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Need Advice on building a Video editing PC

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January 4, 2010 4:57:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks out

BUDGET RANGE:$1000-$1200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing (mainly), surfing net, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com,

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: No Preference

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Either this or I might just buy a refurbished IMAC. If not I will be using Sony Vegas Pro 9, After effects Photoshop CS4

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January 4, 2010 5:30:02 PM

If you go Mac you want a refurbished Mac Pro--not an iMac. They are not really designed for video editing and you wont have the ability to upgrade the graphics.

For $1200 you could get a really powerful core i7 PC--way out of even the newest iMac's power range--and the PC would be better for gaming.

I'll leave the full build up to others, however...

Consider the $1300 new system build as an interesting starting point:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-own-pc,2503.h...

For your purpose I would modify this by
1) Spending a little less on the graphics--two 5850s is overkill-- only having one would let you spend less on the PSU as well.
2) Putting more ram into it for the video editing
3) Bumping up to an i7 processor with the extra money from only one GPU--Your processor is important for video editing.

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January 4, 2010 8:19:43 PM

Thanks. So even an iMac 3.06ghz duo core with 4gb to 8gb of memory wouldn't be fast enough for video Editing? Hmmm, then maybe I will go i7.
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January 4, 2010 9:05:45 PM

"Fast enough" is a relative term. I suppose it depends on how serious you are about video editing. I'm sure it could do it--its just not what a professional or educational institution would buy.

I didnt intend to be the only post--hopefully someone else with more experience in video editing hadware jumps in here soon.
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January 4, 2010 10:02:51 PM

ttt
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January 4, 2010 11:02:01 PM

deadlockedworld said:
If you go Mac you want a refurbished Mac Pro--not an iMac. They are not really designed for video editing and you wont have the ability to upgrade the graphics.

For $1200 you could get a really powerful core i7 PC--way out of even the newest iMac's power range--and the PC would be better for gaming.

I'll leave the full build up to others, however...

Consider the $1300 new system build as an interesting starting point:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-own-pc,2503.h...

For your purpose I would modify this by
1) Spending a little less on the graphics--two 5850s is overkill-- only having one would let you spend less on the PSU as well.
2) Putting more ram into it for the video editing
3) Bumping up to an i7 processor with the extra money from only one GPU--Your processor is important for video editing.

+1.

For a vid editing rig:

i7 920
P6T SE
ATI 4670 or such
2x Samsung F3s in RAID 0 for OS/programs and 1x Samsung F3 for Long term Data storage
6GB DDR3 RAM for start; get 12GB if needed
Corsair 650TX

For a video editing rig, the most important part is going to be CPU followed by the RAM and HDD (Yes, before the GPU). As a Sony Vagas and Acid user, I can tell you that the extra power of the i7 920 will help a lot with vid editing esp. when encoding or applying multiple enhancements (ie color corrections,etc). A large ammount of RAM also helps a lot. In a vid editing setup, having a good fast HDD set up makes quite a noticeable difference. The GPU is a non issue really, as any current gen GPU with 256MB+ RAM based on the ATI 4xxx or nVidia 2xx will do fine.

I am assuming you are not a high demand gamer (ie not playing Crysis at full res). If you are indeed such a gamer, then get a ATI 5750/5770/5850/5870.

You can see my i7 rig in my sig. I use it for Gaming, VMs, vid editing,etc with the E2180 build used for surfing,etc.
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January 5, 2010 6:10:45 AM

How about this? Tell me what you guys think. Thanks
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January 5, 2010 6:38:02 AM

Corsair PSU-yes.
Antec Case-yes.

If you are into video editing wont you need a lot more hard drive space than this? I dont consider myself into video editing... but I have about a tb stored here...

5850--very nice, although if you aren't an extremely hardcore gamer with a big monitor you could save $140 by going with a more reasonable 5770. Your motherboard gives you the option to crossfire it later if its not enough... Spending $300 on a 5850 is like "i wanna play crisis on very highest settings possible" fast--It doesnt seem worth it for someone who describes gaming is the third priority on their list--below web surfing.
Does anyone know--can video editing software take advantage of multiple gpu setups? I know it doesnt need it.. but..
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January 5, 2010 2:40:36 PM

Ttt. Thanks dreadlocked. Yea, my son is the hardcore gamer, so I know once in a while he will sneak in and try to play. Also I have (2) external 1 tb hard drives that I store the HD footages on.
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January 5, 2010 3:18:14 PM

Would you mind listing the games that your son plays? Because if he's only playing CSS/HL/Quake,etc you DON'T need anything above a 4670.

Also, like recommended DO invest in a good quality LCD AND make sure you calibrate it correctly.
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January 5, 2010 6:56:09 PM

He plays crysis. Lol.....he would be stoked if he can play all on high setting
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