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January 20, 2013 12:58:42 AM

I'm at the point now where I'd like to piece out building a new computer to be a Entertainment and Work powerhouse. The one I have right now, the case I've had since 2004 and it's just time to move on. I've had enough of having okay to medicore hardware because it doesn't fit what I do. The goal is to have a machine that can handle Adobe's Catalagoue of software but mainly After Effects. I want a machine that can render out things quickly; a machine that is a significant improvement than what I have right now, that can handle my work related needs with lots of RAM and Video card power, and at night enjoy it for my entertainment needs.

I'm willing to post the links of the components and make sure everything is compatible. I would really appreciate if someone could help me with that. I'm pretty certain everything is but I want any recommendations I can get.

I want to first start by stating my current PC specs;

AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 5000+ 2.6ghz
Kingston 3.25gb RAM
Windows XP (32bit version)
Western Digital 500gb sata
FOXCONN A7VMX-S/A7VMX-K/A7GMX-S/A7GMX-K motherboard

Now I was thinking of these for an upgrade;

ASUS Hudson D4 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My new case I'm getting is particualarly special because with this mother board being a Micro, the motherboard panel folds outwards, making it easier to access. However, if you know of a mother board that is better than this, rather it be Mid or Micro, TELL ME. I'd like to know of any recommendations you may have. I don't really care which type it is because my case will fit both but I liked this one in particular for a number of reasons, no on board video is a feature etc. I also liked this board for the onboard sound.

Zotac Geforce GT 630 Syndergy Edition 4GB PCI 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Silverstone 500w Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Trinity 3.8 (4.2 ghz turbo) socket fm2 quad core w/ Radeon HD video? (I've never heard of a processor being a a video card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

x4 G.Skill 8gb 240p DDR3 1333 RAM (32gb)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Sata BD-r x14 drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Okay I hope I gave you guys a thorough idea of what I'm going for. Any help would be nice. Thank you.

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January 20, 2013 2:33:23 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $905.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 23:30 EST-0500)

I don't know your budget so i just chose that lol. Also, the cuda cores are VERY helpfull in Adobe software. So you should REALL get a GTX 500 series, or GTX 600 series card. And the APU (FM2) CPU is really pointless if you are getting a descrete graphics. The 6 core AMD cpu i listed will be GREAT for rendering and all your other needs for only $130. I listen 16gb ram because, you might need it with after affects and other programs. If you don't have to the money for the 660 ti then just get a 650 ti or 650 it will be ALOT better option than just a 630 lol.
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January 20, 2013 3:37:53 AM

blake1243 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $905.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 23:30 EST-0500)


That's a far better build. Me personally I'd leave the SSD off and invest the extra money in upgrading the GPU or the CPU but that is way better. For doing Photoshop you shouldn't even consider an APU - leave that for an HTPC. And that video card is pretty redundant.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($284.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $903.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 00:36 EST-0500)

I put a Core i5-3470 instead of an FX-6300.
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January 20, 2013 3:46:38 AM

Hi, cvcreation, I think we are all wondering what your budget is for this new rig that you are gonna build, the price range would help loads, thanks
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January 20, 2013 3:55:43 AM

Hi, i don't know your budget but this might fit :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


For your workload, i think it's best this cpu, it's basically an i7, and for video editing you need a better card, a 550 ti is at a good price, fermi cards are still better than most cards at the same range.
A 450w quality psu will prove to be more than sufficient.
Also for those needs, it's best to have 16GB ram.
All the best.
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January 20, 2013 4:25:56 AM

properbuilds said:
Hi, i don't know your budget but this might fit :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


For your workload, i think it's best this cpu, it's basically an i7, and for video editing you need a better card, a 550 ti is at a good price, fermi cards are still better than most cards at the same range.
A 450w quality psu will prove to be more than sufficient.
Also for those needs, it's best to have 16GB ram.
All the best.


