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Video Editing PC - First Build Ever - $5,000 Budget

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June 20, 2010 1:32:59 AM

Hello Everyone,

This is my first ever build, I will be editing a lot of footage on Adobe Premiere and After Effects. I will eventually get quadro cards for this system and my main priority is to future proof as much as possible.

Please comment on the build, I will be air cooling for now then moving onto water cooling in the future. Also when I hit the big one I will make a real workstation PC with dual Xeons and make this my gaming PC, but for now this will do.

Title: Super Kickass Air Cooling Machine? What? Air cooling?

Budget: $5,000...No need for monitor, mouse, keyboard, sound card, router.

Case: LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI

PSU: SILVERSTONE ST1500 1500W ATX 12V 2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CPU: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80613I7980X

Heatsink: Lapped Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler

Thermal Paste: IC-7 Diamond

SSD OS/APPS: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM: 2 Sets of G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

HDD: 2 in raid 5 - Storage Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Blu-ray: Pioneer Black Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer SATA Model

Lightscribe: PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe Support

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders

Random: Kingston FCR-HS219/1 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader

Cords: Nippon Labs Premium 6 ft. HDMI to mini HDMI cable with metal hood & gold-plated connectors Model MHDMI-6

Thermal Remover: Arctic Silver ACN-60ML (2-PC-SET) Thermal material Remover & Surface Purifier

SSD Mount: LIAN LI HD-321 Internal 2.5" HDD / SSD Mounting Kit

Accessories: COOLMAX ThumbScrew SILV 10PK Thumb Screw (10 screws in a bag), SILVER Anodized

Fans: Antec SpotCool 0761345-75018-9 Blue LED Case Fan

Accessories 2: LIAN LI PT-CL01 Cable-management Kit

Fan Controller: Scythe KQ01-BK-3.5 "KAZE Q" Fan Controller


1. How is the support on the Gigabyte UD9?

2. Does the UD9 NB overheat?

3. I am really worried about the Noctua colliding with the ram or the optional Gigabyte heatsink for the NB....

4. I can't find any info on where I can add more fans to my Lian Li...

5. If I were to find fans, which 120mm and 140mm fans do you suggest?

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June 20, 2010 2:11:44 AM

HDD: For RAID 5 you'll need at least 3 HDD. And 5 HDD (500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda 7200.11) should probably outperform 3 WD 1.5TB Caviar Blacks.
June 20, 2010 2:20:02 AM

1. Average.
2. Not in an adequately cooled case which you have.
3. NewEgg customer comments indicate the HSF clears the Ripjas RAM modules.
4. Extra fans won't be required. 5 is plenty for any case and the aluminum case itself helps transfer heat out of the case.
5. N/A
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June 20, 2010 2:21:18 AM

Alright cool.

As for motherboards, I was looking at the Evga SR-2, for around the same price you sure get a lot of options to expand for the future. I guess my main concern is the lack of owners (obviously since it's so expensive) which means I will get less help when I run into some problems.
June 20, 2010 3:51:33 AM

If your ultimate goal is a full fledged dual socket workstation it's worth thinking about starting out with the EV2 and building up to that point vs. building two different systems a few months apart. Any longer wait between systems and you'll probably be looking at newer hardware options anyway. Just keep in mind the price differences in the Xeon hex-core CPUs.

I don't get too excited over the triple channel RAM differences between 1600/2000 and latency ratings.
Any Cas 6 or 7 DDR3 1600 would be fine. G.Skill PI or Mushkin Redline for example.

June 20, 2010 4:33:27 AM

Just looked at some new thermal pastes, this Indigo Xtreme sticker like application is getting great temps.
June 20, 2010 4:50:29 AM

That is a nuclear reactor of a PSU that you do not even close to need unless you plan on running 3 x 480s.

With that budget buy a full retail Windows 7. That way you have no problems when you upgrade.
June 20, 2010 4:56:35 AM

Yeah the PSU is a waste, also you should get the $550 I7, get the ee if you are going to overclock on water, save some funds and get a 800W PSU. Also you might looking into getting a Quadro for your video editing.
June 20, 2010 5:30:30 AM

anort3 said:
That is a nuclear reactor of a PSU that you do not even close to need unless you plan on running 3 x 480s.

With that budget buy a full retail Windows 7. That way you have no problems when you upgrade.

True not now, But for the future if I do go WC and 3 way SLI. Which is also the point of the build is to future proof as much as possible.