Hi phillpower2 and iammykyl
Thank you both once again for all your help, advice and guidance.
I expect that unless I need further guidance in the near future this will be my last communication for some time. However I will continue to visit the site regularly as it is a really good source of information and ideas which one can take on even if the topic is that of others.
I am now the proud owner of a new computer and software set up. All is working well and is significantly better in performance (on all fronts) to my last computer.
Case Fractal Design R4 ATX
I have added 2 x 140 cm fans, 1 x 120 fan and an Akasa system blower
Power Unit Cosair AX760
Motherboard Asus P8Z77 V Pro Ivy Bridge
CPU Intel i7 3770K 3.5GH Ivy Bridge
GPU GeForce GTX 670 *
Memory G.Skill Ripjaw 1860 MHZ 16 GB (2* 8 GB) ****
A sorry tale.
Hard Drive Cosair 240GT (for all programs) and a WD 1 TB Raptor (for files)Should the need arise I will add extra drives but am not expecting to have too.
Blue Ray Pioneer BDR-208DBK (does not come with any software, which I knew before purchase)
Monitor Asus PB278Q 27" PLS Led **
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Headphones Audio-technica ATH-M50 ***
Already had Creative GigaWorks T20 speakers
WD My Book Essential 1 TB external hard drive. Used as my automatic continuous back up system. I am thinking of replacing it with a 4TB one.
Dymo Label Writer
Canon MP600R wireless all in one printer
Separate Software to that supplied with hardware.
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013
ParetoLogic PC Health Advisor
Windows 8 Professional 64bit
CyberLink Power DVD 12 Ultra (a collection of programs - saves on buying individually)
Aisesoft Blu-ray Ripper Ultimate (a collection of programs - saves on buying individually)
Serif PagePlus X6 - desk top publishing
Serif PhotoPlus X6
Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate Collection. Whilst this is a genuine set of Video Editing programs put together by Pinnacle they do not sell the Ultimate Collection on their web site - got it via Amazon They do however sell Studio 16 Ultimate. I originally was going for Avid Studio but they seem to have stopped producing a complete video editing package - all are sold as separate programs.
Lotus SmartSuite 9.8
Microsoft Office 2010
Further Information for those interested in my thought process regarding my purchases.*
Originally I was going for Quadro 2000 but changed my mind.
At the time some sources were saying that Quadro was dated technology. The 2000 did not have the specs most people say you need for Video Editing i.e. 2 GB, 256 bit and 1536 or over cores This took me into the 4000 series far to pricey for me and way above what I needed.
Nivada "help me choose a Graphic Card" identified the GTX600 series as the GPU to go for. To cover the specs recommended it had to be the GeForce 680 or 690. The 690 was about the same price as the 4000.
Many Home Video Editing build computers were recommending or putting in the GeForce 660 which is slightly under the specs. mentioned. I was looking at following their lead but, phillpower2 mentioned that I may be better off upgrading to one that had 256 bit. The 670 was the first one to match that specs. At one time I looked at and after phillpower2 comments I reconsidered the 680 but decided against it. This was due to the escalating cost of components as time went on during the purchase process which took me by then to "do I really need this level of spec as against OK I will go for that regardless of cost." I also looked at again what I had gleaned from graphics / editing forums and what people were actually putting into their machines The main difference between the 670 and the 680 being the engine specs 1344 cuda cores (670) to 1536 (680) all other specs appear to be the same. Whilst the recommendations was to try and go for 1536 is the extra 192 cores worth an extra £80 / £90 ($120.69 / 135.78) for a non professional using it for home video editing only - no games usage.Hopefully I have not made a ghastly mistake I do not think so but only time will tell.**
For video editing it is recommended to get an IPS monitor. The Asus PB278Q is in their IPS range, but they have changed it to PLS - just another version of IPS. Below the 27 inch are all IPS.***
These are closed headphones. I chose these so that I can listen to music etc. without disturbing others. Open back headphones are better for music reproduction but they leak sound and any one near by can hear what you are listening to.****
A sorry tale
Ordered the RAM memory on Friday 25th Jan 2013 from PresiCompany in Germany via Amazon. ( I could not find a supplier from the 4 firms + Amazon I was using to price compare my components) Delivery date 30th January - 19th February 2013. Monday 28th January I got an e-mail saying that it had been dispatched - delivery date 19th February by 21:00hrs.
I e-mailed the firm on the 4th February asking why it was going to take so long to travel from Germany to me - 2 hrs by plane or 7 hrs by road & ferry. They e-mailed me back stating that it had arrived by DHL and gave a tracking number. When I tracked it showed that the item was in the UK on the 30th and delivered on the 31st, but to whom. I contacted DHL they knew nothing about it and the tracking number was not used by them - too long. I explained about the trace I had made via Deutsche Post DHL. They informed me that another firm Yodel dealt with that branch of DHL. I contacted Yodel who also knew nothing about it and again the tracking number was too long. I contacted PresiCompany with this information and requested they looked into it and get back to me. No reply or acknowledgment of my e-mail (it was sent as a reply feature of their e-mail to me)
19th Feb. 21:00 hrs came and went. Item did not appear and no information or reply from PresiCompany to either myself or Amazon. I did buy the RAM from another source in the UK.
I requested my money back from PresiCompany. I then got a reply identifying Parcel Force as the courier (not DHL which they repeatedly stated was the courier) and a tracking number. It was at my local post office since the 31st Jan - which I find hard to accept as it is only a small sub post office at the back of a Tesco corner shop. I ,via Amazon, told PresiCompany to arrange for it to be returned to them and to give me back my money. On Wednesday 6th March Parcel Force delivered the item to my address. According to the note on the box they had it on the 30th Jan and this was the first delivery attempt. I sent it back to PresiCompany on Thursday 7th March at a cost of £21:60p to myself. Lets hope it gets back to the company quicker than it got to me and they reimburse me the cost of the item. I have asked for postage costs but I doubt if I will ever see that.
On Thursday 14th March my account showed that Amazon Market Place had refunded me the cost of the RAM, but as expected nothing was given against the return delivery cost.
The sad part about this sorry tale is that had PresiCompany acknowledged and replied to my e-mail of the 4th February with the details that it was not DHL delivering but Parcel Force and their tracking number (as they did on the 27th February), all this could have been sorted by 8th February some 4 / 5 weeks ago.
Edited by MickJJ, 16 March 2013 - 09:44 AM.