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May 1, 2012 8:09:39 PM

I am going to be building my first computer at the end of the year. I will be editing HD video and want to edit video for a career, Youtube content creator. This is my first computer and i would appreciate help from the community. I am 19 and have saved up $2000 for this computer. I will be using either the "Internal Graphics 4000" built into the CPU or maybe a GTX 550 Ti for graphics if i decide to run dual monitors. This is not intended to be a gaming computer, This is meant to be a video editing computer. I have done my homework on the parts but i know that i should still get advice from other people. Thank you again for helping / giving your opinions on my build. Also is this Overkill?

*I will be waiting till the release of Windows 8 to start my build.

Software:
Video: Sony Vegas 11 Movie Studio Platinum
Photo: Photoshop CS 5.5
Audio: Audacity

Hardware:
Corsair 650D
Intel i7 3770k
Asus Sabertooth z77
Corsair H100
Corsair Vengance 16Gb (2 X 8Gb)
AX850
Sandisk 120Gb SSD
WD 2Tb Caviar Green Hard drive
Hauppauge Colossus
*Windows 8

Reasons for Parts:
Case------------Mid-Tower, Side panel, Cable Management Gromets, Looks good
CPU-------------Will prob Overclock to 4Ghz..
MotherBoard---One-Click Overclocking. Z77, SATA3, USB 3.0, T.U.F. Board
CPU Cooler-----I dont want to upgrade later, I am nervous about messing with the cpu cooler too much so i'm just going to start with H100
RAM------------So i can upgrade to 32Gb down the road
PSU------------Plenty of overhead
SSD------------Boot Drive / Programs
HDD------------Storage
Cap Card-------Record Gameplay, Music, Movies
OS--------------Better support for Dual Monitors

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**Probable Future Upgrades:
60Gb SSD Cache for Hard drive
2Tb Raid 0 for Video Capture Scratch
More Fans
Ram upgrade to 32Gb
Dual Monitors
EVGA GTX 550 Ti

Any help from the community would be great!
May 1, 2012 10:49:40 PM

You'll definitely want a discrete GPU even with a single monitor, something along the lines of a GTX 560 Ti or better. Sony used a 570 in their benchmark:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...

Does the CPU's on-board graphics even feature OpenGL? It's a requirement for PS and PS too utilizes GPU hardware acceleration. I currently use the 560 Ti for PS5 and Vegas Pro 11 in an i7 930 rig and will be transferring it to a new 3770 build on Thursday.

WD's "Green" series drives are only 5400 RPM. Personally, I'd stick with 7200 drives unless solely for backup purposes. Speaking of which, I'd also invest in an external drive to backup your work.

Vegas, CS5, Audacity, Win8... I trust those are not included in your $2000 budget. How about the monitor?

If I'm not mistaken, Windows 8 is scheduled for release sometime in October. If you already have the funds, do you really want to wait 6 months for Windows 8, only to then jump on a new and unproven platform? As much as I enjoy dinking around with a new OS, I'll probably be waiting another year on top of that. I enjoy the stability of PS and Vegas in Win7.

Another thing you don't really want to go without is monitor hardware calibration.
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May 1, 2012 11:32:23 PM

Thanks for your comprehensice response.
1. I am not buying Sony Vegas Pro 11, I am buying the watered down Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 Platinum.
2. I am buying the caviar green 2Tb drive now solely for Archiving the final projects. the 120Gb SSD should suffice if i finish one project at a time. i do plan to buy an 7200 rpm caviar black hdd when the prices drop. flooding in thailand is still affecting the market..
3. I already own Photoshop, Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11 Platinum is only $60.00, and Audacity is Free. So yes they are included in the price.
4. Currently i have half the money saved up, by windows 8 release i will easily have the funds.
5. For the monitor i will be using a 42 inch Led Tv until i get around to purchacing dual screen monitors.
Thanks for the Response.

pdxalex said:
You'll definitely want a discrete GPU even with a single monitor, something along the lines of a GTX 560 Ti or better. Sony used a 570 in their benchmark:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...

Does the CPU's on-board graphics even feature OpenGL? It's a requirement for PS and PS too utilizes GPU hardware acceleration. I currently use the 560 Ti for PS5 and Vegas Pro 11 in an i7 930 rig and will be transferring it to a new 3770 build on Thursday.

