How Can I Improve This Rig?

August 24, 2011 at 19:51:53
Specs: Linux i686
Hi guys,
I'm trying to help a friend of mine, who's currently a law school student and therefore on a tight budget ($500-$600). He wants a computer for editing HD video and after looking at notebooks and PCs from acer, HP, and dell, we decided to just build our own rig. Here's what I have so far, please tell me how I can improve it:

AMD Phenom II 1075T
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066
ECS GeForce GTS 450 (1GB, 128-bit)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (7200 RPM, 32MB cache)
Antec 380 Watt PSU


P.S. It's all from Newegg

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August 24, 2011 at 20:47:57
- get DDR3-1333.
- consider a Samsung HDD rather than Seagate
- the Antec 380W is a decent PSU, but you should probably consider something capable of more wattage & with more amperage on a single +12v rail

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August 24, 2011 at 20:54:55
Thanks for the reply. I was just wondering, why did you pick samsung over seagate?

Also, how about this psu:

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August 24, 2011 at 20:57:03
What about a SSD for the OS and programs?

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August 24, 2011 at 21:07:37
^^^Can you really notice the difference b/n SSDs and normal HDDs? Btw, he's not a gamer. He just needs this rig for editing HD videos.

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August 25, 2011 at 06:07:42
If on a budget avoid the SSD as they are still expensive and you still need a regular hard drive and the video files will be on the larger drive so the difference would be minimal during video editing.
I have seen more Seagate drives fail than others, but MY preference is Western Digital drives and their Black series and they are both fast and have larger caches which will help with the large files he will be using for only a few dollars more.
I would lean towards a 500Watt or 600Watt power supply that has one single 12 volt rail and at least 80% efficiency rating (the price difference is minimal).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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August 25, 2011 at 07:11:27
"how about this psu"

No. If you're trying to keep costs down, the PSU is NOT the place to be cutting corners. The Thermaltake is only 65% efficient (vs 85% for the Rosewill), it has dual +12v rails at 14A + 15A (vs a single 50A), has dual small cooling fans (vs one large one), doesn't have active PFC, & has only 2 SATA plugs (vs 6). There are other possibilities than the Rosewill, but IMO, the Thermaltake should NOT be on the short list. Looks like the Rosewill sale is over, so you may want to look at one of the Corsair PSUs.

"why did you pick samsung over seagate"

Have you read any reviews?

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