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Yet another i7 build request (Video Editing for spite)

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August 15, 2009 2:17:33 AM

I haven't done any editing in a while, but I've been asked to get back into it and I really want to put together a strong system I can use for a while yet. It mostly just needs to be strong in video editing, though on the off chance I'm not actively rendering something I might want to play Morrowind or something on it for a while.

The video I'd be capturing and editing is mostly game footage, so a lot of 2d animation clips and 3d game footage. I'm getting THIS capture card and hoping to build a really good system around it. That's the lowest price I could find for a Pegasus, if you know someone selling one cheaper I'd be thrilled to hear about it.

Also, I have a peculiar fascination with the i7 920 Nehalem cpu, so unless there's an extremely good reason to go without I'd like that to be the centerpiece of the whole thing.

That's about all I can think of by way of preface. On with the show!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2-4 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 tops (not counting the Pegasus)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I pretty much need everything. Brand new machine.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere reliable is fine.

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type : I love the i7 920 Nehalem. And I want that Pegasus Capture Card.

OVERCLOCKING: No, not on an editing machine.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if it'll help specifically.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Generally I run at 1280? No real preference.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any help is more than welcome, I just want to make sure I'm not overpaying for anything and that all the parts work together well. I've put machines together before, but it's been a long time. And I really did love making videos, I want to have a solid system to get back in with.

August 15, 2009 2:31:01 AM

You definately need to overclock for video editing.

I edit everyday on mine @3.4 with stock cooler. Running 24/7 for 8 months no problems ever.

If you interested in getting one built with warranty send me a private message.
August 15, 2009 3:39:57 AM

Lets see what I can spec for you.

Mobo/CPU Combo
1. ASUS P6T: $249.99

2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$25.00
Combo Price: $504.98

Ram/HDD Combo
1. OCZ Technology OCZ3P1600LV6GK: $114.99
Free Shipping*

2. Western Digital WD1001FALS: $94.99
Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$7.00
Combo Price: $202.98

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $99.99 Free Shipping*

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping

SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen $209.99 ($189.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)

Graphic Card
EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 $119.99 ($104.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
Free Shipping*

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 $109.99 Free Shipping*

DVD Burner
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM $26.99

Would suggest you get either one of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99

Items you will need.
Thermal Compound and Thermal Cleaner.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99

You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download the Free Windows 7 RC 64-bit and then buy the full version when it comes out.

Download Link for Windows 7 RC

Subtotal using Xigmatek CPU Cooler and not counting Graohic card.
$1228.88 before shipping costs and MIR's.
MIR's total = $40.00
Total minus MIR's = $1188.88

*note: if you use either of my Graphic card suggestion, then you would add between $104.99 to $109.99 to price.

Hope this helps you out some..

August 15, 2009 4:45:38 AM

That's a really, really sweet deal on the RAM+HD combo. Thanks man.

That looks to be about what I wanted, albeit much better laid out. I'll start pinching pennies and trying to get enough capital together to float this monster.

Thanks again.