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Need to HD Video Editing / Photo Editing Machine

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September 4, 2010 1:40:45 AM

I want a really fast system for editing HD video (1920x1080) and also 10-20MP photos.

My budget is like somewhere under $3000-4000

I want a really fast processor and a motherboard which is pretty stable.

I want something like a backup drive to store old projects, more TBs the better.


1.This is not for gaming , will a graphics card help for video encoding ?

2. Will RAID degrade performance ?

3. if i use multiple monitors , will performance decrease ?

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September 4, 2010 2:59:48 AM

1. This is not for gaming , will a graphics card help for video encoding?

Yes, a workstation graphics card. But are you just video editing or are you rendering 3d models?

2. Will RAID degrade performance?

Depends what RAID, RAID 0 will double performance

3. if i use multiple monitors , will performance decrease?



Motherboard (gaming motherboard, but it will be solid)

Hard Drive, 2tb x2 or x4 depending how much storage you need.

Windows 7 Ultimate, so you have all the features possible.

any case you want,

DVD burner,

I need to know if you are making 3d models, or if you are just video editing. Then I will give you RAM, PSU and Video Card.

September 4, 2010 3:04:19 AM

Is this for professional use? IMO I would get a Dell/HP with a warranty. What's your contingency plan when things go wrong?

If this is just a hobby, then it'll be a fun build. IMO an AMD 1055t x6 would be better from a price/performance standpoint. You're going to need at least 8GB of ram for that level of video editing.

980x ends up being anywhere from 25-100% faster, but is 500% more expensive.

IMO, an SSD is a must for the price range and usage pattern. Raid 0 is something to avoid, but raid 1 is nice to have in addition to an offsite/networked backup.
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September 4, 2010 9:29:39 AM


thanks for the suggestions

This is mainly for video editing not 3D rendering .

September 4, 2010 12:50:34 PM

Well, video editing is primarily limited by hard drive speed and RAM, with raw compute performance in second.

What monitors do you have? Are you using CS5?