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Need Help with a music recording/video editing build!

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November 26, 2012 3:36:42 PM

I record music with Pro Tools and edit Canon T2i video files via Sony Vegas 10.My budget for this build is around $800.I am looking for a build that will handle the large HD video files with no issues.I would prefer Windows 7 and Intel but am not opposed to other ideas.With cyber Monday going on hopefully I can take advantage of some good deals!Thanks in advance for you suggestions it is much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: ($800) After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Video editing,Music recording,gaming)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, tigerdirect, amazon

Parts Preferences: by brand (Intel)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
November 26, 2012 5:37:07 PM

Snag that $250 i5-3770k at tigerdirect while it is still in stock and worry about the rest of the parts later. Seriously.

November 26, 2012 5:55:33 PM

Here's the rest of the build assuming the above processor. If you miss that, an i5-3570K is next best option and will still work with this kit:

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($103.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $534.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 14:54 EST-0500)

The Radeon card is included for Open CL acceleration in Vegas. It helps render and playback. If you want to overclock, then also add in another $30 for an upgraded cooler like the Hyper212 or similar.
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November 26, 2012 8:55:21 PM

Thanks for your input if you had an extra $200 to spend on that build were would you spend it?
November 26, 2012 9:12:46 PM

Well that $535 was excluding the processor, so that would bring your total up to your budget adding that in.

I honestly don't know what else I'd upgrade if you meant beyond that. . Maybe your monitor? Vegas 12? Jump to a 7870 for higher end gaming?

AS is, an i7 with 16GB of RAM and an SSD is going to scream. You could run some higher end motherboard or case if you wanted, but it isn't going to make it faster.
November 27, 2012 12:22:38 AM

Oh, yeah, if you live near microcenter, they have by far the best deals in store only.

You might be able to find the parts above (or a similar variation) in microcenter and save some hassle.

November 27, 2012 4:21:02 AM

Yeah, that's fine. The brand is not that important, I just picked those as they were a good deal at the time.

I wouldn't take anything in my list as a concrete. It is more of a starting point of product ideas and general idea of what is needed. I'd read the reviews on everything and decide for yourself which brands to buy. And many things are more a matter of preference, like cases.
November 27, 2012 4:39:06 AM

That graphics card is also now out of stock can you please recommend another one.I am sorry for asking so many questions but that is an important part of my build and I want to make sure the card will be specifically good for music and intensive video editing and rendering.I currently have a new 700 watt power supply in case that helps your recomendation.
November 27, 2012 2:00:44 PM

Do you have plans to go to Vegas 12? I hadn't looked at the version when I recommended Radeon. Vegas 10 only supports GPU acceleration when outputting to one format - Sony AVC. ANd they only promise a 5-20% speed boost. You may not even want to worry about a GPU if you stay on V10.

If you can move to V12 and use GPU acceleration you can get up to a 3x speed boost for all formats by offloading much of the rendering to the video card. If you can go to vegas 12, a Radeon 7750/7770 or a Nvidia 550TI/560 would be good purchases.
November 27, 2012 2:53:01 PM

I will upgrade to 12 in that case and go for the 7750.I was able to get almost everything else on the build list I cant wait to put it together!
November 27, 2012 3:38:24 PM

If you haven't ordered the video card, i just found out V12 supports Intel Quicksync using the onboard HD4000. THat ends up meeting or beating the OPenCL acceleration on the Radeon. You'd still want a Radeon or Geforce for gaming, but may not need it for rendering.

November 27, 2012 3:51:52 PM

I have not ordered yet and would like a nice card just in case I decide to play a game from time to time.So out of the two I posted is there much of a performance difference between them?
November 27, 2012 4:06:47 PM

Yes I got that board and case combo!
November 27, 2012 4:11:51 PM

Should all work out to be an excellent video rig! Enjoy.

December 5, 2012 5:57:40 PM

I got everything in and hooked up but I had one question prior to turning it on.I went ahead and got the 500 watt power supply you recommended and after reading around people said it should be enough for my video card, is this true?The card I ended up getting is the ASUS HD7770-2GD5 .