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Hobbyist level video editing build advice needed £500($800)

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December 19, 2013 8:23:24 AM

My dad is looking to upgrade his PC, he does video editing and multimedia as a hobby so he needs something capable of running the latest software.

Approximate Purchase Date: New year

Budget Range: £500 so about $800. I'm in the UK and out of the loop on good components right now. I'm aware of regional price differences, but getting a good base build to start with is my goal, so advice from any region would be appreciated.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, image editing, multimedia, general computing, games/flight sims.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All internal components and a case, no accessories needed.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ebuyer.com, Amazon UK

Location: UK

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, he's an AMD loyalist. I'm thinking the FX-6300 from Novembers gaming CPU round-up.

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 14MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor
http://www.ebuyer.com/409191-amd-fx-6300-3-5ghz-socket-am3-14mb-cache-retail-boxed-processor-fd6300wmhkbox

Motherboard socket AM3+ with USB3 and Firewire (for his older cameras) if at all possible.

GPU, no brand preference, doesn't have to be able to run latest games on max settings. Just something more than capable of running Adobe Creative Suite, Sony Vegas, Avid Liquid etc. without issues. Dual DVI/HDMI outputs need for dual screen setup.

RAM, at least 8GB, more the better.

Storage, 2x SATA drives capable for video editing, SSD not essential.

DVD drive with good read/write speeds.

PSU with room for future additional drives and expansion cards.

PCI Firewire card if no motherboards are available with it.

Case, black, simple with adequate ventilation for cpu and gpu. Front USB ports

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Why Are You Upgrading: As stated above, my Dad needs an upgrade because his current PC struggles with newer editing software. He's currently running a Dual Core CPU, 2GB RAM, IDE drives etc. It's time.


Key point here is value for money, just needs to be able to handle current software with ease and not struggle with near future updates.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
December 19, 2013 8:58:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.79 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£70.76 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£61.48 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£44.99 @ Novatech)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£149.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£47.12 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£13.18 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £517.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 17:43 GMT+0000)

Edit: Had a brainfart regarding budget, here is my revised build.
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December 19, 2013 9:00:53 AM

This is the best that i can get for $800..
for video editing, you'll need powerfull processor, well, that's mean AMD 8 core cpu, so 8320 is the answer ..
and amd cards is very excellent for vegas acceleration rendering with openCL..
Cooler..? yeah, somehow at the point you'll overclock that cpu..:) 


CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($135.05 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $802.94
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