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My 5-year old HP laptop just wasn't cutting it anymore, especially since I'm dabbling with video and editing in Lightroom using humongous 5D Mkii files...

Decided to finally take the plunge after getting pre-approved for a Chase Freedom card, which meant I would save $100 on this build. I researched for a while, and I must say that I wouldn't have been able to get the parts I wanted at the price I got them without pcpartpicker!

Split the bulk of the purchases between Newegg (for the bigger yet less expensive items, to save on shipping like the PSU and Case) and Tigerdirect (for smaller expensive items like CPU to avoid the sales taxes while getting cheap shipping).

  • Got the graphics card for $50 through a co-worker who wanted to use it as a PhysX card, but decided to get a 670 instead for that purpose.

  • Decided against an optical drive; I really do not remember the last time I used one, even with my laptop... Maybe when I get into photography semi-professionally.

  • SSD's are fracken fast... I shut down often because it's a habit of mine, so it means a lot for me to have ~15 second boot ups.

  • Motherboard has been great so far, it's kind of ugly, being slim and brown, but without a case window, it really doesn't matter... I'll re-evaluate once I get the itch to overclock and grab a decent cpu cooler (stock has been fine when under heavy load)

  • Speaking of which, temps stay in an acceptable range while exporting big Premiere Pro files. 65 was the highest I saw, though that's pretty pathetic considering that the CPU is still at stock clock. GPU was more than satisfactory during exports, never ran past 50C according to speedfan

  • The case is awesome, and would compete with much more expensive cases in terms of build quality and features. My only gripe is that the space behind the mobo plate is pretty cramped; the troubles were compounded with the uber stiff sleeves utilized on the CX500 PSU. I managed to make it work somehow...

  • Mistakenly bought a cheap Coolmax 120mm fan and found out it was molex only. No biggie, though it was loud on full speed, so I just switched the wire from 12v to 5v. Starts up every time.

Total cost after tax, shipping, and Chase Freedom cash back was $670. I'm extremely happy with its photo editing performance, and it's no slouch in video editing too with the powerful 3570k and CUDA cores of the 650.

EDIT: I installed Chivalry and Battlefield 3 for s%$s and giggles. To my surprise, the 650 superclocked managed to eek out no less than 30 fps on 1080 high settings for BF3, not bad! I can actually play Chivalry on max settings too. This card is fully endorsed by the frugal Asian in me.

Comments

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice build for video and editing. ( °v°)

Maybe instead of an optical drive you could get a card reader instead? Lots of cameras these days use cards so it's handy to have one.

I think optical drives are mostly for old fashioned people, although I still have to use them a lot when submitting discs to companies because they don't want to download things to their hard drives and they like having hard copies of work to keep with their files/portfolios/etc.

I think for the SSD, the Pro version could have been better since it handles large sequential writes better for stuff like video editing and would probably last longer than the 840 dealing with the constant read/writes. I would probably try not use the SSD for any scratch disks that's for sure. Hahaha. Would probably move that stuff to HDD (just in case), since you already got the regular 840. Might just help you squeeze more life out of that SSD. Just something to look into.

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

Does no one have a CD player in their car any more? That's probably the most common use for mine - ripping audio CDs for a holiday or long journey. But yeah, use diminishes and diminishes and diminishes...

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

more people use USB players in their cars these days...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

At least for me, I just hook up the iphone to my car and play off of that, or play radio roulette :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I already have a card reader :). My friend recommended the 840, and reading up online, I haven't seen failures that would lead me to believe that the regular 840 is a total dud. Either ways, it's only holding my programs and os, so a catastrophic failure won't compromise my sensitive data. I think CDs and DVDs are on the way out as the defacto cheap storage mediums, what with everything going to the cloud.

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

TLC flash isn't rated for as many rewrites as MLC flash, but granted your putting videos on a storage hard disk and are using the SSD for OS and Lightroom. So the 840 is fine since you shouldn't be completely rewriting the drive 1,500 times.

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

finally glad to see someone using a board to set their tower on. been seeing tons of ppl just leaving their towers sit on the carpet :\

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking at a similar build for Lightroom/PS.. wondering why you went with the Toshiba HD over WD or Seagate. What are you using for a monitor? Calibration? How about the OS?

Cheers, MS

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the interest. The monitor is a pretty decent 27" VA Panel Acer. Great viewing angles and color reproduction. So far, my prints have been fairly accurate.

The HDD was an interesting last minute decision. The sticker says Toshiba on top, but manufactured by Hitachi Global, and Hitachi drives are known for its awesome reliability. It helps that I got it for $55.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

and Hitachi used to be owned by WD. So a hard disk's, a hard disk's, a hard disk's

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

Hard drive brand names don't really mean much anymore. Most people will recommend you just buy a barracuda since they are so cheap. But if you want some piece of mind WD has a 5 year warranty on their caviar black line.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choices for a good pc probally runs well, but just saying not that its that big of a deal you could have gone with a 2gb evga gtx 650 2gb card for only a little more than your current one but like I said it doesnt matter much the 1gb ones are really good too (and for the price)

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Holy ****! That exact same desk is sitting in my parent's house. How is the 650?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

See my edited build comments above. It works well for someone who hardly has time to game, or be picky about graphics. So far, 1080p render times have been nothing short of impressive, about 2 minutes for every 1 minute of edited 5Dii MOV to h.264 footage.