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USD $2500 - $3000 - Video Editing Computer (almost done)

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March 21, 2010 4:39:54 PM

Hey everyone, im looking for a new video editing computer, im start my research few months ago, and i thing now i ready to build a really good one to edit HD video (5D Mark II footages xD)

In already choose some parts, but im still have a lot of doubts about some specific parts, and i hope u guys help me in this crusade!

First, im from Brazil, so, over here its expensive buy a good pc, (1 USD = 1.8 Reais, to u guys have some notion about, a McDonalds meal its R$ 15,00, and the low salary is R$500/month), we have a *** tax laws that put 60% tax in each computer and tech stuff. I can spend R$ 6000,00 MAX but if i can cut cost, i will cuz i want buy R$ 2000,00 in monitors and a few more money in a nice controllers, mouse, keyboard and sound monitor.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: April
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD Video Editing (Adobe SUITE CS4 primary and some 3d APP like Cinema 4D, and Autodesk app's)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Here, i want help building a system, but if u guys have some tip about nice parts, please let me know : )
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (im thing in video editing this is a little unnecessary, but u guys know better than me)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: High as possible, probably i will use 2 monitors or 1 really big)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I love OC and case mod gadgets, if u guys know some good stuff, let me know. I quiet pc will be great, but right now i want speed and power, so, its not a must. And of course i want the pc be a cold as possible.


I check for this parts:

Processor:

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail - USD $294,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225&cm_re=i7-_-19-115-225-_-Product

Thats will be the one, good price and powerful.

Motherboard

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard (thx specialk90) - USD $289,99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Video

PNY VCGGTX285XPB GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $369.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think this video cart will fit well, have the same 240 core processor of the best Quadra video card. and really more cheaper. and of course have CUDA.


Memory - 12GB.

CORSAIR XMS3 - 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1333C9 - $404.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Storage Drivers

This ones for the system and memory cache.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $54.99 (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This ones for footage and anothers files.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $89.99 (x 2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Coolers

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Coole - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fans
Thermaltake A2018 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - $13.59
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Another's Stuffs

- Monitoring

HD Link Pro - $495
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/hdlink/

Blackmagic UltraScop - $695
http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/ultrascope/


Mouses, Keyboard and Controllers

Kensington Expert Mouse Optical USB Trackball - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CONTOUR DESIGN ShuttlePRO V.2 - $87.15
http://www.amazon.com/Contour-Design-ShuttlePRO-CONTOUR...

Wacom Board
I want one too, i know how powerful can be After Effects with a Tablet (and i dont work only with video, i use Photoshop and Illustrator a lot)


I dont know a keyboard to buy. This kind of stuff is more personal, so, if u know some to indicated to me, please, do that xD


Monitors
I want have:


For use
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ASCR 20000:1 (1000:1) - $229.99 (x2)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


For monitoring
NEC Display Solutions EA231WMI-BK Black 23" 14ms(WTB) IPS Panel Height/Pivot/Swivel adjustable stand Widescreen LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 DC 3000:1 (1000:1) Built-in Speakers - $309.99 (thx i5-750ish)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



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I think this is all, long post, but at least its not confused.

And THANK YOU all u guys, this is the best community that i see on Internet about computers. Thats why i ask for u, and not for a video community.


Sorry for any english writter issue.

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Ok.. totally = USD $3889,62 with 3 monitors!

I hope this thread can be helpfull for more ppl!

Still have some doubts about hard disks, but i thing this that im choose will fit ok! : )
March 21, 2010 5:22:50 PM

I like your budget! I have become a avid ASUS customer, I love their boards so I'd suggest that route. As far as video cards, I've been a fan of nVidia for a few years. I know the nVidia Quatro is a awesome card, but at $1500-$3000 it will eat a chunk of your budget but the pros use it for a resson. If you're doing video editing, just remember data speed is everything. Any board and drives with the new SATA 6Gbs and USB 3.0 is a must have. Just check to make sure you don't have any bottleneck (board and/or RAM) or you'll just be wasting your money
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March 21, 2010 6:26:14 PM

For the CPU cooler I would either go with The XIGMATEK Dark Knight, or the Cooler Master V8. Both excellent choices in my opinion. I use the Asus VW246H for my monitor, it's a really nice one with a relatively good price too.
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March 24, 2010 12:40:46 PM

scooter69 said:
I know the nVidia Quatro is a awesome card, but at $1500-$3000 it will eat a chunk of your budget but the pros use it for a resson.

