View Full Version : first time building mid level worksattion
12-02-2012, 10:02 AM
I am planning on building my own workstation for the first time :)
I'm not an expert on the hardware stuff, so I wanted to get your feedback.
I'll be primarily be using Maya/XSI, premiere, aftereffects, photoshop. My budget is around 1700 USD (including a 24inch monitor, input devices, windows7)
This is what I have so far:
Core i7 ivybridge 3770
gtx 660ti 2gb
Asrock B75 pro3-m micro-atx motherboard
8X2 GB ddr3 ram (dual channel)
Adata Premiere Pro 128gb SSD
1TB WD 7200rpm HDD
Corsair GS700 80plus
Zalman CNPS9900 Max CPU cooler
My questions currently are:
How does the gtx 660ti perform with viewports and video editing? I am wondering if I should sacrifice the SSD and get a gtx 680 instead.
Is 700watts PSU sufficient for this build?
Does a micro atx have any downsides compared to a standard atx?
Any feedback would be great!
700w should be plenty.
If your doing lots of video editing and AE work, the SDD will make a massive difference. I wouldn't give it up for anything :p
You lose a few PCI slots on the mATX board. I would go for a full ATX if you've got room in your case. No reason not to, as they cost about the same. You might want to buy a slightly nicer MB.
That CPU cooler might be overkill for a 22nm chip. Do you plan on overclocking? The stock cooler might be all you need.
Are you using this for paid work?
12-02-2012, 08:10 PM
IMO never go microATX unless you have a really good reason to.
microATX skimps too much on stability/reliability for most heavy duty CPU use
12-02-2012, 11:22 PM
yes i am using this primarily for work
thx for ur inputs!
yes i thought so a micro atx could have some issues. considering a standard atx.
is there a specific mb or chipset that you could recommend?
Since you're using this for work, I'd suggest bumping up the specs a bit, something like a 3930k 6 cores/12 threads cpu, 24 to 32 gb of ram (8 gb is just too low plus ram is very cheap these days) and a better ATX motherboard like the Asus P9X79. That would add about 500$, which would largely pay itself over the 2-3 years you'll probably be keeping this rig. Add another 75-100$ for a decent cooler and overclock your cpu to 4.5ghz for additional performance benefits.
12-03-2012, 03:26 PM
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