Professional Video Editing Computer Build: 1000-1200

Hey, So I'm planning to build a video editing focused computer running mainly adobe after effects, sony vegas etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $1000- 1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video editing, gaming, standard web use.

Parts Not Required: speakers, Operating System.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Canada Computers, TigerDirect

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, and Nvidia

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: I've been researching quite extensively already, I just need some more help to finalize things. Im currently debating between i5 vs i7, I'm not sure if video editing will require the benefit of Hyper threading, also Adobe software recommends minimum of Nvidia GTX 550 Ti for GPU, not sure what other choices I should look for. I'm also debating between 8 or 16 GB ram.

Thanks for your help in advance!
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  1. Hi! Welcome to the forums.

    There's a few things I wanna point out right away.
    -Overclocking and video editing- 2600k or 2500k, no brainer. If you can wait, grab one of the new Ivy Bridge processors which are due soon.
    -After Effects- You'll want a GTX 570 or newer to utilize the special features available with the Mercury Playback Engine in CS5.5.

    For video editing, 16GB might be useful. Especially if you are handling large raw files.

    Here's a little mockup build I made.
    CPU: i7-2600k $310
    Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 $120
    RAM: G.Skill 2x8GB 1600MHz $115 (leaves room for another 16GB. Overkill :p)
    GPU: GTX 570 $290 (the 7850 would be a better option, except for the CUDA)
    HDD: Seagate 2TB 5900RPM $120
    PSU: Rosewill HIVE 550w $70
    Case and monitor are up to you.
  2. FREE SHIPPING for this entire build. These retailers are affiliated and both offer free shipping. They are located in Richmond, BC.

    This build allows you to add another set of that RAM later on for a total of 32GB. $86.52
    Corsair Carbide Series 400R Mid-Tower Case ATX 4X5.25 6X3.5INT USB 1394 No PS $86.60 MIR $61.60*
    OCZ ZS Series 750W ATX12V V2.2 24PIN ATX SLI Ready 80PLUS Bronze Performance Power Supply 135mm Fan $256.12
    ASUS P9X79 ATX LGA2011 X79 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Audio Motherboard $309.79
    Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core 10MB 3.6GHZ Hyperthreading LGA2011 Processor $29.15
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

    Add this fan down below to that CM 212 EVO up above for a "push - pull" affect to bring cpu temps down even lower $7.70
    Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM $101.22
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL Ripjawsz 16GB 4X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Sandy Bridge E 1.5V Memory Kit $16.79
    ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black $111.30
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM $221.60 MIR $201.60
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 Ti Fermi 900MHZ 1GB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI Mini HDMI DirectX11 PCI-E Video Card

    Total: $1,226.79 *not including mail in rebates
  3. Thanks for all the help guys, this is really useful!
    Few more questions, would i5 be substantial enough for me? Or would you strongly consider i7 for hyperthreading, its quite a price difference between the two.
  4. The i5 would be okay. If your programs can take advantage of hyper threading, go for it. If not, the 2500k is excellent. Also consider waiting for Ivy Bridge, which is set to launch in a few weeks.
  5. Yeah, I'm definitely going to wait for ivy bridge. Thanks a bunch!
    I'll post a final build in awhile!
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