Need Advice: New NON-gaming build

Hello gurus,

A little background:
I have recently setup a home theater sharing setup that I'm very happy with using AppleTVs in each room running xbmc sharing both all the media and db info (MySQL) on an old Pentium 4, 2GB Gateway. I recently got a Hauppauge hd pvr and started to capture my own video. I have a number of old VHS tapes I wish to digitize along with a collection super8 tapes. The capturing process seemed to work OK, but the first time I tried to edit any of the captured video or re-encode using tools like Handbrake the PC started screaming and thought the hard drive was going to spin out of the case!

I'm looking to spend what I need to (I'm hoping that means under $1,500 range) - to build a setup that will excel in video encoding. I will also start ripping a huge collection of DVDs I have. I may also add a tv tuner in the future if possible to start recording directly to the PC. I don't game at all and don't plan to. If for instance, if the video card is overkill for me - please share! I do plan to have upgrade to two 22" monitors as I'm very use to having 2 ws monitors at work. So I will need to be able to have two VGA ports.

Here's my build-sheet:

Approximate Purchase Date: (next 30 days)

Budget Range: under $1,500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVD-ripping, video encoding using handbrake, video editing, DVR/PVR, sharing media - No games

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitors

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon(Direct), Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912, $59.99

PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply, $89.99

FAN: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1, $25.00

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3, $209.99

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz, $309.99

MEM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B, $89.99

PriHD: Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT128M4SSD2, $124.99

SecHD: Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, $159.99

Optical: LG UH12LS28K LightScribe 12x SATA Blu-Ray Combo Internal Drive, $58.19

GPU: ZOTAC ZT-40701-10L GeForce GT 440(Fermi) 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16, $69.99

or GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GT 440 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 , GV-N440D3-1GI, $72.24

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade, $109.99

Overclocking: Maybe - only moderately if reliability doesn't suffer?

SLI or Crossfire: No - I don't need this if I'm not gaming - right?

Monitor Resolution: (2) ViewSonic VA2231WM LCD running up to 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Any suggestions on setup (overclocking)/ compatibility of the components I chose are greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
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  1. well since your just video encoding, why don't you just get a nice, 7750? i mean its a good card, perfect for just playing low level games like minecraft (if you ever wanted to) but a GT 440 from Zotac will be fine
  2. That would be an overkill system for what you say you would be doing, but you will never know when you might need that extra power.
  3. Unless your video encoding software can take advantage of CUDA processing on the GPU, the GT440 is sufficient for your use. If you can use CUDA, you may want something a little stronger, even though it isn't for games. If so, a GTX460 would be a nice choice.
    The PSU you have selected is good quality, but also overkill; a 380W Earthwatts would be sufficient for your rig. Power-hungry GPUs such as are used by gamers are what require beefy PSUs.
    Regardless of quality, I will not buy any product from Crappermaster. Some of their PSUs have liar-labels, and/or claim protections that are missing (facts, not opinions; reviews at HardwareSecrets). That's dishonest, and a dishonest company does not deserve business for any of its products. Fortunately, in any market where they are found, Crappermaster has competitors offering similar products for the same price. For example, Rosewill, Antec, and Lian Li make excellent cases, and Xigmatek, Scythe, and Noctua make excellent CPU coolers.
  4. I appreciate the responses.

    It appears that handbrake does not use CUDA but some other video encoding/editing software does. I would then want to go with this card?: GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460

    My thoughts ongoing with a larger than I need PSU. I'm thinking it will run more efficient being less taxed - this computer will be my file server also and will stay on 24/7.

    I guess what I'm mainly looking for is a glaring error in my matching of equipment. Did I choose the correct RAM (dual channel not triple/quad channel) for example?

    Thanks again for your time and responses!
  5. Best answer
    Yes, you got the correct type of RAM.
    A GTX460 is probably a decent choice.
    PSUs operate most efficiently right in the middle of their ranges. With a GTX460, you'd probably want something around 500W.
  6. Best answer selected by glenninflorida.
  7. Thank you. Please let us know if you have any problems with your build.
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