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December 20, 2012 4:10:33 AM

Hey all, new member here and first time builder. Looking for advice on a workstation build used mainly for video editing and sound recording and editing. I've been browsing for a while and have narrowed the search quite a bit. There's definitely room for adjustment so I'd like some advice or guidance along the right path.
www.pcpartpicker.com/p/tbCx

Thanks for looking and any help is appreciated.

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December 20, 2012 5:05:03 AM

That looks decent. The Vengeance RAM won't work with that cooler due to the tall heat sinks. I wouldn't purchase the Intel 520, let alone two of them. It's based on an outdated Sandforce controller that's on its' way out. For a video editing rig I'd go with the new OCZ Vector or Samsung 840 Pro. I think I would scrap that whole build - you really only need one optical drive anymore and you should get two 670s instead of a single 660 - you will greatly benefit from Phys X and CUDA acceleration from the two cards.

For a video editing / production build I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme9 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($354.47 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) ($389.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Switch 810 (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic X Series 1050W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($211.82 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $2756.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 02:04 EST-0500)

Then add whatever monitor(s), OS, and keyboard and mouse you want.
December 20, 2012 9:18:45 AM

some different rams for a bit cheaper if you can order from another site

http://www.outletpc.com/sl3555-994074-mushkin-silverlin...

i dont feel like WD black will give you that much more performance than some other HDDs when you already have an SSD for speeds
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...
or
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...

Case is personal preference i like storm styker over 810(not saying 810 is bad or anything) just like it looks of it a bit better they pretty much gift you the same thing but storm styker just has a bit more space inside

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-sgc5000...

Dang you probably should have come here a few days earlier, there was a great deal on a 670 4GB version and it was a non reference by galaxy. It was about the same price as many other lower end models of the 670

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp42673k...

also here is a 670 4GB model about the same as G unit but is a reference model

or you can get this one which is a bit cheaper than the EVGA one
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670...

This PSU is an OEM of Seasonic and a bit cheaper not losing many details
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p11050bef...

I would only a burner if you use it a lot or if you want to watch blu ray movies(in which case would need a blu ray drive) if not, chances are you have an extra one inside your old computer that you can just reuse to install the software and OS
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December 20, 2012 9:26:26 AM

thne thermaltake level 10lcs for about 370 is a good deal put it on water my friend.
December 20, 2012 1:45:06 PM

Wow thanks for the great ideas. Please keep them coming. A few things I should mention, I don't need 2ssd but a friend suggested I run 2 in raid 0 though I'm not sold that I need to. I also already have about 4tb of storage that I will simply drop in the new build so no rush to buy storage.

Also I know most people don't include monitor, keyboard, mouse or OS in the cost of the build but these have to be included as well since I'm starting this one from scratch.

Later today I will look to reevaluate the build using the advice given here. Quick question about the 670, will running 2 of them greatly increase rendering speeds? I thought rendering took place mostly on the processor.

Also am I missing anything here? Bluetooth, card reader, ethernet etc. Any small extras you guys can suggest?
December 20, 2012 3:43:02 PM

robustus64 said:
thne thermaltake level 10lcs for about 370 is a good deal put it on water my friend.


No I would *HEAVILY* advise against the Level 10 - it's an overrated, very ugly case.

Quote:

Case is personal preference i like storm styker over 810(not saying 810 is bad or anything) just like it looks of it a bit better they pretty much gift you the same thing but storm styker just has a bit more space inside

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/coole [...] c5000wkwn1


The Storm Stryker is a good case choice as well. I just like simple-looking cases with a lot of features so I tend to go with the Switch 810 for that reason.

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also here is a 670 4GB model about the same as G unit but is a reference model

or you can get this one which is a bit cheaper than the EVGA one
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigab [...] vn670oc2gd


4GB for one monitor is kind of overkill. But then again I know I put an SLI setup on my build. If this is going to be a multiple monitor setup I'd agree with you.
December 20, 2012 5:42:56 PM

i suggest not going with 2xSSD in raid 0, it doesnt even give you more performance and i think it turns off trim(which is a program to keep your SSDs clean and up to par in speeds) but correct me if im wrong.

if you really want more than 256GB of SSD storage just get a 512 GB then
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...

or just stick with the 256GB and wait until it gets full(download only the stuff that you will be using a lot on the SSD such as photoshop, video editing software) then just use ur HDD for storage of the videos and such

for keyboards here are my recommendations for switches

Red - pretty decent sounds and nice feel

Blue - would say the most tactical of all

Blacks - very low sound(great if you dont want people hearing it)

Brown - a mixture of blacks and Blues similar to red

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/steelseries-keyboard-64225

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-keyboard-rk9000br


these are just a plain and simple one don't think you will need G keys and if you want to be ballin and want back lit

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-keyboard-sgk...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-keyboard-rz030038190...

