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$1,200 budget, opinions wanted before buying (video editing)

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October 22, 2011 5:33:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 week.

Budget Range: $1,000 - $1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Animation production with Flash, Maya, and After Effects (video editing), Movies and Music, Internet (will be usually multitasking with all of that), Audio/music production with Sonar.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, any other legitimate place

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, rugged steel case that can survive an earthquake. Want the computer to last at least 5 years.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 main monitor. (1280 x 800 for Cintiq 12wx Graphics tablet)

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Alright I've done some researching around (those Newegg reviews are a godsend), and I think I've narrowed it down to some reliable choices. Here's what I've got for my build right now (all prices are Newegg):



CPU: Intel i7 2600K - $315

Mother Board: MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) - $155
~OR~
MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) - $180
(Is there any major difference between these other than the price?)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Low Profile - $50

Video Card: ASUS GeForce GTX 550 Ti - $130 ($110 with MIR)
(Wondering whether I need to upgrade or could downgrade this for my needs, not sure here.)

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500GB 16MB SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" - $55
~OR~
Western Digital RE4 500GB 7200 64MB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - $110
(I don't really know what brand to go with, most of them seem to have a horrible DOA rate or longevity, let me know of a good one.)

PSU: PC Power and Cooling MKII 750w (Silver) - $110 ($90 with MIR)
~OR~
Corsair TX750 V2 750w (Bronze) - $110 ($95 with MIR)

DVD Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner OEM - $20
~OR~
LG Black Blue Ray Reader/Writer OEM - $80
(Don't really need to BR drive, it's just more of a "I might as well go all the way" thing if I have leftover money.)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower - $90
~OR~
Antec Lanboy air Red Black Mid Tower - $140 ($120 with MIR)
(I like the look of the Antec A LOT, otherwise, I'm thinking the HAF is the sensible choice.)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - $26

OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM - $100
~OR~
Windows 7 Home 64-bit Retail - $200
(I'm scared of having my mobo crapping out on me after installing OS since OEM can only be installed once, retail would be a safeguard against that. Plus there's customer support.)


$1,286 - $1,011 (From most expensive to cheapest of options, MIR discounts included)

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So yeah, wondering between the 2 mobo's, the video card, the 2 Hard drives, the 2 PSU's, the 2 cases, (and whether I should get any other brands instead of the one's I listed), and whether to go retail or OEM for Win 7. Oh, and for the love of god, what is the best/most reliable HDD?
October 22, 2011 5:40:03 AM

Do you do any gaming? Video card should be fine for what you're talking about doing. You should be able to get a 1TB HDD for around $60, Samsung Spinpoint f3 is popular
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October 22, 2011 5:44:23 AM

cmadrid said:
Do you do any gaming? Video card should be fine for what you're talking about doing. You should be able to get a 1TB HDD for around $60, Samsung Spinpoint f3 is popular


Thanks for the reply.

No, not much gaming. I think going 2 500GB drives (set up in raid? Sorry, I'm a novice at this stuff) would be better if I wanted more space, right? The biggest thing I'm worry about with HDD is it's reliability. I'll check out that Samsung.
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October 22, 2011 5:45:36 AM

Up to you if you want to deal with a raid.. if you're setting up a raid for data redundancy you wont be getting more space from your second drive tho.
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October 22, 2011 6:07:22 AM

No USB 3 on the 922 which makes it a bad choice for video editing box. Suggest the Antec 902 V2, 1200 V2, DF-85 or HAF-X. XFX Core Edition, Corsair TX V2 or AX works for the PSU

For MoBo, I'm likin the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-p8z68-v-pro-review/2...

CPU - 2600k

GFX - I'd try and boost the oomph here, at least the 900 MHz 560 and enable CUDA on it for the video editing boost.
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....

