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New Build - VIDEO EDITING - i7 or Quad? Help Needed

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January 20, 2009 2:45:55 PM

Ive just sold my q6600 and 6gb of 800mhz ram and some other bits....

Im after advice on a psu, cpu, cpu cooler, ram, board.

The big debate is if I go i7 or go with a specced 9550 on a p45 board...

Ill be running two 320gb raid0 drives so it needs good raid controllers on the board, I want this as fast for video editing as I can get it :) 

budget is about 700 uk but Im flexible, just want to know whats on the table :) 

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January 20, 2009 2:59:11 PM

For video editing, the i7 is a no-brainer. Look for a high quality PSU from Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, etc... For i7, look for DDR3 1333 or 1600 RAM that runs at 1.65v or less. There are some pretty good X58 boards out now for around $250 US. I know newegg isn't an option for you since you're from the UK, but I'll link a couple just so you can check out the specs.

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Here's some other parts to consider if they're available where you'll be buying:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
January 21, 2009 8:00:28 AM

why would you say i7 is a no brainer, its expensive and new tech... for the same price i could be getting the best p45 board and 16gb of ram?
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January 21, 2009 9:05:02 AM

The i7 is much faster for video editing, it's worth the extra money you have to spend on it.
January 21, 2009 9:28:05 AM

is there any comparisons or reviews to show this please?
January 21, 2009 9:47:33 AM

just looked at the cpu graphs and it does come in quicker up to a 3rd on somethings... but the motherboards and ram is sooo expensive, wont a fully spec'd p45 board and 16gb of ram with a 9550 be better than 6gb of 3channel ddr3 and the cheapest i7 chip?
January 21, 2009 3:44:28 PM

16 GB of DDR2 RAM is very expensive with 4x4 GB sticks. For a i7 build 3x2 GB of DDR3 1333 RAM at $145, X58 mobo at $185 AR, and i7 920 CPU at $290 would be a much better solution.