New build review first timer

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks
Budget Range: <$900 After Rebates or less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe Lightroom, internet, light video editing.
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: None
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Would like to make sure the parts are compatible and whether I should go with 16gb of ram over 8gb. I am at 858.90 with the OS after $30 in rebates but any suggestion to reduce the cost would be welcome.

Thanks and here is the parts list.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $118.99

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz $219.99

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $44.99

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply $39.99 -$10 rebate

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $84.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99

ASUS EAH6570/DI/1GD3(LP) Radeon HD 6570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card $64.99 -$10 rebate

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99 -$10 rebate

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99
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    RAM - I would suggest CT2KIT51264BA1339 instead if you are just sticking with 8GBs or 2x of that for 16GBs. Since you are looking to do graphics/video editing, I would suggest the whole 16 GBs.

    Other than that, all your choices seem pretty optimal.

    This motherboard is full size and costs a bit less, if you need to make up the cost for the other 8 GBs of RAM.
  2. Raiddin - I will swap the MB's - I missed that the one I had was a micro ATX.

    farsuka - the Samsung HDD is cheaper but it is SATA 3 with a 32mb cache where the WD is SATA 6 and 64mb cache is it worth the $20 savings?

  3. A Micro board isn't... worse, per se.

    Something can go wrong anywhere on a motherboard, if it does the motherboard can fail. The larger motherboards tend to have more parts that can fail and more physical space where something can fail so having a micro board isn't a bad idea if that is all you need.

    If it isn't there it can't be broken and if its not broken the motherboard can't fail because it broke.

    Hard Drives - Honestly, you probably won't even notice. If it makes you feel better, cooler, more awesome then go ahead and spend the extra $20, otherwise don't worry about it.

    Kinda like how the iPhone is worse than every similar phone but it makes people feel better, cooler, or more awesome and they pay $100+ more for it.

    - Edit - No, its actually not like that. There is a provable gain with the larger cache. There is no provable gain with the iPhone. But its kinda sorta like that.
  4. dhrcr said:
    Raiddin - I will swap the MB's - I missed that the one I had was a micro ATX.

    farsuka - the Samsung HDD is cheaper but it is SATA 3 with a 32mb cache where the WD is SATA 6 and 64mb cache is it worth the $20 savings?


    It won't be a huge difference, but it will certainly be faster as more and more data gets written on the drive. Basically you may not notice at first, but later on you might. Both are good drives though.

    I'd only go micro if your on a budget/cheap or have a small case. Both sizes have a chance to "fail". The size does not change these percentages, but the build qaulity does.

    i didnt included a gpu because.

    intel hd 3000 graphics would do the graphical output.

    also the intel quick sync technology helps render images 2-5 times faster than a dedicated card.

    the i7 2600k will render any things at lightning fast.

    if you feel to geta gpu then just lower the ssd to fit the gt 520.

    also keep in mind the whole process is on the cpu only the final output has to be given by gpu so a les powerful gpu will do.

    i recommended 2x 8gb as it will give enough room to install more 16 gb ram and you can do heavy editing.

    always get the cpu you can get for render and video editing.
  6. I wouldn't suggest people get 2x 8GBs RAM, because those things have quite high rates of not working when you plug them in. Unlike 2x 4GB or 4x 4GB, sometimes sticks are just not recognized at all purely because they are 8 GBs. This problem never exists with 4GB sticks on remotely current motherboards.

    For the same reason I don't suggest people buy 2x 16GB sticks, because those are even less likely to be recognized.

    People shouldn't need 4x 8GB to do video editing anyway. Everyone I have heard that was doing video/graphics/audio editing was fine with 16 GBs in total.
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