APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: asap
BUDGET RANGE: under US $1800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: editing AVCHD, converting AVCHD, converting flac, web surfing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE
I was hoping someone could help me with building a system for editing home AVCHD clips.
I have a Canon HF100 and don't play any games on the PC. I'm looking at overclocking an i7 920 but need some help picking out the other components.
1) I want to overclock, so which x58 motherboard should I get? I was looking at the Asus P6T based on reviews here.
2) I plan on getting 12GB ram, so 2 sets of 3x2GB ram. Any advice as to which memory to get?
3) Does the videocard matter for editing / rendering avchd? Can I get by with an integrated card or should I get a separate one? If so, which one would be good? As I said, I don't play games.
4) I plan on having a system drive, a raid 0 setup for video editing, and a separate backup drive. I was thinking about doing raid 5 instead of raid 0 but I'm concerned about the extra heat due to two extra drives.
5) How large of a power supply do I need?
I will probably run Windows 7 64bit RC on the box until the official version comes out. I'm not looking for high end video editing software like vegas pro so I will probably go with vegas movie studio platinum pro to edit raw avchd unless someone can recommend better software.
okay so first, getting 3 sticks of 4GB RAM will run you about $600+ AND itsnt even possible with a x58 mobo yet.
you are going to want to get either 1 6x2GB DDR3 kit, or 2 3x2GB kits. either of those options will run you about $200.
GPU matters, but not nearly as much as CPU/RAM. if you are doing literally no gaming, you may want to look into a cheap nvidia quadro FX card. i dont know about this one though, others will have a better idea
I'm looking to overclock the 920. The Asus board is the board of choice at tom's I believe. Actually, in their mobo roundup they didn't review the gigabyte. Thoughts on the gigabyte board vs the asus board?
This comes with a PSU as well. The only thing is, the PSU in this case is at the top vs at the bottom in the cooler master. If that's a big factor with heat, then I'll switch back to cooler master. I'm looking to keep the system quiet as well.