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System for HDV editing using Sony Vegas Pro 9

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October 29, 2009 11:37:04 PM

Building a system for a non-profit that was donated a high-end camera and now wants a system to edit videos and make dvd's.

We currently have Sony Vegas Pro 9 and a Canon XH A1 camera. Am planning to follow the advice found at videoguys.com for a DIY system with the following components:

Motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe V2 289.00
Processor Intel Core i7 920 279.00
RAM Corsair XMS3 12GB PC12800 DDR3 6x2GB 229.00
Boot Drive Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 110.00
Data Drives RAID 0 2 Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 220.00
Case Antec 900 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 99.00
Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W 110.00
DVD Burner Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-ray Disc Burner 229.00
OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit OEM 199.00
GPU NVIDIA FX 1800 by PNY 499.00

This totals $2263 which will be a stretch - we had hoped to keep it under $1800 and will likely decide to forego the bluray to save some. Any suggestions on where else we might save?

Our goal is a solid system for video editing - if we need to spend more we can but would like some guidance on where best to spend the money.

Would a SSD boot drive be a good investment? Is the FX Quadra 1800 overkill? Do I need to worry about monitors - we have mid-grade Dell and View Sonics with DVI interface, are these sufficient?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
October 30, 2009 12:16:27 AM

1. You DO NOT need Ultimate version. Get home Premium and save money.

2.
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Motherboard Asus P6T Deluxe V2 289.00
Processor Intel Core i7 920 279.00
RAM Corsair XMS3 12GB PC12800 DDR3 6x2GB 229.00
Case Antec 900 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 99.00
Power Supply CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W 110.00

All above are good quality stuff there. If you live near a Microcenter, you can get the i7 920 for $200.

3. You DO NOT need a workstation card. A cheap 4670 will work fine since you are not gaming,etc. You'll need a workstation card ONLY if you are doing 3D animations,etc. You probably don't need an SSD. SSDs are pretty expensive. You'll want at least a 80GB SSD (~$250-300 for a good one like a X25-M G2).

4. What LCD (model,resolutions,etc)? This is a very important part in a vid/photo editing build. The main thing you have to worry about is: You'll probably want a LCD with 1920*1080(or better) AND good color accuracy.

5. Don't get a 1TB drive. They have quite a high failure rate compared to <750GB drives. Get a few WD 640GB HDDs in RAID 0+1. DO NOT do RAID 0.

6. Can't comment on that BD Burner as I haven't used it.

7. Where are you buying this stuff? Newegg?

8. Willing to Overclock down the road/now?
October 31, 2009 3:15:49 AM

Thanks for the advice on the hard drives!

Guess I will save some money in reserve for monitors if needed - how much can I expect to spend for decent one?

Planning on using newegg unless someone warns me against it - we are in Oregon and no microcenters here - only option is Fry's and they don't have the P6T mb

I will also hold off on a high-end video card and see how my Radeon HD 4650 works
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October 31, 2009 3:26:17 PM

Take a look at :

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know it's not a huge difference in cost, but saving $50 is saving $50. I do not have one personally, but roughly 2,000 people seem to like it, and it doesn't seem like you are buying anything to large as to not fit.

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