$3,000 HD video edit powerhouse

Hello all-

I work in a video rental house, and I'm sick of renting out $13,000 cameras and $16,000 lens packages all the time and not having the capability to get the gear for free and make my own projects on my own time! To that end, I'll happily trade any video camera / production knowledge for advice on this build I'm working on.

I’ve put together this modest $3,000 build list for a Premiere CS5 / After Effects CS5 machine. This will be my first build, so I’m somewhat new to this, and I’d like to solicit the board’s input on the following questions:

1) What do you think of my MOBO / CPU / RAM pairings? I’m not really married to any of these components, and if I should swap any one of these out for overall performance increases, I’d be happy to.

2) How does my drive setup look? Have I picked any clunkers?

3) I’d love to hear any alternate suggestions for 20inch or so monitors in the $150 range, or quality desktop speakers in the $100 range.

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DISK SETUP- $640

System / Boot disk – 600 GB Western Digital Velociraptor / SATA 6.0 / 10,000 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136803

Project / Media disk – (2) x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3R / RAID 0 / SATA 3.0 / 7,200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238

Render / Scratch disk – (4) x 500GB Western Digital Caviar blue / RAID 0 / SATA 3.0 / 7,200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
(MOBO raid only- No hardware RAID card – not in my budget right now)


GUTS- $1,137

CPU- i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06 GHz / Noctura NH-D14 CPU cooler
http://www.itdirec.com/Intel-Core-i7-950-Bloomfield-306GHz-LGA-1366-130W-Quad-Core-Processor-Model-BX80601950-Retail-P203.aspx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

GPU- Galaxy NVDIA GTX470 1.28 GB
http://www.cowboom.com/product/746964

RAM- 24GB (6 x 4GB) G.SKILL Ripjaw DDR3 1333 / 9-9-9-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231357

MOBO – ASUS Rampage III 1366 pin X58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666&cm_re=ASUS_Rampage_III_Formula_LGA_1366_Intel_X58-_-13-131-666-_-Product


CASE / POWER - $595

Case - Silverstone RV02B-W
http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-Computer/dp/B002M78KZG

PSU – ABS MJ1100-M / 1100 Watt / Single 12v rail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817814019

UPS – Powercom KIN- 2200AP / 2200 VA / 1320 Watts
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842106116


HUMAN I/O – $485

Speakers- Behringer MS16
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-MS16-Powered-Desktop-Monitors/dp/B000979TV0

Mouse – Kensington Expert Trackball
http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-Expert-Optical-Trackball-64325/dp/B00009KH63/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1301446702&sr=1-1

Keyboard – Logitech Wireless K340
http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-920-001771-Wireless-Keyboard-K340/dp/B002MUYP3E/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

Monitors – (2) x Acer G235HAbd 23” / 1920x1080 / 20” or larger / around $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009266

Thanks for any input.
-Leo

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 months


Budget Range: $2500 - $3300


System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD video editing, web surfing


Parts Not Required: None! That is, I need everything brand new.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: where ever I can get it the cheapest.. Newegg, usually


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Intel i7 processor.. all the most important attributes of each component are listed / in the slashes / next to the component


Overclocking: Yes!!


SLI or Crossfire: Huh?


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080


Additional Comments: Umm.. help launch my career?
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  1. you might want to get a SATA 6gbs SSD as the boot disk, it will be much faster than the 10k drive but a bit more expensive. An SSD will also be great for CS5 as it should load up the program nearly instantly and save times will be lower. both other drives are good choices.

    Also if you ever want to use more than 2 monitors an AMD video card is the way to go. If you arent going to use this machine for gaming at all you could get an even lower end video card such as the radeon 6850 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121419) or the GTX 550 (if you arent going to use more than 2 monitors)(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121435)

    Your chosen motherboard is also more than you need (unless you get more than one video card). (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665) this should be fine. I wouldnt count on onboard RAID controllers to not bottleneck your RAID let alone set it up without trouble

    For video editing more CPU cores might help a lot. The I7 950 will still work great, especially if you overclock. The I7 970 is the next step up at 6 cores, but it is also 300$ more. A option for workstation-grade performance would be a dual-xenon setup, but that might be closer to your budget limit and you cant overclock with dual xenons. a reasonably priced xenon to get two of would be (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117185). For dual it needs to be any 55XX model number CPU because they have dual QPI. Dual xenon motherboards are a bit on the expensive side
    For any of these CPUs you dont really want the stock cooler, especially if you are planning on overclocking. So definitely look in to an aftermarket cooler, such as this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074)
  2. Do you NEED that much storage for a scratch disk?

    I would rather have a scratch on a 32GB SSD. Maybe you need over a TB..
  3. -----

    DISK SETUP- $640

    System / Boot disk – 600 GB Western Digital Velociraptor / SATA 6.0 / 10,000 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136803

    Good

    Project / Media disk – (2) x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3R / RAID 0 / SATA 3.0 / 7,200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238

    Will work but raptors would be better

    Render / Scratch disk – (4) x 500GB Western Digital Caviar blue / RAID 0 / SATA 3.0 / 7,200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    (MOBO raid only- No hardware RAID card – not in my budget right now)

    Go with the blacks, not blues or greens or go with Velociraptors, you need speed here.


    GUTS- $1,137

    CPU- i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06 GHz / Noctura NH-D14 CPU cooler
    http://www.itdirec.com/Intel-Core-i7-950-Bloomfield-306GHz-LGA-1366-130W-Quad-Core-Processor-Model-BX80601950-Retail-P203.aspx
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Will work, i7-970 will be better

    GPU- Galaxy NVDIA GTX470 1.28 GB
    http://www.cowboom.com/product/746964

    Go EVGA GTX470 with a Zalman VF3000F for cooling. Stay with the NVIDIA noooooo AMD or ATI if your using CS5. Here is a good link for the video card...
    http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5.htm


    RAM- 24GB (6 x 4GB) G.SKILL Ripjaw DDR3 1333 / 9-9-9-24
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231357

    good

    MOBO – ASUS Rampage III 1366 pin X58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131666&cm_re=ASUS_Rampage_III_Formula_LGA_1366_Intel_X58-_-13-131-666-_-Product


    I prefer ASUS P6X58 D Premium


    CASE / POWER - $595

    Case - Silverstone RV02B-W
    http://www.amazon.com/SILVERSTONE-RV02B-W-Steel-Tower-Computer/dp/B002M78KZG

    Antec 1200 v3 has better cooling but a bit louder

    PSU – ABS MJ1100-M / 1100 Watt / Single 12v rail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817814019

    Dont cheap out here, go Corsair HX not the TX

    UPS – Powercom KIN- 2200AP / 2200 VA / 1320 Watts
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16842106116


    HUMAN I/O – $485

    The rest of this is whatever you want...I hope this helps. I have 4 editing machines so I have a bit of experience on this topic.......

    Also- Noctura NH-D14 for the CPU if you plan to overclock(or even if you don't).

    No SLI or Crossfire, Adobe Premiere won't take advantage of it.
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