Building an HD Video Editing computer. Are these parts compatible?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1,000 - 1,600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD Video Editing in Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, HD Rendering in 3ds Max, as well as some gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, hard drive


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I've never done it before.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but if one card can run most games well then I'm happy at that.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, however I may upgrade later on.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care what the computer looks like, but I do want it to be as quiet as realistically possible.

I have picked out some parts on Newegg that I -think- will work out nicely, but I have zero experience building my own computers. These are the parts I've got my eye on:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

XCLIO A380BK Fully Black SECC 1.0mm thickness ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

XFX GX295NHWFF GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Are these parts compatible, and would you agree with these choices? Also, I'm buying another copy of Vista because I've been told that I cannot install my current OEM copy on a new computer - is this true, or is there a way to deactivate this current installation so that I can use this copy on the new machine?

As I mentioned my main goal is to be able to edit HD Video as efficiently as possible. This is my first upgrade in almost 6 years, so I'd also like to catch up on some of the games that have come out since then and recently just to see what I've been missing.

Thank you very much for your help! I appreciate it :D
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  1. The GTX 295 you linked is no longer available. That's OK as you should get a 5870. Almost as fast as a GTX 295 and costs less. Pulls less power and you can add a second fairly easily.
    It also has other features you may like... support for three monitors, DX 11.

    The 750TX is not really a quiet PSU. Sure there are noisier, but there are quieter ones too.

    Since you have saved $100 or more on the video card, step up to a better PSU that can run two 5870s and is quiet:
    Corsair 850HX

    Get a nicer roomy case. One that is easy to work in.
    CM 690

    Lian Li

    Antec (very quiet, but not quite as good cooling)
  2. states that you require a quick hard-drive subsystem (RAID0) or equivalent SCSI. I don`t want to be devil`s advocate around here but you realise i hope based on your picks that the hard-drive will be the bottleneck here. Maybe a couple of fast sata drives (2-3) would be good.
    The motherboard is decent and has IEE1394 if you want a quick interface with a HD camcorder.
    Also, where is the Blu-Ray burner? Are you runnin` an external solution or is something that i`m missing here?
    I agree with Proximon regarding the graphics solution and PSU (although as PSU Seasonic M12D850W would be a good competitor).
    Quiet as a mouse :D ....hmm. That`s hard. Put some pasive coolers around hard-drives, rubber gromets. Unfortunatelly Adobe is not playing nice all the time with flash-based drives, because i would recommend `em for low wattage, performance and lack of noise.A good start would be
    A good case would be but it`s a bit pricey. Great cooling with loads of 120mm fans that can be set at low spin (lack of noise) and a 200mm fan on top spinning at low rate. You can replace `em with some Sharkoon Silent Eagle 1000 (120mm) 20.7dBA and Antec Big Boy 200 for 200mm one.
    CPU cooler you can try Cogage True Spirit from Thermaltake, quiet and decent.
    With the airflow sorted you can try to soundproof your case
    Well, it took me quite a bit to finish :D .
    If you feel a bit more courageus you can have a look at a watercooling solution or a case that has all the piping done and sorted.
    Good luck.
  3. Sorry, the GTX 925 was supposed to be this one:

    How would you compare it to the HD 5870 you both recommended? I have to admit that I'm a little biased toward Nvidia, but I'd be willing to give ATI another shot if you really think the HD 5870 is on-par.

    For hard drives I have three of these:

    I would like more storage eventually, but I'm happy with this for now. Do you think these drives are fast enough?

    I have a blu-ray burner, so no worries there.

    I'm also taking your recommendations on Case and PSU.
  4. A monitor resolution with 1280x1024 will see little gain with the gtx 295. maybe you want to take that into consideration if you havn't already. If you still need to go with a heavy hitter, the 5870 might be the better choice, but the 5850 is looking really good at 100 bucks cheaper than its big bro. Later down the road you could cross fire two 5850's once you have your monitor upgrade. Heck, if you are really ambitions jut by 5 more 1280x1024 res monitors and you could have a pretty unique setup. Probably need a little more juice to actually game on a 7680x1024 rig though. Also the 4850 draws considerably less power than the gtx295. It is even less than a 4870 in both idle and load situations.
  5. Is this for occasional HD editing on the side from a consumer camcorder or is this rig going to be used professionally? If you are doing commercial work for clients then I recommend upgrading the monitor now too, or adding an HDMI or HD/SDI card and a video specific monitor.

    If you're working with professional video formats, your real problem will be your NLE software. The newest HD video codecs, including Canon's DLSRs, RED, and Sony's XDCAM EX, have the smoothest workflow in Final Cut Pro.... which means Apple... which means a higher budget and much less gaming. :(
    But it's something to consider if you intend to edit professionally.
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