WD's "Green" series drives are only 5400 RPM. Personally, I'd stick with 7200 drives unless solely for backup purposes. Speaking of which, I'd also invest in an external drive to backup your work.

Vegas, CS5, Audacity, Win8... I trust those are not included in your $2000 budget. How about the monitor?

If I'm not mistaken, Windows 8 is scheduled for release sometime in October. If you already have the funds, do you really want to wait 6 months for Windows 8, only to then jump on a new and unproven platform? As much as I enjoy dinking around with a new OS, I'll probably be waiting another year on top of that. I enjoy the stability of PS and Vegas in Win7.

Another thing you don't really want to go without is monitor hardware calibration.

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May 1, 2012 11:48:04 PM

yeah, definitely see the programs you use and if they do any gpu acceleration and then buy accordingly

You may want to up the SSD to 240gb minimum, when working with huge files, its best to have more memory then less.
definitely overclock the cpu, Id say dont use more then 1.3v core voltage
$2k is a lot of money, I dont think your current hardware list even gets to $1300
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May 1, 2012 11:50:43 PM

pdxalex said:
You'll definitely want a discrete GPU even with a single monitor, something along the lines of a GTX 560 Ti or better. Sony used a 570 in their benchmark:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/gpuacceler...

Does the CPU's on-board graphics even feature OpenGL? It's a requirement for PS and PS too utilizes GPU hardware acceleration. I currently use the 560 Ti for PS5 and Vegas Pro 11 in an i7 930 rig and will be transferring it to a new 3770 build on Thursday.

WD's "Green" series drives are only 5400 RPM. Personally, I'd stick with 7200 drives unless solely for backup purposes. Speaking of which, I'd also invest in an external drive to backup your work.

Vegas, CS5, Audacity, Win8... I trust those are not included in your $2000 budget. How about the monitor?

If I'm not mistaken, Windows 8 is scheduled for release sometime in October. If you already have the funds, do you really want to wait 6 months for Windows 8, only to then jump on a new and unproven platform? As much as I enjoy dinking around with a new OS, I'll probably be waiting another year on top of that. I enjoy the stability of PS and Vegas in Win7.

Another thing you don't really want to go without is monitor hardware calibration.


i would second the gpu idea but to utilize the cuda cores you need at least a gtx 570.

also get a 7200 rpm drive. dont invest in old technology.

more ram more ram more ram

this ssd is much better and cheap and by a better brand. has the best flash memory money can buy straight from toshiba
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you dont want to do the h100 the noctua nh-d14 is just as good and an air cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you can find that cheaper here though.
http://pcpartpicker.com/

there is no need to get such a high priced motherboard. you dont need anything outside of 150-175.
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May 1, 2012 11:57:54 PM

cbrunnem said:
i would second the gpu idea but to utilize the cuda cores you need at least a gtx 570.

also get a 7200 rpm drive. dont invest in old technology.

more ram more ram more ram

this ssd is much better and cheap and by a better brand. has the best flash memory money can buy straight from toshiba
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you dont want to do the h100 the noctua nh-d14 is just as good and an air cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you can find that cheaper here though.
http://pcpartpicker.com/

there is no need to get such a high priced motherboard. you dont need anything outside of 150-175.


Haha i agree on Ram you can never have enough, 16 Gb is enough to start with and since i'm using 2 X 8Gb i have 2 more slots to upgrade in the future. I am pretty set on the ssd unless the Intel 520 120Gb ssd comes down to the same pricepoint.. I chose the motherboard because of the looks and the z77 chipset, i am planning to have this computer for 5-6 years so i want to spend a premium to have nice components in the long run. i thought about air cooling with a hyper 212 Evo but i decided on water cooling with a corsair h100
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May 1, 2012 11:59:56 PM

cbrunnem said:
i would second the gpu idea but to utilize the cuda cores you need at least a gtx 570.

also get a 7200 rpm drive. dont invest in old technology.

more ram more ram more ram

this ssd is much better and cheap and by a better brand. has the best flash memory money can buy straight from toshiba
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

if you dont want to do the h100 the noctua nh-d14 is just as good and an air cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you can find that cheaper here though.
http://pcpartpicker.com/

there is no need to get such a high priced motherboard. you dont need anything outside of 150-175.


I eventually want to use WD caviar black 2tb 7200 rpm drives in my build, right now though i can get the caviar green drive for half the cost per TB
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