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March 4, 2011 9:16:13 PM

Hey all,
I'm building a system to do some high definition video editing and I'm desperately trying to avoid lag.

Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

Ram: CORSAIR XMS 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

Storage: x2 Western Digital VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s

Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X

Second Optical: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner

PSU: Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two V3

Do you think this will cut it? Total comes out to about $1900, but I can go to about $2300

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March 5, 2011 3:01:20 AM

You might consider dumping the two velociraptors for an SSD and a large storage disk. Also, memory is cheap at the moment, you can go for 12GB.

You don't need a kilowatt power supply. Knock that down a few notches.

Where's your GPU?
Are you planning on overclocking?
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March 5, 2011 3:07:52 AM

Also do you need to store large amounts of video on this machine, or is this just for the creation and then you'll store them elsewhere?
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March 5, 2011 5:02:11 AM

Any info you can give us on what programs you use for editing or encoding your HD video would be helpful.
That may influence some of our advice on components, but you've given us a budget to play with that has plenty of room for a really choice system. So here's a first shot at it. Obviously open to suggestions and this build will no doubt be improved upon by suggestions from the collective group.


CPU (even in stock form this CPU beats the 950 listed in most tests, plus it runs cooler so overclock vs overclock this would run away from 950)

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

$330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo (There are not many LGA1155 motherboards available yet. If you can wait a couple of weeks some competitors will show up on newegg so you'll have a wider selection of options/price)

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$179 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (HD video editing means you have to go big or go home when it comes to RAM)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7Q-16GBXH

$249 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive 1 (for OS, video editing program and 1 current video editing project... to be moved off to storage drive once you're done working on it (This is the first SSD available with the new SandForce SF-2200 controller. Again, if you can wait a few weeks, at least two competitors will emerge w/ same controller and similar performance @ lower price. Watch for OCZ Vertex 3 and Patriot 'Wildfire' series)

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$314 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive 2 for storage and lower priority stuff (this is a small step down from the 10k RPM velociraptors that you mentioned, but these are still extremely fast and will be fine since you're using it for storage.)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card (This is where the info about what programs you use for encoding or editing come into play. May influence our advice)

HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

$350 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case + Power Supply (Nice find from WR2 above)

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(Combo w/ Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

$200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU cooler (easier to install now if you plan to overclock later)

Scythe SCRT-1000 120mm Sleeve New High-End Top-Flow CPU Cooler

$45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1857

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March 5, 2011 5:11:36 AM

CopaMundial said:
Any info you can give us on what programs you use for editing or encoding your HD video would be helpful.
That may influence some of our advice on components, but you've given us a budget to play with that has plenty of room for a really choice system. So here's a first shot at it. Obviously open to suggestions and this build will no doubt be improved upon by suggestions from the collective group.


CPU (even in stock form this CPU beats the 950 listed in most tests, plus it runs cooler so overclock vs overclock this would run away from 950)

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

$330 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo (There are not many LGA1155 motherboards available yet. If you can wait a couple of weeks some competitors will show up on newegg so you'll have a wider selection of options/price)

MSI P67A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$179 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (HD video editing means you have to go big or go home when it comes to RAM)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7Q-16GBXH

$249 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive 1 (for OS, video editing program and 1 current video editing project... to be moved off to storage drive once you're done working on it (This is the first SSD available with the new SandForce SF-2200 controller. Again, if you can wait a few weeks, at least two competitors will emerge w/ same controller and similar performance @ lower price. Watch for OCZ Vertex 3 and Patriot 'Wildfire' series)

Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$314 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drive 2 for storage and lower priority stuff (this is a small step down from the 10k RPM velociraptors that you mentioned, but these are still extremely fast and will be fine since you're using it for storage.)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card (This is where the info about what programs you use for encoding or editing come into play. May influence our advice)

HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

$350 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case + Power Supply (Nice find from WR2 above)

Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
(Combo w/ Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

$200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU cooler (easier to install now if you plan to overclock later)

Scythe SCRT-1000 120mm Sleeve New High-End Top-Flow CPU Cooler

$45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1857


+1 Good Sandy Bridge build
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March 5, 2011 5:22:45 AM

Just realized I left off your optical drives so to the above list you could add the following.

Optical Drive 1

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive 2

LG WH10LS30 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM

$90 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total $1966


It's worth noting that both of those have an 'open box' unit available for less money, so you could go that route if you wanted to save a little... but I was on such a roll building a dream system that I wish I could have that I figure what the hell right?
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March 7, 2011 3:36:23 AM

Hey guys,

I'm not sure if it's kosher to usurp someone's thread, but I'm building a PC for the exact same purposes (HD video editing) with literally the exact same budget roof ($2300). I'd be editing on Adobe CS5. Would you still recommend that same card CopaMundial? Thanks so much for any guidance. New to these forms/pc building, you guys are great.

