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October 27, 2012 10:26:57 PM


Hi everyone,

I'm looking at a fresh PC build and I need a bit of advice as to whether the parts I'm looking at are a good fit. I've never built a system on my own before, so bear with me.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: A month from now (Late November, Early December

Budget Range: $1300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD Video Editing, Watching Movies, Gaming Here and there

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, getting two monitors, probably wide screen

Parts to Upgrade: Everything (brand new build)

Do you need to buy OS: No, already have Windows 8 64 bit (I'm not using it at the moment, just got it for future build)

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

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel brand CPU is a must, otherwise I'm flexible with other parts.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Again, flexible with monitor resolution.

Additional Comments:
- A quiet running PC would be nice. My primary goal is to be able to run Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 smoothly editing 1080p HD Video.
- I haven't included the monitors in the price because the monitors are not my primary consideration at the moment. I'm more concerned about the computer specs. The monitors will be considered later.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My dinosaur laptop doesn't cut it for video editing anymore. Also, I would like a fast running computer that can play 1080p videos. I'd like the quality but I can't do it on my laptop right now.

Current Parts List:

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case (currently out of Stock)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C10D-16GAB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-256G 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SilverStone SDP08 2 x 2.5" to 3.5" Bay Converter
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

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/FM2/AM3+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Total Price: $1,349.40


Again, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to this. Let me know if I've neglected anything or anything seems ridiculous or incompatible. Also as you may have noticed, I spec'd the parts off the December 2012 maximum PC issue.

Thanks for the input!
October 27, 2012 10:55:46 PM

The only thing missing, that I can see, is an optical drive. If doing HD video editing, should probably have Blu-ray writer.
The only thing I have any concerns over, is case. I can't decide whether I just don't like it, or whether I have any justified concerns. All I can say is be sure to read some expert teviews, and satisfy YOURSELF. I know it's not very exciting, but I would normally pick the Corsair Carbide 500R, for that sort of build. Boring, but good.
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October 27, 2012 11:04:59 PM

get this gpu, it is way stronger and I think about that same price
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I would get this motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Also if you aren't going to get another gpu, I would go with something like a 550w or 600w psu.
Also you didn't list any monitors. But if I were you I would go with a nice 1920x1080p monitor and a cheaper 1600x900 monitor. Overall it looks good, but it seems a little expensive for the parts you have, I can't figure out why, probably because of the big storage devices. Also, depending on how big you are into editing, you might want to consider an i7 or a get the new vishera line from amd. Editing programs utilize more than 4 cores well better than games.
If you look at the new amd cpu's and like their performance in benchmarks here is what you should get
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
or get the 8350 on a different website or wait for it to be in stock
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
that could be a few months because it sold out really fast.
you would need a new mobo too
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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October 27, 2012 11:19:22 PM

id get this

case. this one isnt crap
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=75044&vpn=R4%2DB...

ram
http://ncix.com/products/index.php [...] omoid=1296

price beat to this. add to cart and then select price beat option. then post the url
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33234

GPU
http://ncix.com/products/index.php [...] omoid=1296

price beat to this
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX40033

CPU. its a i5
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&promoid=1296

price beat to this
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX39008

hard drive
http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=042240

price beat
http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=042240

SSD. too good of a deal for such a high quality product
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=75231&vpn=PX-128...

CPu cooler
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=64385&vpn=RR-212...

price match to this
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36377

psu. have one myself
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=73229

motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=70263&promoid=1296

price match to this
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38928

monitor. id suggest getting this
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530MN1490&v...

price match to this (unless you want free shipping)
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=64579



if you are doing a lot of video editing, change the motherboard and the CPU to this

CPu
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX42095

mobo
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35812
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October 27, 2012 11:21:54 PM

I would go with the mobo and cpu suggestion from amd by the big troll.
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October 27, 2012 11:46:58 PM

