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
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
May 3, 2012 5:00:58 PM
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.
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.