Budget Range: $1700 After Rebates / After Shipping / Taxes
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing / Gaming / After FX
Are you buying a monitor: YES
Parts to Upgrade:N/A
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg & Amazon
Parts Preferences: I need Intel / NVIDIA components because I plan to use Adobe CS6 with Mercury Playback Engine / CUDA support (after I hack my GTX 670)
Overclocking: Maybe later
SLI or Crossfire: down the road, maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 - But I will get a new one eventually
Additional Comments: I had trouble deciding between the HEX Core i7 and the Quad Core i7, but in the end, my video editing needs are currently recreational. I dabble in freelance here and there, and make a little money on the side, but I was trying to save some money so I could spend a little more on the case (I still need a firewire port) and motherboard. I also love gaming, and since I can hack the GTX 670 to support Adobe CS6 CUDA / Mercury Playback Engine features, I figured why the hell not. My main goal is to build a nice desktop that can outperform my MacBook Pro, and do plenty of the heavy lifting for my video needs, while allowing me to play games like BF3, the New Sim City, Diablo 3, DayZ, etc.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm upgrading because I currently have a 5 year old Intel Core 2 QUAD desktop with only 4GB of ram, and editing on this thing sucks my life away.
Question is, am I going overkill: Here are my parts:
Overkill on MOBO and PSU. Get the ModXStream 500W and an ASRock Extreme4 Z77 board.
Because of my video editing needs, I'd like more than 2 USB 3.0 ports. I also get 2 ESATA ports with the sabertooth. Any other suggestions? Don't care about the THERMAL armor of the Sabertooth, I just want the extra ESATA port and the extra USB 3.0 ports. I couldn't careless about thunderbolt.
Case is good. Flat top with USB 3.0 ports on the front. So you can connect things easily and sit them on top.
Sorry to be lazy, but make sure the mobo has a USB 3.0 header. Yes its a sabertooth and should have it but the specs aren't on the linked page and I cannot be bothered finding out, sorry. Best not to assume.
Cant comment on the PSU/Mobo, as I am sure azeem knows more than me on those.
After Affects is a hog on RAM and loves the stuff, you need 16GB. If it was Photoshop 8GB might cut it, but video editing is a whole different beast. And besides, RAM is so cheap now, its not too strange for gaming rigs to have 16GB.
Though there is no reason for RAM above 1600Mhz, the price to performance difference isnt worth it. I recommend this kit, its also low profile so you can add as large a heat-sink as you want.
G.Skill Ares 16GB (4x4GB) 1600Mhz CL9 1.5v. $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I'm not entirely sure if modern motherboards support Firewire at all, I know my Extreme4 doesn't. Cant find any internal headers on the Sabertooth for one either. You may just have to get a PCI firewire card, or USB-Firewire adaptor.
PCI card. $17 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I edit on a professional AVID system, and use adobe CS6 on my own system, and I can tell you that if you're doing any HD work get as much ram as possible, especially if you plan on using after effects. Ram is so cheap at this point it's kinda silly not to max out your mobo, if for nothing else than to be able to view the 4 -10gb video files you might create with an HD editing system