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November 26, 2012 11:45:38 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for some help on what to buy to build a new PC for my new job, it will involve a lot of 1080p video editing and rendering. Any help I could get would be greatly appreciated, I haven't done this before!

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: £500/$800 After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Editing/Rendering HD video in Premiere Pro, gaming, general useage (internet, word processing etc)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Everything!

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ebuyer.com, novatech.co.uk, overclockers.co.uk, microdirect.co.uk

Location: Plymouth, UK

Parts Preferences: Whichever brand would suit the video editing needs the best.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe?

Your Monitor Resolution: Not too sure, big enough to be able to edit timelines clearly, basically as big as possible within the budget.

Additional Comments: Specific software : Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, standard microsoft software.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Needing to build a new desktop to assist with my new job, my current PC is quite old and doesn't have nearly enough ram or a strong enough processor to even run the video editing programs that I need. I don't know too much about computers but have a friend who could help me build one, I mainly assume I'm going to need a good processor, video card and enough ram to be able to run graphics intensive programs smoothly.
March 11, 2013 1:35:23 PM

I feel bad for bumping this thread (I know it's against the rules) But I didn't think it would be helpful to repost the whole thing in a new thread.

I apologise for breaking the rule but was hoping I could get some help.


Thanks
a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2013 1:49:25 PM

Maybe because it's not easy to fit in a 500£ budget, a pc for editing/gaming with monitor.

Here's what i suggest :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£78.81 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£31.82 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£161.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.39 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor (£93.02 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £505.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The 660 gtx will prove to be good for gaming and for premiere with cuda.
If you can afford to spend a bit more i recommend going with the FX-6300 cpu : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox

Also if your gaming needs are low, and you need it most for editing and want to stay within 500£, this will do : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/J2jh
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March 11, 2013 2:36:18 PM

Thanks very much for your help djangoringo, I thought it was probably asking a bit too much for the price. If I could reuse an old monitor, do you think it would be possible to upgrade any of the other items needed to give better overall performance? Assuming that I upgraded to the FX-6300 cpu that you recommended.

Thanks again.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2013 2:59:03 PM

It depends if you're comfortable with your old monitor, the FX-6300+650ti/660 gtx is a good choice for this kind of budget.
a c 93 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2013 4:48:35 PM

djangoringo said:
Maybe because it's not easy to fit in a 500£ budget, a pc for editing/gaming with monitor.

Here's what i suggest :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£78.81 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£35.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory (£31.82 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£39.56 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£161.98 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case (£29.39 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Aria PC)
Monitor: Hannspree HL229DPB 21.5" Monitor (£93.02 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £505.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

The 660 gtx will prove to be good for gaming and for premiere with cuda.
If you can afford to spend a bit more i recommend going with the FX-6300 cpu : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox

Also if your gaming needs are low, and you need it most for editing and want to stay within 500£, this will do : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/J2jh


An X4 for video editing? I think I would go with an i5-3350P instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£139.53 @ Dabs)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£69.44 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£54.48 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£179.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.99 @ Aria PC)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£46.79 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.45 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £586.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-11 23:47 GMT+0000)
a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2013 4:52:54 PM

Well i was aiming with under or ~500£ with monitor, i can't do miracles, it's a decent cpu, i said the FX-6300 will be better for it, it's all a question of budget, i listed another one, in that quote with the FX-6300 and 650 ti, which isn't bad with monitor for under 500£.
If he needs an intel build, this is under 500£ and with the i5-3470, you a quality psu within 450W is more than sufficient, the 660 gtx won't pull more than 140W, the cpu has a really low power consumption.
Here's the list to the op, without monitor : http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/J4YD
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