New build for video editing

Hi all -- first time poster but long time reader. I'm looking to do my first build to replace a really old Core2Duo system, and besides regular office productivity work, I'd like to be able to start doing video editing of home movies recorded mostly in AVCHD. No gaming. I'd like to keep it under 1500 or so, and although I understand Sandy-E is better for my purposes due to four channel memory, it just seems to be a lot more expensive. So I'm planning on going for an i7 3770K / LGA 1155. A quiet system would be preferable as well. No plans to overclock.

Here's the parts I've picked out -- note I've got a couple large hard drives and DVD writers so I don't need that, and I actually have a decent PSU as well so I might skip that too.

I picked a big case to make it easy to fit everything, but will the ram fit with the oversized CPU cooler I've picked?


Approximate Purchase Date: next 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: 1400-1600

System Usage: general office productivity, video editing, video transcoding, no gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, hard drives, DVD drives

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: quiet, easy assembly
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  1. i know CUDA cores on gtx 5 series is better than 6 series....

    but i think 6 series is more power wise and newer architecture. at mercury playback engine benchmark, the difference is negligible. why not GTX 650 Ti or 660?

    and for PSU
    CM isnt good psu maker, this corsair is gold certified (mislabelled as silver)
  2. alternative build :) 3930k

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($499.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($197.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1517.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 03:10 EST-0500)
  3. Thanks! I swapped out the PSU as you suggested, but I'm not sure about the graphics card -- it's an extra $50 to go from the 560ti to the 660, and it doesn't appear that there's a huge pickup in performance from looking at the charts. And the 650ti appears to be a slight step down.

    The 3930k is tempting, but it's an extra $300 so I think I better stick with the 3770k... :(

    Can you confirm which ram I should be using? It seems like either one would be fine for either build but I wasn't sure.

    Will it fit with the CPU cooler?

  4. So i researched the ram and realized the difference is dual channel vs quad channel. Will this make a difference in my setup given 1155 only supports dual channel anyway? I'm not planning to overclock anything and based on what I've read, it seems like it should be compatible. I did read somewhere that I might have to change the voltage though?

    Thanks again!
  5. Best answer
    ^ make it dual channel :) cheaper and have a room for upgrade

    there is no such thing as quad channel, that is 2xdual channel
  6. Thanks! Oddly the 'quad channel' ended up being cheaper, so I went that way. Thanks for your help -- I'm sure I'll be back with build questions but I really appreciate the help!
  7. Best answer selected by mannoia.
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