For mice, i just like a nice standard look nothing too complicated

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-mouse-sgm200...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100151400r3...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/steelseries-mouse-62020
(love steel series the most)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/steelseries-mouse-62030

also steel series has multiple colors so you can pretty much choose your pick if color matters that much

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/mouse/#t=2,1&k=1&h=1,3&so...

as for monitors i like IPS if you are doing some video editing

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-monitor-ips231pbn

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/viewsonic-monitor-vx2370sm...

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp

or if you want to spend more for the better resolution
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-pb278q
December 21, 2012 5:30:41 AM

Updated the build a bit to reflect the new insights given here.

www.PcPartpicker.com/p/ttBH

Still keeping it around 2500. What do you guys think, am I getting closer? Any smaller things I may be missing?
December 21, 2012 4:18:20 PM

don't get those Dimms(ram) it will block the path of the heatsink because they are very tall.

you should add inside a 2TB HDD or something of that sort for more space

still prefer Storm styker over CM Haf 932

overspending on the PSU get this one instead

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p11050bef...
^ if you want to SLI(3way) in the future or
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bnlg...
or
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1850bnlg...

if you just want 2-way SLI, a lot less and you just don't have gold rated(which will take a lot of time before it pays itself off compared to the XFX PSU)

grab the OEM windows8 instead
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-fqc05956
saves money and unless you will be swapping computers often

i would rather get a mechanical keyboard since you are putting in some money into that keyboard might as well go mechanical which is way better in terms of typing experience

not my taste in going wireless for k/m but i guess everyone has different tastes

looks all good to me also another choice for GPU
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn670...
just for better cooling
January 12, 2013 8:44:23 PM

Okay so here's an update. With everyone's help I'm mostly settled on everything so only a few questions remain. Parts have started rolling in so only a few left. Here is the build as of now.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xfQg

The only things not finalized are the gpu, but I'm 90 percent sure on that. The question is since I'm using Vegas for rendering, I've been hearing it doesn't play nice with 670s. Also I'm sure 2GB will be fine since I'm not running skyrim with full mods or anything. Any suggestions or advice would be great.

SSD, I'm fairly sure that this one will be fine but at this price point and capacity are there better ones I should consider?

OS, do I get the Windows 8 system builder at 139 or the home user version at the lower price? I don't mind paying more but I need to know the difference.

Also, ignore the keyboard, pc partpicker won't let me select the one I found. It's actually this one.
CM Storm QuickFire TK - Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with BLUE CHERRY MX Switches and Fully LED Backlit (SGK-4020-GKCL1-US)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A378L4C/ref=oh_deta...


So just a few finishing touches here and the actual building begins. Any helpful YouTube videos I should watch for a first time build or other building advice would be great too.
January 12, 2013 9:14:27 PM

Get the pro version. home won't allow more than 16GB of ram
January 12, 2013 9:23:24 PM

Cool thanks, that settles that one.
January 12, 2013 10:15:02 PM

Also for keyboard this is how it goes

Blue - loudest but most tactical feeling

Red - less noise than blues more than blacks

Black - least noise

Brown - forgot about this one but it is suppose to be a mix of blacks and blues

of course for typing, blues are the best. I prefer blacks myself since i don't like noise but it still feels great typing on any one of the switches
January 12, 2013 10:56:25 PM

I went with the blue since it's nice and clicky. Plus that keyboard just looks awesome and matches my setup. Any thoughts on the gpu and SSD? Am I on the right track and just over thinking this?
January 12, 2013 11:00:43 PM

You are spending quite a lot on a few areas, i will put up an edit of how my kind of build would look like for this kind of money.
January 12, 2013 11:18:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($569.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC14PE 78.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($144.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus PB278Q 27.0" Monitor ($678.00 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K800 Wireless Slim Keyboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00510100-R3U1 Wireless Laser Mouse ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $2996.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 20:18 EST-0500)

32GB of ram is a lot already no need to go to the 64GB yet

Got you a high res monitor instead, will be way better than that other one you have

GPU- this here is a pretty hard choice, i went with the 670 4GB over the 7970 GHz because you will be doing a lot of video editing instead of gaming. i would usually get the 7970 GHz over the 670 4GB because it has a much higher performance peak than the 670 in terms of games.

Vertex 4 is okay, i would prefer for you to get a cheaper one and get some HDDs inside since videos take a lot of space

I choose the asrock over the asus because the asrock will have all the things you will need and a lot cheaper price.

Case - storm styker looks better and cheaper, pretty much has all the room you will need

Optical - i don't even use my optical drive anymore, for me it is all USB. I would usually just trash the optics but since it seems like you need it, just get this one instead. May be a bit slower but it is a writer and reader

PSU - may not be fully modular but it is Semi. XFX PSU is made by Seasonic which also makes the HX and AX series of Corsair.(can go to the 850W for $10 more)

Mouse - i am not a fan of wireless mouses and wireless keyboards but it is all preference

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