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New to PC! Need help with PC Build for video editing ($3000)

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July 30, 2012 4:18:47 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $2500-3500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video & Photo Editing, Design, Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Parts Preferences: No Preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Don't know what this is... I suppose I could google.



Additional Comments: I'm completely new to PC so I really don't know too much about what is compatible and what works well together. I created a build at NCIX and wanted to get some thoughts on whether or not you guys think it would work well for what I need and what changes you guys might make. Please excuse my noobiness. Thanks!


1 x Intel Core i7 3930K 6 Core 12MB 3.2GHZ Hyperthreading Unlocked LGA2011 Processor No HSF
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x ASUS P9X79 Pro ATX LGA2011 X79 DDR3 4PCI-E16 2PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 SLI CrossFireX Audio Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Corsair Vengeance Black 32GB 4X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10-10-10-27 1.5V Quad Channel Memory Kit
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x AMD Radeon HD 7970 925MHZ 3GB 5.5GHZ GDDR5 PCI-E DVI HDMI 2 X Mini Display Port
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Corsair Vengeance Series C70 High Airflow Mid-Tower Case ATX 3X5.25 6X3.5INT 2XUSB3.0 No PS Black
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Corsair Professional HX650W 650W ATX 12V 52A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

4 x Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 120MM 1100RPM 39.88CFM 21DBA Airflow Cooling Fan
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Edition 64BIT DVD SP1 OEM

1 x OCZ Agility 4 512GB 2.5IN SATA3 6GB/S Indilinx Everest 2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA3 3.5IN 64MB Cache Intellipower Internal Hard Disk Drive
http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...

1 x Liteon IHAS124 24X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM

1 x Please Use The Onboard Sound Card Integrated On My Motherboard

1 x Please Use The Onboard Network Ethernet Card Integrated On My Motherboard

1 x Premium PC Assembly and Testing With 1 Year Limited NCIX Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased)

1 x Standard 1 Year Limited Warranty With NCIX IN-HOUSE Tech Support
Please note that Extended Service plans with On-Site service are available for your system at check-out.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I'm sick of apple. Decided to make a change.


Once again, all help is appreciated. Thanks!
July 30, 2012 5:26:58 AM

Don't mean to bump so quickly but I was hoping to buy tonight and wanted to have some opinions on the build I've got.
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July 30, 2012 6:53:30 AM

You should consider water cooling if you plan on overclocking.
I have a corsair H100 on my Fx6100 clocked to 4.9Ghz and it works great !!!
I have an XFX 6870 Double D clocked at 965Mhz and I am getting about 69.32FPS to 74.9FPS or so at 5 Ghz on the Cinebench benchmark with this set up.
The other score is 5.81(sometimes a little higher).
Not bad for a budget build of less than $1200 anyhow.

You might want to up your power supply at least to a 750 as well.

From what I have read so far the Seagate barracuda drives have a higher transfer rate at 160MBs than WD's green drives less than 130MBs.

Same with the OCZ vertex SSD's although I do have an agility 3 and it works great too.
The 4 series are much better than my older 3 series.

I don't know how much performance you will gain by using a faster ram but it is something I would consider a minimum of 1800 or even 2133 on a machine of that caliber if it is to be used for video editing and especially if you are overclocking.

FWIW

jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 7:19:19 AM

I've put in the H100, switched to the NVIDIA Quadro 2000 and the power supply to:
Corsair Professional HX850W 850W ATX 12V 70A 24PIN ATX Modular Power Supply.

I would think I'm good to go? I feel like Im taking a huge leap of faith switching from mac. Feels odd... hope it pans out.

geraldfryjr said:
You should consider water cooling if you plan on overclocking.
I have a corsair H100 on my Fx6100 clocked to 4.9Ghz and it works great !!!
I have an XFX 6870 Double D clocked at 965Mhz and I am getting about 72FPS or so on the Cinebench benchmark with this set up.
I forget what the other score is (5.81 or 6.81 or some were in between).
Not bad for a budget build of less than $1200 anyhow.

You might want to up your power supply at least to a 750 as well.

From what I have read so far the Seagate barracuda drives have a higher transfer rate at 160MBs than WD's green drives less than 130MBs.

Same with the OCZ vertex SSD's although I do have an agility 3 and it works great too.
The 4 series are much better than my older 3 series.

I don't know how much performance you will gain by using a faster ram but it is something I would consider a minimum of 1800 or even 2133 on a machine of that caliber if it is to be used for video editing and especially if you are overclocking.

FWIW

jer :) 

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July 30, 2012 7:27:16 AM

Looks good to me!!!
Very Nice build although I would still consider faster ram.

I have 1333 ram and I can still get a good overclock.
But it is holding me back a bit in performance.
From what I have read it makes a pretty good difference on the Intel systems though.

Jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 7:33:45 AM

Corsair CMZ32GX3M4X1866C10 Vengeance 32GB 4X8GB DDR3-1866 CL10-11-10-30 Quad Channel Memory Kit

Stupid question, would it be easy to add another 3tb hard drive, if I decided I needed it or would it just be best to get now.

geraldfryjr said:
Looks good to me!!!
Very Nice build although I would still consider faster ram.

I have 1333 ram and I can still get a good overclock.
But it is holding me back a bit in performance.
From what I have read it makes a pretty good difference on the Intel systems though.

Jer :) 

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July 30, 2012 7:36:21 AM

You can add drives any time you need them.
That way you can jump on a deal when one comes up.
I always watch Newegg for those!

Ram looks good!
That is gonna be a Killer system and I don't think you will be sorry at all for switching from a Mac. :) 

jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 7:57:01 AM

cdiscoll2012 said:
why not get a graphics card made for video editing?
like one of these
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=107,86,94,9...


I'm not too sure on the graphics card... That's the only thing I'm still very uncertain about. I do a lot of photo editing and gaming as well so I guess I would just need a good all around card. I don't want to spend more than 700 on it though. Recommendations?


Thanks so much for all your help by the way. It is much appreciated.
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July 30, 2012 8:05:14 AM

I was just reading a few threads on this and it is something that I would do some digging on for sure.
There are faster cheaper solutions depending on exactly what you are doing.
For cad and stuff it is a good card.
A FirePro maybe better and cheaper I don't know as this is something that will take a bit of reading on.
But my 6870 is out performing it almost 100% in the Cinebench benchmarks.

Here is the one link that I found that had such figures,

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392712,00.asp

and this is an interesting thread as well,

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/332498-33-evga-quadro...


jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 8:13:35 AM

If you are considering any gaming then the pro cards won't get you any performance.
They are pretty much only good for cad stuff.

jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 8:14:17 AM

geraldfryjr said:
I was just reading a few threads on this and it is something that I would do some digging on for sure.
There are faster cheaper solutions depending on exactly what you are doing.
For cad and stuff it is a good card.
A FirePro maybe better and cheaper I don't know as this is something that will take a bit of reading on.
But my 6870 is out performing it almost 100% in the Cinebench benchmarks.

Here is the one link that I found that had such figures,

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2392712,00.asp


jer :) 



I've always used FCP so I'll probably just end up using premiere as it would be the easiest switch. I also saw that they have a list of supported graphics cards for GPU acceleration...

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html

Needless to say, I am still confused as to which graphics card I should select... The quadro 2000 doesn't seem like the right fit for me..

Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects, and Illustrator are going to be the programs I heavily use and then I game quite a bit as well..

Hopefully I can find something that fits that and I can buy this computer and go to sleep.
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July 30, 2012 8:30:30 AM

I have an older version of Premiere and it is the most awesome program I have every seen and used.
I have an older Matrox digitizing card, But I had to take it out and now I can't seem to get it to work anymore but adobe still does work.

In that onmne link I posted the GTX560 was metioned as being the same as the 2000 but with a different bios written more for cad.
Being that the GTX series card are what they support this may be the way to go.

I am fan of ATI's stuff but the GTX670 and GTX690's are pretty much the top dogs and are hard to beat accept for the the new 79xx series of cards that are coming out.
AMD always had the edge on performance per cost and especially when the are crossfired the are very impressive.

But I would go with what ever the software supports as you will have better perfomance that way with less issues.

jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 8:39:27 AM

Haha, I was wondering about that, it didn't make sense to me but the effort to search is too hard at this hour. Upgraded to the 680.

Now I just need a good case to fit all this as I don't think the one I originally selected will...
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July 30, 2012 8:46:51 AM

Either one will work good.
Even if you get a slightly lesser perfomance in premier with the 680 it will make up for it in other apps I am sure.

I have an NZXT Tempest 410 and it is great, plenty of room and is about Half of what the Corsair cost.

But cases are a highly personal thing.

There was only a few (like 5 or 6) that fit my criteria when I built my system and I got it for a great price of $60 or $70 at Newegg.
The H100 fits nicely.

jer :) 


P.S. every thing will fit in the Corsair case as it was one of the ones on my list,the NZXT is very similar and almost the same when it comes to the inside space only there are 8 HD slots instead of 6 hd slots and is half the price!
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July 30, 2012 10:12:17 AM

Seeing that your motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 the GTX680 is an excellent choice !!!!

Good luck !!!


jer :) 
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July 30, 2012 6:51:37 PM

Ordered! Thanks so much for your help. Greatly appreciated.
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July 31, 2012 12:23:21 AM

No problem!!
That is certainly my dream system for sure!!!

Enjoy !!

Jer :) 
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