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$1200 Content Creator Build

BoyScout

May 26, 2016

For our latest build video, we've put together a budget-conscious content creator system.

This machine is perfect for builders looking to take a more professional approach to rendering and editing by utilizing the power and reliability of a Xeon processor, Quadro GPU, and ECC memory.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1270 V5 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $319.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X150M-PRO ECC Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $133.30 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card PNY Quadro K1200 4GB Video Card $257.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Silverstone PS09B MicroATX Mid Tower Case $38.99 @ Directron
Power Supply Rosewill HIVE 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1052.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-26 22:59 EDT-0400

A special thanks to Gigabyte for providing their GA-X150M-PRO ECC motherboard for this build. Additionally, Newegg has created some combo deals around this motherboard and other parts used in this build.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build guide!

Here is what I would do instead to improve sustained read/writes vs a TLC NAND SSD and lower noise and temperatures: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7YrCm8

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i've had that hdd and it's pretty loud. otherwise, nice

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Tasty... oh so Tasty

*cries due to lack of funds

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally a build that's half agreeable. THANK GOD!!!

1) I won't exactly go for the 1270 simply because of cost. 1230 v5 works fine too. 2) A $30-40 SeaSonic 350W PSU works well enough here. Or maybe an Antec Basiq BQ-430.

But otherwise, definitely something that I would've done. Nice one, BoyScout!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can someone explain to me why ECC RAM is desirable? I understand it has something to do with safety or recovering from errors or some such?

  • 46 months ago
  • 7 points

ECC stands for Error Correction Code. Memory with it will look through the data looking for errors and if it finds some it will correct them.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to know.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It basically means that you don't have to shut it down when you would otherwise get a Blue Screen of Death or some corrupt code in the RAM. Non-ECC and ECC flushes itself with electricity; thus, wiping all of the data from it upon restart. But ECC will keep going and correct itself when corrupt code is found and gets in the way, whereas Non-ECC would require a restart. ECC RAM is what allows server up-time of 99.9%. With Non-ECC RAM that number would be around 70%.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! I really enjoyed the video! Thanks guys! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that it makes a difference but why 2 single 8gb sticks instead of a single 16gb kit?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey guys! What do you mean by content creation? In what cases would this be better than e.g. my video editing rig

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

GPU wise, yes this build is better. Your CPU is better than this though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

A 960 is twice as powerful as long as you don't need a workstation card.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait for the 1070 mate, and change the HDD, you can get a 7200 rpm 3TB bare drive for the same price :) Here, take a look http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005T3GRLY/ref=twister_B00BFR79HE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This wouldn't be good for 3D rendering would it?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

it would be amazing for 3d rendering

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build guide BoyScout! Easy to follow and very budget conscious.

  • 46 months ago
  • -3 points

Why the Seagate drive if it has known high failure rates? I have one myself because of the cost/storage size but continually rethink the choice.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

They are better than a few years ago when they has a one year warranty. Now there isn't a big difference, although I still think WD>Seagate>Toshiba.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, i have a 500GB seagate since 4 or 5 years, and i never had to fix or repair it, i know its a rumor because of my personal experience...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The available data points to high capacity drives (usually 3tb) under specific uses. Anecdotal evidence is not evidence. I have a 4 year old WD 2tb external that works great, doesn't mean they all did.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Bro, i don't want to feel crappy cuz i just purchased a 3tb Seagate, and i think it will be good, at least.... cause that disaster ppl talking about was in 2010-2012, but after that, they say Seagate went a lot better, and i will see, i expect of Seagate 3tb HDD at least 5 years, i hope so.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I have one too. Lon term media storage, rare access. It'll be fine. Probably.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You stated something as a fact but won't provide source for that fact and had the audacity to say "let me google that for you" ?

Holy ****.

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