 =840$
    CASE: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6269869&CatId=1510 = 200$
    SSD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1393459&CatId=5300 = 180$
    HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1455520&Sku=S350-1038 =110$
    OPTDRV: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=752604&CatId=3636 =80$
    CPUCOOLER: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6514354 = 60$

    Grand Total: 3680$ + Shipping to Australia AND if i were you, i will add a third GTX 680 wich will bring the total up by (510$ GTX 680) + (Current Build 3680$) = 4190$, if were you i will get the third GTX 680, Why?? because @ 5170x 1080p games get pretty heavy, so you will need a lot of power to move them @ 5670x1080 w/ Max settings.


    Shipping comes in at $1,146.06, bring it to more than $4800
  20. http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-16011485-Corsair_Carbide_Series_500R_Mid_Tower_Case_4x_5_25%22_&_6x_3_5%22_2_5& $155.00 inc. GST
    Corsair Carbide 500R Case - Black

    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/153305/POWERSUPPLIES_800W_-_899W/XFX/P1-850S-NLB9.asp $148.00
    XFX 850W Core Edition - 135mm Fan, 80Plus Bronze

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1299&products_id=18803 $239.00
    ASRock X79 Extreme4 Motherboard

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1298&products_id=19588 $309.00
    Intel Core i7 3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core with Hyper-Threading

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=207_23_1300&products_id=18670 $39.00
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-BladeMaster-Silent-R4-BMBS-20PK-R0/dp/B0030DL37I/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1333152946&sr=1-5 $11.99 USD
    Cooler Master BladeMaster 120mm PWM High Air Flow Silent Case Fan (R4-BMBS-20PK-R0)

    http://www.megabuy.com.au/gskill-manufacturer-gskill-gskill-established-in-1989-by-computer-enthusiasts-is-a-leading-p322163.html $272.27 (Inc. GST)
    G.Skill [ ARES ] F3-1600C10Q-32GAO 32Gb (4x 8Gb) DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) 1.5v

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_344&products_id=19747 $109.00
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB ST1000DM003

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=210_902_1161&products_id=19744 $159.00
    Patriot Pyro SE 120GB SSD

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051144-EVGA_GeForce_GTX_680_Video_Card_2048MB_256_Bit_GDDR5_RAM_GPU_Clock_1006MHz_(GPU_ $627.10 inc. GST
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (02G-P4-2680-AR)

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42051144-EVGA_GeForce_GTX_680_Video_Card_2048MB_256_Bit_GDDR5_RAM_GPU_Clock_1006MHz_(GPU_ $627.10 inc. GST
    EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB (02G-P4-2680-AR)

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1092&products_id=18232 $285.00
    Samsung S23A750 23in 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1092&products_id=18232 $285.00
    Samsung S23A750 23in 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=558_1092&products_id=18232 $285.00
    Samsung S23A750 23in 120Hz 3D Widescreen LED Monitor

    Total: $3,547.46 AUD

    ***Alternative CPU

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1298&products_id=18759 $629.00
    Intel Core i7 3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619I73930K

    ***Alternative Memory Kits

    http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-37141020-G_Skill_ARES_16GB_(2x_8GB)_Dual_Channel_Memory_Kit_PC3_10666_DDR3_1333MHz_240pin $116.20 inc. GST
    G.Skill ARES 16GB (2x 8GB) Dual Channel Memory Kit - PC3-10666 / DDR3-1333MHz - 240pin DIMM - CL 9-9-9 2N - 1.5V - Unbuffered - Non-ECC (F3-1333C9D-16GAO)

    http://www.spotit.com.au/buy/120545_G_Skill_DDR3_1600_16GB_Dual_Channel.aspx $139.00 inc.GST
    G.Skill DDR3-1600 16GB Dual Channel [ARES] F3-1600C10D-16GAO GS-F3-1600C10D-16GAO

    ***Alternative Power Supplies

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_995&products_id=13278 $159.00
    Silverstone Strider Plus 850W ST85F-P 100% modular 80 PLUS Silver

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_305&products_id=17425 $175.00
    OCZ Technology ZX Series 850W Power Supply Fully Modular 80+ Gold

    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_226&products_id=16143 $155.00
    Antec High Current Gamer 900W Power Supply HCG-900 80 PLUS Bronze certified

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x79-extreme4-dx79to-p9x79-benchmark,3138-22.html <----- Review of that motherboard

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4480/asrock_x79_extreme4_intel_x79_motherboard_review/index13.html <----- Review of that motherboard

    http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X79%20Extreme4 <---- more on that board...get your updated bios here

    http://www.corsair.com/pc-cases/carbide-series-pc-case/carbide-series-500r-mid-tower-case.html <---- a better look at that case
  21. Where is gpu and monitors
  22. serialkiller said:
    Where is gpu and monitors

    The OP is going to buy 680's and I posted a 3D monitor on that link. I think he's buying 3 monitors so just x 3.
  23. Harm Millaard said:
    Why two GTX 680 cards, when only one can be used? Seems like a pretty effective way to throw money down the drain.

