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[SOLVED] $1800 Multimedia/Maya PC Build

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June 20, 2012 6:46:45 AM

EDIT: Final post:
No one really cared too much about me here, but nonetheless I got my problems solved over at www.overclock.net, great guys over there!

Here's my Final Build if anyone's interested:
CPU: Intel i7-2600K($290)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35) + Extra CM fan ($13)
MotherBoard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB ($330 with $10 rebate)
RAM: 2x Samsung 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($100)
Boot Drive: Samsung 830 128GB SATA III ($130)
Data Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($100)
BD Drive: ASUS Black Blu-Ray Drive ($53)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D ($140 with $15 rebate)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE 750 ($110 with 15% off promo)
OS: Windows 7 ($100) on Boot Drive and Ubuntu ($0) on a Partition in Data Drive
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM ($250)
Monitor2: [Old monitor I had] SyncMaster 920NW 1440x900 ($0)

The build costs about $1800.

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Need feedback and suggestions for this build. Thank you!

Approximate Purchase Date: End of june, probably the 29th or 30th

Budget Range: $2000 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia. Maya Animation. Photoshop Painting. Video editing (Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects). Some movie watching and gaming in-between :D 

Parts Not Required: Table =))

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: None really.

Overclocking: Yes.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Mostly satisfied with the build, actually excited to build it already. I want to make sure everything will work together and I didn't miss anything. I also want some input on some decisions I have to make about the components. Item I need help most is the PSU. System will be used at least 2 years. :) 

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CPU: Intel i7-2600K($290)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35) + Extra CM fan ($13)
- For overclocking. Will also add extra fan for Push-Pull config.

MotherBoard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)
- The board is good enough for all my needs. I was initially set on ASRock Z77 Extreme6 but it got more expensive it's now $175.

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Classified Ultra ($300 with $30 rebate)
- I'm set on this videocard. In the back of my mind I'm still considering a Pro Video Card, but I think this should serve me well enough for now.

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($98)

Boot Drive: Samsung 830 128GB SATA III ($130) or OCZ Vertex 4 128GB ($130)
- Samsung is more trusted from what I've read. Vertex 4 is still new so I haven't read as much about it. Can you guys help me here?

Data Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($120) or Seagate Barracuda 3TB ($170)
- I've been reading that Seagate drives have been failing more lately, so I'm not quite sure if I should get the Seagate one, 3TB at that, which would hurt if I lose that much data. WD Caviar Black also is additional $20 off right now in Newegg.

BD Drive: ASUS Black Blu-Ray Drive ($53)

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D ($140 with $15 rebate)
- Case for silence.

PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE 750W ($110) or OCZ ZT Series Fully-Modular 750W ($110 with $20 rebate) or PC Power and Cooling Mk II 750W ($110 with $20 rebate) or Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650M ($110 with $10 rebate)
- Lots of choices here! I actually prefer the OCZ one, but I've been reading that it could get really loud. The Rosewill one is looking good based on reviews. The PCP&C seems to be a good PSU while also being really quiet. The Corsair one, if I REALLY don't need 750W then I might get this, people seem to like it.

OS: Windows 7 on Boot Drive and Ubuntu on a Partition in Data Drive
- I already have these.

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM ($250)

Keyboard and Mouse: AmazonBasics Keyboard and Wireless Mouse ($33) or Logitech MK320 Black USB RF Wireless Keyboard and Mouse ($37)
- I prefer the AmazonBasics one, but if anyone could vouch for the MK320 then I might get that.

Extras: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound, TP-Link USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter, Logitech S120 Speakers, Chair
June 20, 2012 8:24:13 AM

the 560ti is a low end gaming card. it mostly used for people with i5 system that are short on cash.
the 570 right now is less money the 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
myself i look into the ati 7850 it going to use less power then the 500 cards from nvidia. less power means less heat and if your going to be working a lot next to a pc you want it to have low fan noise. if the nvidia 660 line was out i would tell you you look into getting the 660. there two easy fixes with your data drive. if the mb chipset lets raid one the data drive just buy another hard drive the same size. when you save on one drive it saved on another. the other way would be to use one of the front 5 inch bay and put a hot swap bay in and a drive. then use ghost or a drive clone or backup program that back up your work as your working on it. if you have more then one pc you can buy a network device case that hold one to 4 drives and plug it into your network..not as cheap as number one but works for a whole house. I would also look to online cloud backup.there are few free and low cost ones out there. if there was a flood or fire and both drives were killed at lest with a cloud or off sight back up your not going to lose everything. also nice if you find out that the usb stick with your work is bad and you need the files. you can at lest log onto them from another pc and get them.
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June 20, 2012 3:00:14 PM