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1450sx2b...

getting a 12v rail would be better
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January 20, 2013 4:42:20 AM

Hi, the antec vp 450 has a dual rail but it's a true dual rail, delivering the full load on both rails as promised(+12V1@18A, +12V2@18A), there's a review on hardware secrets, but it seems it's offline.
But the xfx 450w is also a good psu, i just put the cheapest 450w psu with quality that crossed my mind.
All the best.
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January 20, 2013 4:50:41 AM

My opinion newegg for everything. All around they will have the best prices, as long as you don't have a newegg warehouse in the state you live in, no taxes and they have a lot of free shipping on parts.
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January 20, 2013 5:06:56 AM

bob hays said:
Hi, cvcreation, I think we are all wondering what your budget is for this new rig that you are gonna build, the price range would help loads, thanks


I don't really have a budget for this machine but at the moment I had an idea of around $900 plus OS, what do you guys think of OS? I was thinking Windows7 with this build.
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January 20, 2013 5:09:20 AM

Oh wow! Give me some time to digest all this please! Thank you so much for the responses! That part and price tracker is a interesting tool.

What about this case I had in mind?
Any places to get good looking and ventilated cases?

This is the one I really liked;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm sure there are better though.
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January 20, 2013 5:11:33 AM

jcurry23 said:
My opinion newegg for everything. All around they will have the best prices, as long as you don't have a newegg warehouse in the state you live in, no taxes and they have a lot of free shipping on parts.


Absolutely. I totally agree. I bought this 2004 machine was from NewEgg actually. I also though about piecing this thing via the daily deals they have but that would be difficult to do and monitor.
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January 20, 2013 5:17:19 AM

cvcreation said:
Oh wow! Give me some time to digest all this please! Thank you so much for the responses! That part and price tracker is a interesting tool.

What about this case I had in mind?
Any places to get good looking and ventilated cases?

This is the one I really liked;

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm sure there are better though.


You can do way better than Raidmax - one of the worst brands you could pick. A similar design (but wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better) would be the NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 20, 2013 5:22:48 AM

So overall, is the result that the rig I planned on buying wasn't going to suit my needs? From the feedback, it's telling me I don't know what I thought I knew. I'm ready to soak all this up.
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January 20, 2013 5:29:27 AM

g-unit1111 said:
You can do way better than Raidmax - one of the worst brands you could pick. A similar design (but wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better) would be the NZXT Phantom 410: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


It's ironic because I came across that one and I passed it up. I just don't know what I'm looking at anymore I guess. Then I spot this video and I really like this one too. I just wish it came with a Power Supply.

I really would like one that came with a power supply and had a pop out like function to easily access the mother board. Think you can help me find one?
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January 20, 2013 5:40:42 AM

blake1243 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $905.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 23:30 EST-0500)

I don't know your budget so i just chose that lol. Also, the cuda cores are VERY helpfull in Adobe software. So you should REALL get a GTX 500 series, or GTX 600 series card. And the APU (FM2) CPU is really pointless if you are getting a descrete graphics. The 6 core AMD cpu i listed will be GREAT for rendering and all your other needs for only $130. I listen 16gb ram because, you might need it with after affects and other programs. If you don't have to the money for the 660 ti then just get a 650 ti or 650 it will be ALOT better option than just a 630 lol.


Thanks for your help! I really appreciate it.

What jumped out to me was a solid state drive. What is that? Just another form of harddrive? It doesn't have spinning disc or bearing does it? I think that's what they are. Would you recommend put that as the primary and to install the OS on it? Boot time etc?
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January 20, 2013 6:03:12 AM

cvcreation said:
It's ironic because I came across that one and I passed it up. I just don't know what I'm looking at anymore I guess. Then I spot this video and I really like this one too. I just wish it came with a Power Supply.

I really would like one that came with a power supply and had a pop out like function to easily access the mother board. Think you can help me find one?


I don't think the case you're looking for exists. The power supplies that come with cases are flat out junk for the most part. Screwing in a power supply to a case really isn't that big of a deal. You don't want to skimp on the power supply if you can possibly help it.



