Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Video Editing / Gaming Build - Any Conflcts?

Last response: in Systems
Share
November 28, 2010 2:00:18 AM

Hello,
This is my first build in several years so I'm looking for confirmation that I'm not making any big mistakes on selections (conflicts, wrong gear, etc.) or overbuying. Here's what I have:

Case - Antec 900 Case
HD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Video - HIS H577FK1GD Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
MB - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
PS - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

I will be using the system for gaming and video editing and would like to keep total cost under $700. This build is currently $600 after rebates at Newegg.

I have the power supply and crossfire support for potential future upgrades. I was contemplating 8GB of RAM but wasn't sure if needed. If suggested, should it be 4 x 2GB or 2 x 4GB

Thanks in advance for any input or advice
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 2:16:44 AM

You will undoubtedly be recommended to get the Spinpoint F3 Drive by others, it's become a kind of religion here. It'll be a tad quieter and faster than the Barracuda for an extra $20. For another $20, you could get a WD Caviar Black, which has a faster seek time but a slower throughput. I personally don't think the performance is worth an extra $20-$40, as that could be put towards a SSD which would have more significant gains, but consider the possibility, as it will be recommended to you.

Edit: 4GB of RAM is fine for the time being, and it's price should drop over the next couple of quarters, so it'll be cheaper to buy later than now.
November 28, 2010 3:14:34 AM

Thanks for the tip on the Spinpoint F3 and SSD - hadn't thought about that.

For the SSD, due to price and size, I probably be looking at a 60GB Model. Would that be worthwhile? Would I need to change my MB? I assume that the OS and most frequently used programs would load on the SSD and data on a secondary HD. I'm purchasing 64it Windows 7. Sorry so many questions on the SSD - it looks like great technology with favorable reviews, just something new to learn about and balance on the value curve.

Looking at OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $105 after rebate.

Thanks again for the help
Related resources
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 3:39:01 AM

60GB should be fine. I have a 32GB with win 7 Pro, Office 2007 Enterprise, MatLab, a ton of little things, documents, etc. and I have 7GB left over.

An SSD is just a type of HDD, so you don't need anything special for it or a different motherboard (other than a SATA cable).
November 28, 2010 3:51:44 AM

batuchka said:
That price point u could actually land a HD 6850 crossfire capable machine hehe

$583AR
http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1196.jpg

HD6K: single/CF review
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-685...


___


In this build I noticed you dropped to a 2.8ghz CPU - Is that a good balance with the video? I was thinking I would need higher CPU for video editing and therefore didn't go for as high of a video card to keep my budget.
November 28, 2010 3:59:11 AM

etk said:
60GB should be fine. I have a 32GB with win 7 Pro, Office 2007 Enterprise, MatLab, a ton of little things, documents, etc. and I have 7GB left over.

An SSD is just a type of HDD, so you don't need anything special for it or a different motherboard (other than a SATA cable).


Thanks - that helps. Now that I look at my work laptop, that machine only has a 75GB HD with 21GB unused so that makes sense.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 4:09:35 AM

FletchAZ said:
___


In this build I noticed you dropped to a 2.8ghz CPU - Is that a good balance with the video? I was thinking I would need higher CPU for video editing and therefore didn't go for as high of a video card to keep my budget.



Here's a slightly different combo about the same price, with an Athlon II X4 @3.0 GHz instead of the Phenom II X4 2.8 GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 4:44:15 AM

The Athlon II lacks the level 3 Cache (but has the same Level 1 and Level 2 cache) but is 200 MHz faster.
a b B Homebuilt system
November 28, 2010 10:27:57 AM

FletchAZ said:
___


In this build I noticed you dropped to a 2.8ghz CPU - Is that a good balance with the video? I was thinking I would need higher CPU for video editing and therefore didn't go for as high of a video card to keep my budget.



Video editing does better with both higher locks and bigger cache but you have the option of clocking that 925 of course :D 
November 28, 2010 5:03:38 PM

Any video card manufacturers to recommend or to stay away from - looking at ATI
!