smorizio said:
the 560ti is a low end gaming card. it mostly used for people with i5 system that are short on cash.
the 570 right now is less money the 560ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
myself i look into the ati 7850 it going to use less power then the 500 cards from nvidia. less power means less heat and if your going to be working a lot next to a pc you want it to have low fan noise. if the nvidia 660 line was out i would tell you you look into getting the 660. there two easy fixes with your data drive. if the mb chipset lets raid one the data drive just buy another hard drive the same size. when you save on one drive it saved on another. the other way would be to use one of the front 5 inch bay and put a hot swap bay in and a drive. then use ghost or a drive clone or backup program that back up your work as your working on it. if you have more then one pc you can buy a network device case that hold one to 4 drives and plug it into your network..not as cheap as number one but works for a whole house. I would also look to online cloud backup.there are few free and low cost ones out there. if there was a flood or fire and both drives were killed at lest with a cloud or off sight back up your not going to lose everything. also nice if you find out that the usb stick with your work is bad and you need the files. you can at lest log onto them from another pc and get them.


the 560 ti I want is the 448 cores one, so it's actually 580 with some parts turned off. And I use Maya so I want to stay away from ATI cards. When I was in school we used to have FirePro cards, and it wasn't a good experience at all. Haven't had much problems with NVidia so far (except with games, which is fine).

And thank you so much for your recommendations on my data drive setup and backup. That really helped.

Looking for more feedback please, especially on the components to choose :) 
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June 21, 2012 6:39:11 AM

Hey everyone! OK, so this is where I'm at right now, almost done! I haven't had much help here, but still if anyone can provide some help for me I'd really appreciate it! :) 

CPU: Intel i7-2600K($290)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35) + Extra CM fan ($13)
MotherBoard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 ($270 with $10 rebate)
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($98)
Boot Drive: Samsung 830 128GB SATA III ($130)
Data Drive: WD Caviar Black 1TB ($100) or Seagate Barracuda 3TB ($170)
- I've been reading that Seagate drives have been failing more lately, so I'm not quite sure if I should get the Seagate one, 3TB at that, which would hurt if I lose that much data. WD Caviar Black also is additional $20 off right now in Newegg.
BD Drive: ASUS Black Blu-Ray Drive ($53)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D ($140 with $15 rebate)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE 650-M ($120)
- Might get Corsair HX750 ($150 with $20 rebate) if it's still 10% off when I buy my system.
OS: Windows 7 on Boot Drive and Ubuntu on a Partition in Data Drive
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM ($250)

Comes out to about $1800 with all my extra stuff. I have about $200 more for my budget, which I think I'll just keep for myself lol!
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June 21, 2012 9:39:35 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/ZT_750W/9.html
i dont seee how a 650w ps label is right when the 12v line is 648w.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5698/rosewill-capstone-45...
all the line should add up to 650w.
not that im putting the review down on the power supply. most power supply vendor rate there unit as the total wattage on all the rails. it a plus if the unit can supply more then it rated..i have an older rosswell in my 775 system that been running fine for years. the power supply is the biggest thing to buy as a lot of the new unit out there are crap and can take out your rig.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yjak1gQUxA&feature=relm...
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June 22, 2012 1:56:01 AM

smorizio said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/OCZ/ZT_750W/9.html
i dont seee how a 650w ps label is right when the 12v line is 648w.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5698/rosewill-capstone-45...
all the line should add up to 650w.
not that im putting the review down on the power supply. most power supply vendor rate there unit as the total wattage on all the rails. it a plus if the unit can supply more then it rated..i have an older rosswell in my 775 system that been running fine for years. the power supply is the biggest thing to buy as a lot of the new unit out there are crap and can take out your rig.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Yjak1gQUxA&feature=relm...


Hey smorizio, I'm sorry but I don't quite understand your point in that post. Are you suggesting that I replace my current selection (Rosewill Capstone 650-m) to the OCZ 750W? I'm concerned about the fan noise though, although with a 750w power supply I don't think I'll be reaching high loads, am I correct?
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June 23, 2012 5:24:04 AM

No one really cared too much about me here, but nonetheless I got my problems solved over at www.overclock.net, great guys over there!

Here's my Final Build if anyone's interested:
CPU: Intel i7-2600K($290)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO ($35) + Extra CM fan ($13)
MotherBoard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ($135)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 2.5GB ($330 with $10 rebate)
RAM: 2x Samsung 8GB(2x4GB) DDR3 1600 ($100)
Boot Drive: Samsung 830 128GB SATA III ($130)
Data Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB ($100)
BD Drive: ASUS Black Blu-Ray Drive ($53)
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D ($140 with $15 rebate)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE 750 ($110 with 15% off promo)
OS: Windows 7 ($100) on Boot Drive and Ubuntu ($0) on a Partition in Data Drive
Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2312HM ($250)
Monitor2: [Old monitor I had] SyncMaster 920NW 1440x900 ($0)

The build costs about $1800.
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