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March 7, 2011 4:15:15 AM

Hello cbyrneblackwell;

Feel free to copy anything you want.
But its a good idea to run your own topic.

A good way to get started is use the forum's *How To Ask For New Build Advice* format.
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March 8, 2011 6:04:05 PM

Thank you all for the helpful comments and links you've all been a tremendous help.


WR2, thanks for pointing out the case/psu thing and the Sandy Bridge tip.
CopaMundial, thanks for assembling everything with newegg links.
frozenlead, thanks for the ram tip

About the drives: The work will ultimately be stored elsewhere the hds are for system/programs and and temporary storage.
OC: I won't overclock if I can get the performance I need from the stock speeds.
Ram: The way I see it, the more the better.
Software: I will be using VT5 for the actual editing. Will that effect the video card choice?

PS I'm also thinking about going with a full size case, maybe the
Antec Twelve Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or the
Antec Performance One Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 8, 2011 6:31:00 PM

That video card would work fine w/ VT 5.
Do you have just the software, or do you have external components too (switchers etc)? According to this brochure you would also want a Firewire (IEEE 1394) connection to connect to switcher.
The good news is that the motherboard listed above does have a Firewire port.
The bad news is that it's sold out again (it's been in and out of stock times in a week, so these things are obviously flying out the door).

If you wait for that board to come back in stock then no problems, but you go shopping for a replacement you might want to watch for Firewire b/c not all of them have it.

Regarding the cases, I'm a huge fan of Antec's Performance One stuff just b/c of the understated looks and quiet performance.
The P193v3 has that big honkin hole on the side specifically for people who are running dual graphics cards. You're not, so you can save the money and look at the P183v3. It's more quiet.
$140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keep in mind though that the case listed in the earlier build was part of a combo w/ a power supply. If you go w/ a diff't case don't forget to get a PS.
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March 8, 2011 6:49:06 PM

CopaMundial said:
That video card would work fine w/ VT 5.
Do you have just the software, or do you have external components too (switchers etc)? According to this brochure you would also want a Firewire (IEEE 1394) connection to connect to switcher.
The good news is that the motherboard listed above does have a Firewire port.
The bad news is that it's sold out again (it's been in and out of stock times in a week, so these things are obviously flying out the door).

If you wait for that board to come back in stock then no problems, but you go shopping for a replacement you might want to watch for Firewire b/c not all of them have it.

Regarding the cases, I'm a huge fan of Antec's Performance One stuff just b/c of the understated looks and quiet performance.
The P193v3 has that big honkin hole on the side specifically for people who are running dual graphics cards. You're not, so you can save the money and look at the P183v3. It's more quiet.
$140 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keep in mind though that the case listed in the earlier build was part of a combo w/ a power supply. If you go w/ a diff't case don't forget to get a PS.


I already have all the external components, (it's actually a dedicated PCI card). I'm looking to order this stuff tomorrow/day after so if it doesn't show up on newegg I'll pick it up from another vendor ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... ).

The P183v3 looks perfect. Like you said, understated without a gaping hole in the side panel. I'm also concerned that a 750w psu wouldn't handle everything. What do you think?

Thanks again.
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March 8, 2011 7:09:36 PM

An excellent 750W PSU will be fine with what you're looking at getting. This review explains more:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3741/amd_radeon_hd_69...

In an overclocked Core i7 980X @ 4.2Ghz system with 1x and 2x HD 6970s. That 550W draw at the AC socket for the 2x 6970s in CFX
represents about a 495W DC load pulled by the system during the test (assuming the PSU was about 90% efficient).
A single 6970 will run about 50% capacity in your system under a heavy gaming load, and the PSU would support a 2nd 6970 as well.
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March 8, 2011 7:26:27 PM

Thanks WR2, looks like i'm going with the Antec TruePower 750w.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WR2 said:
An excellent 750W PSU will be fine with what you're looking at getting. This review explains more:
http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/3741/amd_radeon_hd_69...

In an overclocked Core i7 980X @ 4.2Ghz system with 1x and 2x HD 6970s. That 550W draw at the AC socket for the 2x 6970s in CFX
represents about a 495W DC load pulled by the system during the test (assuming the PSU was about 90% efficient).
A single 6970 will run about 50% capacity in your system under a heavy gaming load, and the PSU would support a 2nd 6970 as well.

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March 10, 2011 5:07:51 PM

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