HD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Optical - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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October 22, 2011 7:30:24 AM

JackNaylorPE said:
No USB 3 on the 922 which makes it a bad choice for video editing box. Suggest the Antec 902 V2, 1200 V2, DF-85 or HAF-X. XFX Core Edition, Corsair TX V2 or AX works for the PSU

For MoBo, I'm likin the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-p8z68-v-pro-review/2...

CPU - 2600k

GFX - I'd try and boost the oomph here, at least the 900 MHz 560 and enable CUDA on it for the video editing boost.
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....

HD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

Optical - Asus Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler - Scythe Mugen 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thank you for the reply. I can take the Mobo, GFX, Antic case, and drive suggestions and stay a hair over budget. 3TB hard drive size is pretty overkill for me, I'll have to go with a smaller and cheaper one if I want to afford the Mobo and GFX card suggestions.
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October 22, 2011 8:02:32 AM

I think you should go for a 2500k cpu its available at $200 approx and buy a highend gpu like amd 6950 or nvidia 560ti for video editing. I have a msi twinfozer II 2GB and it helps alot in 3dmax .
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October 22, 2011 8:40:05 PM

cmadrid said:
Up to you if you want to deal with a raid.. if you're setting up a raid for data redundancy you wont be getting more space from your second drive tho.


Yeah scratch what I said, I wanna go with raid 1 anyways which is exactly that. I'd rather have the security of the backup over a little increase in performance.

So what I'm thinking of now is either 2 1TB Spinpoint F3 drives or 2 1TB Seagate drives. The Seagate drives are a little cheaper right now and have free shipping, but if Samsung has better quality control than I would rather go with that.


theuniquegamer said:
I think you should go for a 2500k cpu its available at $200 approx and buy a highend gpu like amd 6950 or nvidia 560ti for video editing. I have a msi twinfozer II 2GB and it helps alot in 3dmax .


I thought the hyperthreading of the 2600k was a worthwhile feature for video editing. Plus I plan to multitask A LOT while animating so I think I'll go with 2600k.

I'm still not sure on the mobo. Should I go with the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 that Jack suggested or is the MSI Z68-GD65 (G3) good enough? The MSI will save me 27 dollars over the ASUS, and I need to cut cost were I can because a higher tier video card is pushing me over $1,300.
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October 22, 2011 8:44:38 PM

MSI board should be fine. How much cheaper are the Seagate drives? They usually make decent stuff
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October 22, 2011 9:29:20 PM

cmadrid said:
MSI board should be fine. How much cheaper are the Seagate drives? They usually make decent stuff


The Seagates, with the free shipping factored in, is 12 bucks cheaper per drive. I forgot that going OEM on Windows 7 will save me $100, so I'll probably go with that and MSI board to keep me close to $1,200. I'll do some more calculations and come back with my final build to overview.
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October 23, 2011 3:29:23 AM

Okay so here's my updated build, any last minute thoughts appreciated:


Mother Board: MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3) - $180

CPU: Intel i7-2600k - $315

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 Low Profile - $50

Video Card: EVGA Super Clocked GeForce GTX 560 Ti - $230

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm 32MB SATA 6.0 Gb/s - $65 (Two of these)

Optical Drive: Lite-on Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 8MB cache SATA - $100

PSU: Corsair TX750 V2 750w - $95

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 400R - $95

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus - $26

Memory Card Reader: Rosewill 75 in 1 card reader - $11

= $1,213 (with a discount from a EVGA + Corsair PSU combo included)


Unfortunately the EVGA cards went out of stock today, but I'm willing to wait for Newegg to restock it and (hopefully) still get that combo discount. Does it take long for Newegg to restock things?
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October 23, 2011 4:46:50 AM

Here's a single card board to take a look at ...along with that XFX psu that will easily push that gtx 560ti

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Pro3%... <----- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Here's a dual card board to look at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $124.99
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extre... <----- another look at that board

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October 23, 2011 8:20:40 PM

You should also check to see if the Antec High-Current Gamer 620w psu is still on sale.. I've seen it on sale for ~$50 lately, and IIRC the OEM is Seasonic
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