Both of these are great suggestions. I have the 500R on my work computer and it's an excellent case. The Fractal Design Define R4 is also a good choice as well.
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January 20, 2013 6:28:04 AM

g-unit1111 said:
I don't think the case you're looking for exists. The power supplies that come with cases are flat out junk for the most part. Screwing in a power supply to a case really isn't that big of a deal. You don't want to skimp on the power supply if you can possibly help it.



Both of these are great suggestions. I have the 500R on my work computer and it's an excellent case. The Fractal Design Define R4 is also a good choice as well.


Oh well. At least someone tells me it doesn't exist. The Corsair case; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.....I really liked after watching the video. I plan on moving forward with that one because it has so many options like water cooling etc. I'm glad to see it has tool-less mounts.

Thanks so much for pointing that out because that is a better value.
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January 20, 2013 6:52:52 AM

The build form properbuild is ideal for your needs.. i just made some changes so that it would be closer to your budget like you said.. its actually a bit over your budget but its worth it.. i have added the psu suggested by boulbox.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $938.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 03:52 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2013 6:57:09 AM

g-unit1111 said:
That's a far better build. Me personally I'd leave the SSD off and invest the extra money in upgrading the GPU or the CPU but that is way better. For doing Photoshop you shouldn't even consider an APU - leave that for an HTPC. And that video card is pretty redundant.

This is what I would suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($284.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $903.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 00:36 EST-0500)

I put a Core i5-3470 instead of an FX-6300.


After really taking a look at all this. Both builds are great. I want a faster processor but the motherboard gUnit listed will allow me have more RAM. I'm really torn besides trying to go down another alley.

Is there a way to have a 3.5 or beyond cpu and have 32gb RAM? Hopefully that exists.

I guess really what I'd like to know too is for the video rendering and adobe products, are the 6 core cpus are better because the speed is increased or would the higher amount of RAM increase the productivity?

I don't think I understand which competent controls what. It'd like to know which has more influence on rendering performance RAM or CPU? or do you need both? Or will 16 be enough? Am I just obsessing over 32 because it's so much you'll never need it? I figure the more everything the better.
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January 20, 2013 3:46:29 PM

nix327 said:
The build form properbuild is ideal for your needs.. i just made some changes so that it would be closer to your budget like you said.. its actually a bit over your budget but its worth it.. i have added the psu suggested by boulbox.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yymi/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $938.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 03:52 EST-0500)


I really like this build you put together. I may just buy a different case and keep everything the same. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Add a blu ray burner too. Then later add water cooling. I'm really excited just need to commit to which way I'm going to go.

Thanks so much!
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January 20, 2013 4:30:02 PM

Don't compare the CPU speed unless they are on the same architecture. For example a AMD Phenom ii x4 965 at 4.6 ghz will get smacked by a mile by a i5 at 3.1 ghz.
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January 20, 2013 4:45:26 PM

whats ur full budget, and do u need monitor.os.key.mouse

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January 20, 2013 4:53:37 PM

iceclock said:
whats ur full budget, and do u need monitor.os.key.mouse


I really want to stay around $900 but it really doesn't matter. I'm grouping the purchases over a few paydays. I don't need a monitor, I have a 42'' Samsung 1080p HDTV, HTPC logitech speakers and I just bought a HTPC wireless keyboard.

I'm at the end of the road with the last things to do which is upgrade my hardware.
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January 20, 2013 4:54:05 PM

cvcreation said:
I really like this build you put together. I may just buy a different case and keep everything the same. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Add a blu ray burner too. Then later add water cooling. I'm really excited just need to commit to which way I'm going to go.

Thanks so much!


