I have been cruising the forums in the hopes of building my first computer (thank you to everyone's posts). My goal is to build a computer in the next month or so, be in the $1500-1800 US, and have the following capabilities (prioritized): 1) video editing; 2) HTPC (it doesn't have to be quite or small as it will be behind a wall); 3) and have sharing functionality. There are a number of little parts that I'll probably need to add (rf remote hardware - recommendations?) and would even consider trying to make a thin client work off of it (but not even sure if they do this anymore - I had it at a job 8 or so years ago). Anyways, this is the start of my list and I would appreciate constructive criticism, suggestions, challenges if I'm missing anything. Note: I was also hoping to have this be a project with my 11 year old son so it'll be a learning experience for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance.
Not to sure on the amount of video you are going to be working with, but most editors work with uncompressed or really high quality video so you are going to need much more space then just that 1TB drive.
Good idea to go Z68 fo rthe motherboard to take advantage of the new encoding technology.
If you are planning on spending $90 to cool the CPU, I would suggest something like a Corsair H60/H70. It costs about the same, but you won't have to worry about the tall heatspreaders on the Vengeance modules coming in contact with the heatsink or fans.
For the best-quality video encoding, you will want to run it through software...not accelerated by hardware. So, in my opinion nVidia vs. AMD is irrelevant in this aspect. If you want faster encoding then use the Quick Sync through Virtu, because it's faster than AMD or nVidia anyway.
nVidia does offer hardware acceleration when editing with certain Adobe programs (Premier?), so just do some research to see if that will benefit you. I've heard the quality suffers, so again, research.
Any cables you need should come with the motherboard.
I'm not sure how much the upgrade is, but the OEM versions are $100 for Home Premium and $140 for Professional. The only feature Professional has over Home Premium is XP virtualization.
Hope this answered some questions without creating too many more.
I wasn't planning on spending so much on a CPU cooler but I wanted to make sure it was managed due to the video strain. If there are other less expensive but similar options please let me know. But thanks for the tip concerning the contact issues.
The research I did for the GPU was that AMD was a better option. But I should probably drill down a little more as CS5 was a possible consideration.
For some reason I thought there was a benefit (memory/acceleration) for Win7 Professional. I'll dig a little deeper.
Win 7 Pro has a higher max capacity, I can't remember the number right now, but HP can utilize 16GB. I too think AMD is an all-around better option. If you are not going to be overclocking, then the stock Intel cooler will work just fine.