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[–] Techman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Your work load might depend on NVIDIA/CUDA so I don't know for sure, but I would look into a R9 390 instead of the 970. Slightly better.

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[–] aureate [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thanks. I went with Nvidia because it performs better under Linux. The research I did showed that not only does AMD use more power, the drivers aren't there (yet) for Linux. Until that changes I'll stick with Nvidia.

Thanks for the suggestion, though.

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[–] Techman 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The drivers go both ways, on any platform. I'd really recommend that you give AMD a shot, not only because you're helping AMD, but because it gives them further incentive to invest in the Linux platform. Someone has to give, and it won't be them unless they have to.

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[–] AmyAcker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It looks good to me. Keep the Xeon; you are correct about it. The only difference between it and the 4790 is the clock speed, that it is locked, and has no iGPU.

I'd swap the PSU out to an EVGA GS. The NEX, while not horrible, isn't very good. The GS is Seasonic built and is a fantastic overall PSU - especially for the money.

Probably don't need a Gaming 5, but that is your choice. Personally, I stay away from MSI boards, as they have QC issues. However, it's a good board.

Only other thing I'd change is the SSD. Get a Transcend 370S instead. It performs better (like an MX100) and isn't much more.

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[–] aureate [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for that feedback. It helps me narrow things down.

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I would change out that Xeon. That's is server CPU and you would do better with a i7 desktop version of the CPU (You listed gaming). I'm not a fan of MSI, but it's not bad. I would go for more RAM since video editing was listed. At least 16 GB. Change out your HDD for a Western Digital Black. Blues (in my experience) do not last as long. Besides that it look s good.

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[–] aureate [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Thank you for you feedback.

Can you provide a source for your Xeon claims? I'm not saying you're wrong, but "intended for Servers" doesn't necessarily mean "bad for Desktops". My understanding is that what you are paying for on a server version of anything is better reliability and lower power consumption. I compared processors on CPUBenchmark.net
That showed that the Xeon I'm looking at is slightly less powerful than the i7, which is running at a higher clockspeed. It's also $50 cheaper. It's performance is significantly better than the i5 at that range.

You aren't a fan of MSI, what would you recommend instead?

I will look at other HDDs, but I keep regular backups so I'm more concerned about the SSD.

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It's not necessarily bad for desktop, it's just the i7 would preform better. If you cost is $50 I would spend it. Plus you cannot over clock a Xeon. link talking about this. It's not your processor, but it does give good info.

I perfer Gigabyte, but again MSI is not a bad choice.

As far as the HDD, just get the black instead of blue.