You are welcome :)  .. if you are willing to push your budget further then i'd suggest getting the mobo that g-unit suggested and also the 600w psu.. xfx 550w is also a good option.. the case you selected is a really good .. its ok for aesthetic reasons but i'd spend more on other parts than on the case.. you can find a good case for around 75$.. and i don't see many people recommending a blue-ray burner mostly because its not worth it unless you actually need one.. otherwise a dvd burner for 25$ will do just fine.. but its entirely up to you what to get because you are the one going to use it.. do some research yourself and make sure everything is compatible for your needs.. best of luck and have fun building your 'entertainment + work powerhouse' :) 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBul
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBul/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBul/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1015.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 13:34 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2013 5:01:19 PM

heres a little gem i made u, perfect for developpement. 4cores+4ht cores. nice quadro v-card. good modular ps. 16gigs of ram. good ssd. good hd.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBOj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBOj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yBOj/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 400 512MB Video Card ($90.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $862.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 14:00 EST-0500)

Base Total: $878.86
Combo Discounts: -$10.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $862.85

all within ur budget :) 

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January 20, 2013 5:36:50 PM

pretty weak video card ^
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January 20, 2013 5:47:56 PM

Don't bother with cheap professional cards, the 650/660 will do a better job than them until you reach the $400 price professional cards
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January 20, 2013 5:56:08 PM

cvcreation said:
Oh well. At least someone tells me it doesn't exist. The Corsair case; http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

.....I really liked after watching the video. I plan on moving forward with that one because it has so many options like water cooling etc. I'm glad to see it has tool-less mounts.

Thanks so much for pointing that out because that is a better value.


That's an excellent case - my work PC uses that same case and it was a great purchase.

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CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 400 512MB Video Card ($90.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $862.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 14:00 EST-0500)


Why are people recommending the Xeon? Unless you're running a server you won't get much out of it compared to running a regular i5/i7.
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January 20, 2013 5:56:42 PM

nope. the quadro 400 has over 4 times the processing power than fast cards like the 580.

its quite good for developping.

sorry boulbox but ur wrong.

the xeon is 3.4 gigahertz. has 4cores and 4ht cores. better for developping than the standard 4core only and no htcores 3570k

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January 20, 2013 6:19:39 PM

i was shur hes doing 3d design.?

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January 20, 2013 6:21:14 PM

http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/tech-specs.h...

seems the best for the software he wrote.

Windows:
GeForce GTX 285
GeForce GTX 470
GeForce GTX 570
GeForce GTX 580
GeForce GTX 670*
GeForce GTX 680*
GeForce GTX 690*
Quadro CX
Quadro 400 series
Quadro FX 3700M
Quadro FX 3800
Quadro FX 3800M
Quadro FX 4800
Quadro FX 5800
Quadro 2000
Quadro 2000D
Quadro 2000M
Quadro 3000M
Quadro 4000
Quadro 4000M
Quadro 5000
Quadro 5000M
Quadro 5010M
Quadro 6000
Tesla C2075 (Windows)/Maximus configuration
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January 20, 2013 6:23:19 PM

guess again.

Adobe has tested the following video cards for use with Photoshop CS6
nVidia GeForce 8000, 9000, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 series

nVidia Quadro 400, 600, 2000, 4000 (Mac & Win), CX, 5000, 6000

AMD/ATI Radeon 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000 series

AMD/ATI FirePro 3800, 4800, 5800, 7800, 8800, 9800, 3900, 4900, 5900, 7900

Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics P3000, Intel HD Graphics P4000


woot

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January 20, 2013 6:29:25 PM

But what are the performance of them.

I have seen 650/660 do easy work of aftereffects, though i have seen quadro do the same.

I would personally get the 650/ti because it is a better all around card, but the quadro 400 does fit his budget a lot better and he is doing a lot of professional work
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January 20, 2013 6:30:44 PM

well the 600 series isnt so hot for 3d and design,. the 500 series is alot better for such things.

so overall cheaper and better performance for adobe aftereffects, but decent point.

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January 20, 2013 6:38:42 PM

I believe the Xeon 1230 v2 is a locked i7 with no IGPU. If you notice on Newegg alot of people use it for regular usage/gaming and love it.
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January 20, 2013 6:41:56 PM

yeah i know its locked, but its got 4cores+4ht cores alot better for developping software and design than ur standard unlocked i5 3570k

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January 20, 2013 6:53:11 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's an excellent case - my work PC uses that same case and it was a great purchase.

