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March 22, 2011 1:41:19 AM

I'm a first- time builder diving in to build my own video editing machine. I've put together a parts list with my limited knowledge and help from others, just hoping to get some more expert opinions before ordering up the parts.



Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I identify and locate all the parts!

Budget Range: $1500-$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing (Premiere CS3), Photo Editing (Photoshop CS3), Internet, Watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Parts Preferences: Intel i7-2600K, Asus mobo, Asus gpu

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe




CPU: 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

Mobo: ASUS P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard
http://www.infotechnow.com/product_info.php?products_id...


Boot drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm thinking maybe two of these kits for 16gb total...would that be overkill?

Storage drive: Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX470 1280 MB GDDR5 Video Card ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5/V2


Case: COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600 RC-600-KKN1-GP Black SECC Body ; Mesh Front bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I'm especially curious about RAM. The one I listed seems to be ok, but any help in that department would be greatly appreciated. Also, if anything else here looks out of place please let me know! Thanks in advance.
March 22, 2011 2:32:40 AM

Hi, that RAM looks fine to me but many would say that even 8GB is overkill so i wouldn't bother with 16GB. Also i'd go with a GTX 560Ti over the GTX 470 as theyre about the same price and i beleive the GTX 560Ti is a better card generally.
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March 22, 2011 3:03:38 AM

jmsellars1 said:
Hi, that RAM looks fine to me but many would say that even 8GB is overkill so i wouldn't bother with 16GB. Also i'd go with a GTX 560Ti over the GTX 470 as theyre about the same price and i beleive the GTX 560Ti is a better card generally.


I believe he is choosing the GTX 470 for it compatibility with CS5's GPU acceleration. However, the OP should take a look at this article, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/adobe-cs5-cuda-64-bit,2770-2.html. With a little bit of hacking, you can get CS5 GPU acceleration out of almost any CUDA GPU. If you are willing to do this, then get a GTX 460 or GTS 450 and they will be pleny sufficient. If you do not want to try this, then the GTX 470 is really your cheapest option for the feature.

As to the RAM question, the more the merrier for video editing. The smallest bottleneck for CS5 is RAM, and while 8 GB would be enough, 16 GB will be even better.
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March 22, 2011 3:18:30 AM

ditch the 2tb drive and grab 2-4 1TB drives in a raid 0-1 setup
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March 22, 2011 6:03:10 PM

JamesAllen said:
I believe he is choosing the GTX 470 for it compatibility with CS5's GPU acceleration. However, the OP should take a look at this article, http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/adobe-cs5-cuda-64-bit,2770-2.html. With a little bit of hacking, you can get CS5 GPU acceleration out of almost any CUDA GPU. If you are willing to do this, then get a GTX 460 or GTS 450 and they will be pleny sufficient. If you do not want to try this, then the GTX 470 is really your cheapest option for the feature.

As to the RAM question, the more the merrier for video editing. The smallest bottleneck for CS5 is RAM, and while 8 GB would be enough, 16 GB will be even better.


Ok i misunderstood and obviously don't know enough about video editing to comment, sorry :) 
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March 22, 2011 6:24:01 PM

The more RAM you have the better. After Effects eats up my 6Gb and I'm going to add 6 more. When it comes to rendering, there is no such thing as too much RAM. Ignore the people who claim 16 is overkill. If you can budget in 16Gb and get everything else you want, keep the 16Gb. Or settle for 8 and that first render, when you see the process go from speedy to very slow, remember this post.
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March 29, 2011 2:13:38 AM

Best answer selected by jmaus13.
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