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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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APEBuilt 3 Builds 3 points 35 months ago

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

JafferAli 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

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

Pcjulian12343 2 points 35 months ago

Tasty... oh so Tasty

*cries due to lack of funds

okcnaline 2 points 35 months ago

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!

ThePCTurtle 1 point 35 months ago


gorkti200 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

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?

Enrico411 7 points 35 months ago

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.

gorkti200 3 Builds 2 points 35 months ago


therevenga 2 points 35 months ago

Good to know.

Anthonyk747 1 point 35 months ago

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%.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

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

JeyTee84 1 point 35 months ago

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

pootie2 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

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

henrath 1 point 35 months ago

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

Asus_nipeR619 1 point 35 months ago

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

AdelTheQadi 1 point 35 months ago

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

JuniorVid 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

it would be amazing for 3d rendering

Etech7 1 point 34 months ago

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

Selicos -3 points 35 months ago

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.

henrath 1 point 35 months ago

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.

Asus_nipeR619 1 point 35 months ago

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...

Selicos 1 point 35 months ago

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.

Asus_nipeR619 1 point 35 months ago

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.

Selicos 1 point 34 months ago

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

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ameanie 1 point 34 months ago

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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