[New System Build] $1000 Video Editing Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month or so

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: I will primarily use this system to edit videos (most likely premiere pro cs5), maybe play the occasional game but nothing too hardcore.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, optical drive, operating system (I will be on Windows 7 which I already own), HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I usually go with newegg but at heart I am a bargain shopper and will really go anywhere.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am leaning towards an AMD build because of the pricing advantage (I know an i7 would be ideal but you work with what you got right?)

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't really see a need to

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not concerned about aesthetics, I am 100% into functionality. I already have a list of items that seem like they will work well for me and they are:


HIS H465PS1GH Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGMBOX

I have also been thinking about a SSD for my OS and programs to reside on but the one drive I see recommended all of the time is the Intel x25-e and that sucker is $359 for 32gb. If there is any ideas on whether it is worth it let me know, I already have some HDD's around the house and am probably going to pick up a 1TB drive soon to store the movie files on.
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  1. I just finished an 8-week research project on exact (prolly) same build ...
    Allow me to share a few of my conclusions.

    You already have the exact correct mobo and proc ...

    That Ram kit is 3-channel and is NOT compatible ... this is what you need :

    Here is the "cooler of choice" ... for that proc (and many others) :

    ATi GPU is not appropriate for Premier/CS4 ... Two of these will edit AND game WELL:

    If you go with a build like mine ... this would be the appropriate PSU:

    Any two HDD drives ... Either SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 (1TB or 500GB) ... OR ...
    ... Seagate 7200.12 (1TB or 500GB) ... the 500GBs are $55 and the 1TB are $90

    ... A good value case (comes with all fans) ... Antec 300 Illusion :

    ALSO ...





    ********* You will also want ...


    Win7-64Pro (OEM or Student)
  2. Thanks for the advice, in your research did you look into using a SSD instead of a traditional HDD? I have been really interested in incorporating one into my build but it seems that most people only trust the Intel X25-E and it is very pricey.
  3. Thot you'd NEVER ask!

    I actually DO have an INTEL 80GB "M/G2" right here, in my cart ... ready to rock.

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Rated "THE BEST SSD" by DRAMeXchange $224.99


    As a Boot/Apps drive (always leave 20% free-space for TRIM suppt) . . .

    I did look into the Kingston V-now, 64GB @$140 but after defending it on these threads, for many weeks, I was finally swayed by my betters and by the references (benches) they provided (whilst trouncing me fairly roundly).

    I also already have a Corsair P128, for use as "render to" and scratch ... and there will be a 1TB F3, in the mix, as a short-stroked streamer.

    = Al =
  4. thank for all the info you have given me, I am pretty sure this is the exact build I am going to purchase.
  5. ... me too!
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