    If you read OP carefully, he stated he is gaming on 3 1080p monitors, which means the res will be 5760x1080. He will need two 680s to play on ultra at max settings with 60fps constant.
  24. Here's how I would spend that money:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $159.99
    PSU: Corsair HX850 Gold - $245.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $375.99
    CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $569.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 LGA2011 Edition - $89.00
    RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1866 MHz 1.5V - $135.00
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $179.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB - $139.99
    Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
    OS: Windows 7 Pro - $129.99
    Video Card: 2 x EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $699.99 each
    Monitor: 3 x Acer V243H 24" LED LCD - $159.99 each

    Total: $3,919.82
  25. g-unit1111 said:
    Here's how I would spend that money:

    Case: Corsair Carbide 500R - $159.99
    PSU: Corsair HX850 Gold - $245.99
    Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 - $375.99
    CPU: 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-3930K - $569.99
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 LGA2011 Edition - $89.00
    RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (4 x 4GB) 1866 MHz 1.5V - $135.00
    SSD: 128GB Crucial M4 - $179.99
    HD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB - $139.99
    Optical: LG BD-R Burner - $79.99
    OS: Windows 7 Pro - $129.99
    Video Card: 2 x EVGA Geforce GTX 680 - $699.99 each
    Monitor: 3 x Acer V243H 24" LED LCD - $159.99 each

    Total: $3,919.82

    Note he mentioned 120Hz. The build suggested by serial fits all his needs without leaving anything out.
  26. @ gunit-1111

    you could get corsair carbide 600t white edition just by adding few extra bucks.

    Corsair hx850 isnt 80+ gold its 80+ silvet.

    In the cost of that psu you could get seasonic x-850 gold.

    Also sli two gtx 680 needs 78 amps which an 850w cant provide.

    Suggestion is get the pc power and cooling silencer mkii 950w 80+ silver psu.

    Why 1866mhz he wont see any difference between 1600 and 1866mhz.


    What happened to you. you used to give unmatchable performance.
  27. a $400 motherboard .....
  28. @ serial: His philosophy doesn't match the needs of the OP.
  29. Quote:
    @ gunit-1111


    you could get corsair carbide 600t white edition just by adding few extra bucks.


    I personally like the Carbide 500R better than the 600T - the 600T - which I have - is too big to fit under most desks, the Carbide is a lot slimmer.

    Quote:
    In the cost of that psu you could get seasonic x-850 gold.


    Also sli two gtx 680 needs 78 amps which an 850w cant provide.


    I didn't see Seasonic listed on that site. Otherwise I would have picked that PSU over the HX 850 any day of the week. That site is a bit difficult to navigate.

    Quote:
    Note he mentioned 120Hz. The build suggested by serial fits all his needs without leaving anything out.


    I always forget about the refresh rates, those monitors are quite expensive.

    Quote:
    Why 1866mhz he wont see any difference between 1600 and 1866mhz.


    Yeah true - like I said that site isn't as easy to navigate as Newegg or Tiger but I definitely get that.

    Quote:
    What happened to you. you used to give unmatchable performance.


    Well hey even Dexter slips up every once in a while... :lol:
  30. *edit
  31. True the site is not user friendly.
  32. Excellent advice from Why_Me. However, I think the deal on the 950W PCPC Silencer is too good to give up. It's $10 less and has a 4 year longer warranty! :)
  33. azeem40 said:
    Excellent advice from Why_Me. However, I think the deal on the 950W PCPC Silencer is too good to give up. It's $10 less and has a 4 year longer warranty! :)


    I know that PSU is a steal for the price, I'm planning on upgrading my system to that at some point.
  34. I just bought it. :D
  35. azeem40 said:
    Excellent advice from Why_Me. However, I think the deal on the 950W PCPC Silencer is too good to give up. It's $10 less and has a 4 year longer warranty! :)

    How much to ship it to Australia and what's the conversion rate for AUD to USD + import tax?
  36. Why_Me said:
    How much to ship it to Australia and what's the conversion rate for AUD to USD + import tax?


    One thing I'd be worried about with that is the power requirements - I'm sure they're much different in Australia than they are here in the US.
  37. Quote:
    Actually the power requirements of anything is the same in any location on the world, an i7 consumes 130W in the U.S or china, what MIGHT changes is the voltage, and it doesnt matter where you are, the power outlet will output 110V or 220V, so, if in europe you have 220v outlets, then, when you connect your PSU to the outlet be sure to chane the switch from 110V to 220V so it can do the propper power convertion, every PSU has that switch :bounce:


    It's not the internal components so much as it is the PSU - the voltage is definitely what I'd be worried about far more than the rest of the internal components.
  38. 230V is used in Australia, so just flip the switch.
  39. So in the end for anyone who is curious, this is what I have decided to go with.

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    It will cost me $3946.69, or $3886.69 after coupon cash back things.
    Thanks everyone who helped, which was actually quite a few, it will be hard to decide a 'top answer' as i suppose most of them were top answers.
  40. For SLI 680, you don't need more than 850W.
  41. Best answer selected by Hggh12345.
  42. Selected as the best answer simply because it's the one that I based the computer off the most at the start, changing it as I went
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