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Sandy Bridge video editing system. Does this all make sense?

Hello.

It has been over a dozen years since I've built my last PC. (What happened to the ribbon cables and jumpers? Heh.) I would like to move my video editing to a dedicated PC. I edit AVCHD rendered to HD for YouTube and occasionally DVD. NLE currently is Sony Vegas Studio ver 9 and 10. (32 bit) I may upgrade in the future to Vegas Pro. (64 bit) Vegas gets some rendering help from CUDA equipped graphic cards. I would like the OS and editing program to be on one smaller drive. Media to be edited is on a second, larger drive. Rendered media goes to a network drive.

I've been researching components here at Toms, at Videoguys, The Sony Vegas forums, www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore and a few other places.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: $900 to $1200 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing exclusively

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com, Microcenter

Country of Origin: USA, Illinois

Parts Preferences: I would prefer a small, simple case.

Overclocking: Not initially, maybe at some future time.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:

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Here is what I have picked out for the major components: (newegg.com links)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
(I 'd like a simple, smallish case. Is there such a thing with a motherboard tray?)

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
(Should I move up to the i7-2600K?)

ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131682
(Is the "Pro" version necessary for my needs?)

GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125333
(This I'm just not sure about. I need a CUDA card, but are these cards more applicable to gaming? Can I get away with something simpler? Less CUDA cores?)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
(Compatibility with all of the above?)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
(Two of these. One probably smaller for just the Operating System and Vegas. The other for the AVCHD files.)

I would appreciate any comments and suggestions.

Thank you.

Bill
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  1. It's a good setup, when you spoke of a small case...
    This came to mind but beware its a little more than double the price of the 300:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129056&Tpk=antec%20skeleton

    Just my 2 cents on the case, I don't see any faults in the build. It's all compatible and it's a decent PSU
  2. omnisome said:
    It's a good setup, when you spoke of a small case...
    This came to mind but beware its a little more than double the price of the 300:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129056&Tpk=antec%20skeleton

    Just my 2 cents on the case, I don't see any faults in the build. It's all compatible and it's a decent PSU


    Wow. That's unique. Thanks for taking the time to look my stuff over.

    Bill
  3. bloodymoth said:
    Yeah good build overall, if you don't mind dishing out the extra ~=100 then I would go with the i7 2600K for video stuff. As well, I would think more of a future proof video machine. Either way you have a good build


    Yes, I think that's were I will end up.

    Thanks.

    Bill
  4. itsbill said:
    Yes, I think that's were I will end up.

    Thanks.

    Bill

    The 1155 "K's" are unlocked cpu's. The only thing they do that they other SB's don't...is that they can be over clocked. Do you plan on over clocking? Same with the P67 boards...they are mainly for peeps that want to o/c a 2500k or a 2600k....sans the reason they are more expensive than the H67 boards.
  5. Best answer
    i'm going to change around your original build a little... to accommodate more a pure 'Video Editing' specific machine -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    - Antec Sonata III 500 Mid Tower + 500W Power Supply: $120 -> you mentioned "small and simple"... this one is all that... known for its quietness too and also comes with a quality Antec PSU (you'll need ~450w for this system at most)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    - 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB: $130 ($65 each)-> grab two of these and put them in a RAID 0 to create a fast 2TB great-for-video-editing data/scratch drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542
    OCZ Agility 2 SSD 2.5" 60GB: $115 -> put your Windows and all your video editing apps on this... it will change your PC experience forever... you won't regret it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333: $85

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575883
    - [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 SATA6 USB3: $335 -> grab this combo... you don't need the Asus 'Pro'... you'll save lots

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133354
    - PNY VCQ600-PB Quadro 600 1GB: $170 -> the GTX 460 is a gaming card... this is latest DX11 + CUDA Nvidia tech... more geared for video editing

    TOTAL: $955

    there you go... under $1000 video editing Monster..!
  6. add ~$100 for the i7-2600K... then you're still under your $1200 limit..!
  7. Why_Me said:
    The 1155 "K's" are unlocked cpu's. The only thing they do that they other SB's don't...is that they can be over clocked. Do you plan on over clocking? Same with the P67 boards...they are mainly for peeps that want to o/c a 2500k or a 2600k....sans the reason they are more expensive than the H67 boards.


    Thanks for taking the time to look at this. If I recall, the difference between the unlocked cpus was not a lot of money. It seemed to be a small investment if I ever, in the future, wanted to overclock for a bit more power. Same with the P67 MB. A small bit of future-proofing.

    I will mull your suggestions over.

