Hard drives, ram, questions before I buy any parts for my new computer build

I am building a budget video editing rig for DSLR video and photography. I have done some research and found the best blend of performance and price, as far as I can tell. This is mostly a hobby system, it won’t be used heavily, mostly for honing my skills and creating things for my portfolio along with the occasional freelance project. I would like to keep this system around for a while and will probably overclock in the future to keep up with the times. I don’t think I will be editing anything higher than 1080p footage, but I may have to work with a little bit of all the major codecs/formats out there.

 

Here is my part list so far

 

Intel i7 3770k – I already own this part, I picked it up a week ago from Microcenter for $230

ASUS P8Z77-LX – A budget motherboard with the ability to overclock the 3770k in the future and a decent feature set

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 – The lest expensive “decent” graphics card for GPU acceleration.

Seasonic 80Plus Power Supply M12II 620 BRONZE – A quality budget power supply, a little more than I need but gives me some headroom

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB -16gb of 1.5v 1600 DDR3 ram.

Samsung 840 250gb SSD – a 250gb SSD for the OS and programs.

WD caviar green 1tb – I have this sitting around in my house, and it will be used as the scratch/cache disk.

2TB Seagate Barracuda – This will be my project/data drive. I will have my lightroom catalog, photos, videos, and personal data on this drive. I have a 2tb external I will back up to every time I use the system.

Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive – Just a regular DVD burner for the times I need to read things off of discs, or I need to give someone a copy of something on disk media. I may later on go with a BR drive but I have yet to have a single client/buddy that wanted something on a BR. I have a BRW drive at work I can always use if I really need it.

Corsair 200r – A simple budget case with usb 3.0 at the front and a decent interior.

 

I already own a keyboard, mouse, OS, and an LG IPS 235V monitor. I plan to pick up a 2nd one with a few gift cards I got for christmas, so I’m not going to put it in the budget.

 

All together I’m looking at just a few dollars over $1,100 including the processor I already purchased.

 

Now on to my questions

 

1. For the SSD I feel I need something larger than 128gb if I were to isntall all my software and the OS on it, because of the amount of software I use. I have the CS6 master collection, Lightroom, Lightwave 9.5, and 3ds Max, and office 2007. I think that would put a 128gb too close to full, so I opted for a 250gb model. Do you think this will work well?

 

2. When it comes to ram, will I see a performance difference between 1333 and 1600 speed memory? Also, should I go for 32gb over 16gb? I know from experience adobe is really hungry for ram, but my work system only has 12gb so I don’t know if what I do would utilize 32gb since I’ve never worked with a system that has that kind of power.

 

As for my budget, I would like to stay under $1,300 max. Since this is mostly for hobby and freelance work I won’t be using the system constantly or using it on large complex projects.

 

If you have any suggestions on this setup or what I should do to make it better but keep it in my budget, let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 



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