Photoediting/video editing box
So i am looking at satisfying the following requirements.
1. Run my photo editing software (Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3.0)
2. Run my Video editing software (Magix Movie Maker 17) and edit full 1080p video
3. Drive a 27" monitor running at 2550x1440
4. Budget under $1000 taxes in
5. As small a foot print as possible (it's going on the desk)
I will not be gaming on this rig.
Photo and video Editing is usually a domain dominated by Intel chips. So in order to get a small footprint but good processing power I would suggest an Intel core i5 2500k on a micro ATX P67/Z68 chipset mobo, 8 GB of ram should do it, a 120GB SSD, 2 HDDs in a raid 0 matrix for speedy workspace and scratch disk, one large 2TB or 3TB, maybe even external for saving the work projects, and as video card a GTX 550 Ti should be enough, could also allow for some hardware acceleration for the Adobe suite. A power supply in the 450w-550 W should do the trick for powering the system, an 80plus bronze certification would be nice.
OK itis not in line with NO. 5
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Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ08B-E Wicked case i own one and I am very happy with it. $100
Mobo: Gigabyte Z68MA-d2h (good cheap mobo I also own one and I am very happy with it includes USB 3.0 and everything) $110
Processor: i7 2600k (video editing = i7) $305
Memory: Muskin Blackline Enhanced Frostbyte 8gb 2x4 gb 1600mhz CL9 $45
HDD: 500gb WD black (I'm assuming you will be needing more space for your videos so you can get 2 2tb WD greens as well however don't use greens as a boot drive) $44
GPU: GTX 460 1gb $154.99 before MIR
Psu:620W Antec HCG $66.52
Optical: Whatever is cheap $20
CPU cooler: Hyper 212+ $22 (Fits in the small case with the ram however you might need to be creative with your HDD cable management to have both fans on. However because of the inverted Mobo you only need a pull fan anyways)
Totals $980 tax in
The TJ08B-E is a new case, availability has been pretty limited since it was announced.
A couple alternate case options:
Lian Li A05NB (older design, no front USB3.0)
Antec SOLO II (slightly larger but will be really quiet)
Was poking around and came up with this solution comes in around 850 after taxes without any PM. I don't really need an ODD as i have a spare.
Intel Core i5 2300
Asus P8H61-I Rev 3.0
EVGA GTX 550TI (is only 8.25" long so it should fit in the sugo.)
Silverstone Sugo SG05BB-450 (includes a 450w PSU)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Let me know.
Be aware that you can't overclock with that setup, although you could make it pretty much silent at load if you lower the voltage a few ticks.
Since you're going for a dedicated GPU right away and using CUDA rather than that Intel encoding thingie, you may consider the P67 boards and overclock the GPU by a few ticks.
well i haven't really felt the need to do any overclocking since i had my opteron 165 a number of years ago.
I looked at the board further and was considering the onboard until i saw that the res maxes out at 1920x1200@60hz which is not suffcient for my needs. I need 2560x1440.
I am also considering (although it may be considered blasphemy) a mac mini as the entry level unit is priced at $600 bucks. Supports the hi res i am looking for and i believe my copy of lightroom came with a key for either mac or windows.
Intel Core i5-2400 $194.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $47
ASRock H67M-ITX $105
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD $115
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS (2xRAID 0) $80
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB $90
Antec NSK 4482B $89
EVGA GeForce GT 430 $73
subtotal $794 before taxes.
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