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Final recommendations for PC, strictly for photo and video editing

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January 7, 2013 4:44:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: 2,000 +- 500 before or after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo editing, video editing, browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, two decent quality ips monitors

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Wherever parts are cheapest

Location: Spearfish, SD

Parts Preference: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know

Your Monitor Resolution: whatevers best for photo/video editing

Additional Comments: quiet, cool, fast

The biggest thing here I want to ask though, is if that expensive of a graphics card is really needed? From what I've read they are only ilportant for game playing..

Thanks so much in advanced!


Sony Optiarc high speed dvd drive

Geforce GTX670 graphics card

Asus sabertooth z77 motherboard

Intel i7 3930k processor

Corsair vengeance 8gb 1600 MHz ram

Silvertone tek case

Corsair neutron series 120gb sata drive

Noctua nf f12 cooling fan

Seasonic atx 460 active pfc 80 power supply

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January 7, 2013 5:05:39 PM

First off none of your links work and take you to the cell phone site, I'd suggest fixing those.

Second that CPU won't work with that motherboard - you will either need to use an i7-3770K CPU or an X79 motherboard. For video editing you definitely want X79 if you can help it. The Asus Sabertooth isn't really worth purchasing and that PSU will be a bit underpowered. You're also pairing dual channel RAM with a quad channel system. That won't really work well either.

If you want to do an X79 system right here's what I'd suggest:

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 ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($228.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($424.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case ($154.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2023.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-07 14:05 EST-0500)
January 7, 2013 9:14:20 PM

I would suggest going with an i7-3770/H77 based build since it should still perform fine and you don't want to overclock. You would save tons of cash while still having a great PC. You could then put the cash towards some really nice monitors, I think they will make the difference.
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January 7, 2013 11:15:23 PM

Sorry about the links not working, I am posting from a phone and it doesn't seem to want to work.

Thanks for your suggestion g-unit, im surprised about all the components not being compatable since these were suggested by a different person on this site!

Jmsellars, since you mention saving money, is the H77 an ASRock also? And would you suggest going with the processor and motherboard you suggested with the rest of the components I posted or that g-unit posted or others entirely?


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January 8, 2013 9:56:55 AM

I mean a different build entirely. H77 refers to the chipset so you could get whichever brand you want. I don't actually do photo and video editing myself so I'm making recommendations based on what I've heard and some general common sense. You would see the benefit of the better CPU but i don't think it would be worth spending 3x the cash just to get it. It's not THAT much better.

2x8GB G.Skill Ares 1600Mhz C9 1.5v
ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP
Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB (I've heard GPU's will make a difference, Nvidia ones especially because of CUDA.)
Crucial M4 128GB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM Sata 6GB/s
SeaSonic S12II 520 520W
Antec P280

Brings you to $1200, leaving about $650 for monitors after you buy an OS too.

2 x Dell UltraSharp U2312HM

After those (great) monitors, that leaves you at about $1850. Just a note about those monitors, the colour might need to be calibrated before using them for photos. There is a more expensive version of the monitor you can buy that is pre calibrated.

EDIT: Since you have cash left over there, it might be worth buying a cheap CPU cooler for the sake of quietness. The Hyper TX3 is fine, that's quiet. The Hyper 212 Evo is only $10 more and should be slightly quieter with slightly lower temps. Temps will be more than fine on both though.
January 9, 2013 9:38:32 PM

That sounds great, thanks a lot, I will probably go with your recommendation.

Does anybody else have anything else to add? All is appreciated!
January 13, 2013 12:04:50 AM

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