Originally Posted by divide_by_zero
2x (2gb x 3 DDR3 1600) G.Skill ***This was a cheap set so I'm wondering about the quality? After looking over the memory that would be supported up to 12 gigs my options were somewhat limited with what was available***
Which exact model did you buy? It very different if you bought the C9 1333mhz at 1.65v than if you got a hand on some C8 1866mhz at 1.5v.
12gb will not be overkill for a lot of video editing, maybe even not enough? I prefer not filling up all my slots right away, because if leaves you will upgrade room later on; but I'm just a bit picky on that.
2x Sapphire AMD Radeon 6970
2x 120gb OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (Going Raid 0)
2x 500gb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm HDD (Raid 1)
Just 500gb's drives? I mean, RAID1 mirrors, so you'll have a total of 120gb x2 (ssd's) + 500gb, will you have enough for editing everything? I'd expect your software + games to take up anywhere between 80 and 160gb (depents on how many games you have) and you'll need quite a bit of space for the video temporary folders.
The rest is purely personal choices, so I don't think I can comment much about it, except like I've stated earlier that it doesn't seem to be much space, maybe you already have a NAS?
Sparkle 80+ Gold 850 Watt PSU - Modular
COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Logitech Ultra-Thin Illuminated USB Keyboard
I never heard of Sparkle, but if it's a non-generic PSU it'll be plenty enough for your rig, I'd expect your rig to be pulling up maybe 500-700W on 100% stress test of video cards/CPU (overclocks included)
Now, I do a lot of video editing and often have a ton of programs like Maple 13, ChemBio Office Ultra Suite, Office, Vegas, CS5, and video games.
Is the 12gb of RAM too much and is G.Skill OK? I really wanted Corsair but Newegg didn't have the one I wanted and I got a good deal with the G.Skill for a combo.
Second, is 850 watts enough to power this rig ok? I have been out of the higher end building for a while and was pretty certain it would be ok using the cooler master calculator but my desktop I have now is using an Enermax 900watt from 2004 and it still works fine. lol
Will I easily be able to hit 4.0 + ghz with air using the Dark Knight?
Kinda off topic but I haven't found much about the 6xxx series... can you OC the memory and GPU clock with the AMD program?
Thanks guys and any criticism or ideas are welcome. This is my first time ever buying a Sapphire video card, in the past I've only used EVGA and ASUS so I hope they perform well. I use 1920 x 1200 resolution obviously but haven't seen it on a 25" monitor so I'm looking forward to that!
Thanks for any input!
I've pretty much answered all the questions
About 4.0ghz with a Dark Knight, I'd say you'll reach it, easily? If you know how to overclock an i7, yes; if you don't, well it'll obviously be a learning curve for you. You'll also be looking at optimizing your overclock, minimize voltages/increase QPI and RAM speeds. There's a handy tutorial in the Intel Processor section of the forum.
There's an ATI 69xx club, you can check them out, it's possible to adjust Core/Mem speed via the CCC (ATI's control pannel) and you can even push voltages higher/OC higher with AfterBurner or some other third party program.
I'm not a fan of big screens/"low" res. But don't take my word for it, I'm running 2560x1440 on a 27" and it's amazing, my friend has a 24" 1080p screen and it looks gorgeous!
Good luck with getting stuff up and running and post more questions if you have them