$3000 HD Video Build Advice

Hello guys,

I am looking forward to build a high-end workstation mainly for High-Definition video editing at home. I will be editing videos from a 5dMarkII using Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.

I won´t say i won't use the PC for gaming at all, since although not my intention now, still i MIGHT decide to use the build for gaming in the future, so i'm willing a build that leaves me that possibiltity open. BUT FOCUS IS MAINLY ON VIDEO EDITING PERFORMANCE.

I'm open to spend a maximum of $3000, however depending on what´s better suited, i'd spend more or less, i just need something reliable enough to work safely for the next 3-5 years.

I am in no means an expert on hardware, been studying this past week all i could and came up with this build and would like suggestions/opinions:

OS: Windows 7 Professional or ultimate 64bits

Motherboard: (no clue yet but maybe) Asus 8z68 / Asus P6x58D Premium or P6x58d-e / Gigabyet z86xp ud3 / p6t

CPU: Intel i7 2600k

Memory: 24GB (6x4gb) or 16GB (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz or Kingston

GPU: GeForce GTX 580 SLI

SSD (for system boot): ? suggestions

Dedicated Video storage: Western Digital Caviar Black or Blue 1 TB 7200RPM

Monitor: Suggestions ? Very important to have something good enough to see the best quality of the image on the screen, since it´s all graphic and video works.

Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series CWCH60


CASE: I'd love the Thermaltake Level 10, but would crash my budget :) so i need help here.

PSU: Corsair ATX 850w CMPSU

Keyboard and mouse: Microsoft 5000 Comfort wireless

Country: Brazil

Some other quick doubts i have if anyone could shortly explain them to me (if possible, since it´s too many questions)

What´s better in my case?

i7 2600k VS i7 960 (or something else)
1155 VS 1366 (does it make any difference in performance or being future-proof on upgrades?)
2 Channels VS 3 Channels (same from above)
GTX 580SLI VS Quadro 4000 (maybe not since it would crash my budget and limit a possible gaming need in the future)
Caviar Black VS Seagate Barracuda/Crucial M225 (or something else)
Corsair CWCH60 Coooler VS Zalman CNPS9900A

Guess i haven't missed anything,

Thanks in advance guys, i know it's a lot, but suggestions on the build would already help me a lot.
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    With your budget you are best off at the moment getting a i7 2600k and a suitable mobo such as the Asus P8Z68-V ( or Pro ) obviously lots of other options for mobo.
    Then get the 4x4GB memory.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ ( or EVO ) will perform nicely and not break the bank, not that the hydro series is very expensive, but generally air works fine.

    For video editing you won't really need the specific professional cards. If cuda is supported by your SW, then the GTX580 SLI will work fine for that.

    I would recommend however getting a bigger PSU than 850W. Corsair HX1050 for example would be great, or if you want to go for the gold Corsair AX1200.
    The Corsair TX950 V2 will do as well, being somewhat more budget oriented solution.

    If you do make bluray movies, which i guess you do, you might want to have a 12x bluray writer. Sony is a good choice but Lite-on for example works as well.

    Boot SSD, you want get both your OS and you apps on it. Not sure how much your SW takes, but 120GB minimum I would say for size.
    Generally the highest reliability and real work performance can be achieved with Intel 510 SSD, but they are a bit pricy.
    Thus for a little less you can go with: Crucial M4 or SandForce based SSD's such as OCZ vertex 3, Corsair Force 3, Patriot Wildfire etc.
    Most likely samsungs new 830 series is not bad either.

    For HDD i would get Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB cheap, fast, reliable.

    For monitor, now this depends on if you want multiples or a single big one.
    Single large ones ( 30" 2560x1600 resolution IPS panels with great color reproduction) :
    Dell UltraSharp U3011 or whatever the 2012 model is.
    HP ZR30w
    These are in the $1100-1400 range so might be a touch pricy for you.

    For smaller or multiples ( 24" 1920x1200 resolution IPS panels with great color reproduction ):
    Dell UltraSharp U2412HM
    HP ZR24w
    These are in the $350-$400 range so might be more within your budget.

    Now as for cases, there are lots of good ones it's about the money you want to spend.
    Cooler Master HAF series is good at multiple pricepoints for example: HAF912 ($60) /922 ($100) /932 (150) /942 ($190)
    Antec and Lian-Li also have excellent cases.
  2. Thanks for your response rvilkman,

    Considering your suggestions and what i had already built, this is what i came up with:

    OS $139.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

    MOTHERBOARD $199.99
    ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    CPU $314.99
    Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

    GPU $489.99
    EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    PSU $219.99
    CORSAIR Professional Series HX1050 1050W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER

    MEMORY $117.98 ($58,99 X 2)
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

    Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    HDD (STORAGE) $59.99
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    COOLER $26.99
    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU

    Microsoft CSD-00001 Black USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Ergonomic Comfort Desktop 5000

    SONY Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BWU-500S

    COMPUTER CASE - $169.99
    Corsair Special Edition White Graphite Series 600T Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    TOTAL: $2,127.87

    My doubt is, Will this be enough to stand heavy video editing and still be somewhat future-proof for at least 3 (maybe 5) years ?

    I understand that new technologies arrives each semester at a fast pace, but i'd like to know if this build is the best i could have at the moment considering my budget, Both about PERFORMANCE and COMPATIBILITY.

    Spent some $$ in the past thinking i was getting the best for my needs and ended up disapointed with performance in a short time. So i'd pay the price for something able to handle my needs, as long as it´s not too expensive, if that´s possible.

    I left the monitor out because i didn't find something i liked and even though liking ur suggestions, i felt they were too bulky and pricey for now. So i'll stick to the one 20" i already own. Considering getting a TV Monitor 40" in the near future for both working and entertainment, so that may wait for now.
  3. That is pretty much the best available for you at the moment for the price range.

    And if you want the 580 SLI you can simply get a 2nd card and it will handle things.
  4. All the benchmarks i've seen the GTX580 SLI (2x) has the overall best performance, and a single GTX 580 still seems to beat all others who aren´t on SLI/Crossfire. And that made me be inclined to pick it up.,2995-9.html

    But all of them seem to be made with gaming...

    So, when it comes to video encoding, i'm doubtful if wouldn't it be best to go with 2xGTX570 or even 2xGTX470 instead of a single 580.

    My plan was going with with a single GTX 580 SLI for now and later adding the second. But maybe that would be a waste of $$ ? Maybe both 2x470/570 would solve it with less money and better performance for videos ? Trying to figure it out. Let me know what you think.

    As far as the rest of the build i guess im pretty happy about it, so thanks again for a great answer.
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