I'm building a custom PC for Editing. Currently I am Using the Adobe platform. However, during the summer I will take 3D animation and design courses. So, I am trying to build a PC that will satisfy my expectations from both of those software. My budget is from $2500 to $3000.
I've done some research on a custom build and wanted to see what you guys think about it: (SCROLL DOWN TO SKIP MY COMMENTS AND GET TO THE FINAL LIST)
Originally, as a mother board I had the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP5 because of the Thunderbolt Connection. However, this motherboard is not compatible with the LGA 2011 Processors. So I've decided to go with the $349.99 GIGABYTE G1.ASSASSIN2 . I heard that pretty soon a Thunderbolt Port for PCI Slot would be available so I left the Thunderbolt Port out.
For the processor originally I wanted to go with the Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition. However with a price of $1060 I decided to go with the Intel Core i7-3930K . Costing $560 I thought that overclocking this processor would create about the same speeds as the Extreme Edition.
Since my main purpose is Editing, the Video Card is a priority for me. For the past couple of weeks I've been searching Forum to Forum trying to find the right Video Card. First I was stuck between ATI or NVIDIA. I found out the Adobe's Mercury Playback engine works better with the NVIDIA Graphic Cards. So I chose to go with NVIDIA. Now I'm stuck between different Graphics Cards. Some people told me to go with the PNY VCQK5000-PB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 . However this device costs $1700. So I didn't know if it was really necessary. Then, some people told me to go with the $539.99 GIGABYTE GV-N680OC-4GD GeForce GTX 680 . So if I go with the K5000 I would pass my budget but, if it necessary and the K5000 will provide very good results, then I'm willing to buy it. OR would buying the GTX 680 and creating a Two-Way or Three-Way SLI be enough for me?
For the RAM, Corsair Vengeance got very good ratings so I decided to go with the $354.99 CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) . I was stuck between 16GB or 32GB, but since there is not much price difference decided to go with the 32GB.
For the Hard Drive, I figured that since I will be working mainly off of footage from my External Hard Drives, that one SSD such as the $199.99 OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G for booting and using for workspace and a Seagate Constellatio 3TB for regular storage.
For cooling, since I will be overclocking, I decided to get a water cooler. I don't know anything about this are of topic so I got everything depending on best ratings. For the CPU I got the $144.99 Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme and went with $199.99 COOLER MASTER HAF X case, which seems like is big and cool enough for my setup.
To power this entire setup up, I decided to go with the common $159.99 CORSAIR TX850W . However, I am not sure whether this will be enough for the system.
So Basically, the system setup without my useless comments would be:
Motherboard : GIGABYTE G1.ASSASSIN2
Processor : Intel Core i7-3930K
Video Card : PNY VCQK5000-PB NVIDIA Quadro K5000 OR GIGABYTE GV-N680OC-4GD GeForce GTX 680
RAM : CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB)
Hard Drive : OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G AND Seagate Constellatio 3TB
Cooling : Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme
Power Supply: CORSAIR TX850W
Case : COOLER MASTER HAF X
THANK YOU VERY MUCH and I hope to hear your opinions on the matter.