    Bill
  8. wasupmike said:
    i'm going to change around your original build a little... to accommodate more a pure 'Video Editing' specific machine -

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    - Antec Sonata III 500 Mid Tower + 500W Power Supply: $120 -> you mentioned "small and simple"... this one is all that... known for its quietness too and also comes with a quality Antec PSU (you'll need ~450w for this system at most)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    - 2 x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB: $130 ($65 each)-> grab two of these and put them in a RAID 0 to create a fast 2TB great-for-video-editing data/scratch drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227542
    OCZ Agility 2 SSD 2.5" 60GB: $115 -> put your Windows and all your video editing apps on this... it will change your PC experience forever... you won't regret it

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1333: $85

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.575883
    - [COMBO] Intel Core i5-2500K + GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3 SATA6 USB3: $335 -> grab this combo... you don't need the Asus 'Pro'... you'll save lots

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133354
    - PNY VCQ600-PB Quadro 600 1GB: $170 -> the GTX 460 is a gaming card... this is latest DX11 + CUDA Nvidia tech... more geared for video editing

    TOTAL: $955

    there you go... under $1000 video editing Monster..!



    That case may be just what I'm looking for. Thanks.

    The SSD idea. I had considered it. But once the operating system and editing program are up and running, is there any benefit? I may be way off base on this, so please enlighten me.

    Thanks for the link to the graphics card. That makes sense.

    Bill
  9. itsbill said:
    Thanks for taking the time to look at this. If I recall, the difference between the unlocked cpus was not a lot of money. It seemed to be a small investment if I ever, in the future, wanted to overclock for a bit more power. Same with the P67 MB. A small bit of future-proofing.

    I will mull your suggestions over.

    Bill

    Seeing how your going with the 2600k take a look at this board down below. It's gotten some good reviews including one from this site. AsRock is owned by Asus btw. The Asus Pro has two PCI-E 2.0 (16x slots) and is geared more for peeps who plan on running dual vid cards.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157222 $123.99
    ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  10. Why_Me said:
    Seeing how your going with the 2600k take a look at this board down below. It's gotten some good reviews including one from this site. AsRock is owned by Asus btw. The Asus Pro has two PCI-E 2.0 (16x slots) and is geared more for peeps who plan on running dual vid cards.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157222 $123.99
    ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard



    Looks like a nice money-saving suggestion.

    Thanks.

    Bill
  11. itsbill said:
    That case may be just what I'm looking for. Thanks.

    The SSD idea. I had considered it. But once the operating system and editing program are up and running, is there any benefit? I may be way off base on this, so please enlighten me.

    Thanks for the link to the graphics card. That makes sense.

    Bill



    Once the operating system and editing programs ARE installed... then you'll start to enjoy the SSD the most. Especially with large apps like 'video-editing' ones

    it's not that anything will "process" faster on the SSD (that stuff is dependent on your mobo, cpu, ram + gpu)... it's just that the overall feel of the responsiveness of your system will (remarkably) be a lot faster... as mechanical hard drives have always been the PC's main bottleneck for years... until now that is :)
  12. wasupmike said:
    Once the operating system and editing programs ARE installed... then you'll start to enjoy the SSD the most. Especially with large apps like 'video-editing' ones

    it's not that anything will "process" faster on the SSD (that stuff is dependent on your mobo, cpu, ram + gpu)... it's just that the overall feel of the responsiveness of your system will (remarkably) be a lot faster... as mechanical hard drives have always been the PC's main bottleneck for years... until now that is :)


    And since I was going with two hard drives anyway, by ditching one, the buy in for me for the SSD is about $50. And with the cheaper video card that you've pointed out, it's about paid for.

    Thanks.


    Bill
  13. I'd opt for $10 more on this 850 MHz GFX card; your choice was slightly underclocked at 715 (Reference is 720)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130596

    On the HD's, yes I'd get 2 in RAID 0 but I'd splurge for a SSD for ya OS, editing program and scratch disk

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590
  14. JackNaylorPE said:
    I'd opt for $10 more on this 850 MHz GFX card; your choice was slightly underclocked at 715 (Reference is 720)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130596

    On the HD's, yes I'd get 2 in RAID 0 but I'd splurge for a SSD for ya OS, editing program and scratch disk

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227551
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590



    Another vote for the SSD.

    Thanks.

    Bill
  15. Best answer selected by itsbill.
  16. For your needs and wants...you want the 2600 and not the 2600K.

    I'm surprised. I just read a bunch of stuff saying the new Intel dedicated video graphics is faster than using an external graphics card's GPU, and the "K" has twice the processors of the "not-K". Also my understanding was that the Asus P8H67 allowed the on-board graphics while the P8P67 did not. No?
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