Forgot to add that I read mixed reviews on the internet about some people saying that the Radeon 6870 works fine for video/photo editing & rendering, while others say that buy video cards that have CUDA which is not what I bought.
Can someone please help me with their insights. I don't mind returning something that won't be working for the purposes I need for.
The reason I bought i7-2600K was because of the price as of that point in time. The difference was about $70 between that and the i7-3770K, which was a little pricey for me. Same goes for the SSD, there was a good rebate from Corsair three days ago.
I won't be over clocking for the begining and I hear that the stock fan is just ok if not OC. I will eventually OC and would look at the cooler. Any good sites data demo how to OC?
Also, I was debating about not buying the SATA cables, but reviews on the parts I was buying said that some users were disappointed they did not get the SATA cables.
What I plan on doing is to use the SSD for OS and program install. Also, allocate ~50GB for video/photo rendering. I will use the HDD for the actually raw footage storage, but the SSD for scratch. Is that OK for using the SSD for?
So, I ended up using the parts that I had originally order (in my first post) and it's been about 1 week my new PC is up and running. The WE score is 7.8.
There are no issues as such but do have a couple of questions:
1) How can I disable the "Intel HD Graphics 3000" graphics and have the XFX video card be the primary?
2) How do I upgrade firmwares for SSD, Blu-ray burner, etc?
3) Do I need to change some set up to take advantage of the i7 CPU's " Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0" ?