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July 1, 2010 10:47:48 PM

Edited using the I need help template.

Yes, this is yet another new build video editing advice grovel.

I shoot and edit video for NASA TV @ KSC as my day job, but, use Final Cut at work. I use Premiere at home on a home built system that was built in 2005. It never seemed to work right; on and off again issues from the start but usable, for the most part..

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Month of July purchase. I can purchase now, but, I want to have it by end of month. Budget of around $1000-1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD (HDV etc.), Photo editing, light music editing. This will be done using CS5 suite

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitors, have an M-Audio sound card that I hope to use. I also have a WD 250 SATA and a WD 500 SATA both 7200rpm

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or similar trusted online retailer.


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference other than Intel i7

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe; don't even know how to do that


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 . These will be updated.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:I have limited PC build experience, but, use Final Cut at work professionally and Adobe professionally etc. at home. I am very experienced at using them, just not building the system

Have no parts selected others than an idea that I would like an i7 930. My main concern is selecting a
processor, mobo and memory that that will work together and work well. My last home build was with the help of a friend and it turned out much less than optimal.

The video that I will be editing will not be super heavy on the graphics side other than maybe Red Giant type effects rendering/coloring etc., mostly HDV 1080i (59.94 and 23.97) 1080p and 720p with some occasional standard def. Photo editing will not be too layer heavy. Mostly touching up and HDR work.

Will be running Windows 7 64bit.

Hoping this will be a viable system for at the very least least 2 years. I probably will not update to CS6
immediately upon release or even soon after.

I feel silly having to ask all of this. I shoot and edit video all day at work but am not up to date with all of the building specs and know-how etc.


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July 2, 2010 1:21:53 AM

You might want to consider a dual boot with windows and mac. I advise you buy one already built. Mac is known for video editing.

These go right in your budget range. PM me if you want to know where to get one or more information.
July 3, 2010 1:45:19 AM

Not really wanting to buy dual boot. Just looking for recommendations for a pc build. I do however use mac at work, but, am happy using Premiere et al at home.

Thanks for the suggestion just the same
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July 3, 2010 9:35:20 PM

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July 3, 2010 10:05:56 PM

I'll assume you're reusing your HDDs. If not, see below the build.

CPU - Intel i7-930 - $290
HSF - Your choice from Frostytech's top "5" list, say ~$60 (only if you intend to overclock, otherwise just go with the stock fan)
Mobo - Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R - $210
RAM - Mushkin Silverline CAS 7 1600 MHz - $150
GPU - Sapphire 5450 - $45
Palit 9800 GT - $92 (if your applications can make use of CUDA)
ODD - Lite-on SATA DVD burner - $20
PSU - Seasonic S12II -$70 + $10 shipping
Case - Antec 300 - $60 (300 Illusion doesn't have free shipping at the moment.
OS - Win 7 OEM 64-bit - $95 from newegg

Total: $1010 with the ATI card, 1057 with the nVidia card

May want to consider adding a couple of case fans for the 300, but with what you've got in there, you're not generating a massive amount of heat.

Depending on the age of your hard drives, you might consider getting new 500 GB platter drives that run faster & cooler than older drives. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB is $80 and is well-regarded.

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July 3, 2010 10:26:27 PM

Just to clarify the recommendations above further, you WANT the 9800gt-EE, not just the standard 9800GT, and you DON'T want ATI cards for video editing.

I just built a new video editing rig, and have received some great advice on the topic, you need a card that supports OpenGL 3.2, CUDA, NVIDIA all the way.

GPU: GeForce GTS 250 1GB - $129.99

This is the card I went with, it's in the same price range as the 9800GT-EE, better performance.

If you live near a Microcenter, the i7 930 is $199, in store pick up only.

i7 930 + UD3R combo - save $15

Personally, I went with this combo: i7 930 + ASUS P6X58D-E

RAM: This ram has much better timings: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 1600c7 ( 7-8-7-20 ) - $169.99 after rebate

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W - $79.99 after $10 rebate.

Make these minor adjustments to the advice given above, and you are set to go.

July 3, 2010 10:41:47 PM

Good call on the 9800s. I'm not really up on my older nVidia graphics cards.

And nice combo find for the mobo/CPU.

I'm not really sure that it's worth paying $40 ($20 if the MIR pans out) more for slightly improved timings for RAM.

This G.Skill PI series kit is 1600 MHz, same timings as the Corsair kit, runs at a lower voltage, and is $170 without dealing with rebates. If you want to stay at $150 for RAM, this G.Skill kit is 1333 MHz, but has (very slightly) better timings than the Corsair kit. The difference between CAS 7 1333 MHz and 1600 MHz is pretty minimal. It's certainly not worth $40.
July 5, 2010 1:17:56 AM

Do I need a heat sink or fan for the cpu?
July 17, 2010 8:28:49 PM



MB ASUS P6X58D-E X58 -$239.99

VGA ZOTAC|ZT-20109-10P GTS250 RT-$129.99

PSU CM| RS650-ACAAE3-US 650W RT- $69.99

CPU INTEL|CORE I7 930 2.80G-$289.99

MEM 2Gx3|GSK F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK -$149.99

HD 500G|WD SATA2 WD5000AVDS -$54.99

DVD BURNER LITE-ON | IHAS224-06- $21.99

WIN HOME PREM 7 64-BIT ENG -$94.99

Went with this. Everything is up and running. I think I might have liked a slightly larger case though. But still everything fits. Thanks for all the help.

-all of your answers were a great help! no real best!
July 17, 2010 8:35:09 PM

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July 17, 2010 11:56:08 PM

Congratulations! The case that I used was the CM 690 II - If I did it over again, I'd probably use the HAF 922 since it comes with 2 huge fans - I spent about $100 on fans, but it was well worth it! -

I just put my build together as well - check out some pics here.