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June 3, 2012 5:34:16 PM

I will mainly be using this computer for Video Editing on After Effects and I will be doing some light gaming on this computer as well on games like Crysis 2 and BF3 and MW3. I live in Canada and there is a Tigerdirect store nearby so I will be purchasing my components there for my build.

Motherboard: P8H67-M LE $70
Graphics: Nvidia GTX280 $100
PSU: Thermaltake 750W Modular 80+ Bronze PSU $70
CPU: Intel core i5-2320 $190
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 $80
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60GB $55
Case: Ultra X-Blaster Mid-Tower V2 $30
+ A random DVD Reader $15

Adds up to $710 which is in my budget of $800. Will this build work for my uses?

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a b B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2012 5:44:31 PM

Yes it will work, the video card is a bit oudated but decent for that price.

I would go with Antec, Corsair, XFX, SEasonic, OCZ before I would go with Thermaltake psu.

The i5-2400 is usually the same price as the 2320 and it's a bit faster.

You didn't list memory....
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June 3, 2012 5:45:06 PM

what Memory will you have?
I say to avoid OCZ SSD's they are known to crash.
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a b B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2012 5:48:37 PM

Er... you're missing RAM ;) 

So you don't want to overclock AT ALL? I'd suggest overclocking. I'd get the following (for no overclocking):

CPU: an i7 processor to take advantage of Hyper Threading. Something like an i7-2600 or other. IB is fine, as well.
Mobo: I'd get a Pro3 Gen3 Z68 or an Extreme4 Z77 (SB and IB, respectively)
GPU: Er... How about a 6870? Or 6850? I put in a 560 for your games, but... I guess a 280 would be... okay
PSU: WAY, WAY too much. If you're not overclocking, get like an Antec 550W.
HDD: FOR VIDEO EDITING? Have you ever edited video before? It takes up a MASSIVE amount of space. I'd suggest 1TB as a MINIMUM.
SSD: Seems fine. I'd recommend a Crucial M4 for better reliability and slightly lower prices.
Case: Er... Corsair 400R would be ideal, a HAF 912 or a Corsair 300R would be the lowest I'd recommend.

RAM: You're missing it. I'd get 16GB of DDR3-1600 CAS9 1.5v or lower RAM (in 2 sticks of 8GB each).

Total, this goes over your budget of $800... for video editing, you're going to have a tough time getting lower. I'll assume you're not overclocking (which you should overclock), so here's the best I could do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($165.67 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($63.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $892.58
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-03 13:47 EDT-0400)

Now, this is almost $100 over. Why? The CPU... which is kind of necessary for video editing. The ONLY way to conceivably save $100 on this is to drop the CPU to an i5-2400. However, I would NOT recommend that... dropping your RAM to 8GB isn't good, either. GPU to a 280... well... I guess that would be okay.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
June 3, 2012 6:05:56 PM

The build will work, but I am not so certain I like it for your usage.
You are looking at somewhat obsolete parts, and I am not certain that is a great idea for a new build.

1) For a primary use of video editing, the graphics card is not so important. But for games like crysis, you need a very strong card.
I don't think a GTX280 would be right. It is a few generations old, and at a $100 budget, I think you can do better.
If your video editing can use the CUDA capabilities of a Nvidia card, then stick with them. A GTX550ti is in the same performance tier, but will run cooler, and need a less powerful psu. If you do not need Nvidia, then a 7770 would be even stronger, and less power hungry.

2) My understanding of video editing is that it responds to as much ram as you can give it. Look for a 16gb kit of 2 x 8gb.
Ram speed is irrelevant, 1333 will do.

3) For the cpu, I think the newer ivy bridge 3450 @$10 more would be better. The performance per clock is 5-10% better.

4) Similarly, look for a more modern Z77 based motherboard. Most any will do. I think there are some features of Z77 that can massively improve editing. I am no expert there, so check that out.

The suggestions above are adding a little bit to the cost each.
How do we reduce cost?

1) GTX550ti or 7770 will only need a 400-450w psu. Here is a Corsair 500w unit for $50;
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

2) I love the SSD for the os, but OCZ has a iffy reputation. You might consider deferring that purchase.
If you buy a SSD, look at Intel or samsung first.



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