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December 4, 2011 8:36:58 PM

I'm trying to build a computer. It will be used for some video and photo editing (not a TON, about 5 hours a week). I will mainly be editing videos under 5 minutes long in After Effects. What do you think is the minimum speed and cores I could get while still having a decent computer to edit? I was looking at the "AMD Phenom II x4 965" which has 3.4 Ghz and 4 cores. Do you think that I could go lower than this? I ask because I would like to save some money (I currently don't make money from editing, it's just a hobby I hope to pursue as a career later in life).


-Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
December 4, 2011 9:05:18 PM

Well, it seems to me that you're not one of those hardcore video editors, so you really don't need a very powerful CPU...If you're one of those people who edit movies as a living, I would recommend this CPU, but I think it's a tad bit over your budget:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since that is well over the budget of a normal computer, I would recommend this CPU if you have $225:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you have $120 I would recommend this CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 4, 2011 9:19:51 PM

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The 3930 would be my recommendation if you were doing it more.....but that's a $600 PSU.....next step down seems most appropriate the 2600k w/ HT has significant advantages over the 2500k w/ no HT....enough anyway to spring for the extra $100. If the money's not there, the 2500k is next best thing.

Also get an nVidia card and enable CUDA so the GPU can lend a hand.

Officially supported cards
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)

Use this for other cards
http://www.studio1productions.com/ [...] ereCS5.htm

Thanks, looks like the $120 will be the way to go. However, I've looked at that processor before, and according to a lot of people, the Phenom is better, which didn't make sense to me as the Phenom has a slower Ghz. So, is the FX really better than the Phenom?
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December 4, 2011 9:20:26 PM

The 3930 would be my recommendation if you were doing it more.....but that's a $600 PSU.....next step down seems most appropriate the 2600k w/ HT has significant advantages over the 2500k w/ no HT....enough anyway to spring for the extra $100. If the money's not there, the 2500k is next best thing.

Also get an nVidia card and enable CUDA so the GPU can lend a hand.

Officially supported cards
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)

Use this for other cards
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....
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December 4, 2011 10:20:00 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
The 3930 would be my recommendation if you were doing it more.....but that's a $600 PSU.....next step down seems most appropriate the 2600k w/ HT has significant advantages over the 2500k w/ no HT....enough anyway to spring for the extra $100. If the money's not there, the 2500k is next best thing.

Also get an nVidia card and enable CUDA so the GPU can lend a hand.

Officially supported cards
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)

Use this for other cards
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....

Thanks for the advice. I think I may pick up a GeForce video card, but the processors you mentioned are out of my price range.
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March 23, 2012 6:31:08 PM

JackNaylorPE said:

Also get an nVidia card and enable CUDA so the GPU can lend a hand.

Officially supported cards
GeForce GTX 285 (Windows and Mac OS)
GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 570 (Windows)
GeForce GTX 580 (Windows)

Use this for other cards
http://www.studio1productions.com/Articles/PremiereCS5....


This was very helpfull to me. I was just browsing for information on better rendering settings and your link was amazing. thanks a lot.
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