Need advice on HDV editing machine

Alright, let me first start by saying thank you to everyone on this forum. I have been reading so much information that my brain is fried! But I think I finally narrowed my choices down for my next build thanks to a few of you in particular.


I just picked up a Sony HDR-CX550V camcorder and headed to Disney World! So now I have about 80GB of HD video to edit and I need a machine. For editing software I will be using Sony Vegas 9 and I will be running dual monitors for a display. I am in no means a professional (if you cant tell by now). I don't plan on doing much 3D rendering but I have used After Effects in the past and want the ability to render in 3D if I decide to use it in the future. I also don't know how much overclocking I will do, but I would like that ability in the future as well. I am running a ReadyNAS Pro, so im not too worried about redundancy in this machine (just need speed!).

Dream Machine:

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler NEW Rev.2 for Intel 1366, 1156, 775 and AMD AM3

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard or
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL PI Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T2-12GBPI

PNY VCQFX1800-ELEM-PB Quadro FX 1800 768MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Workstation Video Card with Elemental Accelerator

Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/128GB 2.5" Desktop Bundle 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

XCLIO A380COLOR-PLUS Black 1.0 mm SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case A380COLOR-Plus w/ extra 6pcs HDD Aluminum Coolers

Any advice and or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Looks good. I'd personally get the GA-X58A-UD7 if I had the money, but if you don't really need the extra features of the UD7, the UD5 is fine. Also instead of the PNY Quadro FX 1800, I'd probably just buy a cheaper desktop variant and softmod it into a Quadro card instead for a lot less (which IIRC is the GeForce 9600 GT, don't take my word for it though). For the cooler, I'd buy a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus instead. It seems like you're also missing a normal HDD which would be vital for storage and games for example, and thus I'd get a SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB/1TB. Your 750W PSU is overkill, even if you wanted to SLI. A Corsair TX650W is sufficient, and I'd get Corsair TX750W if you intend to CFX or SLI other cards in the future. If you want a modular system, then go for the HX variants of either.
  2. Thanks for the advice and support. I have a couple of WD 1TB Green Drives that I plan to use for my backup HDD. I know about their failure rate, but like I said I have all my major files backed up using a ReadyNAS unit. I will end up getting the UD7, I was on the fence but I rather pay the extra now and have the functions in the future if I decide to use them.

    I don't know much about software modding, how stable would the cards be if I did that? I replaced my PSU with your suggested TX750W, thank you.
  3. The original PSU you had selected received a 9.7 from jonnyguru, and most of the docked points were because the reviewer didn't like the neon green fan. The Corsair TX750 received a 9, which is still quite good.
  4. Awesome website, thanks for the links. I will stick with the original PSU.
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