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Hi,

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)

Motherboard

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.

Processor

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.

Video Card

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?

RAM

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.

Hard Drive

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.

Cooling

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.

Power Supply

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

TOTAL: $2,491.92

THANK YOU VERY MUCH and I hope to hear your opinions on the matter. smile.gif
post #2 of 5

For your system, all that's needed is a quality-made 450W PSU. However, I'd go with a 550W due to the prices you'd find on 450W units in comparison to 550W units. Here's a very good PSU:

 

550W Seasonic G Series for $89.99 shipped

 

You can also get the 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series for $89.99 shipped and then $74.99 after the $15 rebate card:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182263

 

Both are overkill, but the price makes it worth it.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #3 of 5
i doubt going with an 450 or even 550 w PSU with these components would be enough especially if he's going to OC them. I'd suggest you to stich with the 850W from Corsair as it would be enough for now but would even help down the line. Just my opinion
post #4 of 5
i doubt going with an 450 or even 550 w PSU with these components would be enough especially if he's going to OC them. I'd suggest you to stich with the 850W from Corsair as it would be enough for now but would even help down the line. Just my opinion
post #5 of 5

Ok, so a 550W could probably be better:

 

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_680_sli_review,4.html

 

With one GTX 680 under full load in their system, their PSU only pulled 307W from the wall outlet. Their CPU was idling, so I will need to add about 250W for the 3930K overclocked and under full load. That makes the PSU pulling about 557W from the wall outlet. So if the PSU is 90% efficient while pulling 557W from the wall outlet, then the system is pulling 501W from the PSU. This power draw will only happen if the 680 and 3930K are under load simultaneously (unrealistic).

 

With the price of the 650W Rosewill CAPSTONE Modular Cable Version Series, he should just get that and be done with it.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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