Quote:


CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY Quadro 400 512MB Video Card ($90.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $862.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 14:00 EST-0500)


Why are people recommending the Xeon? Unless you're running a server you won't get much out of it compared to running a regular i5/i7.


You know I was wondering the same thing. I saw that on Amazon and I said to myself "Server?" but I read on it this one guy bought it because he wasn't going to use on-board video and from what he was saying the i5's and i7's have that included, this doesn't and is a hundred dollars cheaper.

What do you think? Thanks btw!
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January 20, 2013 6:55:14 PM

no problem the rig i recommanded is quite good dude.

:D 


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January 20, 2013 7:00:29 PM

iceclock said:
yeah i know its locked, but its got 4cores+4ht cores alot better for developping software and design than ur standard unlocked i5 3570k


Thanks so much for your help! I really appreciate it.

Your build is interesting too because it's quite a bit cheaper with more CPU's.

There is so much to take into consideration.

All I'm really set on is that case! haha
I'm in trouble
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January 20, 2013 7:04:28 PM

This is just an amalgamation of all parts listed here, that in my opinion will benefit you most :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $892.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Like many said here, that xeon is an i7 without the on die gpu, pretty cheap for such specs, since you'll have a card and don't pretend to overclock, it's the best choice.
Since you have already a hdd, just buy a 128GB SSD, the a-data is a good one, other are also valid.
For a card, the sweet spot is indeed a 660 gtx, it performs better than a quadro 4000/5000, and much more cheaper, and with lower power consumption.
Don't spend too much on a case on a so tight budget, the corsair 200R listed by so many is a good choice for the price, also a 500-600w decent psu is pretty good for the system, i just listed a 550w modular one.
Since you want four DIMM slots, the best choice is the asrock h77 pro 4 mvp and not the h77M from asrock.
That's all.
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January 20, 2013 7:07:37 PM

nice pick but im pretty happy with the build i made for him :) 

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January 20, 2013 7:16:11 PM

boulbox said:
But what are the performance of them.

I have seen 650/660 do easy work of aftereffects, though i have seen quadro do the same.

I would personally get the 650/ti because it is a better all around card, but the quadro 400 does fit his budget a lot better and he is doing a lot of professional work


Really guys thanks for all your help!

I was in favor of buying a better card too and still having the intel or a different non server type intel CPU running somewhere around 3.3ghz because in my experience with After Effects, it seemed to me the video card was the heart that drives the program because I could render these huge 50gig projects and still do normal computer browsing but it didn't speed up or affect the rendering.

If I could still have a normal experience while this current rig is rendering out those high volume projects and it literitly take 40 hours for it to complete, doesn't that make it correct to say you need a video card to power through it?

BTW right now I have a 256mb Radeon 3100 video card that has miraculously been able to render AE projects.
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January 20, 2013 8:07:51 PM

no cpu processing power counts also, its 3.3 4 cores+4ht cores. comes in handy+good videocard.

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January 20, 2013 8:10:07 PM

Wasn't what most people suggested here ?
The xeon and the 660 gtx, and in my opinion i said it's true the xeon proves to be a good value, as for the gpu the 660 gtx proves to be the best value.
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January 20, 2013 8:11:34 PM

i agree with u dj, also i suggested the xeon first just for the record.


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January 20, 2013 9:16:42 PM

cvcreation said:
You know I was wondering the same thing. I saw that on Amazon and I said to myself "Server?" but I read on it this one guy bought it because he wasn't going to use on-board video and from what he was saying the i5's and i7's have that included, this doesn't and is a hundred dollars cheaper.

What do you think? Thanks btw!


I wouldn't forfeit the onboard video if it were me buying the rig. You lose a diagnostic tool should something go wrong with your GPU.
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January 20, 2013 10:14:11 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I wouldn't forfeit the onboard video if it were me buying the rig. You lose a diagnostic tool should something go wrong with your GPU.


Good point. Damn it!
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