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Old December 24, 2009, 06:22 PM
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Thumbs up Business High Def Media Computer Build - Need your Help & Opinions!

Hello Everyone,

First post here, but I have been reading through the forums for some time while I have been waiting for my work to kick down the budget for my new work system, which I just received today for Jan 1 2010!


As per the Sticky on Asking for Input on a system build here is the parameters I a working within:


1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
  • Primary Function -
    • Business computer used for the following:
    • HD Video & 10 Mega Pixel Photo editing & web/multimedia content creation from multiple sources using Adobe Creative Suite 4 Master Collection (Premier Pro/Photoshop/Soundbooth)
  • Secondary Functions include:
    • Heavy Excel 2007 SQL interfaced and running query spreadsheets requiring constant calculation updates
    • SQL Enterprise Manager Queries
    • Standard Business computing Outlook, Word, etc…

2. What YOUR budget is.
  • Trying to keep it around $2600 USD including Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
  • USA (transplanted Canadian in California )
4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
  • No Brand Preferences
5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts.
  • No, a 100% fresh build as far as the computer itself, but I have 2 - Dell 22" DVI 1680x1050 monitors, and a 42" 1080p display Monitor for meeting/project review purposes that I will be reusing
6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
  • Lots of reading, but still undecided. I do like the looks of the i7 processors, and the thought of overclocking a 920 for the price J
7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
  • I have no aversion to overclocking, as long as its stable and it makes sense to do so.
8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
  • January 2, 2010
I look forward to hearing your opinions, and getting this system up and running ASAP .


Thank you all in advance!
Glen
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Old December 25, 2009, 02:43 PM
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Default Build thoughts so far...

Happy Holidays everyone!

Just surfing around and wanted to pose this thought for my build. Not sure about the video cards (need to playback 1080p on a 42" lcd for review before shipping), and picked this case/power supply for the preinstalled water cooling, as if I am interpreting what I am reading should allow for more than an bit of overclocking of the i7 920.

S15-0252 :: Sparkle GeForce GTS 250 Video Card - 1024MB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, (2) Dual Link DVI, SLI Ready (4 lbs) 2 @ 149.99 = $299.98

H450-9002 :: Hitachi Deskstar OS00163 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G (2 lbs) 1 @ $79.99

C13-7100 :: Corsair Core i7 XMS3 12GB PC12800 DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade - 6x2048MB (0.8 lbs) 1 @ $362.99

TC3J-2454 :: Thermaltake Armor+ & Ultra X3 1600W PSU - VH600LBWS Full-Tower ATX Case, ATX Modular Power Supply (84.11 lbs)1 @ $679.99


M17-7310 :: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD (0.5 lbs) 1 @ $199.99

CP1-I7-920 :: Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail (1.65 lbs) 1 @ $289.99

E145-2058 :: EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading (5.45 lbs) 1 @ $399.99


Total $2,312.92

What do you think?
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Old December 25, 2009, 03:05 PM
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You're spending way, way too much for that PSU + case combo.
You could easily run that rig on a 90$ Corsair TX750 with a bit of room to spare. I don't know how much each of the case/PSU cost seperately, but 680$ for a case and PSU is beyond ridiculous unless you're running 3-4 massively overclocked high end video cards. I probably wouldn't spend more than 200$ on a case. You could go up to 300$ for something fancy like the Corsair 800D if you're that kind of person.
I also have the feeling that you're overspending a bit on the motherboard. The Classified boards have a very sexy digital PWM, but definitely overkill for the normal user who isn't going for massive overclocks.
If I was in your place, I'd probably grab a cheaper eVGA E758 A1 or something from Asus or Gigabyte.
With the money you save in those 2 parts, you might be able to fit in faster video cards, like a GTX285 or 2.
You're going to need to grab some aftermarket cooling for your CPU if you intend to overclock. Preliminaries on the Thermalright Venomous X look good, but nobody has actually done a real review of it compared to the Prolimatech or the older Thermalright U-120E.
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Old December 25, 2009, 03:30 PM
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GPU, OS, chip, ram? Check.
Motherboard? Nononononono. NCIXUS.com - Buy ASUS P6T SE X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SATA2 Motherboard - P6T SE.
Drive? 1Tb as storage. Then a 120Gb SSD for OS, Office apps and Adobe CS4. You will thank me.
Case: NCIXUS.com - Buy Coolermaster Centurion 590 ATX Tower Case Black 9X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT No PSU - RC-590.
PSU: Corsair TX750W
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Old December 25, 2009, 04:49 PM
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GPU: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
PSU: Newegg.com - SeaSonic S12D 750 Silver 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 RC-590-KKN1-GP Black SECC / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

I agree with 3.0charlie about everything else. Keep in mind that the P6T SE he suggested does not have SLI support, so you will not be able to use two GTS250s SLI mode if you choose that board. However, the 5850 I suggested is better than a pair of GTS250s in SLI, consumes less power, supports DirectX11, has built-in audio passthrough over HDMI, and is all around a better choice for $300 than a pair of GTS250s.
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Old December 25, 2009, 07:04 PM
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You are absolutely correct about the GPU - much better choice. We chose the same case, and the PSU are in the same ball-park.
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I chose the same case on purpose actually (although it is a great case - I have one). The reason is because Newegg is a better retailer than NCIXUS based on what I've heard, and they offer free shipping for that case and have a $15 mail-in rebate for it. Regarding the PSUs, they are in the same ballpark, but the Seasonic is more efficient, has better ripple suppression, is quieter, has more power available on the +12V rails, and is cheaper than the TX750 before rebate (and only $10 more after the rebate), so I felt it was a better choice overall.
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I've sold 6 590s to my customers - they all love the case.

I hate MIRs. Hence my choice. But as for the NCIXUS site, I chose the 1st US one that came to mind.
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Old December 25, 2009, 09:59 PM
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Hello everyone,

Thank you very much for your thoughts.

I found a bundle deal on Tigerdirect that is along the lines of what you have all suggested.

How does this sound

1 XFX X58i Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, Hyperthreading support

1 Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading, Bloomfield, Retail
1 Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048)
1 Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS Hard Drive - 1TB, 32MB, SATA-300, OEM
1 CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full-Tower Case
1 Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply

for a total of $1069 for this bundle.

Then add in:
OCZ Vertex Series Solid State Drive - 120GB, 2.5", SATA II for $439
Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - for $299
Win 7 Ultimate 64 for 199

and how do you feel about this cooler?

ULT40324 :: Ultra ChillTec Black CPU Cooler - LGA 775/1366, AM2/AM2+/AM3 (3.95 lbs) for $119?

Total system $2160

Thoughts?
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Old December 26, 2009, 01:21 AM
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I'm not a fan of that motherboard, the PSU isn't particularly great, and the HD is slow. I would not go with that bundle.

Regarding the heatsink, avoid it and consider a high-end heatsink like the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme, Prolimatech Megahalems, Noctua NH-U12P, etc.
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