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June 1, 2012 7:31:34 AM

I'm a YouTube commentator, and I need a desktop to edit videos. I want something that doesn't stumble when loading up Adobe Premiere Pro, and can render out videos fast. I'm not looking to game on this computer, besides Diablo 3 of course.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Summer

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing

Parts Not Required:keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:

Additional Comments: This is going to primarily be for video editing.

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June 1, 2012 8:02:29 AM

GPU: Zotac GTX560 - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7-2700k - $320
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Pro3 - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: 16Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz Low Profile - $98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair Builder series 600W - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2Tb 7200RPM 64MB Cache - $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill Challenger - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $890. You may just have to increase the budget a bit.
June 1, 2012 8:39:38 AM

You want at least two hard drives, preferably three.
First would be for the OS and apps, project file, second would be for source files (scratch disk), working files, etc., last one would be where you write the video you are rendering (you could just write it to the main OS drive too, as long as you're not making the disk read and write the project at the same time). The 'capture video' part of applications isn't really relevant unless you're using tapes, so that scratch disk folder is where you could put video files from your DSLR.
You don't need the 2700k, the 2500k is $100 cheaper and will do just fine.

Quote from Adobe :
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For best performance, dedicate a hard disk or disk strictly for your media assets. Choose a disk for the assets other than the disk where you keep your project file, operating system files, or the files for applications. That way your media disks can access and play media files as fast as possible, without having to access other files. Use the Project > Project Settings > Scratch Disks command to specify which disks Premiere Pro uses for media files. Choose scratch disks when you set up a new project.

In terms of performance, it’s best to dedicate a different disk to each asset type, but you can also specify folders on the same disk.


Other than that, what Manofchalk posted looks good.
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June 1, 2012 8:58:30 AM
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QuickSync is pretty much ideal for YouTube uploads, but if you're not overclocking there's no point in going for the i7-2700K (although it's worth mentioning that video editing is one of the few tasks that you can't throw too much CPU power at.)

Manofchalk's build doesn't take into account the unusual needs of a video editor or your desire to avoid overclocking.

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) $319
Hyper-threading produces HUGE gains in Premiere. Also, access to QuickSync is vital.

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) $89
With overclocking out of the equation there's no need to move up to Z68/Z77.

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...) $49
Premiere doesn't hammer memory as much as we want to think it does. 16GB is ideal but 8GB is perfectly fine, and you can always upgrade to more later when you can afford it if you think you need more.

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 SE (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) $134
Should provide plenty of performance for Diablo III, and will enable Mercury Playback Engine acceleration.

HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...) $79
Fast enough 7200RPM hard drive, use for mass storage.

SSD: 60GB Mushkin Chronos (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...) $89
Fine for system drive, also use as a render target.

You want to be reading from one drive and writing to another when you go to render.

Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) $39
Excellent, inexpensive case. I've tested it personally.

PSU: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 Plus (http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...) $49
Adequate power to handle everything you're going for.

I got you at $847 before shipping hits. If you want to save some bread and get under $800, you can go for a Core i5-3550 (sacrificing hyper-threading in the process). Storage is going to be a little skint early on, but you can always add more later.
June 1, 2012 4:30:43 PM

Wow, thanks for all the explainations guys. I'm new to this and it will be my first build. I set a budget to $800 because in total after taxes, I want it all to be around $1000.

Definitley going to bookmark this page when I start ordering parts! :) 
June 1, 2012 4:30:53 PM

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June 2, 2012 12:31:59 AM

Like I said before, your hdd setup will most likely be your bottleneck, esp. if you are editing HD video.

Take a look at this, as recommended by professionals, it has the best options for the amount of disks you have...
http://forums.adobe.com/message/2906955#2906955
I recommend three. The SSD (60gb seems low though...) for apps and OS etc, pagefile, a hdd for source files and projects, and a third for the exports, media cache, and previews.
Using only one disk 'for mass storage' will make editing slower and can be a pain in the ass. For the small price ($80) you get a big bump to workflow speed by adding another HDD.
Also, a note on the RAM, 8gb should be fine, but if you do post in after effects the extra ram will be used.
If you somehow get way more money or whatever, think about CUDA processing (CS6 has made some developments towards GPU rendering). Most modern GPU's are compatible but the number to look at is the number of CUDA processors it has. In After Effects CS6, you can use the Mercury GPU enabled renderer, and often-times render faster. But I have a feeling this is way more than you actually care about.
June 2, 2012 10:20:43 AM

There are diminishing returns with CUDA enabled cards once you hit something like the GTX 560 SE. In fact, it's my understanding the GT 240 GDDR5 was a great value choice for MPE in CS5 and CS5.5.
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