Hello, finally went and built a media workstation. Been on this site for about a year picking up hint and tips and getting a feel for a first build. Thank you everybody for contributing to this site.
I'm a video editor / photographer who also dabbles with 3d modelling and a bit of music production, so needed something to handle the load and keep me future proofed for a few years. Hopefully this machine will be more than capable for my needs.
CPU - 4930k was going to go for the 4770k but in the end I thought the 6 cores would be better for my video and encoding workloads.
Cooler - CM Hyper 212 - Good solid air cooler - I'm not going to go massive on OC so this would do the job fine for my needs.
MB - ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 - Great board for the price - 8 ram slots, perfect for my next item.
Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 32GB (8 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - Was going to go for 16gb as I had seen a great deal on Hot uk deals, I waited and waited but the stock never happened, I cancelled and went for the 32gb, great price.. it may not be the fastest but slow 32gb has to be better than faster 16gb yea? I'm sure it certainly helps for the Adobe suite.
Storage - 240gb Evo for OS and programmes
1 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM - PROJECT FILES
1 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM - ADOBE CACHE / PREVIEW FILES
1 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM - EXPORTS
The disk combo above works very well for my needs.
OS - Win 8.1 64bit - Got a licence from Reddit for £10.. http://www.reddit.com/r/softwareswap/new/
Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX - Wont be gaming on this computer.. the card is plenty for running a 1440p monitor. Although it was tempting to go for a better card, there really is no need for a video workstation... much of my decision making was guided by this website - http://ppbm7.com/index.php/tweakers-page/87-what-pc-to-use/98-what-pc-to-use some awesome advice all round on what a balanced editing system should be.
Case - Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Titanium Grey) ATX Mid Tower - Wonderful Case, was really working with it.
PSU - EVGA 650W ATX12V / EPS12V - Does what is says on the tin. Gold rated power and plenty for my needs.
Case Fan - Fractal Design FD-FAN-SSR2-140 66.0 CFM 140mm - Got a few of these to aid with cooling.
Monitor - 1440p Korean jobby - Screen is wonderful, really impressed for the price - £200
Speakers - Creative Gigaworks T40 Series II Multimedia Speakers - THESE SPEAKERS ARE AWESOME! Full spectrum of sound.. very happy. :)
Was quite bewildering when I had all the parts together and started my first ever build. I really enjoyed the process. It's grown up Lego eh! The build took about 3 hours and there were a few times that I had to look up some videos as to some of the wiring and header wires etc... it was a wonderful moment after all the research and buying (used Flubit for most parts and got some good deals) to finally press the power button on the front of the tower... YEAH BABY YEAH it worked.... First time, every time!!
Installed Windows, then drivers for video card etc... there seemed to be some intermittent crashing which had me confused, but then I went on the AsRock website and looked up my board and associated drivers such as the intel ones etc.. installed and it's been perfect since!
Overall, I'm very happy to have made the switch from Mac to Pc.. for £1400 I think I done OK for my first attempt. Thank you for looking :)