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Photo-video editing 1st time build.

I'm returning to an old hobby of photography (photoshop CS5, Raw files, video, etc..) and my 5 year old Dell needs last rites pronounced over it. I'm hoping that by building my own system, I'll learn something and end up with a lot more capable system than if I buy another box. The ability to upgrade in a new computer is important as I'm not sure what I'll need a year or two from now--I'm still in the learning curve. I'll gladly take any suggestions you have.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week--hoping to get some post Thanksgiving bargains.

Budget Range: $1,000-1,200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photo and video editing-- some gaming—movie watching.

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com. Honestly doesn’t matter. I’m a good shopper if I know what I need.)

Country: Germany (but I’ll probably buy the parts in the US as they are often much cheaper.)

Parts Preferences: No brand or part loyalty. I’d like a roomy case, for potential expansion and it’s a first build.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: (1680x1050)

Additional Comments: I tend to keep computers for 5+ years. I could spend more, if doing so would be a better ‘value’. I like to get a lot of bang for my buck.
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    For video editing I recommend Intel's i7 so I'll build around that.

    Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160 ------------$119.99------COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced------$25 Mail in Rebate

    Mobo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730 ------------$179.99------Asus P8Z68-V Pro

    Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070 ------$319.99------Intel Core i7 2600K Sandy Bridge

    CPU Fan- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 ---------$24.99------Cooler Master 212+-------------$10 Mail in Rebate

    Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233143 ----------$74.99------Corsair Vengeance (4x4)

    Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372 ----$269.99------HIS IceQ X Turbo 690 2GB GDDR5

    PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188 --------------$89.99------Rosewill Bronze 1000W

    DVD Burner- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 ------$19.99-----ASUS Black SATA 24X

    HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 -------------$149.99-----Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb

    Total------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$1249.91
    Total After Mail in Rebates------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ :sol: $1214.91 :sol:
    A little over but with overclocking this thing will rip man! :bounce:
    Just my 2 cents do with it what you will.
  2. If you're runnning Premiere CS5, do NOT get the AMD/ATI chipset video card.
  3. Draven35 said:
    If you're runnning Premiere CS5, do NOT get the AMD/ATI chipset video card.

    Very easily trade for the Gforce 570 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130622 about the same price.
  4. Draven35 said:
    If you're runnning Premiere CS5, do NOT get the AMD/ATI chipset video card.


    Any reason why? My understanding is that CS5 isn't particularly video card dependent--virtually anything will do. I did want a decent card for gaming and all around use, just didn't know there were compatibility issues. Thanks for the alert, just trying to learn as I go.
  5. Hillmanant. Thanks much. Looks like a brilliant set up and about where I want to be. I appreciate the input and for me--it's worth a lot. Rank beginner needs a direction to at least start exploring.
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  8. hillmanant said:
    Best Answer?


    Ooops, first post. Sorry to be dense. I hadn't paid much attention to those 'best answer' things on other posts I'd read. Hands down, the best answer. :wahoo:
  9. darenka said:
    Any reason why? My understanding is that CS5 isn't particularly video card dependent--virtually anything will do. I did want a decent card for gaming and all around use, just didn't know there were compatibility issues. Thanks for the alert, just trying to learn as I go.


    Premiere CS 5.x uses CUDA for rendering acceleration. CUDA doesn't work on AMD/ATI video cards. The GPU-accelerated rendering is about five times faster than rendering it in software.
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