Computer Builder: Proper Components of a DIY NLE

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For the sake of your sanity, you probably shouldn't be pulling your punches on some of the components while putting together the DIY workstation. With just about $1500/$1800, you can put together a ''mini beast'' that can handle HD fairly (read my ''fine prints'' at the bottom of the page :biggrinsa).

However, it is advisable to ''future proof'' your workstation, just in case you are constantly swamped with HD projects and you have access to those crazy plug ins that bite big chunks out of system resources. This will cost you precisely $2800.00, with plenty of room for future upgrades (RAM, GPU etc).

So what are the components of this $2800.00 beast?

The six-core 3.2 GHz i7-3930k processor
Corsair H80 Liquid cooling system (you can opt for air if you're not comfortable with liquid)
16 GB DDR3 Quad channel memory
ASUS Motherboard P9X79 Deluxe (4 PCI Express slots, max 64BG memory support..etc)
NVIDIA Quadro 4000
120 GB SSD
120 mm dual case fans
Hard drive fan (the ''fanless" types)
ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 sound card
14x Blu-ray reader/writer
300MBs PCI e wireless network card
Memory card reader
1000W power supply
Antec Sonata III case or Cooler Master HAF-912 (or whatever case that floats your baloon)

Note that I use Premiere and After Effects extensively but this config will probably work for other PC based software.

You can even downgrade the motherboard, sound card, blu-ray reader/writer, cooling system and save another $200.00 0r $300.00 without a massive dent on system performance.

Monitor, keyboard, speaker, mouse and operating system not included :p
This is a very comprehensive list.


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Aftermarket CPU Coolers

When the moment has arrived that reveals to a power user(like a content creator, for ex.) that the stock CPU cooler has outlived it's duty cooling the processor due to it's noise level and inadequate cooling performances, it is time for the telemarketer heat-sinks. The after-markets are known for performing a lot better while keeping the noise level quieter which make them the better cooling choices.

There are basically 5 different types of CPU heat-sinks and they are as follows;

1) The standard tower style coolers:- They are reputed to have the best cooling performances in the market. One or two downside to them is compatibility issues due to their bulkiness. These things can be huge taking too much space in the case, as well as, compatibility issues with memory DIMMs that are too high. They also don't cool the surrounding components on the motherboard like RAMs and mosfets.

Noctua NH-D14
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Here is an example of one tower CPU cooler considered as one of the best(if not the best) in the market.

2)The top down/down draft coolers:- The stock heat-sinks that come with most CPUs are of this type. They sit on the processor with their fans(if they have any) facing the side panel of the case. The after-markets are bigger in size and more heavy duty to handle over-clocking.
They have the advantage of being able to cool the surrounding components around the CPU too, as well as the motherboard itself in addition to the cooling of the CPU itself. The general belief is that they don't cool as well as the tower type coolers but i disagree because i use one of this kind and the cooling performance is fantastic.

Scythe Grand Kama Cross Rev. B
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This is the cooler i use in my case. Great cooler. Big but offers fantastic cooling performance while being whisper quiet.

3)Passive Fanless Heatsinks :- Passive cooling means absolute silence because there is no use of noisy fans for active heat dissipation. Using this kind of heat-sinks means that the use of well ventilated case is crucial for it have effective cooling performance.

Supermicro SNK P0016

4) Close Loop Water Coolers:- Very popular with gamers. I have my doubts about them myself. I find them noisy and iffy cooling performance. But they do look cool when installed. They are called close loop water coolers because they are sealed and do not require any kind of maintenance like the component class water coolers with a guarantee of zero fluid leakage. These coolers also have liquid pumps incorporated into the CPU blocks to make the whole system as compact and easy to install as possible. Major manufacturers are Corsair and Antec.

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100
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5) Component Water Coolers:- Great popularity amongst gamers as well as modders. Each component of the system must be purchased separately from the CPU block through hoses and pumps, up to the coolant fluids and water tanks. This kind of coolers is only for true enthusiasts.

So, selecting which cooler type is the best for any user depends on what the user wants aesthetics, as well, as the practicality demanded by the PC case used. After installation, the user needs to immediately put the cooler to the check to test whether it is performing well or not. CPU stress testing freewares like Prime95 is very popular amongst users for this task. Also temp monitoring freewares like Speccy or CPUID Hardware Monitors will also be required to monitor the temps while the stress test is running. The result will give the user some idea of how good the cooler is doing.
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