PC for encoding video

Hi everyone, I'm planning to build a new pc as soon as possible. The max price is 2500$. It will be mainly for encoding video from dvd's to various format.

This is what I am planning to purchase:

- Processor - Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ
- CPU Cooler - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
- Motherboard - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
- Video Card - MSI N285GTX SuperPipe OC GeForce GTX 285 1GB
- Memory - 2 X CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (PC3 12800) CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
- Hard Drive 1 - 2 X Western Digital Velociraptor WD1500HLFS 150GB SATA 10000RPM
- Hard Drive 2 - 3 X Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1001FALS
- Power Supply - Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V
- Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
- Optical - LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

Any suggestions or comments are very welcome!

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  1. here are my suggestions, then i will give you a better build:

    CPU: good

    CPU COOLER: get the cooler master 212 instead

    MOBO: get the asus p6x58d instead

    VIDEO CARD: ati is way on top now, so i would get either a 5850 is a good a lot, or a 5770 if you game a little

    MEMORY: there are better sets out there, and you wanna make sure it is below cas latency 8

    HDD 1: RAPTORS!!?? no, for that price, get a faster, safer, cheaper ssd

    HDD 2: idk why you have 3, i would assume you want a raid 1, so i would get 2 f3s or 7200.12s

    PSU: overkill for what you have, i would get no more than 750 watts

    CASE: seems a bit overkill, but oki doki

    now heres my build:





    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335 (x2 for 12 gigs)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433 (x2 for raid 1)


    final price is 2184.80$.. after i got the first build, it was only 1800$, so i got a much better ssd (2x capacity and more speed) i got the 5870 over the 5850, then i upgraded the psu and case, and got better ram and 2x more ram, bringing me up to the total of 2184.80$ :lol: even so i still left 325$ for you to play with, so you cant really upgrade the build much more, but you could always get a better monitor (or a new one :lol:) or just make all the peripherals be awesome (speakers, keyboard, mouse). then again, you always could start payments for a new house :lol: anyway...hope this helped :)
  2. Hi!

    Thanks for your reply. I forgot to mention that the price I gave was in Canadian dollar.

    I have a couple of question for you:

    1- Why do you suggest the ASUS P6X58D instead of the p6t?

    2- The memory you suggested is not available on newegg.ca bu I found a kit from corsair CMX6GX3M3C1600C7. what do you think?

    3- As for the video card the sofware we use need PureVideo V4 so ati is not an option.

    4- when you say cheaper ssd, what I see is 80gb for 305$... that sound's like a lot more than 179$ for a 150gb velociraptor.

    5- Whe need raid 5 for the data.

    Thanks again for your input.
  3. 1. Same price, but you get USB 3/SATA III support.

    2. That works.

    3. Then get an equivalently priced nVidia.

    4. VRs are retarded right now. Either get a 500 GB platter drive (Samsung Spinpoint F3, Seagate 7200.12 in either 500 GB or 1 TB or WD 2 TB only). These are faster at 1/3 of the price. The same priced was probably thinking it was the 300 GB version.

    5. RAID 1 is better for data backup than RAID 5. It's a complete backup, not something that will need to be rebuilt. It's also cheaper.
  4. Agree with MadAdmiral on all points except #5.

    RAID 1 is the most expensive option for RAID (well, other than RAID 10), since you don't gain any added capacity over a single disk.

    RAID 5 is the compromise between data availability and performance. Reading data will be faster than RAID 1, but writing will likely be slower. If you're serious about RAID, and $2500 CDN is your budget, I would recommend looking at getting a RAID card. Don't go with motherboard-based RAID if your data is at all critical. And of course, make sure to take regular backups.

    If it's not too far out of budget, you might consider adding a 4th drive and going with RAID 10 or using that 4th drive to expand your storage capacity if you stick with RAID 5.
  5. Thanks!

    That makes sense.

    Any suggestion for the video card?
  6. If you're not gaming, I'd say go with whatever ATI 5650 or 5750 you want. Those are underpowered for gaming, but should be fine for displaying 1080p.

    If you are gaming, go with a 5870.
  7. No gaming at all but we need the nvidia for purevideo.
  8. If you need a nVidia card, just get any that are similarly priced to the ones above.

    If you're not gaming, but still need a lot of graphics power, look into nVidia's workstation cards (their Quadro line). They're pricey, but focus on high quality detail and are extremely reliable.
  9. Another question. Is 1 ssd faster then 2 X 7200rpm drive in raid 0?

  10. Yes. SSDs are faster by an order of magnitude. Standard HDDs can't touch them.
  11. Good! SSD it is then.

    As for the case, is there an alternative to the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 that would be silent and efficiently cooled?

    And what 750w psu would you recommend?

    Thanks again :)
  12. Why do you think you need such a large PSU? Even a 500W PSU would be plenty for your system. I would go with the HAF 922 instead of the 932. It's only slightly smaller and considerably cheaper. Here's a combo deal to check out:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.330952 $169.97 - $40 MIR's (COOLER MASTER HAF 922 + OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W combo)

    There are also some higher wattage PSU's in combo with the case, but they aren't needed for your stated hardware or use.

  13. The HAFs are pretty quiet as it is. I can't think of a better case off the top of my head.

    shortstuff's right on the size. If you still want a 750W unit, here's a couple I like.

    The SeaSonic 750W 80+ Gold unit, but it's $180. A cheaper, less efficient unit is the Silverstone 750W 80+ Silver for $130.
  14. Ok thanks!

    As for the psu, it's only if we decide to add a second video card or more HD.

    Do you think that the SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W would be enough in that case?

    thanks to everyone again!
  15. You forgot this:


    Canopus / Grass Valley Professional-quality Bidirectional Analog/Digital Video Conversion ADVC300 IEEE 1394 Interface
  16. Why? We only encode video from DVD.
  17. barguin said:
    Why? We only encode video from DVD.

    Sorry. Disregard my suggestion. I thought capturing/editing from various formats was one of the tasks for htis new PC.
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