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July 25, 2013 8:23:14 PM

Trying to build a fairly good rendering machine for cheap (Around 400 dollars)..

This machine will only be used for rendering videos out of Sony Vegas (MOSTLY), After Effects, and sometimes Cinema 4D.

Like i said, i need the best for around 400 bucks.. full parts lists.
July 25, 2013 8:36:34 PM

$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

kirilmatthew said:
Check this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/#savedbuil...
Let me know what you think and if you have questions!

He said his budget is $400.00. That build is nearly $1000. And plus, an Intel processor would run laps around an FX processor any day in Vegas.
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July 25, 2013 8:38:26 PM

SilverWolf9000 said:
$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

I agree, $400 is harsh. If you have to, get the one I suggested and FX-6300. If you want to save just a little bit, get the FX-8350 and a better MB. It nearly matches the i7 in rendering at a fraction of the price.
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July 25, 2013 8:40:20 PM

SilverWolf9000 said:
$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

kirilmatthew said:
Check this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/#savedbuil...
Let me know what you think and if you have questions!

He said his budget is $400.00. That build is nearly $1000. And plus, an Intel processor would run laps around an FX processor any day in Vegas.


Did I link the wrong one? Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/22pb
If you think an Intel i3 will beat an FX-6300 in rendering then Idk what to say...
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July 25, 2013 8:49:21 PM

kirilmatthew said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

kirilmatthew said:
Check this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/#savedbuil...
Let me know what you think and if you have questions!

He said his budget is $400.00. That build is nearly $1000. And plus, an Intel processor would run laps around an FX processor any day in Vegas.


Did I link the wrong one? Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/22pb
If you think an Intel i3 will beat an FX-6300 in rendering then Idk what to say...


Not necessarily an i3, I guess I was referring to the i5 and i7. My mistake, sorry ^^.

But I still think saving for an i7, 16GB RAM, a decent GPU, and an SSD would be the best solution.
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July 25, 2013 8:55:47 PM

SilverWolf9000 said:
kirilmatthew said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

kirilmatthew said:
Check this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/#savedbuil...
Let me know what you think and if you have questions!

He said his budget is $400.00. That build is nearly $1000. And plus, an Intel processor would run laps around an FX processor any day in Vegas.


Did I link the wrong one? Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/22pb
If you think an Intel i3 will beat an FX-6300 in rendering then Idk what to say...


Not necessarily an i3, I guess I was referring to the i5 and i7. My mistake, sorry ^^.

But I still think saving for an i7, 16GB RAM, a decent GPU, and an SSD would be the best solution.


I still think the fx-8350 is much better value for rendering, obviously an i7 is a better CPU but I would pick FX over i5. Its rendering performance is much superior. In any case the OP asked for $400, I think my build is the best rendering for the money.
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July 26, 2013 10:57:49 AM

kirilmatthew said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
kirilmatthew said:
SilverWolf9000 said:
$400 is not going to get you anything close to what you require. Rendering videos (or anything really) is taxing on a system and requires high end (and expensive) hardware. For example, an i7-4770k would work miracles, but it would cost more than half of your budget. Here's some advice: Save that $400 and wait till you can afford a good i7 processor and LOTS of memory.

kirilmatthew said:
Check this: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/#savedbuil...
Let me know what you think and if you have questions!

He said his budget is $400.00. That build is nearly $1000. And plus, an Intel processor would run laps around an FX processor any day in Vegas.


Did I link the wrong one? Here it is: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/22pb
If you think an Intel i3 will beat an FX-6300 in rendering then Idk what to say...


Not necessarily an i3, I guess I was referring to the i5 and i7. My mistake, sorry ^^.

But I still think saving for an i7, 16GB RAM, a decent GPU, and an SSD would be the best solution.


I still think the fx-8350 is much better value for rendering, obviously an i7 is a better CPU but I would pick FX over i5. Its rendering performance is much superior. In any case the OP asked for $400, I think my build is the best rendering for the money.


For the money, yes. For what he wants, not entirely true. I still think he should save it up. PLUS, he did not tell us if he needed any peripherals (Keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc). For video rendering in Sony Vegas, you need a crap ton of RAM, I would recommend 16GB as a minimum unless you are only making 2 minute videos. If you plan on doing long let's plays or commentaries, you'll need as much power as possible. The FX 6-Core processor MAY be better than an i5 at rendering, but that doesn't mean it is great for rendering. The FX 8-Core or (once again, better yet) the i7 is the optimal choice for the price. Even the low-end 8-Core is good for rendering, and it isn't too much more than the FX 6-Core processor. But still, I stand by my opinion: SAVE IT UP. You will thank yourself later if you just save up the money for 16GB RAM, a mid to high end GPU, an i7, and maybe 2 monitors. The more workspace you have, the better. I'd also save up for an SSD as load times would be faster on your programs.


EDIT: Is he even looking at these answers...? =_=
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July 26, 2013 11:45:59 AM

For 400 dollars, you can surely build a good editing rig. This is the one you should probably get, also if you can spend a 40 dollars more then you can get a much better Motherboard which is capable for overclocking. I was just not able to cramp in overclocking capable build for that price. So if you want to overclock then get a Gigabyte 970 UD3 Motherboard which is very capable motherboard for overclocking. So if you have 40 bucks more then get this board otherwise this build should be more than enough for your needs and budget :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $403.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 14:43 EDT-0400)

I hope this Answer helps.
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July 26, 2013 11:51:03 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
For 400 dollars, you can surely build a good editing rig. This is the one you should probably get, also if you can spend a 40 dollars more then you can get a much better Motherboard which is capable for overclocking. I was just not able to cramp in overclocking capable build for that price. So if you want to overclock then get a Gigabyte 970 UD3 Motherboard which is very capable motherboard for overclocking. So if you have 40 bucks more then get this board otherwise this build should be more than enough for your needs and budget :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $403.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-26 14:43 EDT-0400)

I hope this Answer helps.


However, once again I say, he did not state if he required a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. If he needs a monitor, that MIGHT take a decent chunk from the budget depending on what resolution he would need/prefer.
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July 27, 2013 2:06:14 AM

Sorry if i didn't make myself clear guys.. My budget is $400 NOT including a Case, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, etc... just the core compentents. Also, most of the rendering will be coming out of Sony Vegas!

EDIT: THIS MACHINE IS NOT MOSTLY GOING TO BE USED FOR EDITING OR VFX.. 85% OF THE TIME IT WILL BE RENDERING OUT OF SONY VEGAS!
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July 27, 2013 4:33:27 AM

Blu_ said:
Sorry if i didn't make myself clear guys.. My budget is $400 NOT including a Case, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, etc... just the core compentents. Also, most of the rendering will be coming out of Sony Vegas!

EDIT: THIS MACHINE IS NOT MOSTLY GOING TO BE USED FOR EDITING OR VFX.. 85% OF THE TIME IT WILL BE RENDERING OUT OF SONY VEGAS!


If that is the case, then remove the case, and get a Gigabyte 970 UD3 motherboard instead of this one. It would be like just 20 dollars over the budget. And believe me, it is a beast for Video Editing.
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