New PC for AVHD Video editing


I am wanting to build a new PC (from an athlon2500) to handle AVHD video for minor home/hobby use and I am looking at getting Adobe premiere CS5 as I can get an education version for a few hundred $.

This is what I have come up with and remain under $1800 AUD (which is now $1800 USD btw !) with the plan to purchase from
I may overclock but its not my priorty unless I find it gives me significant improvement in performance. Odd games only, not high priority.
Its hot where we live in Brisbane, so air temp is high which may be worry so include 4 case fans (2 come with case).

TOTAL $1750
Proc Intel Core i7 950 Processor LGA1366 3.06GHz 8MB Cache CPU $329
MB Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $244
Graphics MSI GTX460 1G Hawk DDR5 2xDualLinkDVI miniHDMI $255
Mem Kingston 12GB(3X4G) KIT 1333MHz(PC3-10600) $239
System Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M $59
Raid 0 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M $59
Raid 0 Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M $59
Storage Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3 SATA II 7200RPM 32M $59
Power Corsair TX-750 750W ATX Power $148
Case Fractal Design Define R3 Case Black $159
Case fans Noctua NF-S12B-FLX 120mm Fan x2 $54
CPU fan Noctua NH-U12P Special Edition SE2 $86

ALternatives I consider
Asus P6X58D-E MB (but no IDE cable which i could use for my existing dvd drive)(same $)
MSI X58 Pro-E X58 LGA1366 1600OC DrMos ATX (but not sli not possible, although i doubt i would use this)(-$57)

System drive:
Western Digital 150G SATAII VelociRaptor 10000rpm ($150)(but I am not sure if its work it over the F3)
SSD G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120G SSDHD 2.5 inch SATA2 ($300) (is this going to give a significant boost ? does it really give a fast start up given how many other slower drives are in the system ? I wonder whether its best to wait till they improve and come down in $)

I did consider Athlon 1055 & GB GA-890XA M/B (-$186), but not much data on performance for CS5.

Corsair HX-750 ATX Power Supply, 140mm Fan ($193.00) ...couldnt figure out without this was a significant/worthwhile enough improvement over the TX model.

This is around the price i want
It would be nice to get it a few hundred cheaper if i can, but i dont really want to sacrifice performance too much (=time).

Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated as i really dont know if this is all ok, and I am sure there are things i havent thought of.

cheers and thanks,

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  1. Either Asus or Gigabyte mb is fine

    an ssd will speed boot and loading times but this will be a very small infrequent gain for the money and have no impact on encoding or editing . The velociraptor is slower than a more modern hard drives you have listed and a total waste of money

    There are cpu charts on this site that will show you relative performance of the phenom x6 and the i7 in various apps
  2. thanks for the feedback.
    I spent a fair bit of time researching the x6 and getting a system together, but it seems most/everyone uses the i7's for video editing with CS5. So i gave up on it and following the crowd...

    I was concluding the velociraptor and SSD is a waste; i like the look of the Samsung F4 320 GB (if i can get it) now for my system drive as it had some good test results i saw on one site.
  3. Quote:
    It would be nice to get it a few hundred cheaper if i can

    Few hundred cheaper more than possible...prolly several hundreds even hehe

    Actually Icrontic got excellent results X6 + MPE in CS5 Premiere and u dun have to deal with mobos that cost an arm and a leg hehe
    A case for GPU computing: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Mercury Playback Engine
    This project consists of compressed 640×480 video footage. These small video files were being eaten alive by the massive 1090T hexa-core processor and 8GB of RAM. Premiere Pro CS5′s increased performance with multi-core systems coupled with bleeding fast hardware will make fast work of any simple projects such as this, not giving the GPU enough work to really make a difference. These results do suggest that if you’re editing small-time video footage, you will not benefit much from using Mercury Playback.

    So if not using MPE a simple template starting from

    Lastly -ve for V.Raptors: SSD Sandforce ftw!
  4. Cpu:AMD PHENOM 2 X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

    Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    Memory:Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model 996829

    Gpu:XFX HD-687A-ZNBC Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card with Eyefinity

    HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Psu:XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    Case:COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  5. Thanks for the response.
    The phenom 1090 is not much cheaper than the i7 950, and gtx 460+ is needed for adobe prem CS5 and not radeons at all. Going amd with the 1055 + mb saves about $200 If I recall. I want to be able to edit hd footage so best to get a good machine.
  6. Yep happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^ A guide to unlock Nvidia desktop class GPUs

    How to Unlock Adobe Premiere CS5 to use almost any NVIDIA graphics card with CUDA acceleration.
    Updated on 11/07/10
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