New System For Video Editing

Ok, here is the build I just picked out after weeks of research. I plan on using this computer for video and photo editing and some minor gaming.

Case: Antec Performance One P180 (
Motherboard: ECS KN3 SLI2 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 (
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor (
Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 256mb (
Memory: G.SKILL 2GB 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (
Hard Drive: Recertified Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB 7200RPM SATA (
Monitor: Samsung 226BW (

Tell me what you guys think...
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  1. I'm not a big 8600GTS fan myself. Do you need DX10?

    Have you considered 4GB because you'll be using so much multimedia stuff?
  2. I'll say what everyone else is saying(elephant in the room): Why go with a SLI mobo, if you don't have 2 video cards?
  3. Hum if you are doing video and photo stuff you should get a bigger hard drive, a core2, and get a better video card. Also 4gb of ram a better motherboard. I do like your Monitor. Here is another psu You also have to tell us how much you want to spend.
  4. I had considered the X1950PRO but found that the 8600 had DX10 support and heard it would be better for video rendering...also EVGA has a trade in program that'll allow me to upgrade in a few months probably to an 8700...

    As for memory I figured I'd use 2GB as a starting point and upgrade if needed.

    That motherboard was recommended to me on another board, I have no plan to go with SLI as it is better to get a single higher grade you have any other recommendations to replace it?
  5. 1. You'll never use 4GB of ram. Even 2GB is more than enough. Consumer-based editing programs (even the expensive ones) just can't throw 3GB+ of video into ram. It won't happen, sorry.

    2. don't buy an SLI motherboard. That's for gaming, not for editing video.

    3. don't waste your money on a graphics card specifically for video editing, as a graphics card has absolutely no effect on traditional video editing. Just get something that will have the power you need to play the games you desire.

    4. whether or not you'll need a large hard drive depends on the input type, file size you'll be typically working with, and whether you desire to store all of your content on the drive or transfer to other media for archival purposes. I do recommend at least two different drives through, as transcoding goes faster if it can read from one drive and write to another. You don't need Raptors either; just a couple of modern decently sized hard drives.

    5. If you have not done so already, you need to research what CPU architecture works best for the editing programs you plan to use. It varies wildly among video editing programs, with some obviously favoring one CPU manufacturer's architecture over another (e.g, in DVD shrink a Pentium D 805 performs as fast as an x2 3800). If you don't know exactly what programs you plan to use, I suggest you take a step back from the PC building stage, and instead work out a software/application suite that you find to be most beneficial for what it is you plan to do

    This is advice coming from someone who actually does recreational video editing on a frequent basis, and not from some teenager killing time in THG forums in between sessions of BioShock.
  6. I bet I can use 4 Gigs or RAM

    Just have open Photoshop, Dreamweaver, 3dS Max, and Flash 8^)
  7. I would suggest Saving a Bit on the Case and Mobo and going for a Q6600. The Quad Core will make a real difference in video work. The CPU is not as important for gaming, but it is for what you are doing.
  8. Ok, thanks for all the info guys. I think I'm gonna go with the X1950XT if I can find it for ~170 which definitely means I won't need the SLI board but what boards would you recommend instead and can I still use the board even if it has SLI? I'm going to stick with the ram like joefriday recommended and I think I am going to stick with AMD as it is better for the price. I plan on spending about 950 altogether and if I can do less than that even better. I do plan on editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and I think that processor will be suitable. I also have 2 external firewire drives already so I think the single drive is enough. Give me any more input you might have...
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