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$1000-1200 Video Editing and Gaming PC

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April 19, 2012 5:33:27 PM

Hello, I'm new to building systems from scratch and I'm having difficulty deciding on which parts to buy in terms of performance and cost efficiency. This system is going to be used mainly for video editing and gaming in tandem, so I need to be able to play games on the highest graphics setting and then edit in HD.

Approximate Purchase Date: April 29th-April 30th.

Budget Range: 1000-1200 Before Rebates

System Usage: HD Video Editing, Gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Greytech.com (or another recommended site, post if you have one based on my location.)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: None, which ever is most cost efficient and will get the job done well.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Additional Comments: Looks are not important at all, should be quiet to silent.


I've looked at all the parts that I should need and here's what I've come with so far:
MOBO:
MSI A75A-G35 Desktop Motherboard - AMD Hudson D3 Chipset

Processor:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.40 GHz Processor

Hard Drives:
Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011

Intel X25-M 80 GB Internal Solid State Drive - 2.5" - SATA/300


Not even sure if these parts will work together, but they seem like the most cost efficient ones I could find relative to what I need. I'm not too sure what kind of video card would be optimal for my budget and requirements for it, nor do I know what kind of power supply to get. Casing is going to rely on the ladder. I'm planning on overclocking once I've got the system down. Will be running on Windows 7 64-bit.

Mainly looking for recommendations on what parts I should buy, where I should focus my budget on and where to take from, and if the parts available to me aren't the best.

Thanks in advance.
April 19, 2012 6:59:31 PM

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Gigabyte Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 HDMI CrossFireX/SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

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Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM

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Coolermaster Blade Master 120 Black 120MM PWM Case Fan 600-2000RPM 21.2-76.8CFM

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G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

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ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black

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Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA 6Gbps 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive - OEM
April 19, 2012 7:07:41 PM

Get an Intel i5-2500k or the IB version, an ASRock Z68 Extreme3 or Gen3 or a Z77 Extreme4, and 32GB of RAM (or 16GB depending on how much editing you do).
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April 20, 2012 1:18:34 AM

What software will you be editing in?
April 20, 2012 1:47:01 AM

No point in recommend you a config..
In month and a half everything could change. I recommend you to open this thread again two weeks before the buy date.
April 20, 2012 1:20:22 PM

Going to be editing in Avid Media Composer 6, and using Adobe After Effects.

I just want to know what kind of system I could get for my money at this point in time, so that when newer parts become cheaper I can identify and upgrade from what I have listed.
April 27, 2012 2:30:12 PM

Going to be purchasing all the parts this weekend. Any suggestions.
April 27, 2012 10:51:27 PM

Hmmm... first of all, what games are you going to play? At what resolution? Anyway, I'm going to stick with a rather moderate GPU (I mean, it'll max out any game out there, but it's not the best) in favor of CPU/RAM for intensive tasks.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.90 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.95 @ B&H)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $1223.62
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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This is pretty much an ideal build. Everything here is good, and I picked the 2600k because some/many editing programs utilize it. Are you going to overclock? I'm assuming you are.

An SSD for boot and certain apps.. this was a stretch to get in there, but I think it's worth it. 60GB of Mushkin Cronos quality.

If you're not going to use hyper-threading at all, then get the i5-2500k. Also, I have 2x8GB sticks of RAM to allow for more RAM at a later time, should you need it. If you want 4 sticks, it would drop the price $40. Also, another fan for the Hyper 212 Evo for a push/pull will get the CPU temperatures very low.
April 27, 2012 11:09:25 PM

I wouldn't use that video card by the way. Both Avid and Adobe work better with Nvidia cards, and there are some of them in that same price which should work pretty well (like the 560ti with 448 cuda cores).
April 27, 2012 11:10:39 PM

I agree with the above. For Adobe, it is best to have a 560ti 448-core.
April 28, 2012 12:01:50 AM

Oh, I didn't know that. In that case, yes, a 560Ti 448 cores, or you could wait for the new ones to come out (maybe this weekend? Probably within a month, though).
April 28, 2012 3:02:55 AM

Looks good guys. Thanks a bunch.
April 28, 2012 3:50:11 AM

No problem. If you have any more questions, feel free to pm me or post them on this thread (posting on the thread would probably be better, but whatever floats your boat ;)  )
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