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-looking to build first PC, gaming and video/photo/audio eiditing

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August 19, 2010 4:12:23 AM

hey i have spent the last few days shopping around for components i have finally narrowed it down to what i think would do the trick... looking forward to some of your guys opinions though!

CPU: i5 750/i7 930/amd 965/amd1090t

GRAPHICS: ati 5770 while possibly buying another one later to boost preformance

MB: varies depending on what cpu i go with... something with crossfire/usb 3.0

CASE: coolermaster 922 haf

everything else im not worried about because i will just buy whatever is a good deal as i can match disk drive/hdd/ram/power without any issues

i am pretty much just stuck on what cpu gpu and mobo to go with

i will mostly be using the computer for video audio and photo editing and a little bit of gaming (starcraft 2 and diablo 3... both games are not very demanding) as most of my gaming is done on xbox.

thanks!
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August 19, 2010 5:04:30 AM

oh sorry i would like to keep it around 1000$ CDN ... i guess that would have been a good thing to mention in the OP eh? <----(CDN)
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August 19, 2010 5:13:25 AM

The Loonie is pretty strong right now so you shouldn't be too far off your budget target with those TechReport options.
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August 19, 2010 5:35:30 AM

$CAD 917.91 before shipping, taxes and rebates

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) CL7 996677 RAM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

XFX Radeon HD 5770 Video Card
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922 case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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August 19, 2010 5:19:18 PM

Big question: what video edit software are you using/planning to use and how high-level are you doing it?

The reason I ask is if you're doing pretty heavy editing with HD footage (like XDCAM EX and Canon 5D) then I'd STRONGLY recommend using Adobe CS5 and getting a Nvidia GTX 460 (1GB RAM version at least) so you can do all your work with the CUDA-accelerated Mercury Playback Engine (although you'll need to put in the GPU detection hack so MPE will acknowledge the GTX 460) - real-time playback baby no matter what you throw at it!

The core system though will be fine either way, although for HD footage (MPE or not) I'd also recommend splitting the WD Caviar into 2 500GB drives and putting them in a RAID 0 (and getting a 3rd small drive for your OS and project files).
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