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August 11, 2012 7:37:01 PM

Please help me as I seek to build a new PC for our very small video editing buiness. I am in the process of building a new PC this week. The purpose is to operate CS5 Production Suite, which includes Premiere, After Effects, and a few others. We don't do this for a living YET, however, when we do edit, it is many hours of footage a sev times a year. Budget matters. Initially, I planned to stay under $1000; however, I will do what is necessary. As you can see, in my two designs below, I am $230 and $880 over already. I really would like it if the bottom unit will be a powerful CS5 machine to keep it cheeper; however, I also desire to have the righ tools for the computing task. I bult a weaker machine less than two yeas ago, and it has made for some SLOW work for my family as we watch the stutterig, SLOW, playbvack after we load our footage into Premiere. It is especially SLOW when we make any mods in After Effects or any other tool. We want real time playbac. W don't need blistering render times, just decent.

Additional notes:
I have several external HDDs for storage, and another internal HDD that I will transfer from the other PC I have.
To save money now, I figured, I could always buy an SSD in a few months and place the OS and Adobe on it. For now, I figured I could just partition a small HDD on the 2 TB unit.
I have built one previous PC.
Software: I have Win 7 PRO listed below because I read that it alows the Graphic card to utilize more of its capabilities than the home edition??
Graphics: I intend to stick with NVIDIA Mercury Playback capable card as the only purpose of this machine is Video Editing!
Cables: Additionally, what cables will I need to purchase?I found this 12 pack of 18" cables: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA133...
Tower: Is the tower large enough?

What do you think?

Here is my idea for unit one:

Tower: $50 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $60 RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB: $190 GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: $290 Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEM: G.SKILL $90 Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9Q-16GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling Fan: $30 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: $219 EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: $120 SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 ST2000DL004 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Paste: $10 ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: $140 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1226 Total including a few other items: DVD Burner $22 Card Reader $8, etc..


Here is my idea for unit two:
Tower: $50 Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: $60 RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/MB COMBO:$905 Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core AND ASUS P9X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD: $135 Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: $300 EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling Fan: $30 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Retntion Bracket for 2011 CPU: $6 COOLER MASTER RR-ACCY-2011-R1 Intel LGA 2011 Retention Bracket for Hyper 212 EVO & Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Paste: $10 ARCTIC COOLING Arctic Cooling MX-4 AC-MX4 4 gram (g) All-Around Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: $140 Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1879 Total including a few other items: DVD Burner $22 Card Reader $8, etc..

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August 11, 2012 7:43:13 PM
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Do not purchase that PSU - Raidmax makes absolute garbage, one of the worst in the industry.

Also the extra thermal compound isn't needed - the Hyper 212+ includes MX-4 which is way better than anything Arctic Cooling.

You can also get a better video card on both budgets if you reconfigure it correctly.
August 11, 2012 7:56:31 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Do not purchase that PSU - Raidmax makes absolute garbage, one of the worst in the industry.

Also the extra thermal compound isn't needed - the Hyper 212+ includes MX-4 which is way better than anything Arctic Cooling.

You can also get a better video card on both budgets if you reconfigure it correctly.


Thank you! I need some help then on configuration. I am not married to either design. They were just my best guesses as I tried to make a good machine. Any build ideas are very welcome. I will plan to remove the heat paste. Thanks for saving me $10. I have no idea what to replace the PSu with and I don't know what video card or config.

Thank you for your assistance.
August 18, 2012 10:14:12 PM

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