Intel Build vs. AMD Build, $1,200 video editing build

I'm a noob, never built a PC before. I run Adobe Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 5.4, basic video editors, MS Office, and the like. I want to begin using a better video editor to make HD Blu-Rays of childrens sports mostly. I'm looking at Sony Vegas Home Studio perhaps or maybe Adobe Premier Elements for video editing.

Right now, if I do any video editing on my old Dell Core 2 Q8300 cpu with "onboard" GPU, the whole shebang comes to a grinding halt. Have to let it do it's thing overnight, freaking ridiculous. So I want to upgrade.

Last night, some friendly bloke on pcpartpkr helped me with this Intel build using the latest Haswell and Z97 mobo. Actually, I picked the mobo and the GPU - really don't know what I'm doing at all, just winging it. Its here:

This fellow on pcptpkr said I should go with the 8 core AMD, here is what he suggested here:

BTW, I already own the EVO 840 SSD, BNIB, so I don't have to buy that. Also, I need a case no taller (height) than 15 and a half inches to fit in my workstation.

What do y'all think? Intel or AMD rig? Any good ideas on a better case that will not be taller than 15.5 inches? Also, any help on GPU selection would be great. I don't know what I'm doing, so I can really use the assist.

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  1. Both are good for what you will be doing. The intel has a more powerful cpu and basically has 8 cores w/hyperthreading so i would go with that. as far as case just get one you like. you shouldn't run into any heat problems using a 750ti and a non oced cpu. You dont need an aftermarket cpu cooler unless you are just trying to cut down on noise. the one it comes with will work fine.
  2. OK cool, I see everybody has that same cooler on their CPU's so I assumed I had to have it. I do not plan to overclock. So your saying I don't need the cooler?

    I will say I've had a hard time finding a case that is not taller than 15.5 inches tall - the one I have listed is the only one I could find that didn't seem all cramped up inside.

    Would it be better for me to change GPU's? I really selected the 750 ti based on cost and how the fact that it was a little newer than some of the older GPU's still available in that price range.

    Also, how do I know if all the parts will work together? If I don't get a "conflict" on the pcpartspkr, is that good enough?
  3. If you don't care about the noise the stock cooler, under 100% load it will get quite loud, that goes for both amd and intel stock coolers.
    An aftermarket cooler will help lower temps and the noise, but if you wish to save money it is not needed since you wont be overclocking.
    Having said that the 212 evo is a fantastic cooler for the price.
  4. Best answer
    Here this will give you a lot more choices for case with a micri atx MOBO
    I modified it to get more for your money

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($259.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($87.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 4GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX XTR 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $1122.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 21:11 EDT-0400)
  5. Malaki, this is a most excellent suggestion. It never dawned on me to simply move to a smaller mobo. Are there any downsides to the smaller mobo? I see it is a lot less expensive. I also really like that 760 4 gb GPU. Very good suggestions here my man. I've thought about this new build for a number of weeks now, and with the new Haswell cpu, I'm getting excited to build it.

    What case would you suggest - any favorites if I move to a smaller Micro ATX mobo? Are there any cooling issues in a smaller box I should worry about? And that cooler is only an extra $30, so I'll prolly go ahead and get it, will it fit too.

    Last question, I'd really like a memory card reader on the front of the case, but I don't see any of the internal memory card readers in pcpartspkr. Where are they listed?

    Thanks guys - Shady, Malaki, really nice of y'all to help a noob out. . . . . :-)
  6. BTW Makaki, will the Micro ATX take the 1866 memory or should I move to the 1600?
  7. Yes sry for the h series you will want to go with 1600. but if you get a z series you can do 1866. even a z series isnt that much more. The only downside is you can't run dual graphics cars which doesn't really matter and there are often less ram slots. personalty i love micro builds. if i was to redo my recent build that's the only thing i would change. i like this case a lot.

    Case: BitFenix Phenom M Arctic White MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($103.10 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $103.10

    this is a really cool mini itx. you would need a mini mobo for this.

    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $69.99

    i dont think there is a option you will just have to look through them. hope this helps :)
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