With respect, there's nothing WRONG with OP's original build. Case is a bit bizarre, but I've never used one like it, so couldn't comment on how good it is. He's selected a decent mobo, with Thunderbolt. Personally, I'd get a board like Asus V Pro, for media/video work, that's Thunderbolt ready, but wouldn't argue with him wanting full Thunderbolt. It's going to be more used, in the future. It would be nice to have i7, but the advantages of multi-thread are dependant on how much CS6 work he's going to be doing. Adobe recommend nVidia, using CUDA, for graphic acceleration. I'm not convinced of the true benefits there, but understand OP wanting to go with software recommendation. If he was using Vegas Pro, which doesn't use CUDA, would totally agree a Radeon would be better.
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October 27, 2012 11:51:41 PM

adobe is switching to OpenGL. and most software is making the switch.
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October 27, 2012 11:52:25 PM

I think the best choice it you are trying to do editing for the same price is an 8350 amd cpu. It is the same price as the i5, yet is an 8 core cpu.
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October 27, 2012 11:54:57 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
I think the best choice it you are trying to do editing for the same price is an 8350 amd cpu. It is the same price as the i5, yet is an 8 core cpu.


you mean 8320
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October 28, 2012 12:10:33 AM

xtwiinky said:
DONT GET THE TX750. i bought a tx850 v2 for my build over the summer and it was very loud.. the fan was running at full speed onload and idle. I isolated the sound to my psu and RMA'ed it. Corsair sent a brand new box and ... same problem. I was so furious I took it apart and taped my own fan connecting to my fan controller. Now it works fine and whisper quiet.

The fan is connected only by two pins which means its not thermal controlled... it will always run at a set (or full) speed.

Mabey the HX or AX don't have this problem.

lol both are by seasonic. you are just unlucky enough to get a bad unit
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October 28, 2012 12:16:26 AM

why would you get a 8350? its just a 8320 with a small overclock that you can do in 5 mins.
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October 28, 2012 12:19:31 AM

I don't know if I would get a PSU by them because of that story lol.
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October 28, 2012 12:20:06 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
I think the best choice it you are trying to do editing for the same price is an 8350 amd cpu. It is the same price as the i5, yet is an 8 core cpu.

Agreed. In multi-threaded processes, in CS6, the 8 core AMD will beat the i5, although in non-multi-threaded processes, it's other way round. Overall AMD probably has it, over i5. Anantech benchmarks <a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=701 /a>

Course, the real answer is i7!
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October 28, 2012 12:29:37 AM

The big troll is right. I didn't realize their boost clocks were only .2 off from eachother. I guess that's why intel makes K's lol.
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October 28, 2012 12:35:40 AM

Hey guys,

Thanks so much for the help! I have a lot of research still to do, but this gives me a good basis to keep doing my research.

I'll keep the forum updated as to the specs I decide to go with. Thanks again!
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October 28, 2012 12:49:01 AM

DONT GET THE TX750. i bought a tx850 v2 for my build over the summer and it was very loud.. the fan was running at full speed onload and idle. I isolated the sound to my psu and RMA'ed it. Corsair sent a brand new box and ... same problem. I was so furious I took it apart and taped my own fan connecting to my fan controller. Now it works fine and whisper quiet.

The fan is connected only by two pins which means its not thermal controlled... it will always run at a set (or full) speed.

Mabey the HX or AX don't have this problem.
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October 28, 2012 1:18:24 AM

yes defective products do come out. some more than others.

so you are also technically saying seasonic is making low quality products?
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October 28, 2012 1:45:05 AM

TheBigTroll said:
yes defective products do come out. some more than others.

so you are also technically saying seasonic is making low quality products?


I accidiently wrote get a seasonic psu .. i believed for a split second I remembered a video comparing a seasonic psu and a corsair one.. but i cant find it or remember it clearly. LOL. i editied it right after..

I do trust corsair psu's from what I've read from one review (a guy stresstested as a generator for his job LMAO) and also HX850w psu was tested and outputted 1250w of power contionusly at 85+ efficiency (i forgot it was higher mabey 88+%)

But I had a bad experience, they listed it as "thermal controlled" yet the fan is only a two pin. So theres no way the fan is controlled.
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October 28, 2012 11:29:03 AM

I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that the V2 wasn't a Seasonic. There was a comment, in another thread, that I can't find now, that they're bringing out a V3, because of issues, with V2. If we have Corsair claiming circuits that aren't there, perhaps the V2 is built by CoolerMaster. lol.
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October 28, 2012 2:37:07 PM

v2 is a seasonic. v1 was CWT
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