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brian0918
Low-to-Moderate budget (ATI-based)
on Jun 18, 2008 at 3:43:51 pm

Any cons? Should I go nvidia instead, or does that depend only on the video editing software I'm using?

Also: is Raptor not desirable? is PSU too big - 450W alright instead?


case: Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

mobo: ASUS P5E WS Professional LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard

psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 Power Supply

(PSU combined with APEVIA 4 Pin P4 /12V to 8 Pin P8 /12V Power Supply Converter Cable Model CVT4Cool

video: SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16

cpu: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600

fan: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

mem: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX

hd primary: Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s Hard Drive

hd for raw video: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

hd for rendering: another big Seagate or WD 7200rpm SATAII

dvd: (2x) SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N

Subtotal: $1,555.40


Thanks!


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jeffcss
Re: Low-to-Moderate budget (ATI-based)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 4:26:36 am

A bigger PSU is better and they only use power as needed so a bigger PSU does not waste energy.

I have had much better luck with Nvidia over ATI when using After Effects. The Open GL mode works with Nvidia drivers.

Raptors are speedy and way more expensive but if you want to spend the money . . .

What are you doing for backup? Hard drives will fail eventually.


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brian0918
Re: Low-to-Moderate budget (ATI-based)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 1:02:11 pm

Why do I need a bigger PSU? If I use [url=http://extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine]this calculator, and set everything to maximum load, it still doesn't go over 450W. Even with capacitor aging it doesn't get over 550W. What's the justification for spending a couple hundred extra?

Here's my latest configuration after talking to others (changes in bold). I dropped the PSU down and ramped up the video card (seeing it as an investment for the future):

case: Antec P182 Gun Metal Black

mobo: ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX

psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2

video: EVGA GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

cpu: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600

fan: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

mem: CORSAIR XMS2 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX

hd primary: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

hd for raw video: Seagate Barracuda ES.2 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

hd for rendering: another big Seagate or WD 7200rpm SATAII

dvd: (2x) SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA

Total: $1262.87


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jeffcss
Re: Low-to-Moderate budget (ATI-based)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 5:46:54 pm

Good question!

The maximum rating on the PSU is taken at a certain temperature. As the temperature goes up, the total output goes DOWN. So unless you are positive that the inside of the case will always be cool, you need to over estimate.

Pretty much anything else you might add to the system will add to the load on the PSU. So to really invest in the future you need a bigger PSU.

If the PSU is maxed out or close to it then you can have all kinds of strange problems that you would not normally attribute to a power supply.

PC Power and Cooling has a 610 watt at their store for $119. So I don't understand why you said you would have to spend "a couple hundred extra". for a bigger PSU. They get very high ratings on their PSUs.

https://shop.pcpower.com/power-supply/silencer-610-eps12v.html

Finally, the Newegg PSU calculator at http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
estimates you need 624 watts.


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brian0918
Re: Low-to-Moderate budget (ATI-based)
on Jun 24, 2008 at 7:22:41 pm

Thanks! I had my heart set on Corsair for the brand but everything they offer is more expensive. I think I'll go with the [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341002]OCZ OCZ700GXSSLI 700W for $95.


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