General Use & Video Editing

I'm considering a build for a friend. I believe he is considering some video editing but mostly general internet, music, office apps, etc. and possible light gaming. The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T seems like a REALLY good deal based on rankings at www.cpubenchmark.net. Here is the build I have put together at Newegg:

- MSI 880GM-E43 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard Item #:N82E16813130293 $79.99
- LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Black SATA Model GH22NS50B Item #:N82E16827136216 $16.99
- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Item #:N82E16820231193 $47.99
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #:N82E16822148433 $64.99
- Rosewill R519-BK Black Computer Case Item #:N82E16811147081 $59.99
- AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor Item #: N82E16819103849
- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders Item #: N82E16832116754 (processor & Windows combo for $274.98)
- Grand Total: $544.93

This looks like he could have a REALLY FAST computer for $550! What are your thoughts? What am I missing? Would it be worth another $48 to go from 4GB to 8GB memory?
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  1. 1090T? You don't need six cores for video editing and general use really. Get a quad-core and invest in a graphics card instead.
    G.Skill 4GB to 8GB - Well the 880GM-E43 doesn't support quad-channel RAM so you'd have to get 2x 4GB instead, although I trust you know this already.
    Seagate Barracuda: No-no. Here's a much better drive for the same price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=samsung%20hd103sj
    Tell me, where is the power supply? :)
    Corsair CX600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139019 ($60)
  2. Yes on the memory.

    What makes the other hard drive a better drive than the Seagate Barracuda?

    The case includes a 500W power supply.
  3. dnrsslr said:
    Yes on the memory.

    What makes the other hard drive a better drive than the Seagate Barracuda?

    The case includes a 500W power supply.



    Seagate have a terrible reputation and set of reviews, don't get one. The HD103SJ is the best "bang/buck" drive you can buy right now.
  4. Processor: what about the Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz. It's $100 at Newegg. Would you say the difference would not be noticeable for video editing and "general use"?

    Would the affect of a graphics card be noticeable for video editing and "general use"? If so, what card would you suggest?
  5. Probably up to $600 but I'm really trying to spend the money on components that will make a difference for his use. For example, I don't see spending $200 (or even $100) on a video card because I don't think it would make ANY difference for the way he will use this computer. That's why I'm asking here, maybe I'm wrong!

    I use www.cpubenchmark.net to tell me where processors rank. Is that as good of reference as any?
  6. I guess I didn't specify, I would want to be able to get Windows 7 within that $600 max budget...

    I'm not arguing, just asking, why a separate video card rather than built in on the motherboard? I know you need better video cards for gaming but do I need it for my uses?
  7. dnrsslr said:
    I guess I didn't specify, I would want to be able to get Windows 7 within that $600 max budget...

    I'm not arguing, just asking, why a separate video card rather than built in on the motherboard? I know you need better video cards for gaming but do I need it for my uses?


    Video editing can be rather demanding, especially in HD and chipset graphics are usually quite low.
  8. In order to ascertain if you could see gains leveraging on GPU: elaborate on what software/app u use to edit videos eg:

    Premiere Pro : yes via Mercury Playback Engine (depending on size of projects as well)
    Vegas, etc : CPU/RAM bound

    Stick to the X6 + 8GB RAM

    A case for GPU computing: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and the Mercury Playback Engine
    http://tech.icrontic.com/articles/reviews/a-case-for-gpu-computing-adobe-premiere-pro-cs5-and-the-mercury-playback-engine/
    Quote:
    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.
  9. batuchka:
    Sorry, I really don't know what software he is planning to use for videos...

    Are you saying you feel it would be worth it to spend an extra $60 for the Phenom II X6 1090T over the 'Deneb' 955? That would get me close to $800 with Win 7. I really wanted to try to do this around $600.


    Omnisome:
    The motherboard you suggested is out of stock this morning. What about ASUS M4A77TD, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603 instead? Or, another recommendation?
  10. It depends - if he has more intense need a simple 1055T + OC on a cheap IGP chipset will be an awesome performance bump and u can actually hold off GPU purchases anyway with a workable Deneb/Thuban config with an IGP chipset ^^

    If Microcenter is an option: 1090T + Gigabyte 880G $235
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
  11. Thanks for your thoughts and advice! I have ordered this from Newegg. I know it's probably overkill on the processor but hey, it's FAST!

    1 x DVD BURNER LG|GH22NS50B R - OEM $16.99
    1 x PSU OCZ|OCZ550FTY 550W RT $69.99
    1 x MB ASUS M4A77TD AMD770 R $74.99
    1 x HD 1T|SAMSUNG HD103SJ 32M 7K % - OEM $64.99
    1 x CASE XCLIO| XCLIO NIGHTHAWK RT $54.99
    1 x VGA GIGABYTE|GV-R567D3-1GI HD5670 R $74.99
    1 x CPU AMD|PH II X6 1090T 3.2G AM3 RT $199.99
    1 x CARD READ ROSEWILL|RCR-IC002 R $16.99
    1 x MEM 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL $99.99
    1 x WIN HOME PREM 7 64-BIT ENG 1PK DSP - OEM $99.99
    1 x MNTR ASUS|LCD 23" 2MS VH236H RT $179.99
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