So I've never built a computer before, so I might have missed something obvious, but I basically followed the Videoguys DIY 9.5 recipe with a GTX 680.
Will be used for 3ds Max (not too complicated) , After Effects (many layers, fairly complicated), and Premiere (some complicated multicam projects). No gaming.
What do you think?
Intel Core i7 - 3930K
ASUS P9X79 Pro Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB DDR3 1600 (4x8)
Asus GTX680-DC2-4GD5 4GB
2 x Crucial M4 256GB SSD (RAID mirror boot drives)
Crucial M4 128GB SSD (internal drive for exporting)
CineRAID Enclosure (4TB RAID5) attached via USB3 as a scratch disk
Antec 300 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Enermax 1000W ERV1000EWT
LG 24x DVD-RW drive
Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
So since I'm new to this, can anyone confirm that all these parts are compatible, the power supply is appropriate and the cooling is appropriate (neither too much, nor too little)?
Thanks for your informative response! I've removed the mirrored SSD, and reduced the power supply to 850W, but I'm still a little confused about the cooling. Will this tower and water cooler be sufficient? Also, I live in Canada, which I neglected to mention, so that's reflected in my PCPartPicker list:
I know Crucial M4 drives have a great reputation and are known for reliability, but so are Samsung drives and they are faster. Still, if you are set on the Crucial, it's not a bad choice.
I've helped many people with video/audio builds and they all say the same thing... that they need a quiet PC as a priority.
That's why I have listed the Silverstone Fortress case and the Swiftech CPU cooler. They both provide excellent cooling and quiet operation.
That is also why I specified the Seasonic PSU. The H60 will work fine but it won't leave much thermal room for overclocking and it will not be quiet.
If you are working with a hard budget consider this - Most of your heavy lifting will be done by CUDA I suspect, so the 3930K and X79 motherboard may not be the best way to spend the money. Consider an i7 3770K and Z77 board instead. They are newer tech and you can get a board that supports thunderbolt. Then you can switch to a TB RAID enclosure.
I'm certain your RAID enclosure will have an external power source, so you have no need for that much PSU. A very efficient PSU will leave less heat in your case and will require less cooling, meaning less fan noise.
-the CPU, cooler, motherboard, hard drive, SSD,and OS can all be price matched at ncix.
-the video card is 379.99 after a MIR at ncix.
- i dont see the use of a 680 when a 670 performs just as well
-the kelper GPU tends not to use the vram efficiently. in some tests it makes it slower than the 2gb variant
- i dont see the point of a RAID config when a SSD can do the scratch work faster. but then it depends on the user
-you can pick up the items at a ncix store if you happen to live in vancouver or toronto. that way you save shipping costs (newegg shipping is dam expensive)
Does the 670 perform as well in CUDA? I don't really know the computational differences. Most of the CUDA benchmarks I have seen have the GTX 680 in the top spot, but I do seem to recall a few GTX 670s in there as well.
Thanks Proximon and TheBigTroll! To be fair, my initial budget was around 4k, so I'm not worried about spending a little more money to get what I want. So I think I'll stick with the 680 but incorporate the cooling suggestions Proximon had in the first post, to get a quiet and powerful machine.
So with this setup, 660W will be enough, and everything will fit?
And TheBigTroll, I do live in Toronto, so do I just call NCIX up and ask them to price match what they can? That would be extremely useful!
-change the board back to a gigabyte up4. much better vrms and supports more slots
-change the SSDs to what i recommended. its faster and just as reliable
-would go with caviar blues as stated above. more warranty
-still no reason to get a gtx 680
-the arc midi r2 is 1/3 of the price and does the same job equally as well
-dont see the point of windows 8
-monitor is making your build look weak. get this. cant really price match when ncix has no stock http://www.vuugo.com/computer-hardware/display-devices/...
you dont need to call them. you can enter the URLs of the competitor in their shopping cart. or go instore, get them to help you throw everything in the shopping cart, and then bargain with them. they generally will discount 200 or more dollars off your build so you might as well
Really, I just can't see getting such a cheap case. I've had my hands on a lot of cases over the years and I've become a big fan of the higher quality cases. The better Silverstone cases are some of the best. I owned a tj09 for many years and it took a CaseLabs M8 to pry me away from it. It's more about look and feel than quiet though. There are many $100 cases that will be quiet.
the fractal doesnt feel cheap at all though which is why i recommend it for such a wide variety of builds that i recommend. i can never see the justification of a larger case if you are not going to put a board larger than ATX size or if you are not going to watercool.