Video Editing PC Under $1500

Hi guys,

I'm building a friend a video editing pc and was hoping for some feedback/opinions on the parts below.

$1500 total, looking to purchase within 2-3 weeks from PC Case Gear, no overclocking, no SLI, and the main reason he's looking to upgrade is that his laptop takes forever (like 16 hours) to do the long renders he does for work.

Intel Core i7 3770K In stock $335.00
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler $35.00
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 Motherboard $139.00
G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 $95.00
ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB $189.00
Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD Retail Box $99.00
Western Digital WD Black 1TB WD1002FAEX $105.00
Pioneer DVR-220LBKS Black 24xDVDRW OEM $25.00
Silverstone Strider Plus 750W ST75F-P $145.00
Corsair Carbide 400R Black Mid-Tower Case $115.00

Sub-total: $1,282.00

I'd like to squeeze in a decent monitor with the rest of the funds, so any suggestions are welcome.
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    That is a very good gaming oriented rig.
    Though if your friend wont be overclocking or considering Crossfire/SLI, you can downgrade on many of the components.

    Intel i7-3770. $299
    If he's not going to overclock why pay the extra $35 for the k edition?

    AsRock H77 Pro-4. $95
    H77 because he doesnt need to overclock, and this particular board because he doesn't need Crossfire/SLI capability and it has all the SATA ports of the Extreme4.

    Antec High Current 620W. $115
    Could probably downgrade even further to the 520W, but the extra wattage may be useful later on if he wants to throw a bigger card on there.

    The 212 EVO could go since when you aren't overclocking the stock cooler is sufficient. But I would keep it for the better cooling performance and reduced noise. It seems that the CPU will be under load for long periods of time, so good cooling is probably necessary anyway.

    With all the cash saved, Get an extra HDD. So the OS and programs are on the SSD, raw footage/data on one HDD and the other is where the footage is rendered too. That way you aren't reading from and writing data to the same drive when rendering, which does slow things down by a fair bit.
    Seagate Barracuda's are a cheaper alternative than the Caviar Blacks and work just as well. Especially when you can get 2TB Barracuda for $5 less than a 1TB WD Black.

    Are you looking for an IPS monitor or just a standard TN?
  2. after manofchalk's suggestions, it should be good. but i dont see the point of the 650ti. if you are looking for cuda acceleration, ok that should work but otherwise, id chuck it out
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