Building a computer for video editing

I want to build a reliable computer for video editing, which means the system will hold large amounts of video on it. i was considering keeping all the video on an external drive(probably 1 or 2TB) but i still want my computer speed to be up to par when I'm running multiple programs at once and playing and editing video. Oh and i need dual screens.

I have a budget of $1200. is this attainable and what components would you recommend?
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  1. Frys has the core i7 socket 1156 860 with biostar board for $229 after $20 rebate. But this is in stores only, not online, and ends tomorrow. Newegg will discount some mobo and cpu combos by $20-40. If the board doesn't have an hdmi port, then you can get a decent video card with one for under $100. Can't tell you much about dual monitors, but many new Intel boards work with sli or crossfire multiple card setups. Core i7 is the best for video editing; socket 1366 is still the best performer. The 920 i7 has been $199.99 at microcenter at times, but in store only. Frys large ad is usually on fridays, and lists several combos good for one week.
  2. Agree o1die,

    Cpu for video editing:

    core i7 920 (LGA 1336, X58)

    or

    core i7 860 (LGA 1156, P55)

    will be the best. The 8 threads the i7 offers will be put to good use.


    Do you have a microcenter or Frys near you aennabe?

    X58 platform:

    Core i7 920:
    Microcenter $229.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727
    Newegg: $288.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202&cm_re=core_i7-_-19-115-202-_-Product

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $149.99 ($129.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

    ASRock X58 Extreme $169.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163&cm_re=x58-_-13-157-163-_-Product

    Antec Three Hundred $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product

    XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448&cm_re=hd_5750-_-14-150-448-_-Product

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $299.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456


    P55 platform:
    Core i7 860:
    Microcenter $229.99
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317378
    Newegg: 279.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214&cm_re=core_i7-_-19-115-214-_-Product

    OCZ Gold Edition DDR3 1066MHZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) $79.99 (there faster ram but this is fairly cheap and you wouldn't notice the performance difference between 1066Mhz and 1333MHz ram)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227346

    GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD4 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX $139.99 (can go cheaper if sli/crossfire not needed in future)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128404

    Antec Three Hundred $59.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product

    XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448&cm_re=hd_5750-_-14-150-448-_-Product

    Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

    Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $299.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136456


    Total cost of hardware: (if getting all from newegg with rebates and saving)

    X58: $1163.93
    P55: $1074.93

    For an OS: Add another $183.49 for windows 7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116716&cm_re=window_7-_-32-116-716-_-Product

    X58: $1347.42
    P55: $1258.42

    Sorry with it coming slightly over budget when including an OS. :(

    Although if you can fit this budget, it will be a great video editing system. :D

    Hope this helps. (if anyone else can edit this to make it fit the budget better, feel free to do so.)
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