Video editing pc for Nephew ~$400, possible?

Hello!
I would like to build an editing pc for my nephew. He and his friends have been using a mini HD camera to make some pretty impressive (red corn syrup filled) little films, but he doesn't have a modern computer and it isn't really convenient for them to use mine all the time.
So I would like to build him one to take home.
Basically the computer would be used for Sony Vegas 9, which I can give him. I already have a power supply, case, and monitor I can salvage too. Unfortunately I am very limited on budget, about 400 is all I can spare. I would ask his father to pitch in, but my brother doesn't see a lot of value in this type of thing... Can it be done? I haven't built a computer since the mid-90s...
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  1. i5-2500k, asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3, 8gb corsair vengeance.

    OR

    i3-2100 asrock z68 extreme 3 gen 3 8gb radeon 6570.
  2. 2 things: the CPU and the EULA. Video processing is done primarily on the CPU. Video decoding is done with the GPU though something like a GTX 460 for the video card and an i5-2500K for the processor might work for your needs. This processor is easily overclocked, but requires a P67 or Z68 motherboard in order to do it. Videos are monster-sized files so you'll need a big hard drive. I'd recommend at least 500 GB, 250 GB at the bare minimum.

    As to the EULA part, remember that, unless you have a multi-computer license (or multiple single-computer licenses) for Sony Vegas 9, you cannot give it to your siblings unless you transfer your license (completely remove it from your computer and put it on the new one).

    Building a computer nowadays is very easy. If you can match triangle-shaped pegs into triangle-shaped holes and the like, you can build a computer. Only the case's wiring is the exception as it's still possible to get positive (the colored wire) and negative mixed up.

    What kind of PSU do you have? Does it have any PCI-express x16 connectors? If not, you'll need to use a lower end video card, like a 530 or something. The PSU must have the CPU +12V connector as well. Do take note of the amps on the +12V rail(s) on that PSU.

    Edit: You must also have an operating system as well. You can't reuse any current OSs either, unless you have an extra license. OEM versions cannot be transferred at all.
  3. it can but done but you will have to cut back a lot of things.

    An A6 or A8 APU for CPU: $90
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951
    Motherboard: $65
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128528
    ram: 4 gig ddr3 1600 $32
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145343
    HDD: 750 gb $87
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136948
    total : $274

    That would be a decent machine but you would still need a monitor, keyboard and mouse and probably windows. you may be able to cut down on some of the parts such as the CPU and harddrive.
  4. agree with the APU but would get 2-2gig sticks of 1866 memory. anything over 1333 you might have to make run at speed from BIOS.
  5. Thank you all for pitching in with advice, I'm feeling a lot more confident I can make this happen now.
  6. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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