Hi, I plan on building a PC for Video/Audio editing. This will also be my primary PC at home.
I am in the US and my budget is ~$1000 though I can go little higher if I have to. My preferred websites are Amazon.com and Newegg.com. It will mostly be used for Video/Audio editing, web browsing, watching videos and the occasional game (flash based - high end(high end being the least played)). I have already picked out my components which are listed below.
The issue with throwing money at a $500 mobo/cpu video editing/rendering build these days is the evolution of OpenCL, GPU compute and acceleration. Something like the FirePro V4900 1GB with a $150 CPU (AMD or Intel) will simply wear you out.
What software are you going to use in your efforts?
I plan on using Sony Vegas Pro 11, Photoshop CS5, AftereffectsCS5 (when I learn how), Sony Acid Pro or equivalent. That's it for right now. I'm going to college in August and I will taking classes for film and tv and want to get into editing and all that. I've been practicing on my laptop, but it's not cutting it anymore.
Vegas Pro 11 is designed to take advantage of GPU acceleration for video FX, transitions, compositing, pan/crop, track motion and encoding. The series of test discussed below used an AMD FX 8150 8-core processor, 3.6 GHz, 8GB RAM, running Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit. The benchmarks evaluated preview and rendering with OpenCL GPU acceleration enabled on the AMD FirePro v4900 ...
I'm doing back-flips over here
I've got an unlocked 550BE, under-volted, on a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+. At $160, the FirePro V4900 1GB is a mindless, inexpensive addition for me.
The question is whether to leap to the AMD FX-8120 Zambezi for another $160. I was hoping to hold out for the FX-Piledriver cores. Pilerdrivers are in the Trinity APUs being released this month, so the FXs can't really be that far out.
BUT that's another V4900. Two-by v4900s on x16/x16 Gen2 PCIe might bring on quite a bit of pain for editing and encoding if supported in tandem. Theoretically, that's a load of compute.
Compared to AE, I kinda like the Vegas motion-graphics. It doesn't quite have the depth of AE, but it is still quite powerful in uses and features.
According to the charts, the firepro v4900 is the way to go. Also according to the article, they were done on the cheaper AMD fx 8150 (which has gotten mixed reviews). I know the core i7 ivy bridge is top notch, but would the fx 8120 or 8150 work just as good for video editing? Or should I go with an i5? The AMD fx and the i5 would certainly save me money over the i7.
I like to first test every way I can imagine with each processor feature. It will help you learn about the processor and how it performs in testing. Enabling/Disabling the core ratio and Turbo, boosting the IMC/NB, taking manual control of voltages, etc. I exclusively use Cool and Quiet (the power saving feature) when over-clocking but most folks advise to turn it off if you are seeking 'max clocks'.
I take what 1.375v to 1.4v base vcore will give me at load with temps around 55c.
For simplicity's sake as you are learning to over-clock, all you really have to do is disable Turbo and raise the CPU multiplier, until you find your sweet spot.