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Need Advice - First Time Build - i7 2600k Video Editing Build

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July 22, 2011 4:55:06 PM

Hi,
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.

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Newegg: $314.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Newegg: $209.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower Computer Case Newegg: $154.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Corsair Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified ... Newegg: $140.25 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler Newegg: $69.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER SickleFlow 120 R4-L2R-20AR-R1 120mm Silent operation Red LED case fan Newegg: Qty 2 - $19.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Newegg: $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE FleX 100312FLEX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with ... Newegg: $279.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Things I'm not so sure about:
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9 Newegg: $154.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Newegg: $249.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Recommendations on an optical drive (is a blu-ray burner worth the money or is there a specific dual layer burner) and any additional cables I'll need?

Lastly, I think I need Windows Professional, but is there a way to use "Upgrade" vs. a whole install cost.
July 22, 2011 6:24:08 PM

For video editing I would go nVidia
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July 22, 2011 6:31:29 PM

jamesxd said:
For video editing I would go nVidia


Care to explain?
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July 22, 2011 6:47:24 PM

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.
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July 23, 2011 11:12:00 PM

Thanks for the comments.

For jamesxd: would you please explain.

For FrenziedMuffin: This will be the working hard drive. For space I'll be adding additional hard drives shortly after the purchase.

Any other critiques? Thanks again
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July 25, 2011 1:45:51 PM

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.
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July 25, 2011 1:57:26 PM

Thanks nd_hunter.

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.

Thanks again. Have a nice week.
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July 25, 2011 2:27:14 PM

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.
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