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May 29, 2014 7:28:00 PM

I'm going to be building a new PC for the purpose of video editing (mainly After Effects and Premiere Pro), occasionally some gaming. I really can't decide on a graphics card.

I'm 90% sure I won't be going above 1920x1080 display and don't think I'll be using more than one monitor anytime soon.

I'll list all the specs as the money spent on the card may have an effect on other components that I may switch.

CPU: i7-4770k
RAM: 16GB 1600MHz
MB: Asus Maximus VII Ranger
Storage: 120GB Samsung Evo SSD, 1TB WD SATA
PSU: Corsair AX760W
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two (at the moment)
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

I'm not sure which to choose between the GTX 760, 770 or 780.

With my budget if I go for the 780 I likely need to compromise elsewhere in the system unless the price drops. The 770 seems like the most attractive as I could just about get all the items listed above. The 760 would allow me to improve slightly in other areas, but I'm not sure if the drop in performance could be made up elsewhere?

Appreciate any input on this.

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May 29, 2014 7:50:27 PM

For gaming, I would say that the GTX 770 is the better option. For video editing, I would suggest going for a 4GB version of the GTX 760, as that will probably be more important.

If you save any money there, I would up the ram to 32GB. Additionally, I would probably spend less on the motherboard (try to keep it under two hundred bucks) and instead upgrade the SSD to a 256GB Samsung Evo SSD. The HD is important for video editing, so a larger capacity SSD would be more convenient for you.


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Actually, surprisingly, it might look you would be better off going with that GTX 770 after all. I just looked up the tech specs for Adobe Premiere Pro CC and did not find the GTX 760 on the list of supported NVIDIA devices for CUDA, although the 770 was there. The rest of my suggestions still stand, however. Higher video memory is better, larger SSD is better, more RAM is better. Of those three, I would start with higher video memory and larger SSD first, and the RAM can easily be upgraded later.

Here's a link to the Premiere Pro Tech Specs page:
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May 29, 2014 8:14:55 PM

Thanks for the detailed reply. I was thinking with the SSD to only have it for the OS and program files, with the 1TB storage for everything else. I can't really afford an SSD that's larger than 250GB on this budget. Maybe I could increase storage by replacing the mobo with something else (the Asus Maximus VII Ranger is £129.99/$217.38) Any suggestions? I chose this one as the Maximus line seems to have good reviews and reliable performance, though I don't think I'll be doing too much OC'ing so it's probably overkill.
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May 29, 2014 8:57:21 PM

simond1 said:
Thanks for the detailed reply. I was thinking with the SSD to only have it for the OS and program files, with the 1TB storage for everything else. I can't really afford an SSD that's larger than 250GB on this budget. Maybe I could increase storage by replacing the mobo with something else (the Asus Maximus VII Ranger is £129.99/$217.38) Any suggestions? I chose this one as the Maximus line seems to have good reviews and reliable performance, though I don't think I'll be doing too much OC'ing so it's probably overkill.


I'm not sure how big the files are that you work with, but your video editing performance would be much better if the file that you are working with is on the SSD when you are working on it, at least from what I understand about video editing. The goal is to use the SSD for performance, and the 1TB for mass storage (once you've edited the files). Here in the U.S., the price difference between the 120GB Samsung and 250GB Samsung is only $60, which is why I made that suggestion. However, you know your budget, and if you can at least work on a project or two at a time on the SSD, you should be good to go.

As far as the mobo, I am not too familiar with what's out there at the moment as I haven't built a computer in a while. I've had good experiences with Asus and Gigabyte, and I've heard good things about MSI, so I would just say to look for something from these manufacturers. At a quick glance, the Asus Z97-PRO looks like something I might go with, as long as it has everything you're looking for.
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May 30, 2014 6:50:59 PM

Thanks again for the reply. Perhaps I'll get two SSDs (maybe a 60GB for OS/program files + 250GB for writing onto disc in AE) and get a really cheap 1-2TB SATA just for storage.

I won't be buying this for a few weeks so hopefully SSD prices drop even more, I see on Amazon every week they get slightly lower.
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