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January 24, 2012 12:07:21 AM

Hello everyone. This will be my first build and so wanted to get your expert opinions. It will be mainly for processing home videos from a hd camera where 60p needs processing power using sony vegas, photos, tinkering with photoshop, multimedia, act as a home server for all of my media, etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the week

Budget Range: 900 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: internet, video processing, photoshop, home media server

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, dvd drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: intel i5 vs i7

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: quiet, cool, and most of all, reliable

What I have so far is:

Intel 320 Series SSDSA2CW080G3K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-Silence-Express-H545H1...

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM SATA 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature IHBS112-04 - OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An old case which has worked well. I don't have a name for it. I'll try to reuse it but recommendation on cases is welcome.

I need help deciding between an i7 vs i5. I prefer an i7 2600 just to have the power and speed for any needs that arise in the future.

For ram, will this work? G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or should I aim for 12 GB

I'm thinking atleast 2 tb hd with room for expansion.

The most bang for your buck is what I'm looking for. Thanks for all of your help in advance.

January 24, 2012 4:18:02 AM

Old case... As long as it was from a custom build, and as long as it has room for your motherboard, it should probably work. Prebuilt computers tend to have the back panel carved directly out of the back plate, while custom builds will just have a rectangular plate which can be replaced.

Check out the comparison of the 2500k vs 2600k here:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=288
The main difference between the two is that the i7 supports hyperthreading (HT) (basically where each core pretends to be two cores, so that if one thread is waiting, the other can go. Typically you will only see a 5-10% increase going from non-HT to HT. Best bang for your buck is to go for i5 2500K with decent aftermarket cooler and the overclock the crap out of it...)

Make sure you get the ****K models, as those are the ones that support overclocking.

If you're overclocking, get an aftermarket cooler of some type. I don't know a good one, but you should be able to search around for a decently quiet one...

I'd go 16GB of RAM and not have to worry about it. RAM is cheap these days...

Depending on what you want in a case, if your current one doesn't work, the Antec 300 and the Rosewill CHALLENGER are both solid choices at bargain prices.

When you're checking out cases, you'll want to see
A) How many hard drive spaces they have (and how many you need)
B) Whether or not the hard drive bays are rotated 90 degrees (makes it easier to service but may restrict airflow)
C) How many fan bays they have and what size of fans they support. Bigger fans can be run quieter.
D) Will it fit your motherboard (so if you have an ATX motherboard, don't get a microATX case)

And just a FYI I posted this as I wait for the caffeine to die off so I can get to bed, so I apologize for any incoherence...
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January 24, 2012 3:00:50 PM

Thanks for the input. The case is from a custom build. It's for a full ATX board. I'll try it out first before buying another one.

I'll check out the i5 2600k vs the i7.

I've got to decide on a motherboard. I've heard for video editing, asus is preferred....but that's just what I've heard.

I'm thinking of :

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3P LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard for $189

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for 209.99
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