No, its not sou expensive anymore, the models that im check up its less than a $1000 ! I just wanna know if is really better than a GTX 285.
scooter69 said:
Just check to make sure you don't have any bottleneck (board and/or RAM) or you'll just be wasting your money

About the bottleneck, i thing that im already reseach enought to not do that, but i need your guys help!

Thx man!
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March 24, 2010 12:45:06 PM

thepwnerofnoobs said:
For the CPU cooler I would either go with The XIGMATEK Dark Knight, or the Cooler Master V8. Both excellent choices in my opinion.

I thing i will take the Dark Knight, i like the design and look better than the Cooler Master
thepwnerofnoobs said:
I use the Asus VW246H for my monitor, it's a really nice one with a relatively good price too.


Humm.. thanks for the tip! I read some reviews about!
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March 25, 2010 4:20:38 AM

The Quatro 1800 would be a good fit for your budget at $449:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Minimum Monitor for your tasks would be this NEC 23" eIPS panel for $309 (or two):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Life is hard enough without having to look at the funny colors on some cheap TN monitor. Although you could get a cheap 24" TN to use for timeline/toolbars.
Might hurt the budget but a pro level IPS would be a great choice. Like the NEC 2490uxi for $889:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You can also get it bundled with the SpectraViewII Calibration system. Unlike PS-side calibration, this calibrates the LUT in the monitor for superior results.

If you can't spring for the 2490, please consider a monitor color calibration package of some kind like the Pantone Eye One or Spyder2.

The monitor thread at http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=39226

With video work you may find it critical to have at least one high quality standard gamut display.
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March 25, 2010 5:38:56 AM

i5-750ish said:
With video work you may find it critical to have at least one high quality standard gamut display.


Yeah, for sure!! But i think with the HdLink this will be more easy! Cuz the color is controlled by the hardware and not for the monitor, so i can buy a not so good and still have a great image!

But im really interested about the NEC 23", its not expensive and look really good!

Its is better buy two of this instead a Apple Cinema 24???
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March 25, 2010 5:49:59 AM

Man, sorry! i thing is unnecessary u reply to me about monitors here! I will do that later after finished the build the computer!

If exist a monitor thread already, i will check up later and any question i will put in there for respect of the forum rules!

U can help me chosse a mobo? And i still confuse about the Multibridge Pro, on the website they sad that u put on PCI-E, so i dont have sure about how its work, its co-work with he video card or the is a video card already!

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March 28, 2010 4:04:11 AM

Hi modopolis.

MOBO: at least the ASUS P6X58D or the P6T7 at most. I am building/ordering a PC for our studio and having as many PCI Express slots is critical, especially for you also because you want the BM Ultrascope and HDlink, which require PCI Express slots.

VIDEO: either the GTX 285 or GTX 470 (if available) because these cards will be the minimum required for Adobe CS5's Mercury Playback Engine. Also, these cards will work better in Cinema 4D (an 8800GT can't handle what I do in C4D).

MEMORY: Corsair or G.Skill. I advise against OCZ because I have had bad luck with them.

HARD DRIVES: Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung F3. I personally prefer and use all Seagate but have thought about adding some Samsung F3's.

CPU COOLER: definitely Noctua. Not only are they the best at cooling but they are also the quietest.

OTHER VIDEO STUFF: the Decklink HD Extreme allows you to monitor using HDMI so no need to get HDLink.

I have been using that Kensington Trackball mouse for 2 years and it has helped my wrist BIG TIME!

I have the "Large" Intuos4 but the "Medium" is much better and easier to use because you don't have to move your hand as far. For Photoshop and Illustrator, the Intuos4 definitely helps but the Kensington trackball works so much faster in Premiere and After Effects (for me).
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