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July 1, 2012 12:17:49 PM

Hey all,

After using my mid-2009 MacBook Pro for nearly two years, I decided to move back to a Windows system for video editing. I'm looking at spending around $1100 MAX for a video editing and rendering system. However, I can't seem to get the cost down to that with the components I put together.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 30 days
Budget Range: $1000 to $1150
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video Editing, Graphics/Photoshop, Gaming, 3D Rendering
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter, Newegg.com
Country: U.S.A.
Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia, EVGA, Asus, Corsair
Overclocking: Maybe - I want to, but it would be my first time doing so.
SLI or Crossfire: No

Build via Microcenter (Cheapest prices I could find plus their 20 minutes away!)

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz
$289.99 @ Microcenter

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
$209.99 @ Microcenter

CASE: Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer
$84.99 @ Microcenter

VIDEO CARD: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
$209.99 @ Microcenter after rebate

STORAGE (SSD): Crucial m4 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD
$114.99 @ Microcenter

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650 Watt
$99.99 @ Microcenter after rebate

RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (2x8GB)
$124.99 @ Microcenter

OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS 24x Internal DVD±RW SATA Writer
$29.99 @ Microcenter

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit OEM
$119.99 @ Microcenter

TOTAL AFTER TAX: $1,393.80

And just for kicks, here is the build via Newegg prices on PC Part Picker: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/baO2

I think it's a good system, but I'm wondering what I can cut down on to bring the cost down to $1100 and still get great performance for video editing in Adobe CS6 products.

Perhaps you guys know what parts I can "downgrade" to bring cost down, yet still get comparable performance?

Any bit of help appreciated!
July 1, 2012 12:45:47 PM

Your build looks solid to me but one thing i would get the GTX670 instead of the GTX 480 if you are going to get the GTX 480 i will tell you right now you need to change the stock cooler or it will run hot as hell and you won't be able to overclock it but if you get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it will run cooler and temps will be decent and you'll be able to overclock the beast!
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July 1, 2012 1:00:35 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Your build looks solid to me but one thing i would get the GTX670 instead of the GTX 480 if you are going to get the GTX 480 i will tell you right now you need to change the stock cooler or it will run hot as hell and you won't be able to overclock it but if you get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it will run cooler and temps will be decent and you'll be able to overclock the beast!



Hmm, I seem to be hearing a lot about temps on the Nvidia GTX 480. It's really that bad? The reason I like it is because of the cost/performance ratio. It has a lot of CUDA processors for the money. My only other comparable option would be to either "downgrade" to a 560ti which has less (384) CUDA processors, or pay $70 more for a 570. Which I'm trying to avoid :p 
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July 1, 2012 1:22:53 PM

Your pretty much dead on with that rig, Two things I would change however.

Add a proper non-stock CPU heatsink so you can overclock it, I recommend the CM Hyper 212 EVO.

Wheres your HDD? 128GB of SSD wont go far, especially in an editing rig. I suggest two 1TB drives, one for raw data/footage and the other to be rendered to. So that data isn't being read from and written to the same drive (this slows things down a bit) and the SSD for holding the OS and programs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for cheapening the rig.

One initial thing to cut costs would be to get 4x4GB RAM instead of 2x8GB. 2 by 8GB leaves you with room to add more later for sure, but 16GB is all you will ever really need unless your going to run a server or virtual machines.

Also on the RAM, try to find equivalent but cheaper kits. G.Skill is just as good and often cheaper.

That motherboard can be downgraded at no hit to performance. An AsRock Z77 Extreme4 is something like $115 and can probably be put in a deal with the CPU.

Get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM (No need for Professional), $20 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And finally, just search everywhere for the components cheaper. Microcenter is typically cheaper in CPU's and Mobo's while Newegg is just generally cheap.
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July 1, 2012 2:16:10 PM

Thanks for the advice, Manofchalk!

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Wheres your HDD? 128GB of SSD wont go far, especially in an editing rig. I suggest two 1TB drives, one for raw data/footage and the other to be rendered to. So that data isn't being read from and written to the same drive (this slows things down a bit) and the SSD for holding the OS and programs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148840


Newegg link didn't work :(  but good advice on the HDD. I planned on using my external 2TB drive to store and offload my files onto. I do like your suggestion, but I only added one 1TB HDD for now.

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One initial thing to cut costs would be to get 4x4GB RAM instead of 2x8GB. 2 by 8GB leaves you with room to add more later for sure, but 16GB is all you will ever really need unless your going to run a server or virtual machines.


Done :) 

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That motherboard can be downgraded at no hit to performance. An AsRock Z77 Extreme4 is something like $115 and can probably be put in a deal with the CPU.


I've heard great things about the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. I'll probably choose that, but I really liked the added Wi-Fi on the ASUS P8Z77-V Pro.

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Get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM (No need for Professional), $20 cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986


Also done!

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And finally, just search everywhere for the components cheaper. Microcenter is typically cheaper in CPU's and Mobo's while Newegg is just generally cheap.


Newegg was cheaper on about 60% the parts. Below is updated build/price.

NEW BUILD - UPDATE:

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz
$289.99 @ Microcenter

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
$114.99 @ Newegg

CASE: Cooler Master CM Storm Enforcer
$69.99 @ Newegg after rebate

VIDEO CARD: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB
$209.99 @ Newegg after instant savings

STORAGE (SSD): Crucial m4 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD
$114.99 @ Microcenter

POWER SUPPLY: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650 Watt
$89.99 @ Newegg after rebate

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB DDR3-1600 (4x4GB)
$87.98 @ Newegg

OPTICAL DRIVE: ASUS 24x Internal DVD±RW SATA Writer
$29.99 @ Microcenter

OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit OEM
$99.99 @ Microcenter

CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
$30.00 @ Newegg

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM
$119.99 @ Newegg

TOTAL AFTER TAX & SHIPPING: $1,304.09

Even though this build adds a CPU cooler and an interal 1TB hard drive, I would still like to somehow make it closer to $1100... Maybe I don't need the high-end CPU or video card? How much of a performance hit will I take if I go a cheaper route I wonder? Say a GTX 560 and Intel 3570k?
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July 1, 2012 10:15:39 PM

Keep the i7-3770k, its performance in Video rendering and editing jobs is much better than the 3570k.

A Seagate Barracuda has the same specs as that Caviar Black and $20 cheaper. Make sure its the 64MB cache version.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Try buying the Case somewhere local, that will decrease the shipping costs by a lot.

Other than losing the graphics card altogether, I cant think of much to decrease the cost anymore.
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