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Building a solid motion graphics/video editing machine around FX-8350 CPU, need advice

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December 28, 2013 11:06:30 PM

Hi, and thanks in advance for any & all help!

I need some advice to build a machine around the FX-8350, and I'd like to figure out the right stuff to get before the last of the holiday deals dries up. I used the form (which is great, thanks) and tried to be detailed... hope it's not a deterrent.

    Why Are You Upgrading: It's more "build" than "upgrade".... I need help with a build that's based around the FX-8350, the only component I've already purchased. The compy will be for video production, primarily 3D/2D motion graphics creation & video editing. I put together a render farm for output-rendering, so this build is focused on putting together a machine that can handle all the project creation requirements: working in Cinema 4D, After Effects, & Premiere Pro.. so program performance and real-time rending for previews are the most important needs.

    Approximate Purchase Date: By Dec 31st while the deals are still out there
    Budget Range: Flexible for the right reasons, but I'm not chasing the high-end gear.. I bought AMD for the "great bang for your buck" factor so I'd like the rest of the build to reflect that principle
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Motion graphics (Cinema 4D w/VRay, After Effects), Video editing (Premiere Pro, Speedgrade), Real-time rendering of previews, Video playback, Uploading files to NAS/web
    Are you buying a monitor: No
    Parts to Upgrade: everything but the CPU (FX-8350) & cooling unit (Thermaltake Water 2.0 Extreme): GPU, mobo, case, PSU are the focus. I want to start out with 32GB RAM, but would like to be able to slowly grow that to 64GB. I can figure out hard drives/SSDs, but open to advice.
    Do you need to buy OS: No (Windows 7)
    Preferred Websites for Parts: eBay, Amazon, Newegg, NCIX, TigerDirect.. pretty open
    Location: Flexible.. the machine will be in Vancouver, Canada (so lots of NCIX stores), but typically find the cheapest parts online in the US.
    Parts Preferences: not hung up on the brand, more concerned with finding the best parts to match and max-out the CPU (especially the GPU/mobo, where my knowledge is minimal at best)
    Overclocking: Yes
    SLI or Crossfire: If there is a compelling performance/price gain, would definitely consider it, but I don't know much about these configurations in relation to our video production needs; most of the info I see discusses gaming benefits which won't be part of this system's workload.
    Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200, may be moving to 2560x1600
    Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts
    FX-8350: Already have it
    Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme: good deal on it right now ($57) but I'm not married to it

    Additional Comments: I'll add some point-form thoughts below
    - I see a lot of 990FX recommendations for the mobo.. the go-to board for gaming. Same for motion graphics/editing or not so much?
    - I'm not married to the Thermaltake 2.0 Extreme, but most reviews/tests I've seen show that it's decent except for noise and price. The price is low right now, and I'm not concerned about noise. Still, I want to overclock the 8350 as far as I can push it safely so let me know if I'm off-base
    - I am GPU dumb.. as far as I've read, there's some benefit from the GPU when using Open GL for realtime previews/working in After Effects, and from CUDA for working in Premiere. That is the extent of my knowledge (to quote Family Guy: "Just that first speech and this one explaining it")

That's it in a really big nutshell.. like a novelty nutshell on a float in a parade or something.

I don't usually post anything anywhere.. I tend to find the info I need by searching, and I don't have much to contribute as I'm a chronic DIY'er who knows the limitations of his own advice. I tend to build/innovate/fix stuff myself because I 1) get exactly what I want/need 2) enjoy the entire experience 3) hate to pay retail. In this case I want to move fast and I rally don't know enough, so I'd appreciate any advice/experiences/recommendations.

Let me know if you need more info or clarification or anything, and thanks again!
December 29, 2013 3:15:14 PM

Yeah, I need to simplify:

I'm building around FX8350 for graphics & video suite, mainly need advice on a GPU & mobo combo that would get the best performance gains at the best price.

From the perspective of good/better/best, I'm likely looking at "better" unless "best" isn't a huge price jump for the performance gains.

If I get those sorted, the rest will fall into place.

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December 29, 2013 3:17:20 PM

you need to pick your program first and use the gpu that they recommend. only home users do video editing on a cpu because gpu's do this like 20 to 600 times faster than any cpu ever made.