Video Editing Build - For Adobe Premiere CS3

Hello All,

I have been putting together a video editing build so I can edit HD footage for a feature length documentary film I am working on. Currently I am restricted with my Dual Core (4 years ago build) It works, but sloooooowwwwly...

So I am looking to step it up a bit and invest in a good system. Can someone review this for me?

I am going to use Windows 7 64bit as an OS. (any suggestions as to which version? (Home, Ultimate, etc)

The 1TB drives are for video storage and scratch disk, the WD 640 will be for the OS.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12746025

Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions.
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  1. You need to make your wishlist public or we can't see it. It's probably best to just list the components with links. I recommend Windows 7 Home Premium. Here's a table of the differences so you can decide for yourself:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

    Edit: You should also post in the format found in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky in order to get the best help.
  2. Thanks, I did make it public, but that was not long ago, sometimes it can take a while before they show up I have heard.

    Sorry about that.

    I will also read the sticky you referred to.

    Thanks again.
  3. Lets try this again!


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 Month

    BUDGET RANGE: $2,000 USD Before / After Rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing with Premiere CS3, Video Playback, DVD Playback, Surfing web, COD Modern Warfare.

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need Everything

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

    PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS MOBO, Intel i7

    OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (never done that before) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be running Windows 7 64bit need suggestions on the verision (Home, Ultimate, etc)


    Newegg wishlist: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12746025

    Parts List:

    Antec Performance One P180 Silver cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    XFX GS250XZDFU GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail

    Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 12V V2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    (Two of these to total 12 gigs) GeIL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model GV36GB1333C9TC - Retail

    (For the OS) Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    (Video Storage and Scratch Disks) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse - Retail

    (Two of these side by side) Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    Total for all of the above is just over $2,000 USD.

    Suggestions and advice needed. Many Thanks!
  4. Anyone have any suggestions?
  5. Generally speaking, the build is decent and doesn't need too much changed, assuming this is being optimized for editing, and gaming is only a minor requirement (as the stated usage suggests). None of the choices are truly awful, and it would work fine if purchased as is, but I have a couple of questions/comments below.

    Why the i7-920 over the i7-930? It should only be $10 more for a modest clock increase over the 920.

    I'm assuming that you specifically chose the GTS 250 to fit your budget and because you're planning on using an application that makes use of CUDA, so I won't try to convince you that ATI is the way to go for gaming. Do take a look at THG Best Graphics Cards for the Money (March 2010) just to double-check, though.

    The memory you picked is ok, but not amazing. This Mushkin Blackline CAS 7 1333 MHz 6 GB kit is a few dollars cheaper and has faster timings.

    I'm a little confused about why you picked a slower hard drive for your OS than for your scratch space/storage. You could either get another 1 TB Spinpoint for a little more than the WD drive, or you could get a 500 GB for $55 with free shipping.

    850 W is probably overkill for your purposes, unless you intend to significantly upgrade the graphics cards later on. That being said, the PSU looks like a decent deal. I would probably just go for a 650 W unit, but this 700 W ModXStream Pro is $65 after a $25 MIR with free shipping. Alternatively, this Antec Earthwatts 650 W is $80 with $6 shipping.

    No comment on case/monitor/keyboard, that's mostly up to personal preference.
  6. Coldsleep, thanks for your suggestions and advice.

    These are noted and I will adjust accordingly.

    You have made some good points.

    It is always nice to have another mind to take a look at this stuff before purchasing.

    Sending good energy your way!

    Knuckles
  7. Antec 1200 or P183 / CP-850 combos are much better than what you got for same price.

    $220 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359987
    $ 230http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359977

    P6X58D w/ 930 is cheaper, and comes with fee game
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.369319

    RAM - with the money you saved above....suggest DDR3-1600 CAS 7 RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145286

    HD - For movies the Samsing F3 over the 7200.12 (latter excels at photos and gaming, F3 on movies and music)

    Don't know the monitor.
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