Computer for at home amateur video and photo editing

New build for amateur home video and photo editing.

Good morning,

I need some help in replacing my present 2004 computer;
(Intel D865GBF, 2 WD HDD 75 GB ea., 1GB RAM and Win XP)

Editing software will be mainly Adobe Premier Elements
and Photoshop Elements. NO game playing.

Case: Antec Sonata lll w/500w psu $120

Mobo: Asus P6T LGA 1366
Mobo: Asus P6X 58D-E $230

CPU: Intel i7 930 $289
or Intel i5 750 $200

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 768 MB $195
(Which brand and maybe 1GB ?) 225
RAM: 6 GB DDR ? (Need advice)

HDD: WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 300 $90

2nd External HDD for storage (Once I get used to the computer and programs)

Optical Drive Probably a Lite On or Sony $40

OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit: 110

PowerUp! Internal Multi Card Reader with Floppy - OEM $25

Do not need KB /Mouse / Monitor etc.and will not be playing games.

One concern is compatibility in the above,
another is is it overkill although I do want reasonable speed in the video editing process.

Would appreciate any and all suggestions and ‘am trying to keep
this between $1200 / $1300

My time frame is about four weeks and the prices I list are an approximation of what is
shown this week at various web sites and I know that they can all go up or down between
now and when I actually buy. My problem is what should I be buying ?

Thanks in advance,

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  1. The i7 870 actually comes up trumps over the 930 in Video Encoding/Photoshop -

    CPU : Core i7-870

    Mobo : ASUS P7P55D-E

    If you're not a pro, then maybe 4GB RAM might suffice, but Photoshop just loves RAM. For professionals, 8GB is just the starting point. Also, you don't want DDR. You need DDR3 1600 Mhz (preferably CL7).

    Also, for just 30 bucks extra, the 460 1GB version makes a lot of sense. I'll go with - EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi). Brands are a personal preference, but you can,t really go wrong with Asus, Giga, MSI, XFX, etc.

    ODD - Sony/LG/Samsung any day, ahead of Lite-On.

    If you're in the US, Windows 7 HP costs $99.99, not 110 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

    I've gotta go now, but maybe later in the day I can get you a more detailed list.
  2. calguyhunk

    Thanks for your reply, couldn’t get back to you earlier. Still looking for suggestions and
    comments for a non-gaming computer and have now come up with the following new
    configuration and new $$ figures.

    OS: Windows 7: $100

    CASE: $120

    CPU: I agree with you that I should go with the i7 870 $290

    MOBO: Either the ASUS P7P55D-E or the P7P55D-E PRO $179

    GPU: MSI N460GTX HAWK 1GB $249
    I’m looking at this as it seems to have the best noise and cooling parameters
    which is important with the Antec case.

    HAWK GPU reviews here:
    index.html This is original review)
    (2nd review with additional OC is here:

    RAM: I’m really confused - This first (6GB) is from Amazon
    Corsair 6 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Triple Channel Memory Kit
    CMX6GX3M3A1600C9 $144.99
    And these next two are from Corsiar’s web site:
    Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
    (8GB 4 x 2GB - 1600MHz DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 - Non-ECC - DDR3 SDRAM -
    240-pin DIMM - MPN: CMX8GX3M4A1600C9) $200

    Corsair DOMINATOR-GT 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
    (4GB 2 x 2GB - 2000MHz DDR3-2000/PC3-16000 - Non-ECC - DDR3 SDRAM -
    240-pin DIMM - MPN: CMG4GX3M2A2000C8) $270

    And finally this at Newegg
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low
    Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK $155.99
    Free OCZ 4GB flash drive w/ purchase, ends 9/30
    Which would be the correct RAM ?
    and any other comments on the configuration,
  3. A less expensive Mobo with USB 3.0 - GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3

    GPU : MSI is pretty good. I won't hesitate to go with it if I get a good deal.

    RAM : I'm no expert on this, but IMO 4 sticks would cause more strain on the memory controller and the motherboard chipset. It would take slightly longer for the CPU to add and retrieve data from 4 sticks as opposed to 2.

    I also value the possibility to upgrade to 16GB in the future so I'll probably go for that. - Lower sized sticks being discussed - 4 X 1GB vs 2 X 2GB. But you'll get the point.

    "It's better to use 2 2GB modules -- not for any appreciable speed difference (although there may be a small advantage -- more in a bit) -- but for a more reliable memory subsystem.

    Most desktop systems use unbuffered RAM modules -- this results in very large loads on the address and data buses when you have more than 2 modules installed, and can significantly degrade the signalling on these buses. The memory subsystem "sees' one load per memory chip -- so with 2 modules installed, that's up to 32 loads (with double-sided modules) ... and with 4 modules installed that's as many as 64 electrical loads on the bus. Some systems automatically adjust for this higher load by either increasing the voltage a small amount; reducing the clock frequency of the memory (thus slightly slowing it down); or by adding a cycle to the SPD's latency setting (again, slightly slowing it down). These adjustments help keep the memory subsystem reliable -- but mean that 4 x 1GB modules would be slightly slower than 2 x 2GB modules on these systems. But regardless of whether there's any timing differences, the memory will definitely be more reliable with only 2 modules." - Link

    I couldn't make any sense of your last link. It actually is a list of all the products Newegg sells, I think.

    Also, your Antec link goes to the homepage, not any particular product.

    You haven't listed a PSU - $80 CORSAIR 650TX
  4. calguyhunk

    Disregard much og what was in my last post - seems that I’m having problems in
    copy and paste and also formatting. Lets hope this goes OK.

    I read over your last comments and also done a lot of online reading trying to learn a
    little more - though it seems that most of the forums and review sites concentrate on
    gaming and not really much on (beginners) video rigs.

    I pretty much grasped what you’re saying about number of RAM modules - and there’s
    an interesting comment along those lines at the site below.

    Anyway, below is what I’ll probably finish up with, but with my buying date still about
    4 weeks away, I’ll keep reading online - it’s amazing the changes I’ve made in 3 - 4

    CASE: Antec Sonata lll 500 (Includes 500W PSU by Seasonic) $120


    CPU: i7 870 $290

    MOBO ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $180

    RAM Kingston Hyper X DC DDR3 1600 4GB c8 $105

    HDD: (2)
    1 WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA 300 $90
    1 Western Digital WD Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

    Card Reader including floppy $25

    OS: Windows 7 64 bit $100

    Hopefully that’s about it at a nice round One Thousand Dollars
    EXCEPT..... what ever I buy in California will have a 9.5% sales tax........
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