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Jan 11, 2013 15:45 |  #1

Hey guys/gals. SO it's time for me to buy a new PC. Right off the bat I'll say I have no interest in a Mac, Hackintosh, or a Mac running Windows :)

SO what do you guys think of this build (essentially a gaming PC), as an editing rig?

Thanks in advance!!!


  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3770K 3.50 GHz 8MB Intel Smart Cache LGA1155
  • HDD 1- OS/APPS: 240GB Corsair Neutron GTX SATA-III 6.0Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 511MB/s Write
  • HDD 2 - DATA: 2TB (2TBx1) Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
  • HDD 3 - PS/LR Scrach: 60GB Corsair Force GT Series SATA-III 6.0 Gb/s SSD - 555MB/s Read & 515MB/s Write
  • MEMORY: 32GB (8GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)
  • MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, Lucid Virtu MVP, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x PCIe x16 (1 Gen3, 1 Gen2), 2x PCIe x1 & 3 PCI
  • POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
  • VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card (EVGA Superclocked)


Also I'm set on having a 3rd drive (the 60GB SSD) as a LR/PS scratch disk. But seeing as there are only 2 Sata III slots open, how does one go about doing this?

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Jan 11, 2013 16:09 |  #2

SSD and A lot of Ram is the main things you need for a good editing rig. Looks like you got that.




  
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Jan 11, 2013 16:57 |  #3

Be an awesome video editing rig with that much RAM and two SSD's :)


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Jan 11, 2013 16:58 |  #4

I can't imagine anything that the rig you posted wouldn't run!


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Jan 11, 2013 16:59 |  #5

Looks like a screamer on paper (on screen?) but IMO, you're seriously short on storage.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:03 |  #6

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #15476401 (external link)
Looks like a screamer on paper (on screen?) but IMO, you're seriously short on storage.

Even with the 2TB Hard drive? That can hold a lot of photos. He could always add an external USB 3.0 drive if he runs out.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:06 |  #7

Yeah but how do I connect 2 SSDs and a regular HD to the above MOBO? Sorry I'm a novice.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:08 |  #8

Most motherboards have more than enough SATA ports for three HDDs

Edit: That board has 6 SATA ports, two high speed (which I would use for the SSDs) and 4 3GB/s ports which would be fine for your larger HDDs


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Jan 11, 2013 17:10 |  #9

SethWilliams wrote in post #15476409 (external link)
Even with the 2TB Hard drive? That can hold a lot of photos. He could always add an external USB 3.0 drive if he runs out.

I have 6.5TB in the computer and an extra 4TB externally for back up :cool:

But, I do shoot for a living so produce a lot more content than most people.

That said, if your heavily into music and movies etc, space can go very quickly.

It's also nice to keep your photography on a separate drive, helps with performance and back ups, as well as file management.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:14 |  #10

Ok. that makes sense.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:23 |  #11

Looks good, I'm running that motherboard with the same CPU, 680 card and 16GB, OCZ Vertex 4 240GB for programs/games and a 1TB HDD for other stuff.

It flies along. I cant see you having any problems. You could add RAID0 SSDs (with a proper raid card, not MB raid) if you wanted more. You can easily overclock that chip for a bit more too. Mine is running at 4Ghz, set by the seller and thats considered modest.

240GB fills up quickly if you want to keep alot of modern games on it. I just keep what I'm playing then use steam backup to move them to the NAS when I'm finished.

As for storage I bought a QNAP nas for storage and I'm really happy with it. It has 4x2TB drives in Raid5 and it will perform backups to an external drive when my other PCs are asleep. It's linux underneath and so you can do anything with it. I use it as a development webserver too.


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Jan 11, 2013 17:32 |  #12

JNowakPhoto wrote in post #15476424 (external link)
Yeah but how do I connect 2 SSDs and a regular HD to the above MOBO? Sorry I'm a novice.

each HDD and SSD will have a SATA cable... look up your mobo specs and see how many
SATA slots are avaliable.. dont forget the cd/dvd will use one too...


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Jan 11, 2013 17:47 |  #13

Moppie wrote in post #15476442 (external link)
I have 6.5TB in the computer and an extra 4TB externally for back up :cool:

But, I do shoot for a living so produce a lot more content than most people.

That said, if your heavily into music and movies etc, space can go very quickly.

It's also nice to keep your photography on a separate drive, helps with performance and back ups, as well as file management.

True :) I was assuming that the OP didn't shoot for a living, but I agree that space can fill up very fast, especially with movies and music.

It would probably be good to have a backup too, which would be a great use of an external hard drive.

And with the price of SSDs and external drives, it would be easy to add in a couple of hard drives if you run out of space, since the MOBO can hold up to 6.


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Jan 11, 2013 18:00 |  #14

Get a good case! Lave room for expanding later


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Jan 11, 2013 21:21 |  #15

Is there a benefit to having a separate SSD just as a scratch disk, or would using 2 SSDS (Raid 1) and keeping the OS, APPS, and SCRATCH on there make more sense?


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