Want to build a new PC for capturing and broadcasting HD media

I'm looking to build a new PC for the primary purpose of capturing xbox 360 gameplay, editing that video, and possibly broadcasting that video live.
I don't really play any PC games, so I don't know what sort of graphics card will be required for capturing/editing video.
The method of video capturing is called Black Magic "Intensity Pro," an hdmi connected card that basically connects my xbox to my pc.
I capture uncompressed 720p
I would like to keep the price <$800
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been told that I should get a quad core minimum, and the new 6 core processors are really cheap now.
Thanks!
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  1. Hi goose,
    I don't know a whole lot about the subject, as i've never really needed to (<3 mouse and keyboard for gaming) But I will help you best i can.

    We should probably look at an h67 board since you want to video edit.
    The i3-2100 is ideal, but if you can stretch the budget grab an i5-2400.

    I would also grab a sizable HDD, probably 1-2 terabytes.

    I don't know what you plan to use in editing, but some programs prefer NVidia so let's play it safe.
    Get a GTX 560 (ti if you can fit it) for gaming and rendering muscle.

    4gigs of ram will be plenty, but try for 8GB if the budget allows.

    Lastly, please fill this form. Makes it easier for me and the other members to help you: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    I apologize for lack of links, I can't access a whole bunch of links at this time.
  2. goose2111 said:
    I'm looking to build a new PC for the primary purpose of capturing xbox 360 gameplay, editing that video, and possibly broadcasting that video live.
    I don't really play any PC games, so I don't know what sort of graphics card will be required for capturing/editing video.
    The method of video capturing is called Black Magic "Intensity Pro," an hdmi connected card that basically connects my xbox to my pc.
    I capture uncompressed 720p
    I would like to keep the price <$800
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been told that I should get a quad core minimum, and the new 6 core processors are really cheap now.
    Thanks!



    The hardware requirements for that card are pretty steep.

    Basic Requirements
    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote/?sid=3947&pid=3989&os=win&isSDK=0&snid=9568
    Graphic Cards
    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote/?sid=3947&pid=3989&os=win&isSDK=0&snid=9685
    Disk Arrays
    http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/detail/supportnotes/supportnote/?sid=3947&pid=3989&os=win&isSDK=0&snid=9580

    a forum discussion on the Raid requirement
    http://forum.videohelp.com/threads/313441-Black-Magic-Intensity-Pro-Requirements

    if you are only trying to do 720p uncompressed, you should be able to get away with using just the MB raid controller. you will need a boot HD for the OS, and a separate Disk for capture (RAID 0)

    Do have any hardware already: monitor, KB,Mouse, DVD, case, psu?
    how about the OS (WIN7)?
  3. I have the black magic right now and i'm using it. I can record but i can not stream with it as my computer doesn't have the power to do so.

    I'm sure i could go and buy all the parts i need and through together a computer that could do it, but i don't want to miss something or pay way more than i would need to.
  4. The community would be glad to assist you, but you need to fill out he Form that striker410 linked so that we know what stuff you already have and what you need the system to do. so far I think you need a design that has:

    Quad Core CPU (the manufacture's recommended board seem to favor Intel CPU's)
    MB that Support the PCIe x1 card (Gigabyte or ASUS seem to have the bios support) and has a raid controller on it. (no Crossfire or SLI)
    4 GB ram
    a mid range GPU
    a small system drive (boot drive)
    a Storage drive (large 1-2 TB)
    as Scratch drive most likely 2-3 x 500 GB drives for RAID 0 for streaming uncompressed video capture.

    what we need to know is, Do you have a:
    monitor
    KB
    Mouse
    OS
    Case

    Filling out that form will help us help you.
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