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November 6, 2012 12:49:07 AM

So here's what I've put together for my first build for a video/media editing computer:

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition ATX Mid Tower Case $47
Although I currently have this case http://www.sosofficesupplync.com/Computer%20Cases/spide... could I use this?

PSU: OCZ Z-SERIES 850W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 71A Modular Power Supply With 135mm Fan $128

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 PRO4 ATX $146, I know the extreme4 (from what I've read atleast) is better but I can't find it locally and hate amazon

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K $330

RAM: 2 X Corsair Vengeance Black 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 $140

Graphics card: NVIDIA GTX650 OC 1GB Gigabyte $140

Sound card: Do I need a good one for video editing? Might add one later

Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB $95 , SSD 120GB SATA3 HyperX 3k Kingston $91

Optical Drive(s): Does this matter? Can I use the old one from my *** computer?

Also picking up a 3PORT FIREWIRE I.LINK IEEE 1394 PCI CARD PC/MAC, will this work into the motherboard? need it for my miniDV cams.

So basically need some help with, is this gonna be a powerful enough computer for video editing or am I gonna be punching walls still, and is there anything I should swap/change in this build? I've done quite a bit of my own research but don't want to just straight up commit myself to this right away in case there may be issues. My apologies for this being my first post, I'm just in a hurry trying to get the deals on most of these components.

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November 6, 2012 1:19:30 AM

first i don't know your budget but let me just customize your build lil bit
♦ why you chose a 850W while you will run only 1 gpu card ( the entire system will use like 420W)
♦ you chose a k series cpu without a aftermarket cooler...
♦ you chose a really bad gpu.
♦ the SSD get the OCZ vertex 4 much much faster.

have a look at this build you can pick some parts from it and am here for any other questions :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($319.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $1348.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 6, 2012 2:08:39 AM

Thank you for the reply! All these things I chose were just based off some things I read and then I chose deals :D  This is my first in depth look at building computers so I'm not very knowledgeable on anything..

So I chose all the same components (but for canada)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1445.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Things are a bit more in canada..
My budget was 1300, I could splurge for this but with shipping probably gonna run me past what I can comfortably spend.

So I have some questions...
Can I go without the k series cpu or is it crucial for video editing?
How important is the GPU for video editing? from what I read it seemed like the CPU and ram were a lot more important which is why I had the 32gb of ram chosen. Using the GPU for rendering can result in a loss of quality or something like that?
Do I have to splurge for the case?
Could I go for a cheaper PSU at 650W?
Will I be able to install a firewire interface onto that motherboard?


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November 6, 2012 2:28:53 AM

You can drop the K series, and get a cheaper H77 motherboard, but overclocking is fun, and makes the computer run faster.

16 Gigs of ram is more than plenty.

Don't splurge on the case - a $40 NZXT Phantom will do you just fine.

Most of us on here presume computers are for gaming - for video editing, get a GTX 650. If you want a better deal with more power, get a Radeon 7770.

Don't go for a cheaper PSU - that's a very, very good one.

Depends on what you mean - I don't believe there is one native. But if there's such a thing as a firewire card, then yes. (I've got that exact motherboard, and love it to death.)
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November 6, 2012 2:29:26 AM

EzekieI said:
Thank you for the reply! All these things I chose were just based off some things I read and then I chose deals :D  This is my first in depth look at building computers so I'm not very knowledgeable on anything..

So I chose all the same components (but for canada)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V6 GT 93.7 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($94.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($384.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1445.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Things are a bit more in canada..
My budget was 1300, I could splurge for this but with shipping probably gonna run me past what I can comfortably spend.

So I have some questions...
Can I go without the k series cpu or is it crucial for video editing?
How important is the GPU for video editing? from what I read it seemed like the CPU and ram were a lot more important which is why I had the 32gb of ram chosen. Using the GPU for rendering can result in a loss of quality or something like that?
Do I have to splurge for the case?
Could I go for a cheaper PSU at 650W?
Will I be able to install a firewire interface onto that motherboard?


You don't need a K series. If you are video editing an FX-8320 is a really great deal at half the price of an i7. 16GB of ram should be plenty, and go for at least a 7850 1GB if you can.
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November 6, 2012 3:38:19 AM

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1244.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Just tweaked a few things to help you come in under budget.

I recommend you stick with the 3770k. Overclocking will prove to be useful for video rendering/editing.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Hope this helps; good luck!
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November 6, 2012 4:02:56 AM

mrdowntownkiller said:
first i don't know your budget but let me just customize your build lil bit
♦ why you chose a 850W while you will run only 1 gpu card ( the entire system will use like 420W)
♦ you chose a k series cpu without a aftermarket cooler...
♦ you chose a really bad gpu.
♦ the SSD get the OCZ vertex 4 much much faster.
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Actually that system will probably use less than 400W since the GTX 650 uses like no power. I agree that it's not a good GPU.
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November 6, 2012 10:23:46 AM

well if you want to make a drop to the price
♦ cancel the k series cpu.
♦ get a h77 chipset mobo.
♦ cancel also the aftermarket cooler.
(this will save about $150)
and i don't know why the seasonic costs about $160 in newegg canada !!
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November 6, 2012 3:36:44 PM

DeusAres said:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($325.90 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.11 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Canada Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($389.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($64.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.93 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $1244.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Wasn't expecting many replies, this is a good forum thanks guys. Although that's many mixed replies haha, drop the k series, go for the FX-8350 (which seems out of stock everywhere) keep the k series.. confusing.

Could I swap out the HD 7970 for the 7850 or 7770? With shipping costs I'll go over 1300 on this but if I swapped those this would be under budget.
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November 6, 2012 4:26:24 PM

yea you can get the 7950 or the 7870 or GTX 660 non-ti all of these are great value cards. about the cpu since you are not a hardcore gamer the i7 non k will be just perfect for you.
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November 6, 2012 4:28:05 PM

EzekieI said:
Wasn't expecting many replies, this is a good forum thanks guys. Although that's many mixed replies haha, drop the k series, go for the FX-8350 (which seems out of stock everywhere) keep the k series.. confusing.

Could I swap out the HD 7970 for the 7850 or 7770? With shipping costs I'll go over 1300 on this but if I swapped those this would be under budget.


I recomend keeping the 7970 if you can afford it. You will thank yourself later. If you have to get a $300 7950 instead. But a 7850 is half as strong, and a 7770 is even less...
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November 6, 2012 4:51:31 PM

the fx 8350 is a beast at video editing and such. it is still not faster than an i5 2500k at single threads but keeps up to par with a i7 3770k at multi threads.

it costs less than a i7 3770k and if video editing is your main thing, then go for it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.98 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ B&H)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.00 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($366.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1143.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

the video card is changeable, i put a 670 because most of the video editing i seen uses CUDA, but if yours have OpenCl instead then get AMD i recommend a 7870 or a 7970/Ghz

also i would change the hyper 212 evo to something like a noctua d-14 or c-14 because the fx 8350 can run a tad hot
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