MiniATX Video Editor Build Advice Requested

Hey folks,
I’m trying to build a system to last for the next six years. My main uses are website authoring, video (HDV HDMI) streaming, editing and production and general internet and home finance use. Gaming is not a priority. Upon review of some of the factors that I must consider are cost (lower is better), form factor (I have a 17”Dx17”Wx24”H enclosure for the CPU) and continued upgradability. The configuration that I have settled on at this time is as follows:

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Antec New Solution NSK3480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Athena Power AP-MP4ATX47FE 470W MicroATX / SFX12V / EPS12V / ATX V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready eMachines, HP Upgrades/Replacement Power
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model PX538G2000ELK
ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter - Black
Plextor PX-M2 Series PX-256M2S 2.5" 256GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI Editing Card with PCI Express
HP LA2405wg Black / Silver 24" 5ms Height/Pivot/Swivel adjustable Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 3000:1(1000:1)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
NETGEAR WNDA3100-100NAS IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft USB 2.0 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Adapter Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates Wi-Fi
cirago BTA-6210 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth Dongle support Bluetooth 2.1
Logitech K800 Black USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard
Logitech Performance Mouse MX

Unfortunately I have to replace the existing PSU in the case to support the selected GPU. I would like to reduce cost without compromising performance, if possible.

Thanks for the input.
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  1. Hello joshuawray17;

    There are some challenges to your build. Including the upgrade ability of this system.

    Two PCI-e cards to only 1 available PCI-e slot on the GA-880GMA-UD2H MB. You loose 1 PCI-e slot to the double wide GPU.
    - Blackmagic Design Intensity Pro HDMI Editing Card with PCI Express
    - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
    It looks like the MSI 880G-E45 880G HDMI MB would work in place of the GA-880GMA-UD2H

    I could not confirm that the CM Hyper 212+ would fit in that case. One of the 92mm fanned CPU coolers should work well.
    If you haven't done so already read the customer Feedback comments on this case @ NewEgg.
    The NSK3480 uses a standard size PSU - not the mATX version. Antec New Solution NSK 3480 MicroATX Tower Review
    Antec EarthWatts EA-500D 500WPSU $60 10% off w/ promo code An10psu, ends 3/27

    To reduce costs:
    Use stock CPU cooler in place of the CM Hyper 212+
    Leave off the AS 5 thermal compound.
    Leave off the ICY DOCK 3.5" SSD adapter

    To reduce costs further with a performance or capacity decrease:
    Replace the HD 5850 with HD 5770 or a single slot HD 5670 to get back that 1 extra PCI-e slot. Then you can use the 380W PSU included with the case.
    Replace the Plextor 256GB SATA III SSD with a lower capacity SSD. Corsair Performance 3 128GB SATA III SSD $320 or Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) 120GB SATA III SSD $290 or wait for the OCZ 3/Sandforce 2xxx SSDs.
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