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April 28, 2013 4:01:06 PM

Can someone please recommend parts for a video editing/music production. Maybe also Hackintosh compatible just in case. 1500 budget please help.
April 28, 2013 5:36:35 PM

where are you purchasing from (country), are you going to overclock and are you going to do SLI in the future. ill get started then
April 28, 2013 7:03:55 PM

US, no overclock, and no sli in the future thanks! It would be my first build and looking into i7 3770k
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April 29, 2013 3:39:08 AM
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no overclock means that the i7 3770k is pointless to you.

this will perform the same, just that no overclocking and no SLI
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TMBC
April 29, 2013 4:27:52 AM

Thanks TheBigTroll!
But do I really need such an expensive GPU? I heard GPU doesnt really matter for video encoding?
April 29, 2013 4:50:57 AM

actually it does due to CUDA based acceleration in the adobe suite and various video format converters
April 29, 2013 6:11:46 AM

This should be fairly good for what your after.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($199.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1419.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 09:04 EDT-0400)

- The 3930K is about the strongest CPU you can get before you have to spend ridiculous amounts of money.
- 16GB of 1600Mhz RAM, nothing special.
- A 2011 board, again nothing special.
- Two Barracuda 1TB drives and a 120GB SSD, this will allow you to distribute disk load. SSD for the OS and programs, HDD 1 for holding raw footage and HDD 2 for having footage rendered too. This means performance isnt limited a single drive having to do multiple things.
- The 7770 is more useful as a display output more than anything, but will allow you to game at a decent level if thats a concern. If your applications can leverage OpenCL or OpenGL computing, then you can also harness the card for that.
- Good case, silence oriented.
- 650W PSU, just to give you some headroom with the high wattage CPU if you decide to throw on a stronger graphics card later on.

The rig can also overclock if you change your mind on that, but I would suggest upgrading the cooling before you try anything beyond +0.5Ghz
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