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Need Build Advice - Digital Photo/Video PC

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August 20, 2012 9:23:46 PM

Hello, this is Dave from Texas. This is my first post so I would like to Thank You in advance for your expert help.

I want to build a really solid PC for doing post production editing of digital photos and video. I will also be using the system to watch Blueray DVD movies. I will not be playing games. I will mainly use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects SW.

Can you review my proposed build below and either confirm my selections or offer alternatives? I would like to keep the budget somewhere around $1500 not including monitor, keyboard and mouse.

NOTE: I do not plan on Over Clocking.

Thank You!

CASE - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PS - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

MOBO - ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K

RAM - CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML16GX3M2A1600C10

SSD - Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT120A3K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD - LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner,3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - Blu-Ray Burners

VIDEO - EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU COOLER - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+
August 20, 2012 10:01:49 PM

With the 660TI out, there's no point in purchasing a 570 anymore.

I'd also swap that SSD - I'm not the biggest fan of any drive that uses the Sandforce controller. A lot of people say Intel drives are reliable blah blah blah but my experience with them hasn't been that great.

That PSU is great but it's way overkill for a single GPU setup.

If you don't plan on overclocking there's no point in the aftermarket cooler or going with the 3770K.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $1317.66
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-20 18:03 EDT-0400)
August 21, 2012 3:11:23 PM

Thank you for the reply. I would like to get some other opnions with which to compare, but it sees as if the gaming builds get a lot more attention. Can anyone additional add their opinions to this build for digital photo/video post processing?
August 21, 2012 4:47:16 PM

torchrider said:
Thank you for the reply. I would like to get some other opnions with which to compare, but it sees as if the gaming builds get a lot more attention. Can anyone additional add their opinions to this build for digital photo/video post processing?


Most of the parts that are commonly picked around here are geared toward the gaming market, but they do have their professional uses too. If you don't want to use a GTX 660 you could always move to a professional card like an ATI Fire Pro or PNY Quaddro 4000 but any decent models will cost you.
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