Please Critique- HD Video Rendering Desktop

Before I purchase the components for my desktop I would like to get a second opinion. All thoughts and input are welcome. I need to know where I can save money, better alternatives, where I am over compensating, parts not compatible etc.

This desktop will be used mainly used for hd video rendering, autocad and solid works. Budget is under $850 but not including monitors, keyboard and a mouse. I am a little flexible on the budget for a subtantial gain in performance. Here's what I got:

Computer Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower- $70

Mobo- GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s- $140

Graphics Card- SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP- $155

Power Supply- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3- $70

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz- $130

RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)- $65

HDD (Boot Drive)- Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB- 320GB- $42

HDD (Storage)- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB- $60

Optical- ASUS 24X DVD Burner- $22

Total (before tax)= $840 - $103(MIRs)= $737

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  1. Good build overall.

    HD (Boot Drive) - Scratch the WD Blue. Move the Samsung F3 1TB to this role.

    HD (Storage) - Samsung F4 2TB

    PSU - Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic...


    If you are interested in an Intel build check out the one below...

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k - $220

    Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 Pro (REV 3.1) - $170

    RAM: GSkill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 1.5v 7-8-7-24 - $55

    Graphics Card: XFX HD 6870 - $160 after MIR

    Hard Drive: SAMSUNG F3 1TB - $60

    Storage Drive: SAMSUNG F4 2TB - $80

    Case: Antec 900 - $70 after MIR

    Power Supply: CORSAIR Builder Series 600w - $60 after MIR

    DVD Burner: Samsung 22X DVD Burner - $23

  2. What program will you be using for your HD video rendering? While I am an AMD/ATI fan, for some applications Nvidia provides a better rendering solution (for those apps that can use the GPU to off-load processing form the CPU).

    Otherwise, your proposed rig is well balanced with no major flaws. You could shave a few bucks off your plan by using a less expensive mobo. Still, you are fine as is with decent future growth potential.
  3. sadams04- Thanks for the different options. I'll look into the different HDDs and PSU. As for the CPU, I really want to build around an AMD processor unless the comparable to its class Intel processor blows it out of the water.

    COLGeek- I'll be using Sony Vegas Pro 10 and Action Essentials 2. Any particular GeForce series and number of stream processor cores you recommend?
  4. Best answer
    Check this link regarding GPU-accelerated AVC rendering:

    You want to get as much GPU as you can afford. I would recommend you adjust your build, based on the suggestions given earlier and then look at how much you have left for a GPU, then buy the most you can afford within your budget.
  5. Thanks for the link. Will research right now.

    Btw, will a SSD for a boot drive be a substantial difference in performance compared to the HDD I have specified?
  6. SSD will boot much faster, but will limit both your budget and storage. Remember, video files can get quite large!
  7. I was considering using the SSD as a boot drive and having a secondary HDD as storage. Does having a HDD dedicated to the OS and programs and having a secondary drive as stroage make a significant difference? I know a SSD will make a difference but what about two bare internal drives in one desktop? I can afford a 64gb SDD but anything bigger than that is too expensive.

    I came across EVGA 01G-P3-1372-TR GeForce GTX 460

    for the same price as the grpahics card I originally specified. I'm going to go with it as it is CUDA-enabled as recommended by Sony Vegas Pro 10. Thanks for the find on that article! Luckily I don't have to adjust the build.

    Also, is there a performance difference between these two mobos?



    If so I can save $30 and apply it towards a SSD.
  8. I would go with the Gigabyte board. They make great products and it is a newer tech with greater capabilities than the Asrock. Having 2 HDDs, not in a RAID won't yield any meaningful performance increases. With the applications you are using, I would pass on the SSD.
  9. thanks for all of your help, especially with the find on the graphics card recommendation. I feel more confident about the setup now.
  10. Best answer selected by kbailey.
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