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February 13, 2014 12:22:21 AM

Hello, I'm looking to build a "budget" video editing PC for someone. The primary goal is for it to be able to run programs such as After Effects, Sony Vegas, and of course Photoshop and others. I'm going to be getting all the parts from Microcenter for the sake of convenience since I live in the area.

Thing is, I don't know what CPU, MOBO, and GPU combination I should base this PC on for video editing. I hear that AMD CPUs offer good value for performance, especially for video editing and the such. There probably won't be any attempt at overclocking this system either, so the MOBO would be based on that I suppose?

I understand that $500-$600 is really pushing it as far as video editing PC budgets go, but if anyone has any ideas for one please let me know. If the budget has to be broken please don't break it too much =). This build will only need to include the basics:

- MOBO
- CPU + heatsink
- GPU
- memory
- storage
- case
- power supply
- optical drive


Thanks =)

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February 13, 2014 3:05:22 AM

I have chosen an Intel CPU to make use of quick-sync that comes with Intel graphics and the NVIDIA card for CUDA.
Programs I would recommend for this system:
Free-make video converter for using the GPU to the most of it's capabilities.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.50 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $617.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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February 13, 2014 6:40:24 PM

How does the cheaper 8-core AMD FX-8320 @$100 stack up to the 4670K @$220?

Would the PNY GTX 650 Ti @$110 have enough of a performance increase over the EVGA GTX 650 @$100 for it to be worthwhile?

Would it be advisable to get a 64 GB SSD if I were to extend my budget for it? I hear SSD's do wonders for speeding up the rendering process.

Lastly, would any of the components require overclocking to get their money's worth in performance? Again, the user of this PC has no plans to learn overclocking.
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February 14, 2014 1:05:43 AM

The Intel beats the AMD hands down at video editing due to quick sync and being optimised for professional environments.
Changing the GPU won't make much difference, you just need one that supports CUDA and as always, the more CUDA cores the better.
SSDs are magic. But not worth it regarding your budget.
And no you won't need to overclock anything.
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February 14, 2014 4:03:25 PM

Ah I see, Intel it is. What do you think about the i5-4570 compared to the i5 4670K? It's $20 cheaper and from the research I did it seems that it only performs marginally worse. Would the difference be more significant for video editing? Does the i5-4570 have similar GPU upgrade potential as well? I imagine neither of these will be bottlenecking any GPUs quite just yet.

Additionally, would it be wise to pick up an aftermarket cooler? I know there won't be any overclocking, but would a potential GPU upgrade in the future warrant a Hyper 212 Evo or the sort to cool the CPU under load for gaming and such?

Here's the list I made based on your recommendations:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2TjM9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2TjM9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2TjM9/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $579.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-14 18:53 EST-0500)

Changes I made:
- i5 4570
- The PNY GTX 650 ti has twice as many CUDA shaders than the EVGA GTX 650 but has less clock speed.
- The RAM you listed is no longer that price so I picked out another one w/$20 mail in rebate.
- Cheaper power supply.

What do you think of the changes? I may or may not pick out a different H81 MOBO because Microcenter will likely have discounts for a certain CPU + MOBO combination.

Thanks for the responses so far!
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February 14, 2014 4:20:23 PM

ganon11000 said:
I have chosen an Intel CPU to make use of quick-sync that comes with Intel graphics and the NVIDIA card for CUDA.
Programs I would recommend for this system:
Free-make video converter for using the GPU to the most of it's capabilities.

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.50 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $617.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


A bigger investiment should be madeon the CPU, the i7 4770 is outstanding for that, but the AMD FX-8350 is also pretty good (+ cores) and cheaper. I think there's no need for a GPU if buying an Intel CPUs, because they have already got an integrated one, which is fine for video editing.
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February 15, 2014 2:07:13 AM

As previously stated, the GPU is for CUDA optimised programs.
As for 4670 vs 4570 the only difference is the clock speed of the cores (200MHz slower for the CPU and the GPU is the same at base clock but the Max clock is 50MHz less.)
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February 15, 2014 10:52:43 PM

So would the list I posted be optimal for the budget for running stuff like Premiere, Aftereffects, Sony Vegas, Photoshop, and some gaming? Not trying to max out Skyrim or anything, just being able to run some modern games on at least medium settings.

Also, I might switch back to the i5-4670K because apparently there's a $190 bundle at Microcenter with the 4670K and the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H.
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February 16, 2014 12:27:34 AM

BaloneyOs said:
So would the list I posted be optimal for the budget for running stuff like Premiere, Aftereffects, Sony Vegas, Photoshop, and some gaming? Not trying to max out Skyrim or anything, just being able to run some modern games on at least medium settings.

Also, I might switch back to the i5-4670K because apparently there's a $190 bundle at Microcenter with the 4670K and the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H.


That list is very good.
I do video editing 1080P on my specs and it's very usable with free programs. Sony Vegas supports CUDA so it'll be really fast!
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...
As for gaming, that'll also be a great setup!
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February 17, 2014 3:58:52 PM

Thanks very much for the inputs ganon11000. I feel like I understand video editing hardware related things better now than before =D
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February 18, 2014 1:40:15 AM

BaloneyOs said:
Thanks very much for the inputs ganon11000. I feel like I understand video editing hardware related things better now than before =D


Glad I could help :) 
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