Looking to build a Video Editing System, No Overclocking,and NO Gaming!

I presently have this six year old system:
WIN7 PRO (64)
MSI Platinum P-35 Mobo /
CoolerMaster ATX 690 /
Intel Q6600 2.4GHz/
Nvidia GeForce 8600GT-128 Bit /
700w Thermaltake PSU / 1 Exhaust Fan- 4 fans cooler fans /
Zalman CPU CoolerFan

I want to (NEED TO) upgrade my six year old system in order to Video Edit AVCHD FULL HD, using Pinnacle Studio 15 HD Ultimate, and also using Photoshop CS6. I need much more memory and a much capable GPU, along with an upgraded version of the i7.

It's too confusing now, than it was when I built my present system six years ago. Too many choices for the 1150,1155,2011 sockets, as well matching up the Intel 4820K, 4770K, 3770K, etc., CPU's.

I want to stay ahead of the curve, but don't want to spend too much money. All I need is to upgrade, since I have all the other stuff, is the CPU, Mobo, DDR3 Ram, and a good GPU.

I would like to get an up-gradable motherboard with future capacity for 32GB MAX DDR3, 1600, or 1866, whichever is the better choice for EDITING.

As far as the GPU, maybe the GTX660, or better, (GDDR5, 512MB, or 1GB... lots of memory) AND the Mobo.. Maybe another MSI.....(I never had an issue) but I also have never tried ASUS or GIGABYTE, or other boards before.

Just wanting an all around desktop self build, to use WIN7 64, OFFICE, PHOTOSHOP, EMAIL, PINNACLE STUDIO, or PREMIERE to and EDIT HD video.

What are some sensible suggestions for this type of system? Thanks! Jim


Ok, I've been checking rplies for my Post, and nothing so far, soooo, I'm going to get this.......

To save money, I'm going to BUY:
(1) Z87-G41 & Intel i7 4770K (even though I do not overclock, or game) COMBO @ MC for $290.00.
(2) CPU HeatsinK - Artic Freezer- $24.99 (newegg) OR Zalman CNP52X 80mm Aluminum and Copper heatsink, (copper for better cooling) for $28.99 (newegg)
(3) Crucial 120GB SSD for O.S. / Programs OR Samsung 256GB SSD for O.S. / Programs.
(4) Corsair/Kingston 8GB DDR3 (1600Hz) PC12800 (some say the 1866, not much different)


(1) ATX CASE, Cooler Master cm690, (I'll need header for Front USB/eSata/Audio/Mic/headphone 3.5" Slot. (present case has old 2.0 USB's/esata/firewire)
(2) Use the onboard i7's IGP, for HD Video Editing,or if that doesn't work, maybe get 2GB GeForce GTX-650Ti GPU
In fact, in a pinch, my Geforce 8600GT should also work with my G41, for the time being, since i do not play video games.
(3) And for internal storage,keeping my old WD74GB Raptor,10,000rpms, WD 2TB 72,000rpms, and WD500GB 72,000rpms.
(4) Use the Onboard Realtek HD Audio.
(5) Thermatake 700W ( It's six years old, and going strong, IF,....the pins will fit/certified to go into the 1150 Z87 Board)
I can't think of anything else at the moment, so I would imagine this will be sufficient.

Thank You, and have a nice day!
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  1. What is your budget?
  2. ^ Ditto, without that we cant give you any meaningful suggestions.
  3. Best answer
    As of right now, all we know is you are looking for something in between these two price ranges.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Celeron 430 1.8GHz Single-Core Processor ($19.97 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $42.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 00:32 EST-0500)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1280 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($646.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: ATI FirePro V9800 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($2737.62 @ TigerDirect)
    Video Card: ATI FirePro V9800 4GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) ($2737.62 @ TigerDirect)
    Total: $6122.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 00:30 EST-0500)
  4. If your budget allows, go with the baddest Intel CPU you can get (socket 2011) 6 core i7. That is the best you are going to get if overclocking is a no go. Pair it with a noctula cooler and it will be nice and reliable. Otherwise I would go with a socket 1150 Haswell i7. Get the highest clocked option you can find.

    32GB of RAM or more if you want. I'm sure the HD content you want to edit will fill up more ram than you are used to.

    For the GPU, I think your Photoshop allows for GPU acceleration (cuda) so going with a powerful Nvidia card would be a good idea but I would do some research on what cards are best for video editing with Cuda. Without cuda, your CPU will do 100% of the encoding. I dont even think they can offload all of the encoding to the gpu anyways, but im sure you already know this.

    For boards, just dont go cheep. Same with the PSU. ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all put out top notch stuff when you get into their higher end boards.

    Also, if you have not tired an SSD yet, you will appreciate them. Boot up is super fast on a SATA III port. I would use an SSD for boot and maybe to house your project folder and then use a large Sata III hard drive to store everything permanently.

    For the power supply, anything will work as long as its a respectable brand. Your current 700W would work except it may not support Haswell's low power state options. 700W is actually a bit much even for today's standard. If you are not worried about getting perfect efficiency out of your psu, going with a high wattage wont hurt though.
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