First time build for video editing

After 7 years, I'm finally going to be getting an high-end PC. I've been doing research, but need some research on my findings. My goal is about $1500 with a budget limit of $2000. It will be both for videomaking and general use.

CPU: Intel i7-3770k

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4x4)


Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy

GPU: GeForce GTX 650

Boot SSD: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5"

SSD for rendering: Crucial M4 2.5" 256GB

Optical: LG WH14NS40

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R ATX Mid Tower

Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Also I'll be reusing the HDD from my current PC for simple data storage.
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  1. The same processor is on sale for way cheaper on Microcenter, but you should buy it soon or the offer will expire:

    only $229.99

    The sound card isn't required, unless you really want it for video editing I assume. If you're using an SSD SOLELY for OS purposes, you really have to reason to get one that is 120gb. The optical drive listed is only if you want to burn/play bluray, but if you're not you should just get a cheaper optical drive. Iwould recommend a better GPU, and the GTX 650 is relatively weak. You should get an HD 7850, as it has very nice performance for the price. Getting a case like that is kinda pointless IMHO, and I would recommend this:

    Finally, I would change the motherboard to something like an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 or maybe an Extreme3. You wouldn't really need the mobo's features you chose.
  2. ^A lot of valid points and I agree with all of them, but for a $1500-2000 build, I think he deserves more than a 7850 and Extreme3.

    Here's my suggestion.

    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 Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($151.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($212.95 @ Mac Connection)
    Video Card: ATI FirePro V5900 2GB Video Card ($413.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.93 @ Mac Connection)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1418.78
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 21:15 EST-0500)

    The ASRock z77 Extreme6 is cheaper than the ASUS PRO but is essentially the same, with even a few more ports. The only advantage the ASUS has over it is an integrated wi-fi which you can buy and put yourself for ~$15.

    2 DIMMs of RAM for expansion purposes(though I doubt you'll need more than 16gb) and a bit more initial space.

    You don't really need to separate the OS and your render drive, both on 1 SSD is fine. If you're worrying about its life span, even with enterprise workloads, modern SSDs will last at least 4-5 years before you have to worry about it dying. And by then, newer and more superior models would have been released and your current one is already outdated.

    I don't see gaming in your specified system usage, so you don't need a gaming GPU. Workstation cards would perform better for video rendering.

    TX650 is a good PSU, but Seasonic is better and it's FULLY modular.
  3. Thanks for the responses so far. I've done some more investigation and adopted most of the changes you have suggested. My GPU needs to be an nVIDIa type; my main editing software (Vegas) generally performs better with nVIDIA than any other type of video card.
  4. I don't know much about workstation graphics cards, but here's an Nvidia one I found on Newegg
  5. And by the way, if you have a Microcenter nearby, you can pickup the i7-3770k for $220 right now, there's a great sale going on.
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