Build Advice for a Video Editing Rig, $1000 - $1500

Approximate Purchase Date: 4/11 - 4/30.


Budget Range: $1000 - $1500 after rebates. $1000 is of coarse preferable, but if the performance is substantially better for $500 extra, that would be the way to go.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: HD video editing, sound editing, applications (word, excel, etc.), and internet.


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: None


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: Only if the performance increase is worth it.


Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200. This build is for my brother and I'm not sure what his monitors resolution is. I'm pretty sure it's one of these though.


Additional Comments: A copy of Windows 7 will need to be included in this. Also, I figure that I should mention the program he uses for video editing is Pinnacle Studio 14, but he is thinking about upgrading to Avid. He does some sound editing, but probably not so much that he would need a dedicated sound card, unless what comes built in is not sufficient for casual sound editing. Also, he's not worried about additional storage, he has a couple of TB's that he's satisfied with currently, but he is "interested" (not necessary if it's not worth it) in getting a SSD for his C drive. He would need at lease 120gb.

Thanks for your help and advice. I don't know much when it comes to video editing performance and I didn't want to lead him in the wrong direction.

- Brock
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  1. I forgot to mention that the case needs to be a mid-tower.
  2. Have someone ...you or your brother choose a case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045 $49.99
    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631815 Combo Discount: -$25.00 Combo Price: $374.98 FREE SHIPPING
    Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600
    MSI H67MS-E43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226095 $81.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130579&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130579 $69.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate card
    EVGA 01G-P3-1430-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $21.99 FREE SHIPPING
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754 $99.99 FREE SHIPPING
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
  3. Wow, awesome response time! Thank you Why_Me! I'm assuming from looking at this list that a powerful video card is not needed for HD video editing? He's not a gamer so if that's the case, then great! Also, would you recommend getting a SSD (at least 120gb) for his primary drive or is the performance bump not enough to justify the price?
  4. HEADSHOTPUNK said:
    Wow, awesome response time! Thank you Why_Me! I'm assuming from looking at this list that a powerful video card is not needed for HD video editing? He's not a gamer so if that's the case, then great! Also, would you recommend getting a SSD (at least 120gb) for his primary drive or is the performance bump not enough to justify the price?

    A decent 120GB wouldn't be a bad add on to that build if it's in the budget. They go for right around $200 on newegg.

    btw here's a decent deal on a case. Comes with ample power, and has plenty of space.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129089 $89.99
    Antec New Solution VSK2450 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply

    cheaper though if you get it through amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MQLRL0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER $82.67 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
    Antec Cost-Efficient Mid Tower Case VSK-2450
  5. I was under the impression that graphics cards played a part in video editing. Can H67 use integrated graphics for video editing even with a discrete card installed? I question the usefulness of a GT 430 over a Intel HD 3000 (which also requires the 2600K).
  6. dalauder said:
    I was under the impression that graphics cards played a part in video editing. Can H67 use integrated graphics for video editing even with a discrete card installed? I question the usefulness of a GT 430 over a Intel HD 3000 (which also requires the 2600K).


    Thanks for asking this. I kind of had the same question in mind. Again, I don't know too much about hd video editing, so I'm trying to learn as I go.

    Also, is the performance increase not substantial enough to push the build towards the $1500 mark? I don't want to sound like I 'want' to spend more than I have too, I'm just curious. Well that and I know my brother will want something that will last him a long time.

    Thanks again for your replies and advice! You guys are awesome!

    - Brock
  7. If you want to be sure of the best, you should wait for Z68 and Bulldozer by June or so. I know it's two months to wait, but if you're talking about using this computer for 4 years, it's probably worth it.

    Z68 will supposedly allow the great video encoding of the integrated graphics AND the use of a discrete graphics card & overclocking. That's the best of H67 AND P67. And overclocking the i7-2600K will yield dramatic (>30%) performance improvements and will be as stable as anything if you know what you're doing.
  8. Thanks for the info dalauder. Will the Z68's perfeormance increase be dependent on what software you're running? For instance, will Pinnacle and Avid be able to take advantage of these new features?
  9. I don't think it will depend on software, but you'll have to wait for reviews after it comes out. You'll probably need the Lucid Hydrix chip (or something like that) to be able to use the Quicksync (integraded encoding) with a discrete graphics solution.

    The details on this aren't fully available yet, sorry. But what I can tell you is Z68 will definitely allow overclocking AND the integrated graphics with no discrete graphics card.

    Why_Me, do you agree that QuickSync (I think that's what it's called) might be more useful than low end discrete graphics for encoding?
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