First build. ~$1000 budget. Video/Audio editing PC

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 and 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.

Case - Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window (RC-430-KWN1)

CPU - Intel Core i7 3770 processor 3.4 4 LGA 1155 BX80637I73770

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR

RAM - Corsair Vengeance Blue 16 GB DDR3 SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

Motherboard - Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155 AMD CrossFireX/NVIDIA SLI W/ HDMI,DVI,DispayPort Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD1002FAEX

PSU - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply - CMPSU-750TXV2

DVD Drive (Don't need Blu-Ray) - Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

Keyboard (Already have mouse) - Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800

Not sure about good cheap cooling systems.

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Don't need a screen yet. I will use my TV for the time being.

And since the motherboard has an msata port on it, would it be a good idea to get an msata ssd for the OS and maybe some other important programs such as virus software, or not bother with it?

Is the core i7 necessary? Or should I go with an i5 for video editing? (I read from searching Google that an i7 is ideal. Also I would prefer that they be IVY Bridge). Also, is 750W too much?

If you guys find anyway to cut cost's, let me know. The PC has to at least be pretty good for video/audio editing.
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  1. Don't get the gtx 550 ti waste of money your better off getting gtx 460 Since this is not really a gaming rig and you will only play occasional game you could get the gtx 460 on sale at tigerdirect for 99.99
    as for cooling if you plan on mild overclocking this will do CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus $29.99 if not just use the stock cooler you could also get the same psu but a 650watt that should save you a few bucks as for antivirus programs there are great top of the line ones for free AVAST FREE ANTIVIRUS CNET EDITORS CHOICE! OR AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012 as for other savings You could also cut cost getting different ram Anyway hope this helps bud good luck! ;)
  2. Thanks for your suggestions! I will also look into overclocking. I'm guessing that I should stick with the Core i7 then. That was one of the biggest things I was unsure of for video editing.

    I just looked at the gtx 460 on tigerdirect and it's $99 with a $30 instant saving plus a $40 mail in rebate. I've never been a fan of mail in rebates. Also that promotion ends today.

    I found this (It's refurbished) - EVGA 01G-P3-1366-RX GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
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    Benchmarking Sony Vegas Pro 11 using GPU on FirePro V4900


    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 :D

    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 :lol: 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.
  6. 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.

    Here are a couple of 600 - 650w PSU's I found.

    (this one was suggested in another post) PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

    Cooler Master GX Series 650W ATX 12V V2.31 80 PLUS SLI Ready Power Supply RS650-ACAAE3-US

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
  7. In highly-threaded environments the FX-8120 Zambezi can hold its own.

    In Vegas Pro 11 with the V4900 (and 8GB of RAMs!), the GPU acceleration looks quite promising. The extra cash will easily cover a new 120GB SSD.
  8. Here is my near final build revision:

    CPU - AMD FX-8120

    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD

    GPU - AMD FirePro V4900

    RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model

    Case - COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    PSU - PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 600W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply

    HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive

    SSD - Crucial 128 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

    OS - Windows Home Premium 64bit

    Replacement CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

    Card Reader - Sony MRW620/U1/181 Internal 17 in 1 Memory Card Reader/Writer

    Dvd Drive - Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive
  9. First ... on the processor heat shield you will find a batch number (something like '1210PGN'). Write it down.

    Set everything up at stock to establish a baseline. Chart your temps and voltages at idle and load. Run a few sample video encodes that represent your work flow.

    Check out Ryan's AMD Black Edition Over-Clocking Guide

    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.
  10. Instead of a 3x4GB kit with 1600 speed, you should consider something like the Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 kits so that your RAMs will function in dual-channel.
  11. Thank you Wisecracker! You have been a great help. I will go with my current setup but with the ram you suggested.
  12. g.skill is also a great company for ram, quite cheap too.
  13. Yea, I'm going to get the G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900). $60 at NewEgg.
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