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Video Editing System - Need Parts Advice - Buying Soon

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October 19, 2011 9:09:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next
Budget Range: Trying very hard to keep it under $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing > Gaming > Movies > Internets > CD Tray Cupholder
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, etc.
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: i5-2500K, 16GB of RAM (need overkill for video editing), Radeon 6870 or 6950.
Overclocking: Probably.
Crossfire: Not at this time.
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

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This is the current build I've picked out right now (as of 10/19/2011)

CPU: i5-2500K - $205.00
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 - $160.00
Mobo ASRock P67 Extreme4 - $150.00
PSU Enermax Modular 625W MODU82+II - $90.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4x4) - $100.00
Storage Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 2x - $130.00
SSD Crucial M4 64GB - $110.00
Optical Not sure (don't really ever use Blu-ray) - $20.00
Case Rosewill Challenger U3 - $60.00

The total price here is $1025.


EDIT: Since I don't seem to be getting any replies, I'll make it even easier for you to help me out.
These are some of the questions I have:
1: Will my chosen CPU, Mobo, and GPU all play nice together? I'm worried that that Mobo isn't the best pick for my needs, because I don't really understand differences in motherboard quality.
2: What are some good cases for anti-dust / pet hair? I just picked the Rosewill Challenger because of reviews, price, and USB 3.0 easy access.
3: I don't really understand cable management. Is there a good website guide?
4: What about my Power Supply? How do I know how much wattage I need?
- - - a: Nevermind about the PSU, I found BeenThere's article.

I'm really hoping for critique and comments, because this is my first build and I want to make sure I do it right.
October 21, 2011 3:56:33 PM

What is this nonsense!

I asked my friend to spec me out a $1000 computer because he's been doing this for a long time. I spent a very long time deciding on all the parts I have listed above, and read reviews on which hardware failed the least etc. Somehow or another, he built a computer with a better CPU, a better GPU, a better PSU, and all for about the same price! That the heck? This is what he sent me:



He even accidentally, priced out 2 PSUs instead of 1, so the final price is even cheaper than the one I have picked out above! The only main differences I can see are these: The GPU he chose gets horrible reviews about failure rate, and he also didn't spec out an SSD. But still!

I really am confused now.
I tried very hard to choose items with great reviews, and he pretty much threw his build together in under an hour, but the parts all seem decent.
Which is the better build?
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October 21, 2011 8:42:34 PM

sorry I missed your post at first.

your friends build has a few things I'd take issues with:
1) Cooler Master is decidedly second tier as a PSU. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, and XFX are better quality for similar pricing.

2) 16 GB is overkill. most games don't use more than 3 (so many 32-bit XP system still out there). 8 GB is recommended in most build because RAM is very cheap right now.

3) your motherboard is horridly expensive and from a bottom-tier motherboard company. I'd suggest AS Rock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3 over that board.

4) for games, an i7-2600 is a minuscule advantage over a 2500.

your buidl at the top is a much better overall build. the SSD will be faster than his two drives in RAID.

look for newegg combos and you should be able to squeeze in a 6950 as well. You should need only a 550-650W PSU for it. Corsair CX 600W, OCZ FATALITY 550, Antec 620W XFX 550W should all do the job just fine
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October 21, 2011 10:49:53 PM

Quote:
1) The Enermax PSU I picked out has great reviews. How does that one sound?
2) I definitely want 16GB of ram, since I'm wanting to do heavy video editing.
3) I've now picked that same motherboard you suggested, but Extreme 4. Is that overkill?
4) Sounds good. I'd rather save the $100 and get the i5.


This is the latest build I've picked out. Having trouble cutting costs...

CPU: i5-2500K - $220
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 6870 1GB ($160) OR Gigabyte Radeon 6950 1GB ($220) <-- Can't decide, here
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme 4 - $185
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB - $100
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (x2) -$140
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB - $200
PSU: Enermax Modular 625W MODU82+II - $90
Optical Drive: LG CD/DVD Burner - $19
Case: Rosewill Challenger U3 ($60) OR Antec 900 ($100) <-- Can't decide, here

Total (with cheaper parts): $1174
Total (with expensive parts): $1274


What do you think? I'd really like to keep it as close to $1000 as possible.
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October 21, 2011 11:28:16 PM

ok:

This motherboard is $125 with all the features you actually need:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
saves $60

get your i5-2500K in a combo with 8 GB of RAM: $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
saves $70

nothing wrong with Enermax (they're good), but consider this PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd pick the challenger and the 6950.
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October 21, 2011 11:52:17 PM

The RAM bundled with the CPU looked good at first, but the voltage is 1.65. Everyone seems to say that SB CPUs don't play well with that type of RAM.

Your motherboard and PSU choices choice look great, I'll probably go with those.

By choosing the $220 6950, the $125 Motherboard, and the $50 PSU, that brings the cost down to $1134. Starting to look doable.

I don't understand motherboards very well. I'm having a hard time seeing any differences between the ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 and the ASRock Z68 Extreme4. Other than the fact that I save $70.
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October 22, 2011 12:30:13 AM

Ram should always be 1.50V or lower for SB.
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November 2, 2011 2:02:46 AM

Best answer selected by zippycorners.
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