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Thoughts on this build for video editing and gaming?

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April 2, 2011 2:22:09 PM

Hey all. I'm so glad I found Tom's Hardware. I can see myself spending a LOT of time here...

I'm going to build a system for my small business which I currently run off of a (surprisingly good) Toshiba laptop I got from Best Buy's clearance table for $450. It does the basics, but we're looking to do a lot more video, and, to the best of my ability, more graphic editing stuff for marketing purposes. As the CEO, I also reserve the right to play some kick-ass games on company time when time allows. (Hah!)

I'll likely hook two monitors up to it.

I've been doing a fair amount of research, and the following is where I'm at. I was shooting for a sub-$1,000 price point, but I can live with what I've compiled. (Full disclosure: I basically took 3/4's of the System Builder Marathon: $1000 Enthusiast PC to complete it. I was hoping to get some advice and feedback, and I apologize in advance if I've posted in the wrong place or have too many noob questions.

Here's what I'm looking at:

Motherboard
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
Core i7 2600K LGA 1155
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

RAM
(Just realized I haven't researched that part yet -- FAIL)

Cooler
Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Graphics
GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive
Spinpoint F3R Raid Class 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive HE103SJ - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

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

Case
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
April 2, 2011 2:38:18 PM

Duh. Just saw the guidelines. Let me add this:

Approximate Purchase Date: By April 30, 2011


Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) $1000-$1300 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Honestly, I'll use it primarily for a lot of basic business stuff -- communications, HR, etc., but it will also be used for video editing and gaming.


Parts Not Required: speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com and Microcenter.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None, but open to suggestions


Overclocking: When I learn exactly what that is, maybe.


SLI or Crossfire: Again, maybe.


Monitor Resolution: Probably something north of 1600X1200.


Additional Comments: Just looking to build a solid multi-purpose system, and I'm tired of compromising just to save a few bucks.
April 2, 2011 3:08:40 PM

Hello TruckBuddy;
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Good job overall. Smart play on using the SBM articles as your jumping off point.

I think you can save $20 going with the standard Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD over the RAID model.
Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA HDD

After rebate you can save $15 with an excellent XFX XXX Edition P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $95 w/ free shipping and $30 rebate
XFX 650 W XXX Edition Power Supply Review
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April 2, 2011 3:22:44 PM

How much video editing will you be doing?
If you're not going to be doing all that much actual editing I think the Core i5 2500K could be an excellent choice.
i5 2500K $180 @ Microcenter
April 2, 2011 3:25:33 PM

Thanks, WR2. I'm a little surprised that I didn't compile a list of totally incompatible items.

And thanks for the suggestions to chip off some of the price. I had a perfectly workable Office Pro 2007 disk until I crushed it by accident recently, so I'll have to work that into the budget somehow. Your suggestions will help.
April 2, 2011 3:27:09 PM

Have you talked to MS about getting a Office Pro 2007 replacement disk?
April 2, 2011 3:27:48 PM

WR2 said:
How much video editing will you be doing?
If you're not going to be doing all that much actual editing I think the Core i5 2500K could be an excellent choice.
i5 2500K $180 @ Microcenter


Nothing too terribly heavy. We'll do some "Tips" videos for our customers, and if we get really creative, some hopefully funny videos for promotional purposes. In the past, basic editing killed my computers. I just want to avoid that irritation in the future.
April 2, 2011 3:29:44 PM

WR2 said:
Have you talked to MS about getting a Office Pro 2007 replacement disk?


Ah...no. I bought a little Asus micro laptop off of Craigslist back when I thought I'd be a lot more mobile, and the seller threw in a corporate edition of it. So, I'd rather just get a free and clear copy.
April 2, 2011 3:32:28 PM

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 case same price as the Rosewill CHALLENGER but the HAF 912 has free shipping, a $10 rebate and will run quieter.

OK, sounds like the 2500K will be fine, it's really quite good at all that media content creation too. If you were doing heavy duty video editing the 2600K might have been useful and worth the extra $100.
April 2, 2011 3:42:26 PM

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

-> The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.

While you're waiting for delivery you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it. Same for the other parts you want to order if they have install guides or manuals available.
April 2, 2011 3:45:43 PM

Thanks. I started poking around the site this morning and found the guides. It's exactly what I'm looking for. I'm fairly technical -- I built my website by myself starting with the question "What is a HTML?" I'm looking forward to this, and I THINK the wife will authorize all these purchases. Lol.
April 3, 2011 11:29:38 AM

Follow up question...

I'm checking the compatibility of components, and it seems like there may be an issue with the mobo and the graphics card.

Quote:
Mobo:
ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics card
GIGABYTE GV-R695D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My concern is that the mobo "only" has the following slots:

Quote:
PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16* [Black] (max. at x4 mode)
*The PCIEX16_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1_1 slot, PCIEX1_2 slot and USB3_34 connector. The PCIEX16_2 runs at x1 mode by default for system resource optimization.

PCI Express x1
2

PCI Slots
3


The graphics card, however, requires a PCI Express 2.1 x16

Am I just reading this wrong, or is everything compatible?

Thanks!
C.
April 3, 2011 11:46:31 AM

You're not wrong - except when you say the graphics card 'requires' a 2.1 PCI-e x16 slot.
It will be perfectly happy in a 2.0 slot. The video card is fully compatible with the motherboard. It's not an issue.

Not even the most expensive models of the newest motherboards (like ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME or GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7-B3) have 2.1 PCI-e x16 slots. They're all 2.0.
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