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Building an Editing System

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August 4, 2009 6:58:28 PM

Good Day Everyone!

I was getting ready to buy a used Mac Pro off of Ebay when I realized that for the average price of a 3 year-old Mac Pro ($1,500), I could probably build a decent system.

I need a system that I can do Video Editing (including High Def), without it crashing and lagging. The following is a component list with prices, that I have come up with, some of it based on previous posts.

Perhaps some of you experts could look it over for compatibility and maybe make some suggestions.

Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower Case $ 150
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V $120
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2LGA1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherbd $290
Intel Core i7 920 Quad-Core 2.66 GHz Desktop Processor $280
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) $135
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB x2 cards $260 *SLI
ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler $60
LG 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R $250
Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $30
WD7501AALS 7,500rpm 750GB Hard Drive $ 80
WD5001AALS 7,500rpm 500GB Hard Drive $70
August 4, 2009 7:04:40 PM

Dont get 2 cards when one will suffice. For video editing get 6 GB of OCZ platinum, its cheaper than the XMS3 ram. Consider just getting 1 GTX275s it should out perform the 2 9800GTX
August 4, 2009 10:11:10 PM

Thank you for that.

I'm all about saving $$$.
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August 4, 2009 10:46:37 PM

Perhaps you should pick up some WD 1tb black hard drives instead. The gtx 275 sounds good as well. If you do that, you could probably get a smaller power supply to save some more.
August 4, 2009 11:16:31 PM

If your doing video editing, you don't need a large video card. A single 9800GTX+ is overkill. Stay with Nvidia, you might be able to use CUDA at some point. AALS drives are good, but I'm not sure you have enough room or speed. You might want to consider getting an SSD for your scratch drive.
August 4, 2009 11:38:09 PM

4745454b said:
If your doing video editing, you don't need a large video card. A single 9800GTX+ is overkill. Stay with Nvidia, you might be able to use CUDA at some point. AALS drives are good, but I'm not sure you have enough room or speed. You might want to consider getting an SSD for your scratch drive.



Well now, my "newbieness" is coming out ..... I don't even know what an AALS drive is?
Unless that is the brand? and the SSD's are way out of my budget.

But thanks for the additional on the Video card. I've priced the EVGA GTX-275 at $220 and seems to be a very good card for the money.
August 4, 2009 11:44:16 PM

The AALS is at the end of the model number for caviar black drives, their other models end in different letters. The GTX275 is a very good card, but if you arent gaming and your programs arent cuda enabled you will be better off with a lower level card and 12GB of ram to handle the large video files
August 5, 2009 12:32:33 AM

Makes a lot of sense to upgrade to the 12mb ram.
I've seen a lot of systems built with a smaller (80-120gb) primary drive for Windows and the apps. Would it be smart to do this, then have a 120gb SSD as the "Scratch Disc", and the a 1 TB AALS for storage, or?
August 5, 2009 12:51:51 AM

Apps will load much faster from the 1TB drive than from a smaller one, especially if it has 500GB platters as the transfer rate will be significantly higher.
August 5, 2009 1:21:48 AM

Thanks so much for your advice.
One more question though....the scratch disc mentioned above still has me a little bit confused since I'm new to this.
Is the scratch disc the primary disc w/ the OS and apps, or would it be the secondary disc, to be dedicated to the video files and the editing process...
and if so, would a 120gb SSD be big enough for most work? Any bigger than 120gb gets quite expensive.
August 5, 2009 1:37:27 AM

That motherboard is way more than you need unless you plan to do serious overclocking. Get the regular p6t and save yourself 50$. Also take a look at the WD 1tb green drives for storage, they're a little cheaper but great for storage (archiving). If speed is an issue stick with the WD black. And an SSD is going to be incredibly expensive (but really fast).
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