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Dear tech gods,$1200 Computer build for video editing, suggestions?

I'm looking to build my first computer for video editing. I'm not a computer wiz by any means and the task seems a bit daunting. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm worried the parts I order wont be compatible or wont fit correctly in the case. Im also worried I might get a cpu thay is being slowed down by a graphics card or vice versa because i dont know what should go together.Heres a list of details:

$1200 budget

Will be used soley for adobe premiere/after effects for color grading, rendering, tracking, amd etc.

Working with HD 1080P videos but want to be able to handle 4K at times or have the ability to upgrade and install components if i ever want a full flege 4k system

tower case I can open easily and access HD and SSD. I dont care about the cosmetic aspect of it.

Fan/Coolant system that needs little maintnance if at all. Im scared of spilling liquid and destroying the computer.

usb 3 ports and an hdmi port , dvd burner and maybe a card reader to upload my videos but maybe ill buy a seperate card reader to hook up to the USB.

One graphics card but maybe space for a second one for later?

Do I need a special particular monitor?

Should I overclock?

If $1200 is to little how much should i try to push it up by?

What tools will I need?

Tips on cable management and building in general?

If you are a tech god I pray for the ultimate answer from you.

Thank you!
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    A little over your budget, but using a GTX 960 would perform nearly as well as this build and stay near your goal. You shouldn't need any tools besides a Philips screwdriver.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($297.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z170-E ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.88 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card ($268.00 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($83.89 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Dell U2415 60Hz 24.1" Monitor ($260.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1320.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-16 22:20 EDT-0400
  2. Thank you I will take a look at this!
  3. @BadActor are you saying I can choose gtx 960 over gtx 970 if i want to save money? And i prob wont need any fans or coolant system?
  4. paul89xyz said:
    @BadActor are you saying I can choose gtx 960 over gtx 970 if i want to save money? And i prob wont need any fans or coolant system?


    Yes. If your budget is tight, the GTX 960 would be an acceptable substitute. It won't be quite as fast for pre-rendering, but like all the 9xx cards it supports H.265. The CPU comes with a cooler, and the case comes with 2 x 120 mm fans. You can always add a fan later if you find the case temps are warmer than what you would like.
  5. Ok thanks again!
  6. If you want to add a third party cooling for the CPU I would recommend going with the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464147612&sr=8-1&keywords=212+hyper+evo

    It' like $30 and is a very reliable fan for the CPU. Once you hit export on a finished project, that CPU is going to fire up to 100%, so if you're not quite ready for liquid cooling this is a good route to go for now. Keep an eye on your temps in the case, there are programs with your Mobo that should show you temps, and you might want to add an extrra case fan or two (you can pick up a case fan for around $15). Editing builds you want to keep cool from what I've seen. I'm not a pro myself, I just recently did my first editing build and got done after about a month of researching and talking with people.
  7. Here is the build more cores will help in video rendering and heavy task requiring more cores. And heavy GPU for photo shop editing and graphical rendering.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($369.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.09 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Other: GTX1070 ($400.00)
    Total: $1318.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-25 09:04 EDT-0400

    More cores will definitely boost the rendering speed to great extent.
    Go for monitor in next upgrade or next time when you have money to spend.
  8. Killjoy22 said:
    If you want to add a third party cooling for the CPU I would recommend going with the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo

    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-20PK-R2/dp/B005O65JXI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464147612&sr=8-1&keywords=212+hyper+evo

    It' like $30 and is a very reliable fan for the CPU. Once you hit export on a finished project, that CPU is going to fire up to 100%, so if you're not quite ready for liquid cooling this is a good route to go for now. Keep an eye on your temps in the case, there are programs with your Mobo that should show you temps, and you might want to add an extrra case fan or two (you can pick up a case fan for around $15). Editing builds you want to keep cool from what I've seen. I'm not a pro myself, I just recently did my first editing build and got done after about a month of researching and talking with people.


    THANKS! I'll check it out! Was it your first build ever? I keep thinking I'm going to break the cpu or damage the pins on my first try of putting it in lol.
  9. VR PC-BUILD said:
    Here is the build more cores will help in video rendering and heavy task requiring more cores. And heavy GPU for photo shop editing and graphical rendering.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor ($369.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus X99-A/USB 3.1 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.09 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Other: GTX1070 ($400.00)
    Total: $1318.90
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-25 09:04 EDT-0400

    More cores will definitely boost the rendering speed to great extent.
    Go for monitor in next upgrade or next time when you have money to spend.


    Yes your right. I've done a little more research and it all points to more cores for editing, especially with hyper threading since programs like adobe recognize the virtual cores. Thanks for the input, it helps a lot as I narrow down my part list!
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