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June 29, 2012 10:50:24 AM

Hey Guys

I am currently building a PC which I'll be using mostly for video editing and gaming

I already bought the case, CPU and ram.

Heres the specs:

Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (white)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 4x4GB sticks
PSU: Corsair HX-750
SSD: Intel 520 series 60GB SSD
HDD: Seagate SATA3 2TB 7200RPM Barracuda
GPU: Gainward GTX570 Phantom

Please post your thoughts :D 

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June 29, 2012 11:45:30 AM

Pretty good, don't see any issues with it other than the small SSD and singular HDD.

Bigger SSD for obvious reasons, can fit more onto it as 60GB will go quick. OS is ~20GB off the bat. 120GB is plenty. To save costs you could get a diffrent SSD, as Intel 520's have a massive premium on them that I think arnt worth it. The OCZ Vertex 4 or Crucial M4's are what I would recommend.

Editing machines should have multiple HDD's, instead of just one big one. So that you can store raw footage/data on one, and the other get the final product rendered to. This so that in the act of rendering, data isn't being read of and written to the same drive, which slows things down a bit.
June 29, 2012 11:52:09 AM

manofchalk said:

Editing machines should have multiple HDD's, instead of just one big one. So that you can store raw footage/data on one, and the other get the final product rendered to. This so that in the act of rendering, data isn't being read of and written to the same drive, which slows things down a bit.


I heard the intel 520's are really good and I basically just want the SSD for my OS and some programs I use the most

I wasnt planning on having 1 HDD but thats just what I am going to have at first then add another one after
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June 29, 2012 6:58:31 PM

anyone else?
June 29, 2012 8:30:43 PM

Intel 520s are indeed very good and have the longest warranty in the industry. However, when you have a budget, its all about compromises.

Crucial m4 128GB will give you just as much, if not more, reliability than the Intel 520 models, while costing up to $50 less for the same capacity. For instance, the m4 goes for $120 in Canada for 128GB model - and if you're in the US, possibly even cheaper.
June 29, 2012 8:52:15 PM

Yeah, get a 128 GB SSD, for sure.

However, I'd also reconsider that 570 if I were you. The 570 has only 1.25 GB of VRAM, which is really quite low for a high-end card. Especially if you're going to go for higher resolutions than 1080p or a multi-monitor setup, I think 2GB is much more comfortable.

So I'd probably go with a 7850 or 670, which I think are the two best video card deals at the moment. The 7850 is marginally cheaper even post-rebate compared to the 570, and it overclocks very well. You won't reach quite 570 performance in some games, but it's still an excellent card. Here's a comparison: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/549?vs=518 Note that is without the newest AMD drivers, which help things a bit. It's also without an OC. The 7850 will use less power than the 570, as you can tell from that benchmark.

If you want to move up from that, I'd go with a 670. It's just a great card. It's also quite a bit more expensive than what you had, though honestly, I think cutting from a 3770k to a 3570k and from 16GB of RAM to 8GB and putting that money into a 670 (or 7950, if you wanted) would be a great reallocation. Hyperthreading is really not necessary for most tasks, and the 3570k is still a great performer.
June 29, 2012 8:52:43 PM

I look for premium toshiba toggle mode flash for the extreme long life and top end performance. At current pricing, I'm buying 240 giggers....$190 for the 120 GB and $200 for the 240GB, the $10 difference kinda makes the choice ez.

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

I'm hoping that's the Barracuda XT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Gainward 570 Phantom, Gainward 570 GS Goes Like Hell, Palit 570 Sonic Platinum, Asus GTX570 DirectCU II all have 8 phase VRMs (6 GPU and 2 memory).....so it is one of the good ones that won't burn up if ya OC it.

http://www.overclock.net/t/929152/have-you-killed-a-570...

Given the cost the relative cost however, I'd be looking at the 670
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_670...

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