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Best MB for video editing

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June 19, 2009 4:41:41 PM

I am going to build a mid-tower desktop for video editing and want to keep the price under $1K. I already have monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, external HDD. I am leaning toward the P5Q3, because of the DDR3 RAM, but I'm not sure about the GPU. It states it is Crossfire ready, but I only plan to use 1 card and I prefer nVIDIA. Maybe I need to choose a different MB or maybe the Radeon 4870 will do me OK. Any Ideas?

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a b V Motherboard
June 24, 2009 6:51:08 AM

Hi larrys640, welcome!

I think when considering a video editing machine, you should consider the following (in this particular order):

Support for multiple high-speed hard disks
Read/write speed of hard disks
Amount of RAM
Ability of video card(s) to drive multiple displays.

In other words, your first priority should be your video cards, but on getting a mobo that can support high-speed HDs. That's what you'll need first for a responsive video editing experience. Hope this helps!
a b V Motherboard
June 24, 2009 10:21:21 AM

A 4870 is for gaming. You'll be working mostly in 2D. You can always try a motherboard with integrated graphics like a G41/45 chipset and add the card later if you need to.

What CPU do you plan to use?

April 15, 2010 3:01:30 PM

Sorry it took so long to reply. I decided on a P6T with I7-920, 12 Gig of Corsair DDR3-1333, NVIDIA 260 GTX Core 216, Zalman 9500, 2x WD 750 GB and 1x WD 1TB
Black Edition, 2x Plextor DVD writers, Corsair 750 Watt PSU. It is doing just fine.
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