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July 9, 2012 10:39:04 AM

I would like to upgrade my PC to a more powerful, faster one for video editing. I don't do any gaming at all so good performance in that area is not a concern at all. I'm hardly an expert at building PCs, but I did mange to build my previous system and I'd like to give it another shot. I have some pretty basic and I suppose dumb questions below but I have to ask them since I don't know the answers.

My situation is twofold as I'd like to reuse whatever I can from my current system and then get recommendations for the parts that need upgrading. I'm marked the parts I hope can be kept.

My current system is:
Rocketfish case (keep)
Intel i5-750 CPU (upgrade)
EVGA P55LE motherboard (upgrade)
GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS video card (keep?)
Noctua NH-U12F heatpipe-cooler with fan (keep)
1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit (add on or upgrade?)
Cooler Master 850w power supply (keep)
5 2TB Western Digital Hard drives (keep)
Lite-On Blu-ray burner (keep)
2 19" Planar monitors (keep)
Microsoft usb keyboard (keep)
Cirque glidepoint USB touchpad (keep)
Windows XP 32bit Home edition (????)


I've decided on a i7 3930k x79 LGA2011 CPU. I haven't figured out what motherboard to get. My needs are:

minimum 6 sata ports for hard drives and Blu-ray burner
1 firewire port for video captures
dual monitor capability (video card related)
minimum of 6 USB ports

Not sure which motherboard would best serve my needs. I don't think I need anything fancy as long as it handles my above needs. I do not intend to overclock and if I do it would be minimal.

My current video card is probably considered crap, but for my needs maybe it's ok to keep? Will it even work in a new system?
Can one run windows xp 32 bit edition with x79 or is that just absurd? Is a 64 bit system essential instead?
Memory confuses me (channels, speed, etc). Can I work with what I have or does it need to be replaced? If so, to what?

Hope you guys can let me know if I'm on the right track or if some of the above looks ridiculous. Help with the motherboard choice, memory, and OS questions would be greatly appreciated. If something I'm doing is going to ruin my performance please let me know about that too.

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July 9, 2012 12:33:53 PM

fmny said:
I would like to upgrade my PC to a more powerful, faster one for video editing. I don't do any gaming at all so good performance in that area is not a concern at all. I'm hardly an expert at building PCs, but I did mange to build my previous system and I'd like to give it another shot. I have some pretty basic and I suppose dumb questions below but I have to ask them since I don't know the answers.

My situation is twofold as I'd like to reuse whatever I can from my current system and then get recommendations for the parts that need upgrading. I'm marked the parts I hope can be kept.

My current system is:
Rocketfish case (keep)
Intel i5-750 CPU (upgrade)
EVGA P55LE motherboard (upgrade)
GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS video card (keep?)
Noctua NH-U12F heatpipe-cooler with fan (keep)
1 x G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit (add on or upgrade?)
Cooler Master 850w power supply (keep)
5 2TB Western Digital Hard drives (keep)
Lite-On Blu-ray burner (keep)
2 19" Planar monitors (keep)
Microsoft usb keyboard (keep)
Cirque glidepoint USB touchpad (keep)
Windows XP 32bit Home edition (????)


I've decided on a i7 3930k x79 LGA2011 CPU. I haven't figured out what motherboard to get. My needs are:

minimum 6 sata ports for hard drives and Blu-ray burner
1 firewire port for video captures
dual monitor capability (video card related)
minimum of 6 USB ports

Not sure which motherboard would best serve my needs. I don't think I need anything fancy as long as it handles my above needs. I do not intend to overclock and if I do it would be minimal.

My current video card is probably considered crap, but for my needs maybe it's ok to keep? Will it even work in a new system?
Can one run windows xp 32 bit edition with x79 or is that just absurd? Is a 64 bit system essential instead?
Memory confuses me (channels, speed, etc). Can I work with what I have or does it need to be replaced? If so, to what?

Hope you guys can let me know if I'm on the right track or if some of the above looks ridiculous. Help with the motherboard choice, memory, and OS questions would be greatly appreciated. If something I'm doing is going to ruin my performance please let me know about that too.


What is your budget on the new i7 3930K X79 LGA2011 Build
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July 9, 2012 2:02:53 PM

I didn't set a budget per se because I don't know exactly how much I can keep from the old build and how much will have to be purchased new. In general I want to spend just what is necessary to build a nicely performing i7-3930k based system. I would hope this could be done for somewhere around $1000 but if it required $1500 then so be it. However, I'm not looking to spend $1500 if the improvement I'd get over spending $1000 is just a few percentage points. Hope that makes sense.
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July 9, 2012 3:14:02 PM

fmny said:
I didn't set a budget per se because I don't know exactly how much I can keep from the old build and how much will have to be purchased new. In general I want to spend just what is necessary to build a nicely performing i7-3930k based system. I would hope this could be done for somewhere around $1000 but if it required $1500 then so be it. However, I'm not looking to spend $1500 if the improvement I'd get over spending $1000 is just a few percentage points. Hope that makes sense.


For your LGA2011 i7 Build, although Windows XP 32-bit will install and run, I advise against it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_X79#Partial_support_.... You said you want a more powerful, faster PC for video editing. As such, go Windows 7 64-bit... the 64-bit version over 32-bit (XP, Vista, 7, 8) handles large amounts of RAM more effectively. A 32-bit platform maxes out below 4GB (about 3.3GB) usage of RAM. In today's computers, 4GB RAM is the new minimum standard. For your computing needs (video editing) and for an LGA2011 i7 platform, 8GB RAM should be your minimum, but I would wish for you to RAM it up to 16GB.

So:
1) Go Windows 7 64-bit (Home Premium Edition maxes out RAM at 64GB; Professional and Ultimate Editions at 192GB);
2) Install RAM between 8GB to 16GB.
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July 9, 2012 4:34:16 PM

I would like to suggest that you maximize the RAM (16-32GB) and use a tool like DataRAM's RAMdisk for rendering your video, as opposed to the hard drive. The Write speed for RAM is the fastest over any hard disk or SSD drive. You can format the RAMdrive for FAT32 or NTFS, and their tool is free up to 4GB.

http://memory.dataram.com/products-and-services/softwar...
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July 14, 2012 11:17:45 AM

After thinking about it for a while I've changed my mind and am going to go with the intel i7-3770k instead. It also performs very well for video editing, and I don't feel like paying all that extra money for the noticeable but not huge improvement of the i7-3930k.
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September 18, 2013 2:59:28 PM

3770 or 4770 is good for real videoediting. You really need 3930k or new 4930k.
32GB ram + fast SSD or two.

Build like this will do the videoeditin good and fast way.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4930K 3.4GHz 6-Core Processor ($576.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_BK 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($236.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($137.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.82 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-118BB DVD/CD Drive ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $2134.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-18 17:58 EDT-0400)
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