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Recommendations finalizing 1st build... cooling/storage setup?

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January 9, 2013 9:27:34 AM

Looking for any recommendations on build for photo/video editing build


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $1100-1400 for remaining parts

System Usage from Most to Least Important: RAW photo editing - Video editing

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg/Amazon but will use others for better prices/availability

Location: City, State/Region, Country - AZ, USA

Overclocking: Yes, moderate

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Updating from an outdated laptop that has been struggling to run lightroom 4. Looking to handle large RAW image edits with lightroom/photoshop and plug in processing well. In the next 6 months I plan to start video editing (mostly h.264), probably with Premiere. Doesn't need to be workstation quality but would like as smooth performance as possible with budget.

I already bought these items in great condition from a friend:

NXZT Switch 810 Full Tower Case (with some extra fans)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT HALE90-850-M 850W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So plan for remaining build ($1100-1400 remaining budget)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wFvz

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($323.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: ?
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.74 @ Amazon)*
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1320.65


*I plan to bump RAM to 64gb when I start video editing in a few months.

Would appreciate advice regarding general build/compatibility issues, hard drive set up recommendations for video edits and cpu cooler for OC to 4.0ish (ambient temps here are HOT).

Should I go for a cheaper mobo/gpu for additional ssd, better hdd?

Could get an h100i cheap from another friend for who replaced it with custom watercooling but it seems a bit overkill and I've heard mixed reviews about the software. But I like that the install is simple and I wouldn't have to worry about RAM headroom, having a huge thing hanging off the mobo. Prolly could get it for $50.

Looking to order by Weds I think.


Thanks in advance.

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January 9, 2013 10:10:40 AM

You are a Video Editor, not a Overclocker. So you probably don't need a H100i
But if you get it so cheap, have alook.

I've heard FX 8350 is better in Editing. Maybe just false.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($164.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Full (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1299.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 9, 2013 10:11:50 AM

cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
just can't go wrong

that MoBo only has 4 RAM slots, so upgrading to 64GB might take a while or be quite pricy (cause you will need 4 x 16GB MEM). However, the alternative is to get a 2011 MoBo with a diff processor which might be more expensive. Just make sure you are willing to wait a while for RAM to go do down in price.

Personally, if the HD will be storing work related stuff, I like the hard drives to be in RAID 1. Slightly slower writing but nice redundancy. E.g., 2x 1TB drives for example. As for brand, some people love Seagate, others WD, but seems like these are the top two choices.

SSD seems fine in size, TomsHardware has a nice review of SSD's for speed, performance etc. check it out.

hope this helps



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January 10, 2013 12:28:53 AM

Ok, thanks for the feedback. I meant to say 32gb not 64... sorry. Anyone else with mobo recommendations? Would you go with a cheaper one and upgrade gpu to 670 as suggested? Will either way give much improvement?

Thinking I'll just get an ssd and a decent hdd and add extras in a few months.
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January 10, 2013 9:23:31 AM

GTX 670 will give you a good boost. But I think you'll need something like Quadro or Firepro for Editing, I'm not sure.
In video editing you need a good CPU. And a i7 is best for that.

Thta Mobo is perfect, as Mobos don't have much effect in anything.
And 32GB is enough for a Editing.
As you have got only 4 Slots, Get 4x8GB 1600Mhz RAM.
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